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by banzer
Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Weird and unusual rapids
Replies: 4
Views: 442

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: 595

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: 595

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: 503

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: 149

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: 6
Views: 710

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: 496

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: 496

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.
by banzer
Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bollox
Replies: 5
Views: 1029

Re: Bollox

Not jolly good at all.
by banzer
Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: highest waterfall paddled uk
Replies: 13
Views: 1476

Re: highest waterfall paddled uk

I know of at least four potentially paddleable falls that would take the title. Remote parts of Scotland and there's the one in S Wales that Moxon may or may not have swum off on the Pyrrdin.
by banzer
Wed Feb 20, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How do you break a boat?
Replies: 19
Views: 1292

How do you break a boat?

Silly question... Are most broken boats caused by out-of-boat experiences i.e. a heavy boat filled with water wraps around / smashes against a rock and splits / dents.... or by wear and tear in use, both incidental and accidental? The reason I ask is that there seem to be a lot of broken or welded b...
by banzer
Wed Feb 20, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: This vid's stunning...
Replies: 3
Views: 550

Re: This vid's stunning...

Yes.

Not so keen on the Rafa Ortiz being set on fire one though. It just seems a bit pointless? (A bigger fall would have been more impressive.)
by banzer
Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nile on BBC
Replies: 2
Views: 445

Re: Nile on BBC

It's great. Shame they didn't mention the ecological impact of the many dams though.
by banzer
Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Church Beck
Replies: 17
Views: 1173

Re: Church Beck

10p says there's at least one drop on Church Beck that he didn't run :-) Yes - the tight grovelly one before the main fall! The main fall itself doesn't have a plungepool of any note so you would have to go down sideways and take the hit, IMO. I'll go run it with you Chucky. Monday special? :) (P.S...
by banzer
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Campervan Scotland - where to stay
Replies: 9
Views: 653

Re: Campervan Scotland - where to stay

- I know the Glencoe car park (where the visitor centre used to be before they moved it) usually fills with campers quite early in the evening in winter, but I've never looked in May or noticed if the gate gets locked. I'm not sure where the visitor centre used to be. Are you referring to the parki...
by banzer
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which boat to get.
Replies: 5
Views: 488

Re: Which boat to get.

There's not much wrong with getting a simple inflatable from Decathlon or similar (Sevylor ones are cheap and cheerful) and pottering about lakes and flat rivers. Be very aware of - getting blown out to sea, I would avoid the sea if any sign of wind, and stay close to shore; also low hanging trees o...
by banzer
Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Campervan Scotland - where to stay
Replies: 9
Views: 653

Campervan Scotland - where to stay

Hi all Taking the family campervanning in May half term. I know Scotland pretty well but haven't done a van trip before. I think ideally we would do alternate nights in a camp site of sorts with facilities, and out in the wilds. Probably do the usual trek up to Fort Bill, Mallaig, Loch Ness, maybe b...
by banzer
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Left-handed paddlers
Replies: 29
Views: 1571

Re: Left-handed paddlers

Playing guitar is another one. Right-handers play the complicated / noodley stuff with their left hand, whilst the right does the relatively simple task of picking or strumming. Maybe I should try playing left handed, though it'll probably sound equally as bad either way. (Currently trying to learn ...
by banzer
Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Perth - New Zealand
Replies: 5
Views: 583

Re: River Perth - New Zealand

Myles if you're on the West Coast you should also do this up near Greymouth, it's great fun, I've done it twice with two different GFs ha ha (one of them at least is now my wife!!) https://caverafting.com/underworld-rafting/ EDIT just seen this works out at nearly £100pp. I guess that's just the pri...
by banzer
Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Low Force
Replies: 9
Views: 946

Re: Low Force

I think you're all talking about the same feature. It seems to go ok, but the lower it is, the more likely you are to hit rocks. Only paddled it the once myself at medium levels.
by banzer
Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Left-handed paddlers
Replies: 29
Views: 1571

Left-handed paddlers

Greetings southpaws. Can you use a right-handed paddle? Or is it much easier to have a left-handed one? I have no idea but I'm hoping to get my kids into paddling, and one of them is right and one left handed; not planning on buying two paddles just yet! (Obviously I can use a cheap standard one but...
by banzer
Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:12 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Split kayak paddle for kids
Replies: 4
Views: 303

Re: Split kayak paddle for kids

Thanks both

These look nice: https://www.celticpaddles.uk/junior-whi ... 1344-p.asp

However my lad is left handed which brings the question: can he use a right handers paddle if that's what we give him? I feel another thread coming on....
by banzer
Wed Jan 02, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Split kayak paddle for kids
Replies: 4
Views: 303

Split kayak paddle for kids

Happy new year all

I'm looking for a sit-on-top paddle for my kids (5/7) ideally 2 or 3 piece so I can take it on holiday. Something like this:


.... any good? Any other suggestions? Thanks.
by banzer
Fri Dec 21, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Just for fun........
Replies: 15
Views: 1247

Just for fun........

OK so you get kidnapped, blindfolded, put in a teleporter straight to a river, where you put on your gear and sit in your boat ready to go. your blindfold is removed, and you're just above Spirit Falls on the Little White Salmon. You are not allowed to get out and inspect and there is no-one on the ...
by banzer
Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: WHAT BOAT!!! For my better half.
Replies: 20
Views: 1253

Re: WHAT BOAT!!! For my better half.

That's great Chucky - we might be onto something. School hours only if it's both of us us so 'training runs' on the Wharfe likely, or this new development at Linton locks. Our kids are 5 and 7 so we're just coming through the other side with a bit more freedom! If it's proper wet I can get out to do...
by banzer
Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bulgaria for our summer trip?
Replies: 8
Views: 795

Re: Bulgaria for our summer trip?

Chris Bolton wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:56 pm
Not much white water in Tobermory,
Au contraire..... there is a little grade 4 spate creek with a couple of interesting falls that comes out right into the harbour :)
by banzer
Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: WHAT BOAT!!! For my better half.
Replies: 20
Views: 1253

Re: WHAT BOAT!!! For my better half.

Axiom significantly better than the GT then for a beginner / intermediate? It's a good £200 odd more expensive.... can get a new GT for under £500... I admit the Axiom looks a bit more modern in design, but is it worth the difference? (Also a bit worried about unintended tail squirts when not used t...
by banzer
Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: WHAT BOAT!!! For my better half.
Replies: 20
Views: 1253

WHAT BOAT!!! For my better half.

Now that we both have Mondays off (if anyone fancies a paddle within school hours on the Wharfe let me know!), it's time I got my better half out on the river. What's a good first boat for a lady. New, second hand, don't mind. Ideally something secure, easy to roll(!), that can also be surfed 'cos s...
by banzer
Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Your best cock-up (not carnage)
Replies: 28
Views: 1749

Your best cock-up (not carnage)

Following on from the best three rivers thread where someone mentioned walking out in the dark, what is the biggest disaster you've had around / getting to / leaving the river? (i.e. not the biggest swim or beating you've taken). Mine (not that impressive) would be shutting the rear door of the van ...
by banzer
Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How do I re-proof a drysuit?
Replies: 8
Views: 917

Re: How do I re-proof a drysuit?

DaveBland wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:16 pm
......... the hardcore, van living, scumbag paddler you would be in an parallel universe.
...hardcore, van living, scumbag paddler you secretly wish you were? :)