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by banzer
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bonnie Scotland - Whos local?
Replies: 2
Views: 337

Re: Bonnie Scotland - Whos local?

Lucky you!

You'll be soloing the Leven before supper...

It's a while since I lived there but there seem to one or two floating around on FB, enjoy.
by banzer
Tue Aug 29, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 3 Day Kayak Adventure Advice Needed
Replies: 2
Views: 316

Re: 3 Day Kayak Adventure Advice Needed (NEW)

Some lads did this a few years ago: https://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=87135&p=635959&hilit=ure+source+to+sea#p635959 . Jason who wrote this is sadly no longer with us, greatly missed on the Yorkshire scene. Water levels will be quite crucial in the upper stretches. You wi...
by banzer
Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak Language
Replies: 16
Views: 752

Re: Kayak Language

morsey wrote:
Well there was a time when there were dancing trees running alongside on the river bank, that was funky, but was a one off.
Is it mushroom time of year again?
by banzer
Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:47 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best names for WW towns
Replies: 4
Views: 320

Best names for WW towns

I'm sure this will have been done before about ten years ago, but flicking through English WW guide, the town of 'Huckworthy' in Devon would seem to be the ideal home for a paddler!

Anyone beat that?
by banzer
Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:43 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak Language
Replies: 16
Views: 752

Re: Kayak Language

There's the opposite of over-naming.... 'Fluffy Bunny' on the Wairoa in NZ is a huge waterfall at the put-in that the guides claim to be the first rapid in order to wind up the punters... Also PLF (obvious) Squirrely water Boils, seam lines, and I particularly like 'riding the dragon's back'..... ma...
by banzer
Thu Jul 27, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tara river in Bosnia and Montenegro
Replies: 2
Views: 342

Re: Tara river in Bosnia and Montenegro

Thanks for sharing sounds good!
by banzer
Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Scotland - Far North
Topic: River Conan
Replies: 5
Views: 2597

Re: River Conan

Any photos yet Jack? If you have any good ones would you like to submit them to the new edition of Scottish WW?

cheers
Rich.
by banzer
Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak Hunting
Replies: 2
Views: 575

Re: Kayak Hunting

Nice - always wanted to do the Motu. Did the multi-day on the Clarence though.

Plenty of pigs, deer and trout to keep your hunting skills busy out there!
by banzer
Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Can I use my Bliss Slick Blitz for river running?
Replies: 7
Views: 469

Re: Can I use my Bliss Slick Blitz for river running?

Bliss Stick are a kiwi company, and kiwis only made their first decent creekboat about five years ago. Before that everything out there was runs in Blitzes, Flip Sticks and RADs! ;) As Tim says you'll be fine but from a safety note watch out for pinning because a thin boat like a Blitz is more likel...
by banzer
Tue May 16, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: North Island White Water: Ep3 - Wairoa
Replies: 3
Views: 409

Re: North Island White Water: Ep3 - Wairoa

Not a lot wrong with Wairoa. Reliable dam release, north facing (sunshine!), lots of friendly locals to show you the lines.

Not quite sure how I ended up going right into the Toaster at 1:19...
by banzer
Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The No Guidebook Tour, NW Scotland, Nov 2012
Replies: 8
Views: 1529

Re: The No Guidebook Tour, NW Scotland, Nov 2012

So, 4 1/2 years later, the lost GoPro from this trip has apparently been found washed up on a gravel bank a mile or so downstream of the Glomach / Elchaig confluence! It's been through plenty of falls, siphons, pools and trees to get there. The battery is dead but the camera and all the files are fi...
by banzer
Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New Scottish WW Guide.... Contributions Welcome!
Replies: 3
Views: 667

Re: New Scottish WW Guide.... Contributions Welcome!

Anyone planning to send in write-ups, please see the Scottish WW page on FB for details of format etc. , or PM me- thanks.
by banzer
Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: UK Source-to-sea, no bridges?
Replies: 11
Views: 961

Re: UK Source-to-sea, no bridges?

Good detective work, as usual.

I imagine Jura might have a few on its western side, possibly Mull, and almost certainly Lewis / Harris. Whether you can get to them is another point!
by banzer
Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Question from new member
Replies: 14
Views: 1119

Re: Question from new member

Hi, further to other replies, if you just want to raft grade 5 as a passenger, get yourself to the Zambezi before they dam it. That's about as good a single days rafting trip anywhere in the world, with three or four rapids in grade 5 territory. You don't need to be an 'experienced rafter' to do it,...
by banzer
Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: UK Source-to-sea, no bridges?
Replies: 11
Views: 961

UK Source-to-sea, no bridges?

OK river nerds Can you think of a WW run down to the sea that passes under no bridges? There are a couple of tribs probably done by Dave Biggin running into the south side of Loch Etive, which is technically the sea, but then there's a bridge at the outflow at the Falls of Lora so I'm not counting t...
by banzer
Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The best boat in the WORLD!
Replies: 67
Views: 4277

Re: The best boat in the WORLD!

I only went back five years or so! Yes, the Nomad could run EVERYTHING! And all the kick-arse runs of Cali and Norway have all been styled in Saltos, M3s etc etc.....
by banzer
Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The best boat in the WORLD!
Replies: 67
Views: 4277

The best boat in the WORLD!

So the best boat in the WORLD is this new one from Zet called the Raptor! It's winning all the extreme races. No, hang on, it's the Bliss Stick Tuna, no, hang on, the Waka Tuna now, everyone has one. Oh actually it must be the Lettman Granate, that's winning all the extreme races. Come to think of i...
by banzer
Sat Mar 18, 2017 7:55 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New paddlers need advice please
Replies: 6
Views: 556

Re: New paddlers need advice please

+1 join a club. Even if you were both quite capable paddlers it is preferable to be on a river with three or more for safety reasons. In the meanwhile if you want to feast your eyes on some shiny gear there are plenty of paddle shops / websites like this one http://www.roho.co.uk/watersports/Canoe_K...
by banzer
Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Backband tightening...... Ropes v ratchets?
Replies: 12
Views: 871

Re: Backband tightening...... Ropes v ratchets?

Thanks all

It's good to see that, contrary to popular opinion, ukrgb is still the go-to site for proper discussion of kayaking topics.

I will probably start with a thicker rope and take it from there....
by banzer
Tue Mar 14, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Backband tightening...... Ropes v ratchets?
Replies: 12
Views: 871

Backband tightening...... Ropes v ratchets?

I currently have two boats with the ropes held in cleats system - a Jackson Star and and Exo Creek. I don't think I've ever had much bother with the Jackson one loosening itself. However I worry that the Exo ropes don't sit super-tight especially when wet, and may have been the reason for this swim:...
by banzer
Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Grumpy Farmer at Wnion!
Replies: 2
Views: 681

Grumpy Farmer at Wnion!

I've managed to largely avoid 'access' confrontations so far (mainly due to paddling in Scotland!). However on Sunday we got the full treatment on the Wnion. 'Is this your car?" / screeching tyres etc., which kind of prays on your mind as you paddle the river, wondering whether your car will still h...
by banzer
Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Fort William - Easter
Replies: 13
Views: 920

Re: Fort William - Easter

Further to the other replies, you will be able to get down several runs and have some fun even if there's not much water about. Even if you end up sessioning right Angle! I've known some fairly dry Easters up there, but it's never absolute summer dog-low. Rain is seldom far away... but do bring your...
by banzer
Fri Feb 10, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: HYDRO... what's the verdict?
Replies: 5
Views: 495

Re: HYDRO... what's the verdict?

Thanks Morsey, missed that one. However, my question stands about how much paddling on particular rivers is actually affected, and I would be interested from those that have done 'em recently.
by banzer
Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: HYDRO... what's the verdict?
Replies: 5
Views: 495

HYDRO... what's the verdict?

Over the last few years we have seen small-scale hydro schemes popping up on lots of small 'creeks' and several larger rivers. Naturally as kayakers we have been concerned for various reasons. Now that we have grudgingly come to accept this as a reality for many smaller creeks (though rightly contin...
by banzer
Tue Feb 07, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Hypothetically.... river bed alterations!
Replies: 25
Views: 1387

Re: Hypothetically.... river bed alterations!

'Like' button....

.... off-tangent banter was / is what makes ukrgb great!

Reckon I could do it without getting rumbled, highly unlikely I'll bother though. But it would make for a pretty cool start to the Dundonnel, if you include the other drop higher up in the photo.
by banzer
Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Hypothetically.... river bed alterations!
Replies: 25
Views: 1387

Re: Hypothetically.... river bed alterations!

You can't see this all of this drop from any of the hypothetical laybys. You have to walk down a way. Plus I never go up there at busy times - November usually. It may well have been run, but it isn't clean. You could do it at high flow, but I would seriously recommend somehow putting in after the e...
by banzer
Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Hypothetically.... river bed alterations!
Replies: 25
Views: 1387

Re: Hypothetically.... river bed alterations!

I feel that a picture would greatly aid this hypothetical scenario... ;-) I don't have a decent one. This 'might be' the drop in question, on the Dundonnel. You can just about see the rib of rock, half way down on river left. At high flows this would clean up, but the entry drop develops a terminal...
by banzer
Tue Jan 31, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Hypothetically.... river bed alterations!
Replies: 25
Views: 1387

Hypothetically.... river bed alterations!

OK so hypothetically.... not that I would ever do or consider such a thing...... but..... .... if you wanted to remove a rib of rock from a creek, in the middle of nowhere, not in anyone's back garden, that would not be noticed by anyone, and not affect fish movement or cause any environmental damag...
by banzer
Fri Dec 23, 2016 12:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Conwy Falls Hydro Objections
Replies: 13
Views: 1578

Re: Conwy Falls Hydro Objections

I've said the same thing before. They would get a lot less power, but equally it'd cost much less and be far less damaging on all fronts (recreation and environmental). Tim, have Innology Renewables considered this? Not that I want to encourage them, but in a weird way, it would (should) protect th...
by banzer
Fri Dec 23, 2016 12:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New Scottish WW Guide.... Contributions Welcome!
Replies: 3
Views: 667

New Scottish WW Guide.... Contributions Welcome!

Hi all Plans are underway for the much-anticipated new edition of Scottish WW, overseen by Bridget Thomas. We are especially looking for write-ups of new rivers and creeks that aren't in the current guide. The aim is to cover as many runs as possible so some of the smaller / more obscure runs will n...