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by Ryan Clements
Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: hanging up my paddles and a thank you to a great sport....
Replies: 15
Views: 2154

Re: hanging up my paddles and a thank you to a great sport..

Hi Mark,

I've not seen you for quite some time but just wanted to say what great memories I have of being on the river with you. I hope that running brings you good times and as much satisfaction as paddling did. All the best mate.

Ryan
by Ryan Clements
Tue Nov 01, 2011 7:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Better learning from accidents and incidents
Replies: 77
Views: 4372

Re: Better learning from accidents and incidents

There is a well known and very successful scuba diving forum which has an 'I learned about diving from that forum'. It seems to be used well, with over 400 threads. Entries don't take the form of incident reports but there is another body which gathers statistics related to incidents (on a voluntary...
by Ryan Clements
Wed Apr 07, 2010 11:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddler missing in Glencoe
Replies: 38
Views: 11171

Re: Paddler missing in Glencoe

Very sad indeed. So young, and clearly full of life! My deepest sympathies to all who knew Emily.
by Ryan Clements
Sun Nov 22, 2009 4:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Dart tragedy 21/11/9
Replies: 199
Views: 36963

Re: River Dart tragedy 21/11/9 - PLEASE READ BEFORE POSTING

Sencere condolences to Chris' family and all that knew him well. I only met and paddled with him briefly in Norway; a lovely man who I have no doubt will be sorely missed. Very sad.
by Ryan Clements
Sat Apr 25, 2009 2:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Girl in the green boat!!!
Replies: 80
Views: 11226

Re: Girl in the green boat!!!

After all he has emarassed himself and looked like complete tit! With hindsight, I hope you now feel that this comment was uncalled for. I think looking like a 'complete tit' roughly translates to 'I would never have the guts to do that'. Fair play to Matt for posting, it's pretty funny, and I bet ...
by Ryan Clements
Wed Mar 18, 2009 2:54 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Infinity Wezzit
Replies: 2339
Views: 97692

Re: Infinity Wezzit

Upper Jori. If I'm right somebody else can post a photo, first comers. I'm not at the PC for a few days.
by Ryan Clements
Thu Feb 12, 2009 5:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New Salto - NEVER MIND I'M TOO HEAVY FOR IT
Replies: 12
Views: 1112

Re: New Salto - Advice Sought from decent boaters please...

Hey Ryan, I reckon you might have had some more replies by now if you hadn't stipulated than they must come from 'decent' boaters...people like to be modest I think. Anyway, I'll give you my advice, whilst not professing to be 'owt special'. I paddled the Salto for quite a few years, in it old guise...
by Ryan Clements
Tue Dec 23, 2008 1:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Werner Powerhouse - Opinions please
Replies: 16
Views: 3635

Re: Werner Powerhouse - Opinions please

I went through 3 sets of Sidekicks before moving to the Powerhouse's, so I was really used to the way the Sidekicks behaved. I did notice a big difference in the cadence of my paddling, due to the noticeably bigger blade. There was also more power through the whole stroke as opposed to just at the s...
by Ryan Clements
Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:57 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Whitewater watch
Replies: 32
Views: 2071

I have one of these which I use for diving, as a backup timer. It's absolutely solid... but I'd be worried about scratching the glass using it for boating. http://www.nitewatchshop.co.uk/p/1949/Nite-MX20-Watch-Series/Nite-Watch-Nite-MX20-202-Watch.htm Still, if you're not worried about that, then it...
by Ryan Clements
Sun Oct 26, 2008 10:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Irresponsible!
Replies: 56
Views: 6619

Double post...whoops.
by Ryan Clements
Sun Oct 26, 2008 9:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Irresponsible!
Replies: 56
Views: 6619

by Ryan Clements
Thu Jul 17, 2008 1:26 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: If you liked the H2 you'll love....?
Replies: 17
Views: 2124

I used to paddle an h2 255 and have since owned an h3 and a burn. They all work well although they have gradually moved away from the "zone" hull that the h2 had towards a more creeky design. I think the h3 is what you need, personally. If you fancy more of a creeker but still with some edges then t...
by Ryan Clements
Wed Jun 25, 2008 6:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Too much, too little or just right???
Replies: 50
Views: 4203

Hi Mouth to mouth is probably a waste of time. The latest resusc guidelines fromthe international society show no benefit and when these are included inthe UK guidelines I expect that you will see it abandoned. The chest compressions at a reasonable speed produce tidal flow of air and most importan...
by Ryan Clements
Fri May 23, 2008 7:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Austria early June, suggestions for class 4/5 boating.
Replies: 15
Views: 1818

The Wolfs gorge was Ok when I paddled it in '05 in terms of any spikes. There was a tree accross the river, but this could be ducked under at the level we paddled it, just. Might be an issue in higher water. I paddled the Sanna after the floods and in general the river is probably slightly easier. T...
by Ryan Clements
Fri May 23, 2008 3:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Etive levels ?
Replies: 5
Views: 822

Yep, as above. I was at the Etive last weekend (not boating) and it was dog low, way to low to be paddled. It doesn't do the river justice to try and scrape down, whilst walking between the drops. The spean would be better as a no water option. If the Garry is going then do that, for sure. I don't t...
by Ryan Clements
Thu May 22, 2008 9:44 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Austria early June, suggestions for class 4/5 boating.
Replies: 15
Views: 1818

Here's a couple of photo's to get you all exited... complete with wood. http://lavx9g.bay.livefilestore.com/y1p9pcnzQD-aQC9U0nRADInk92Kha2lvWGVyVk2Z1LBK_5TLrtLvpqWz8LYDBfVol1hKrV8EboxPutfmC9VIkQz_Q/IMG_0601.jpg Melach in flood http://lavx9g.bay.livefilestore.com/y1p9pcnzQD-aQC9M4jqujYgianjPvcqu9fafb...
by Ryan Clements
Wed May 21, 2008 12:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Austria early June, suggestions for class 4/5 boating.
Replies: 15
Views: 1818

Lots of stuff at those grades. The north alps book has most of the classic stuff in. Try the Venterache and Melach, they vary in difficulty depending on the levels. They are both *very* scary in high water. Go early in the day. All of the classic sections of the Oetz are great gd 4 and above. Defina...
by Ryan Clements
Sat May 03, 2008 4:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Spatial awareness - makings of a good kayaker/coach?
Replies: 16
Views: 1669

Re: Spatial awareness - makings of a good kayaker/coach?

If we are to aspect this point, we could go on to say that in the general population, boys do more sports that develops spatial awareness, and thus have an advantage when learning to paddle. Now to counter this point, girls who are proficient dancers and gymnasts, are likely to have a highly develo...
by Ryan Clements
Tue Apr 01, 2008 10:06 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Co-operation
Replies: 27
Views: 3161

The advantages of winter swimming? 1.) Boosted immune system - less risk of colds and 'flu 2.) Significantly reduced risk of developing cancer 3.) Life expectancy increased by an average of 6 years 4.) Reduced ageing (as a result of increased levels of antioxidants in the blood) 5.) One hell of an ...
by Ryan Clements
Wed Mar 26, 2008 4:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Leaning back while bracing
Replies: 81
Views: 8083

Re: Leaning back whilst bracing

To clarify, I am not suggesting that you lean back as you fall in, just that there is nothing wrong with moving your weight to the back of the boat as you recover - in fact it will improve the success rate of the recovery stroke. Too many coaches seem to be telling their students not to lean back t...
by Ryan Clements
Wed Mar 19, 2008 4:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Agreement.....What Agreement
Replies: 447
Views: 37643

Annoying Twit wrote:I've actually been attacked by a swarm of minnows.
The most surreal quote on UKRGB ever?
by Ryan Clements
Mon Mar 17, 2008 2:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kitkat free activies, grrr.
Replies: 141
Views: 22523

Unethical lending whilst not as immediately traumatic or horrendous, can have equally nasty effects in the longer term. Gah, these hordes of lending firms that are little better than loansharks really make my blood boil, I look round my local area and there are hard working families sinking deeper ...
by Ryan Clements
Mon Mar 17, 2008 1:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kitkat free activies, grrr.
Replies: 141
Views: 22523

I regard that as an abuse of mine and everyone else's human right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and actively camaign for custodial sentences for the sending of the stuff. You may beg to differ, but I rather resent the suggestion that it is "completely ridiculous". Andy, junk mail m...
by Ryan Clements
Fri Mar 14, 2008 3:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Robson Oracles
Replies: 6
Views: 587

Chris, I have a set of cranked ones if you want them.... £50?
by Ryan Clements
Thu Mar 13, 2008 10:21 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Some footage from some time ago... For MR BIGGIN
Replies: 12
Views: 1603

Nice vid Paul, good job!
by Ryan Clements
Wed Mar 12, 2008 7:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Agreement.....What Agreement
Replies: 447
Views: 37643

Re: Agreement.....What Agreement

I see that we have a few new topics appearing, that reflect whats to come in this new Paddle all year Season. And its only been a week or so....Pity! I don't think most people posting here see it as a pity that they are causing a debate because of their "new Paddle all year Season". Do you think it...
by Ryan Clements
Fri Mar 07, 2008 11:40 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What Do People Think Of....(Eskimo)
Replies: 36
Views: 3643

tomcrow99 wrote: They are quite a tricky boat to paddle well and a lot of folk don't get on with them, they do stay on line brilliantly through rapids and drops, but can be tough to make split second change in direction.
That is exactly how I would describe the Salto. They like to point down river!
by Ryan Clements
Tue Mar 04, 2008 1:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Possible play spot?
Replies: 10
Views: 1473

Have fun now!
by Ryan Clements
Thu Feb 28, 2008 3:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Perforated eardrum
Replies: 30
Views: 4556

Hi Zoe, Hope you get better quick time. So do I- I'm going to Slovenia in 6 weeks! I reckon if you keep it dry and clean you'll have no bother, the main thing is to stop it getting infected. Keep an eye on it and if you suspect any infection go and ask for some antibiotics. The doc should be able t...
by Ryan Clements
Thu Feb 28, 2008 3:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Perforated eardrum
Replies: 30
Views: 4556

Hi Zoe, I would echo the advice that Chris gave. My girlfriend perforated her eardrum whilst diving and was told a minimum of 6 weeks out of the water. The main problem with getting it wet is that if water enters the middle ear which is usually sealed by the eardrum it can become trapped and cause q...