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by banzer
Tue Mar 03, 2020 6:55 am
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: North yorkshire
Replies: 1
Views: 181

Re: North yorkshire

Hi Rich Have you joined a club? Not sure where you're based but Dales CC do pool sessions in the winter and easy river trips in the summer, and I'm sure other clubs do the same. That's probably your best bet. I'd happily take you down some grade 2/3 when you're reasonably confident at that level. Go...
by banzer
Mon Feb 10, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: Research some partners to go kayaking all around Glencoe , fort williams ...
Replies: 2
Views: 186

Re: Research some partners to go kayaking all around Glencoe , fort williams ...

Hi Thomas I'm not in Scotland but know it well. You should have a good time on the rivers up there, you should be able to paddle most / all of the Coe and Middle Etive as normal levels. Have you tried the Scottish Whitewater FB group? That might be a good place to find fellow boaters, as is the put-...
by banzer
Fri Feb 07, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: NERDS! Rapids whose line changes drastically with levels
Replies: 9
Views: 1122

NERDS! Rapids whose line changes drastically with levels

Ahoy there river nerds. It could still be 2007 here on ukrgb. What rapids do you know where the line changes significantly depending on level. I'm looking for- low- go right, medium - go left, high - go right again! Triple 3 on the Etive is hard right at most levels, but hard left at flood levels. E...
by banzer
Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dreamline video - Kickstarter
Replies: 21
Views: 2429

Re: Dreamline video - Kickstarter

Real shame how the mighty are fallen. All so soon after the Inga project which was, in many ways, the ultimate blockbuster kayaking movie. When I last looked he can still be found on FB (in suit and tie) as 'Steven Fisher'. Wonder what all the people that worked with him on Kickstarter have to say a...
by banzer
Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best ''missions'' in the UK
Replies: 9
Views: 1514

Re: Best ''missions'' in the UK

Yes there are a few across the watershed missions.

- Upper Garry / Arkaig area
- Headwaters of the Meig, carry in from Glen Carron
- Upper Tees from Maize Beck (who will do this with me? highest altitude run in England, potentially)
by banzer
Thu Dec 05, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best ''missions'' in the UK
Replies: 9
Views: 1514

Re: Best ''missions'' in the UK

Anyone got any good examples? (Please don't suggest the Dart...) Sorry to break it to you but there are actually some good missions on Dartmoor! Basically involving carrying your boat through the pouring rain vaguely uphill through the bogs until you find one of the headwaters of the various rivers...
by banzer
Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Replacing ropes with ratchets
Replies: 10
Views: 874

Re: Replacing ropes with ratchets

I just find with the cleats, that the rope pops out sideways. So tying a knot doesn't make any difference. What I need is a cleat that you really need to press the rope into with a 'pop'. Mine just don't do that.

thanks for the replies.
by banzer
Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Replacing ropes with ratchets
Replies: 10
Views: 874

Re: Replacing ropes with ratchets

Thanks for that.

I hadn't actually thought to notice whether it was one side in particular. Will do some dry land testing!
by banzer
Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which Drysuit?
Replies: 18
Views: 2114

Re: Which Drysuit?

What's the best drysuit for masochists that like to do long (sweaty) walk-ins? Needs to be breathable I suppose, and well articulated for movement. Oh and a a massive lump of foam built into both shoulders..... :) I know you can sometimes walk with the top half pulled down to keep cool, but not if i...
by banzer
Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Replacing ropes with ratchets
Replies: 10
Views: 874

Replacing ropes with ratchets

Hi all Does anyone know someone / somewhere (preferably near Yorkshire) that can replace the rope and cleat backband system in my 'Exo Creek' with a ratchet one? I don't fancy doing it myself, unless it really is easy. I've tried replacing the ropes, but it still just pops out whenever anything remo...
by banzer
Fri Oct 04, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Gone very quiet
Replies: 26
Views: 2864

Re: Gone very quiet

I think (hope) people have been out paddling in this recent rain... I certainly have!

Nothing comes close to ukrgb for tracking down and sharing information. FB groups are very ephemeral.
by banzer
Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kick-ass WW around Odda, Norway
Replies: 1
Views: 564

Kick-ass WW around Odda, Norway

Anyone that's driven to Voss from the south can't have failed to notice some 'interesting' white water: - The massive long rapid in Odda itself (have a look on Google Earth) - The river around the famous double waterfall Latefossen - it seems to enter a gnarly gorge downstream from here - The Stolse...
by banzer
Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lifts
Replies: 1
Views: 516

Re: Lifts

Welcome back Pete, not heard from you in a while! I don't live near you so can't help with lifts, hope you have some luck.
by banzer
Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tryweryn - where does the water come from?
Replies: 15
Views: 1660

Re: Tryweryn - where does the water come from?

jmmoxon wrote:
Thu Sep 05, 2019 1:04 pm
The Fewston spillway is most of the river between there & Swinsty (which doesn't release much water). Good luck on getting permission to run them!
I'm sure Moxey has never run a slipway without permission.....?!
by banzer
Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pack rafting on TV
Replies: 2
Views: 511

Re: Pack rafting on TV

Sadly, not pack rafting Rhaeadr Du itself!
by banzer
Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tryweryn - where does the water come from?
Replies: 15
Views: 1660

Re: Tryweryn - where does the water come from?

Nerdiest topic in ages - I like it! Apols for the Skipton stats it was just the closest town that sprang to mind. Bubberhouses itself annual rainfall 872mm, so a bit less than Skipton. It would be nice if we could use the rivers linking the other Washburn reservoirs for kayaking, seeing as those rel...
by banzer
Tue Sep 03, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tryweryn - where does the water come from?
Replies: 15
Views: 1660

Re: Tryweryn - where does the water come from?

Wow - you still can't beat ukrgb for nerdy info! Thanks :)
by banzer
Mon Sep 02, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tryweryn - where does the water come from?
Replies: 15
Views: 1660

Tryweryn - where does the water come from?

This may look like a daft thing to say, bear with me. Reservoirs are primarily for water supply - the Tryweryn dam / Llyn Celyn was famously built in the 60s to help keep the Dee topped up and hence supply Liverpool with drinking water. There's also some hydro power generation. So how come it seems ...
by banzer
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: August's heavy rain
Replies: 2
Views: 769

Re: August's heavy rain

A cheeky torridon weekend for me. One run that's in the guidebook (Cuileag) and three sections that aren't. Good explorey fun!
by banzer
Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Is 2 weeks long enough for Chile?
Replies: 4
Views: 702

Is 2 weeks long enough for Chile?

Howdy Before I get too old I'd love to do the Rio Claro. Tentatively thinking Nov 2020. Spend two or three days there. From what I gather, Nov is a good time for Pucon, a bit low in Jan. Is the Claro similar? If it was a choice of catching Pucon at ideal levels or the Claro, I would opt for the Clar...
by banzer
Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Scotland - West Highlands
Topic: Allt Dearg Mor/Sligachan
Replies: 1
Views: 889

Re: Allt Dearg Mor/Sligachan

Carry further up the Dearg Mor for sketchy steeps!
by banzer
Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Whitewater Kayak Rental in Scotland
Replies: 6
Views: 849

Re: Whitewater Kayak Rental in Scotland

Hi Daniel I'm afraid I can't help much with rental options, but I'm sure there will be something, if not friendly boaters to help you out. Although we may be facing a couple of years of construction traffic the road will down the Etive will remain open. The classic 'Middle Etive' section that runs a...
by banzer
Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Weird and unusual rapids
Replies: 4
Views: 1058

Weird and unusual rapids

'Bum Crack Rock' on the Taieri, New Zealand. There's a big split boulder in the middle of the river. You paddle hard to get up a bow wave at the entrance, then through the 'crack' which is just boat-width, then out the other side over a small drop.... then EVEN BETTER there's a massive eddy river le...
by banzer
Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Jumping, tubing etc at Low Force
Replies: 3
Views: 1154

Re: Jumping, tubing etc at Low Force

Now that's a blast from the past..... :)
by banzer
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Jumping, tubing etc at Low Force
Replies: 3
Views: 1154

Jumping, tubing etc at Low Force

I know they're filming there at the moment but assuming it's 'open'... I'd like to take my (fairly confident swimmer) 8 year old for some goofing around at Low Force this summer. I've paddled it just once and from memory you have the S-bends bit, the drop immediately above Low Force, then LF itself....
by banzer
Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Wilderness gentle paddling with mountains?
Replies: 8
Views: 1062

Wilderness gentle paddling with mountains?

Hi all For her 40th, my wife and a friend or two would like a bit of a summer adventure probably in Europe somewhere. Ideally she would like: 1) Some gentle paddling on safe waters (eg Finland lakes / Stockholm archipelago / Ardeche - type rivers, though not busy like the Ardeche) 2) Wild camping wi...
by banzer
Wed May 22, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Which Scottish river?
Replies: 4
Views: 508

Re: Which Scottish river?

Spey should fit the bill nicely.
by banzer
Sun May 05, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha 9R '2' - what's the difference?
Replies: 14
Views: 2335

Pyranha 9R '2' - what's the difference?

Regular readers of this forum will know (and not care) about my apathy towards new boat styles. I'm not especially aiming at Pyranha but they seem a good one to start with. What's so much better about 'version 2' of the 9R over 'version 1'. I didn't particularly notice Bren et al paddling rubbish in...
by banzer
Fri Mar 29, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Suitable Playboat/Freestyle kayak
Replies: 10
Views: 905

Re: Suitable Playboat/Freestyle kayak

Mark Mulrain wrote:
Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:03 am
If you are wanting it to be suited to mainly river running and you only need to do basic moves in it, then perhaps an out and out Freestyle kayak is not actually what you are looking for?

What do you consider as a basic move?
Hmmm... for me, airscrews, as a most basic minumum.....
by banzer
Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Personal Locator Beacon
Replies: 7
Views: 855

Personal Locator Beacon

I know this gets discussed lots over on the beardy forum (ducks) .... but what PLB is a good all-rounder for hiking, remote kayaking missions, and sea kayaking? Not something I would need more than once or twice a year so doesn't need to be the flashest. Thanks.