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by janet brown
Thu Aug 14, 2014 10:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Volunteers needed for PhD into sitting height in ww kayaks
Replies: 25
Views: 2430

Re: Volunteers needed for PhD into sitting height in ww kaya

Fascinated by this study, unfortunately only just seen the thread! As a 5'0" WW paddler, I often find I am at a disadvantage due to my lack of height, not helped by reduced flexibility associated with advancing years and differing layers winter and summer.... Will try and link up with you when you'r...
by janet brown
Wed Jul 30, 2014 10:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: bcu 2 star
Replies: 21
Views: 1254

Re: bcu 2 star

I went to the Canoe England Paddle-Ability conference in March 2013, but haven't really taken things any further. I have just looked up the notes I took at the time: Tests and awards should be inclusive, and reasonable adjustments should be made. If variations are made to the star test, the assessor...
by janet brown
Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River runner for small paddler!
Replies: 13
Views: 1949

Re: River runner for small paddler!

I am 5' and weigh 55kg approx. I used to paddle a L'il Joe, and ended up absolutely hating it! They really are not a small persons kayak. I believe the Trigger is an alternative, but still not much volume.... probably going to get tail-ended a lot!! I recommend trying a Zet Veloc. I absolutely love ...
by janet brown
Sun Jan 26, 2014 8:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The success of the Mamba.
Replies: 16
Views: 2012

Re: The success of the Mamba.

I used an old small Mamba for a few months prior to paddling one in Nepal (usually paddle a Zet Veloc). The Mamba was OK as long as I remembered to speak Mamba to it. Mainly, when turning into eddies, I had to remember to lean forwards to engage the front rails and get it to turn! I am now happily r...
by janet brown
Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Finnish Kayaker saves owl
Replies: 10
Views: 1572

Re: Finnish Kayaker saves owl

Several ducklings rescued from the attention of seagulls on the Adur this year :-)

Janet
by janet brown
Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:47 pm
Forum: Wales - North
Topic: Charging a £3 fee at JJ's
Replies: 24
Views: 5509

Re: Charging a £3 fee at JJ's

I think most paddlers visiting this area are happy to have somewhere safe to leave cars and boats rather than leave them in the town where many boats have been stolen recently. Ok your boat can't be stolen while your in it but how many of us leave a spare boat or kit in the car or van. Three quid s...
by janet brown
Sat Nov 02, 2013 8:56 pm
Forum: England - Southwest
Topic: River Dart - New Bridge to Holne Bridge - the 'Loop'
Replies: 60
Views: 22161

Re: River Dart - New Bridge to Holne Bridge - the 'Loop'

For the loop we tend to paddle past Holne Bridge, and get off just before the next weir. Park in the layby river left.

Janet
by janet brown
Wed Oct 16, 2013 7:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dry suits are damp suits - help!
Replies: 14
Views: 1543

Re: Dry suits are damp suits - help!

Happens to a couple of guys I know. Wrists: make sure they are pulled up above the tendons at the wrist, as already stated above. Neck: ensure base layer isn't too high, and wicking water in. If getting a bit of a beating, water will get in, but not as much as swimming in cag and neoprene trousers! ...
by janet brown
Sun Aug 25, 2013 9:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: stolen zet veloc
Replies: 2
Views: 580

Re: stolen zet veloc

As long as people don't automatically assume a light blue Veloc is stolen, as I've had mine for 18 months!

Janet
by janet brown
Fri Aug 02, 2013 8:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A couple of birdy trips and a gentle potter about
Replies: 18
Views: 1783

Re: A couple of birdy trips and a gentle potter about

I always enjoy your trip reports, mainly I suspect because they are so un-macho!
I would like to try something similar one day.

Janet
by janet brown
Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River runner suggestions for a small paddler
Replies: 20
Views: 2977

Re: River runner suggestions for a small paddler

Another vote for the Zet Veloc. I'm 5'0" and around 55k (without kit) and absolutely love it. Stepped up from a L'il Joe for the same reasons that you find the GT a problem. Its also quite light for a creeker :-) Am at LV occas: can let you know when I'll next be there if you PM me a mobile no! Janet
by janet brown
Sat May 18, 2013 10:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nene ww course
Replies: 4
Views: 1096

Re: Nene ww course

Can't compare it to HPP, but I suspect it is considerably smaller. It is a fun course, compared to Lee Valley Legacy it is fairly easy, but narrow. Around grade 2 mainly with one G3 drop

Janet
by janet brown
Sat May 18, 2013 9:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Werner Sherpa
Replies: 5
Views: 641

Re: Werner Sherpa

Standard or narrow shaft?

Janet
by janet brown
Sat May 18, 2013 8:55 pm
Forum: England - Southwest
Topic: Dart Levels
Replies: 2357
Views: 86822

Re: Dart Levels

Looking here, I can't see any evidence of recent paddling!

Janet (in Sussex so I haven't a clue really!)
by janet brown
Sun May 12, 2013 9:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: WANTED: old Mamba 7.5
Replies: 0
Views: 117

WANTED: old Mamba 7.5

Looking for an old Mamba 7.5 as it says. Would be happy to have a welded kayak if the price was right!

Janet
by janet brown
Sun Apr 21, 2013 8:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley Booking Fees
Replies: 35
Views: 3702

Re: Lee Valley Booking Fees

OK then forgetting the red herring, do you think it is OK to hop on without paying? I know you've had problems previously with a natural river and fully agree with your position there, but surely this is different?

Janet
by janet brown
Sat Apr 20, 2013 10:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley Booking Fees
Replies: 35
Views: 3702

Re: Lee Valley Booking Fees

Heard today that Lee Valley are having to check bib numbers now, as several paddlers have been taking bibs home with them, then going on the water in the appropriate coloured bib having not paid. Come on people, why won't you pay a few quid for such a fantastic facility? We're already less cost effe...
by janet brown
Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley Booking Fees
Replies: 35
Views: 3702

Re: Lee Valley Booking Fees

We welcome credit and debit card payments over the phone, online and in person. Payment made by credit card is subject to an administration/transaction fee of £2 per transaction. There is no charge for debit card payments.
Never had any problem with booking 2 hours in one transaction online.

Janet
by janet brown
Sat Apr 06, 2013 7:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: bed and breakfast bala
Replies: 11
Views: 938

Re: bed and breakfast bala

Rhydydefaid Farm at Frongoch was great, we had a double ensuite and son Alex was in a single which shared a bathroom with another double. Very handy for the T, but a drive into Bala for evening meals!
http://www.rhydydefaid.co.uk/

Janet
by janet brown
Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Go pro Won't turn on.
Replies: 10
Views: 1214

Re: Go pro Won't turn on.

If you are going to send it back to the seller, do it sooner rather than later, as there is a time limit beyond which you cannot raise a dispute on said auction site. I fell foul of this when sending a PS2 back: I accepted a straight replacement, where a refund would have been better, as the replace...
by janet brown
Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Would really like to demo Veloc or Nomad 8.1 before buying!
Replies: 2
Views: 173

Re: Would really like to demo Veloc or Nomad 8.1 before buyi

Ross Montandon has a Veloc I believe: search for Ross M on here.
I paddle one, and love it, but I'm on the south coast, so no use to you!

Janet
by janet brown
Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Camera bags
Replies: 2
Views: 453

Re: Camera bags

Ortlieb Aquazoom?
by janet brown
Sat Jan 26, 2013 5:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What Lens?
Replies: 7
Views: 621

Re: What Lens?

My 18-200 is quite heavy and cumbersome, especially on a Canon 50D. I've just bought a secondhand 400D with 18-55, which is much easier to carry and use on the rivers, and I'm not too worried about it getting wet!

Janet
by janet brown
Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sad news.....
Replies: 13
Views: 2191

Re: Sad news.....

Thinking of you.
by janet brown
Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What's missing?
Replies: 39
Views: 3749

Re: What's missing?

This is what I think is still missing from the North East that should be paddleable, sections in bold I know have been paddled and are supposed to be good: New Rivers Akenshaw Burn (Kielder Water Trib) ... Wharfe (Below Otley) That's a really impressively thorough list...anyone who has looked at th...
by janet brown
Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Poggies or Gloves^
Replies: 33
Views: 3620

Re: Poggies or Gloves^

I use either open-palm mitts or Palm Descent pogies. Like both, but find they both have disadvantages. Open palm mitts: Pro= Can flip back out the way when not wanted/needed. Con= Once almost failed to find the spraydeck grab loop when bailing out on G3 river. Palm Descent pogies: Pro= easy to get h...
by janet brown
Sat Jan 12, 2013 6:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Q. re Lee Valley
Replies: 77
Views: 7911

Re: Q. re Lee Valley

Sounds far too organised! I just count how many eddies I get.

Janet
by janet brown
Wed Jan 09, 2013 11:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Infinity Wezzit
Replies: 2764
Views: 129738

Re: Infinity Wezzit

Lower Guisane?
by janet brown
Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley Improvements
Replies: 36
Views: 2665

Re: Lee Valley Improvements

We dont have mountians, large open spaces or many natural rivers other then the thames.. ..... Lee Valley is open to all and is supported by Londoners through coucil tax levy and also money raised from commercial activities. in its first year of operation the WW center took 1.9 million in sales eas...