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by ChrisMac
Sun Nov 15, 2009 5:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Grade 7, what are your views
Replies: 81
Views: 4649

Re: Grade 7, what are your views

I dont see the point of extending the existing grading further. In short if you are good enough and experienced enough to be running 5 5+ then I think it doesnt matter what it is graded you are going to assess the risks and run it or not depending on the day, your mood and any other factors. To me t...
by ChrisMac
Sun Jun 28, 2009 9:54 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Handirack hints, tips and experiences
Replies: 17
Views: 5559

Re: Handirack hints, tips and experiences

Ive used them a number of time with upto 4 plastic surf boats on the roof. Had no problems apart from the well documented rain intrusion. Scratches to the roof have occurred but we put that down to spending so much time at the beach. We have dented the roof over tightening everything but were able t...
by ChrisMac
Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:04 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How much junk can you fit in a Palm RT Whitewater PFD?
Replies: 11
Views: 647

Re: How much junk can you fit in a Palm RT Whitewater PFD?

i tend to go for the minimum amount of stuff in my BA, knife, short line and bar of chocolate and that it. I work on the theory that if Im swimming the less stuff in the BA there is the higher Im going to float.

ChrisMAC
by ChrisMac
Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: HPP: Ditch pix
Replies: 73
Views: 5241

Re: HPP: Ditch pix

Im betting end of march rather than the beginning from my completely untrained eye.

ChrisMAC
by ChrisMac
Mon Dec 15, 2008 7:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pro-sumer vs SLR cameras
Replies: 11
Views: 409

Re: Pro-sumer vs SLR cameras

Personally I would go for the DSLR and have done. The only advantage of the prosumer camera as far as Im concerned is that it is physically smaller so easier to take in the kayak. A DSLR and a couple of lenses takes some fitting into a kayak safely

ChrisMAC
by ChrisMac
Mon Dec 15, 2008 7:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Zero Feather Paddles Campaign
Replies: 152
Views: 9698

Re: Zero Feather Paddles Campaign

Having had zero feather for a couple of years now I an going to go back to about 30 degrees for the following reasons. Bow rudders on the non control hand side do require you to twist your wrist round much further. I find that when playing in a hole I trip over the no working blade if it catches the...
by ChrisMac
Mon Nov 17, 2008 7:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: HPP meeting 22nd Oct - WHAT HAPPENED?
Replies: 10
Views: 1032

I only have one question now: Can I get money back from my season ticket for the period in which HPP is closed?! If so, how? At the last meeting I think they said that refunds wouldn't be given, but extra time would be added to the expirary date of your season ticket. For example if the work takes ...
by ChrisMac
Mon Sep 29, 2008 7:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Cleaning Earplugs
Replies: 4
Views: 437

I wipe them with some TCP

ChrisMac
by ChrisMac
Mon Sep 29, 2008 7:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ear plugs through the NHS
Replies: 25
Views: 9642

I have custom fitted silicon ear plugs supplied by the NHS. This style of ear plug I have been using for 10 years or so. At the beginning I got an emergency referral from my GP to an ENT appointment. The resulting 2 appointments, both led to an operation by the ENT dept and swimmers ear plugs suppl...
by ChrisMac
Sat Aug 09, 2008 10:57 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Can we afford to lose Nottingham's HPP whitewater course?
Replies: 75
Views: 17831

Well my local councillors in Nottingham have agreed to see what they can findout and what they can do to help.

ChrisMac
by ChrisMac
Mon Aug 04, 2008 8:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Can we afford to lose Nottingham's HPP whitewater course?
Replies: 75
Views: 17831

email sent. I have also sent one to my local councillor in Nottingham and my MP. Any extra help cant hurt.

Mac
by ChrisMac
Thu Jul 31, 2008 8:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Canoe England please take the hint from the WCA.
Replies: 23
Views: 2337

Whilst it would be nice if the course at HPP was free I think it is unlikely. For starters it is owned by the Council now that sport england have decided that london and 2012 is all that matters. It is managed, not very well mind, by a private company who set the charges and are only interested in p...
by ChrisMac
Fri Jun 27, 2008 2:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Say no to 0845 - BCU's "real" number
Replies: 15
Views: 4808

All these systems are just a non geographical front for 'normal' numbers. Somewhere there must be a database with them all on. So far the saynoto0870 website seems to be the best as it allows people to add numbers that they find out.

Mac
by ChrisMac
Sat Jun 21, 2008 12:13 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: JJs had me arrested tonight,
Replies: 360
Views: 75221

What a disgrace as plenty of others have stated. All I would add is that if the case does go to court as the defendant I would exercise your right to have the trial moved to a location well away from Langollen to somewhere like Manchester or Birmingham where the local magistrate or jury are not like...
by ChrisMac
Mon Jun 16, 2008 6:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Afon Llugwy North Wales - Pont Cyffin Siphon Images
Replies: 101
Views: 11326

Ketlle, Pot, Black Life is about choices, too dangerous or the risks are too high, don't do it! Typical developed world attitude, blow it up, dam it, destroy it, burn it etc etc. We are guests of mother nature, we enjoy our outdoor activities because of her. We should be ambassodors to her and show...
by ChrisMac
Tue Apr 15, 2008 6:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do you open your eyes underwater?
Replies: 38
Views: 3737

Eyes open for me. Its the only way to see where you are, how deep you are and which way is up.

ChrisMac
by ChrisMac
Tue Apr 08, 2008 11:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How "Loud" is White Water?
Replies: 22
Views: 2454

given that I always paddle with custom earplugs no river feature is that loud anyway.

ChrisMac
by ChrisMac
Thu Mar 27, 2008 2:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Seafrance vs P&O
Replies: 19
Views: 1872

Re: Seafrance vs P&O

Heading out to the alps soon and have found that Seafrance is a lot cheaper to travel with than P&O this is with roof rack etc. Is there any particular reason why? Has anyone travelled with Seafrance? what are they like? Dale Because Sea France are not part of rip off britain. I have used Sea Franc...
by ChrisMac
Thu Mar 27, 2008 9:44 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: S.C.U.D. vs Nomad vs Critical Mass
Replies: 38
Views: 3094

A bit tongue in cheek here. The proof, at point .44 and 2.39 on the video. Pure dead hole bait, man. Even better this one . Pure dead flat water, breaking an eddy line bait, at point .32 and 1.16. 'nough said? Nice videos but I dont see how they demonstrate your point. In the 1st video the chap dro...
by ChrisMac
Mon Mar 17, 2008 8:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: VOZ Sports - Crazy Kit!
Replies: 14
Views: 2226

Ive been using a Voz lid for 6 months for river running / creeking in and its been great, good coverage, and very adjustable for the all important fit.

ChrisMac
by ChrisMac
Wed Feb 20, 2008 7:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: HPP
Replies: 26
Views: 3647

I cant remember the last time I got ill from the Trent. Keeping your mouth shut is the best way.

Personally I often get ill from hurley but thats probably because I dont go there very often and I guess its the same at HPP for the more infrequent visitor.

ChrisMac
by ChrisMac
Mon Feb 11, 2008 10:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Cheap place to stay Llangollen
Replies: 5
Views: 762

The youth hostel at LLan is good value and within walking distance of town for some evening refreshment

ChrisMac
by ChrisMac
Thu Jan 17, 2008 9:34 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Virgin Atlantic
Replies: 3
Views: 1738

They were with me and our group of 4 flying to New York about 4 years ago. I booked them onto the plane as surf equipment but not a surfboard through customer service when booking the tickets. This worked fine but we would not have got them on the flight back if we hadn't arranged it in advance. Chr...
by ChrisMac
Mon Jan 14, 2008 6:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: One boat ..... Then which boat
Replies: 38
Views: 3867

Either the Ammo or a Bliss Stick Scud. Both work on the river and a friend of mine can cartwheel his scud in the holes on HPP. (And no he is not a 20 stone monster)

ChrisMac
by ChrisMac
Fri Dec 28, 2007 7:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kober Paddles
Replies: 4
Views: 999

Ive been using Kober Carvings for a couple of years and they are great. They are really light but powerful and have very little flutter in the water which is ideal for playing or in the surf. The only downside is that they are not designed for being bounced off rocks in the creeks. If you want ones ...
by ChrisMac
Thu Dec 20, 2007 8:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Changing feather of Werners
Replies: 20
Views: 2600

Desperate Measures altered my skypole werners at a very reasonable price using the spigot method.

ChrisMac
by ChrisMac
Sun Dec 16, 2007 10:57 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Virgin Atlantic
Replies: 8
Views: 2411

4 of us flew with them to New York with no problems. We did however book them on as surf equipment but not a surfboard. It was a good job we did or we wouldn't have got them back. The lady at JFK was about to give us the over my dead body speech until she saw that they were booked on the computer, t...
by ChrisMac
Mon Dec 10, 2007 5:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Does a creek boat fit in a 5-door hatchback Golf?
Replies: 23
Views: 3063

Re: Does a creek boat fit in a 5-door hatchback Golf?

Peter Brown wrote:Just wondering before I go spending my money.
Just take the boat with you and try it before you buy. I know of a few people who have turned up at dealers and said if this kayak doesn't fit in it Im not buying and, whilst looking a little bemused, have let them try.

ChrisMac
by ChrisMac
Fri Dec 07, 2007 10:10 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Typhoon multi sport drysuit
Replies: 25
Views: 3695

muppet wrote:I can heartily recommend them! probably the best dry suit in the world! ;-)
Muppet
Product Manager
Typhoon International
I always have admired your subtle approach!!!!

ChrisMac
by ChrisMac
Thu Nov 01, 2007 8:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoe Union (BCU) and BA
Replies: 12
Views: 1459

Whats the betting that come time to goto the Olympics terminal 5 will miraculously be able to fit long long sprint boats etc through its baggage system

ChrisMac