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by Gwynfor
Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Mohaka
Replies: 2
Views: 515

Re: Mohaka

Fantastic video, and that is some pretty good water levels you got there.
I truly never thought that I would see Waipunga footage on UKRGB!
Anyway, here is a vid of the next section downstream on the Mohaka;
by Gwynfor
Tue Dec 20, 2016 11:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Possibly the best top ten list ever...
Replies: 26
Views: 2764

Re: Possibly the best top ten list ever...

The Whitewater Brewery. Walking distance from the Ottawa. Good pizza. Good MTB trails.
by Gwynfor
Tue Dec 20, 2016 11:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Rescue kit
Replies: 48
Views: 3059

Re: Rescue kit

Those Whetman products look interesting, and might mean that more people have the gear needed to make a Pig rig. One thing though - their video explainer on how to set up a Pig Rig is wrong. There needs to be a knot at the anchor to stop the sling sliding through the ring there. Only then will it be...
by Gwynfor
Thu Jan 14, 2016 6:16 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Market research - guidebook
Replies: 34
Views: 3052

Re: Market research - guidebook

Here (and FB) a significant number of responders mentioned pubs. I'm teetotal and I hate wasting my time in pubs. Really. Research. Done . Not sure a book is required! There is something amiss with your research. It misses out one of the best pubs, right in the centre of your map, and very near to ...
by Gwynfor
Sun Dec 28, 2014 11:29 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling in Eastern Canada
Replies: 4
Views: 722

Re: Paddling in Eastern Canada

Let it Rain is most useful if you plan to go down to the US - the Canada coverage is a bit patchy. For Quebec, brush up on your french, and try; http://www.quebecwhitewater.com/en For Ontario, there is; http://www.whitewaterontario.ca/rivers/index.php/Main_Page and; http://www.shaggydesigns.com/guid...
by Gwynfor
Sat Dec 13, 2014 10:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Infinity Wezzit
Replies: 2764
Views: 141709

Re: Infinity Wezzit

The Browney?
by Gwynfor
Thu Oct 02, 2014 7:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Magpie River trip in September 2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1354

Re: Magpie River trip in September 2015

Great, thanks for everybody's input. The Magpie is rafted commercially, and I have been in touch with the operator who did an exploratory trip on the West Magpie. So, 9 days is allowing for how fast a raft support trip runs, and a bit of leeway in case of headwinds on the lake. I live in Canada, and...
by Gwynfor
Wed Oct 01, 2014 9:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Magpie River trip in September 2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1354

Magpie River trip in September 2015

I am trying to get a trip going on the West Magpie and Magpie rivers in Quebec in September 2015. September is a good time since there are no bugs. This is a fly-in trip, about 9 days on the river in an average September flow. There is an article about it at; http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/repor...
by Gwynfor
Sun May 11, 2014 1:54 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ottowa
Replies: 6
Views: 789

Re: Ottowa

Hi George, I am near there at the moment. River Run rafting is the most convenient place to camp as it is at the takeout. They will be open from next weekend (the 17th -18th May) for the summer. River details and map are at; http://www.shaggydesigns.com/guidebook/rivers/ottawa_main.htm The river lev...
by Gwynfor
Tue Apr 15, 2014 5:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Maths in canoeing
Replies: 60
Views: 5158

Re: Maths in canoeing

Hi Jim, Flow is from right to left. This is for practical reasons; it means that all the action happens in the first quadrant (positive x and y), the water slope is always positive, and the boundary condition is at the x=0 point. The water surface height is the solution to a first-order differential...
by Gwynfor
Sun Apr 13, 2014 4:36 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Maths in canoeing
Replies: 60
Views: 5158

Re: Maths in canoeing

You have pretty much hit the nail on the head there Jim!

x and y are both distances in meters. The graph is a simulation of water surface height, flowing over the riverbed (in grey) for various flows up to 30 cumecs in a 10m wide smooth rectangular channel.....
by Gwynfor
Sat Apr 12, 2014 5:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Maths in canoeing
Replies: 60
Views: 5158

Re: Maths in canoeing

Warning! Geek alert!

Yesterday I put this figure in my Dissertation for a maths MSc;
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by Gwynfor
Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Carnage
Replies: 21
Views: 3498

Re: Carnage

Hooray for the get-down command! We also use it a lot on the Ottawa, for many reasons. One of the hazards of flipping in a hole is that the paddles of the customers on the upstream side catch suddenly on the incoming water. This can rip them out of their hands and sometimes they get a t-grip to the ...
by Gwynfor
Thu May 09, 2013 4:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Flying to Canada with Playboat
Replies: 5
Views: 1039

Re: Flying to Canada with Playboat

Hi Scumbag, I am in Ottawa at the moment - the water is the highest I have seen it in 10 years. You are right - Air Canada don't take boats. But: In all my flying experience, I have found that once you have got your boat tagged and checked in, it isn't a problem. Even if going through the US you hav...
by Gwynfor
Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:30 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New Zealand in May
Replies: 12
Views: 763

Re: New Zealand in May

I left NZ a few weeks ago. I left a country in the grip of the worst drought in 20 years. The fields were brown, and some areas hadn't had any significant rain for 2 months. Most areas were on water conservation measures. Not the best for boating, but if you are lucky, you might find something. The ...
by Gwynfor
Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:49 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Price of Kayaks?
Replies: 76
Views: 5146

Re: Price of Kayaks?

Firstly - I am co-owner of a very small boat manufacturer so I obviously have a bit of bias here. I also spent some time in the Bliss-Stick factory. So here goes; Yes - plastic is quite cheap, the same stuff that wheelie-bins are made from etc etc. That is missing the point somewhat. I don't know wh...
by Gwynfor
Fri Feb 15, 2013 7:37 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Carbon Playboat...
Replies: 21
Views: 2859

Re: Carbon Playboat...

Yes, I like! But then, I am a little biased.... I did nearly all my British paddling in various composite boats. Sure, you have to avoid rocks a bit more, but HFLF, Ogwen, Roy, Dart etc are all certainly do-able. There are many plastic boat manufacturers that have tried the carbon boat thing. Wavesp...
by Gwynfor
Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:28 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New Zealand: anyone around in Feb/March
Replies: 6
Views: 546

Re: New Zealand: anyone around in Feb/March

Hi Tom, Bring as much of your gear as you can - it is quite expensive here as it is nearly all imported. You should be able to pick up a second hand boat fairly easily though; http://rivers.org.nz/forum/buy-sell-swap As for cag - depends on what you are doing. March can be quite cold at times. The w...
by Gwynfor
Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:20 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New Zealand: anyone around in Feb/March
Replies: 6
Views: 546

Re: New Zealand: anyone around in Feb/March

Hi Tom,
I am already out in NZ, working for Mohaka Rafting (about 1 hour north from Hastings).
There are a few of us here that are boaters, and we get out as much as we can.

Give us a call (06 839 1808) when you get here.

Thanks
Gwyn
by Gwynfor
Sat Jul 14, 2012 1:06 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Flying to the Ottawa
Replies: 10
Views: 617

Re: Flying to the Ottawa

Hi Pete, I am at the Ottawa at the moment. Hope the points below are useful. 1. The Ottawa area is in drought conditions, and there isn't much rain forecast. The levels are really low already (-2.25ft if you know what that means); too low for Garburator and most of the good playspots. 2. I flew here...
by Gwynfor
Fri Jun 08, 2012 10:40 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Signals
Replies: 26
Views: 1912

Re: Signals

These (or a subset of them) seem to be standard with nearly everyone I have been boating with;

http://internationalrafting.com/wp-cont ... 010-V1.pdf

thanks
by Gwynfor
Thu May 31, 2012 10:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Raft guide qualis
Replies: 7
Views: 1122

Re: Raft guide qualis

Hmmm - not sure how much use an IRF ticket is either. I work in eastern Canada and NZ, neither of which recognise them. I know that most of the US, Japan, Australia, etc don't either. Might be good for certain parts of Europe though. Best thing to do is find a rafting job - any decent company is goi...
by Gwynfor
Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Afon Ddu Gorge Walk/Scramble alternatives
Replies: 5
Views: 933

Re: Afon Ddu Gorge Walk/Scramble alternatives

There is a great guide called "Scrambles in Snowdonia';
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Scrambles-Snowd ... 1852840889
that lists enough outings for years worth of 'too low to paddle anything' trips.

The black ladders on the Carneddau is worth an outing.

Gwyn
by Gwynfor
Fri Sep 23, 2011 7:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bringing Gear to New Zealand?
Replies: 7
Views: 736

Re: Bringing Gear to New Zealand?

Hi Ross (and anyone else going to NZ), Seconded, wash your boat. It will provide good practice, since you will need to wash your boat between EVERY river you paddle in NZ to avoid spreading Didymo. More info http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Didymo_in_New_Zealand http://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/didymo Tha...
by Gwynfor
Fri Jul 01, 2011 7:22 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: EPIRB
Replies: 15
Views: 1096

Re: EPIRB

I have a McMurdo Fastfind now that I go paddling in some fairly remote places (NZ, Canada, etc). Having one of these things is fairly standard for rafting companies in NZ (and much cheaper and more reliable than a SatPhone!). I didn't really see the need when I just paddled rivers in the UK - there ...
by Gwynfor
Wed Apr 20, 2011 9:47 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Topoduo C2?
Replies: 8
Views: 1138

Re: Topoduo C2?

I am indeed occasionally in the country - and it isn't raining.... what is going on? The C2 is the current project - just for fun at the moment though. I am going to be in the workshop in Canada from early May, so it will be ready for testing on the Ottawa this summer. I promise to get some photos o...
by Gwynfor
Sun Dec 12, 2010 1:04 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: NZ Job advice
Replies: 5
Views: 647

Re: NZ Job advice

Hi Matt, I am a Brit, currently guiding rafts in NZ. Getting into the industry can be a long process, but certainly isn't impossible. You will need to get the NZ raftguide tickets before working there - the NZ Rafting Association; http://www.nz-rafting.co.nz/ has details I think. Many of the bigger ...
by Gwynfor
Fri Nov 26, 2010 10:10 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Need NZ Honeymoon advice
Replies: 13
Views: 966

Re: Need NZ Honeymoon advice

There is such a lot of variety in NZ that you are sure to find something to suit. For some easier multiday rivers, the Whanganui river journey (complete with huts/lodges), Motu, Mohaka or Ngaruroro all are good options in the North Island. Check out (my employer! http://www.mohakarafting.com/expedit...
by Gwynfor
Mon Jun 21, 2010 11:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Raft Guide Training with WWI
Replies: 17
Views: 1645

Re: Raft Guide Training with WWI

Agree with what TheKrikkitWars said - rafting companies should be stumping up for the costs of training their employees..... Just like most other industries do! Training courses that are not anything to do with a rafting operation will usually be of limited value in the eyes of a potential employee ...