Search found 22840 matches

by Mark R
Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bass Strait Crossing - Video
Replies: 10
Views: 606

Re: Bass Strait Crossing - Video

Thanks for sharing ... another trip to add to the wish list ...
by Mark R
Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kaituna Lower Gorges
Replies: 2
Views: 240

Re: Kaituna Lower Gorges

Splendid. I paddled Awesome Gorge a few times, but not the following section. Back then this was known as 'Gnarly Gorge' and we were told by those who'd been in there that it contained a blind 30-footer and some awful log jams. "Never again", I think one Kiwi said. Is any of that true?
by Mark R
Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BBC video about Indian kayak guides
Replies: 2
Views: 395

Re: BBC video about Indian kayak guides

You are thinking of Nepal, a different country.
by Mark R
Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A cautionary tale?
Replies: 10
Views: 783

Re: A cautionary tale?

Brilliant.
by Mark R
Sun Apr 01, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Thames levels next week near Abingdon?
Replies: 4
Views: 277

Re: Thames levels next week near Abingdon?

They cancelled the Devizes Westminster Race this weekend. It is not suitable for a family paddle right now.
by Mark R
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak guiding in Costa Rica
Replies: 1
Views: 199

Re: Kayak guiding in Costa Rica

I would recommend contacting Ferdinand Steinworth direct - https://www.facebook.com/ferdinand.steinvorth

He's a paddler/ guide out there and basically their most experienced paddler. Decent guy. He will either offer to guide you himself or put you onto someone who can.
by Mark R
Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:20 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access Motion to BC AGM
Replies: 56
Views: 3060

Re: Access Motion to BC AGM

Can anyone point out something anything specific in the statement which will be different from before? Anything at all?

It also affirms their right to muddle on doing what they were doing before...access agreements, canoe trail etc.

Disappointed. To put it mildly.
by Mark R
Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Cameras and salt water
Replies: 22
Views: 1039

Re: Cameras and salt water

I was mentioned somewhere above...the stuff I use is called 'camera armor' (sic) and is just a partial rubber cover for my SLR. Better than nothing. Lie Douglas, I take my nicest toys on the water with me, and just chance my luck whenever I remove it from the Watershed drybag. One of these days I wi...
by Mark R
Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Very sad news
Replies: 10
Views: 1960

Re: Very sad news

Well done to all involved in trying to save this man's life.
by Mark R
Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kernow Grand Tour
Replies: 13
Views: 1382

Re: Kernow Grand Tour

Padding comes with the drybag... have a look at the Watershed website...
by Mark R
Mon Dec 25, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Trip planning in Donegal?
Replies: 9
Views: 510

Re: Trip planning in Donegal?

Good simple no-faff campsite to base yourself at first - http://rosguillholidaypark.com Otherwise...it's all good. go anywhere. Amazing place, I did a few trips including Horn Head and Tory Island. Intend to head back and paddle *all* of the coast. https://www.facebook.com/pg/Mark-Rainsley-adventure...
by Mark R
Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach
Replies: 55
Views: 2602

Re: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach

I'm not part of the system. I just took a look, out of curiosity, and quickly got confused.

If this is the 'streamlined and simplified' version, I dread to imagine what the current scheme looks like.
by Mark R
Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach
Replies: 55
Views: 2602

Re: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach

'It promises to ... simplify'

You couldn't make this stuff up.
by Mark R
Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Short trips sea or estuary n't Puttsborough north Devon
Replies: 9
Views: 631

Re: Short trips sea or estuary n't Puttsborough north Devon

Launch at Appledore (conjunction of Taw and Torridge estuaries), paddle in any direction...out to sea if it looks calm.
by Mark R
Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kernow Grand Tour
Replies: 13
Views: 1382

Re: Kernow Grand Tour

Nikon D3300, 18-300VR lens.

Watershed drybag with padded insert, carried between my knees.
by Mark R
Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kernow Grand Tour
Replies: 13
Views: 1382

Re: Kernow Grand Tour

Grian wrote:
Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:43 am
What camera do you use?
The majority of the photos are mine. I use Nikon's cheapest and smallest SLR, albeit with an expensive image-stabilised 18-300 lens attached.
by Mark R
Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:22 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kernow Grand Tour
Replies: 13
Views: 1382

Re: Kernow Grand Tour

The article is Liz's.

Ten years after writing a guidebook (which has sold pretty well) I also am amazed how little attention Cornwall gets, especially for expedition - style trips.
by Mark R
Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kernow Grand Tour
Replies: 13
Views: 1382

Re: Kernow Grand Tour

Liz Garnett's account of our trip - P36 onwards.

https://issuu.com/thepaddler/docs/the_2 ... 2017_20dig
by Mark R
Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Weekend trip report 28/29 October 17
Replies: 10
Views: 583

Re: Weekend trip report 28/29 October 17

Good stuff Jim, but that is the most surreal sea kayaking report I've ever read.
by Mark R
Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fettling a kinked skeg wire
Replies: 45
Views: 1755

Re: Fettling a kinked skeg wire

Just picking up on a few points made here... - Our Cornwall holiday was a wonderful trip, but nothing extreme/ impressive in execution. With the patience to watch the weather and wait, anyone can enjoy this. - In posting about the trip, I wasn't looking for praise, just feedback and discussion: I ge...
by Mark R
Sat Oct 28, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: East Lyn nasty
Replies: 4
Views: 978

Re: East Lyn nasty

Splendid, well done!

It was evil the other day, the water level was just enough to hide it. I managed to boof it (more by luck), my friend got sucked under it... scary but thankfully he and boat flushed through.
by Mark R
Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: East Lyn nasty
Replies: 4
Views: 978

East Lyn nasty

The East Lyn River has a *very* nasty tree hazard, just below the gorge... a log hidden in a drop, that you can't avoid in low water and won't see until the moment you potentially go under it. It's around a blind bend several drops after Crux B. Be careful out there, folks.
by Mark R
Tue Oct 24, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fettling a kinked skeg wire
Replies: 45
Views: 1755

Re: Fettling a kinked skeg wire

You presented a made-up problem No, the problem is very real. Look at the sea forum page and tell me what you overwhelmingly see... posts about going paddling, or posts about stuff? Which kinds of post get multiple responses and extensive discussion, and which flatline? And we're not even on the ge...
by Mark R
Tue Oct 24, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fettling a kinked skeg wire
Replies: 45
Views: 1755

Re: Fettling a kinked skeg wire

Yeah, pretty much as I thought.

I tend not to read much of this forum as I'm interested in paddling and places.

As someone noted, a post I recently made about going paddling garnered zero response/ interest. This post is almost viral...

Please. Post. About. Paddling.
by Mark R
Sat Oct 21, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fettling a kinked skeg wire
Replies: 45
Views: 1755

Fettling a kinked skeg wire

Just an experiment to see how many views this post gets.
by Mark R
Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kernow Grand Tour
Replies: 13
Views: 1382

Re: Kernow Grand Tour

There's an article about our holiday in the latest Ocean Paddler magazine.
by Mark R
Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:50 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Barcombe Mills
Replies: 2
Views: 512

Re: Barcombe Mills

It must grind your gut that you have to be political and 'thank' the EA for doing exactly what they were supposed to have done in the first place.
by Mark R
Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:48 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: BoaterX - Have your say
Replies: 3
Views: 393

Re: BoaterX - Have your say

I note that a load of (several) freestyle paddlers have got themselves in a tizzy over this. As far as I can tell, their irritation boils down to, "Hey, we're cool and slalom isn't...how dare slalom cross over to our territory and make us less cool." Given that the sum total of all committed slalom ...
by Mark R
Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kernow Grand Tour
Replies: 13
Views: 1382

Kernow Grand Tour

https://scontent-lht6-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/19959305_1375117102564033_8068860128577097261_n.jpg?oh=e85317f7e1f955f020c51191ec84ad64&oe=5A4F756F Two decades ago in 1997, I paddled around Cornwall. And then again, a decade ago in 2007. Because it is 2017 I was legally obliged to do it again. Happil...