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by AlexC
Sat Dec 22, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Just for fun........
Replies: 15
Views: 1342

Re: Just for fun........

I think I'd probably need £100k, and even then not sure if I'd do it.
by AlexC
Thu Aug 30, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Inflatable kayak to carry bikes and 2 people...info needed
Replies: 20
Views: 3502

Re: Inflatable kayak to carry bikes and 2 people...info needed

Righto. Fold up bikes, agreed that's a different matter.
A good source of info would be singletrackworld.com. They seem to have a thing for packrafts packarafts
by AlexC
Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Inflatable kayak to carry bikes and 2 people...info needed
Replies: 20
Views: 3502

Re: Inflatable kayak to carry bikes and 2 people...info needed

Has anyone actually done a trip like this? I'm confused. A trip like what? If you mean a trip with two people and two full size bikes trying to get themselves into an inflatable canoe then yes I've done it. It's not possible. As above, read the thread. The bikes took up all the available space in a ...
by AlexC
Mon May 21, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Absurdly large head looking for helmet
Replies: 30
Views: 3885

Re: Absurdly large head looking for helmet

Cunting phone. XL Giro helmet. Not Go to obvs.
by AlexC
Mon May 21, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Absurdly large head looking for helmet
Replies: 30
Views: 3885

Re: Absurdly large head looking for helmet

I was horrified to be told in one reputable shop to buy the largest they had (a different model and make), and take a scalpel to the foam Why were you horrified. That's what people with huge heads just have to Do, and have done for years. Quite sweet all these people with62cm giving options. The OP ...
by AlexC
Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Inflatable kayak to carry bikes and 2 people...info needed
Replies: 20
Views: 3502

Re: Inflatable kayak to carry bikes and 2 people...info needed

As jim says above, there was sod all room in my sevylor when e we did the west highland way last year. Our two bikes only just fitted in Jim's behemoth Canadian. I had been hoping to get then in the sevylor but that was just daft in retrospect. Be careful of the weight specs in the boats. My sevylor...
by AlexC
Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 7 Miles Flat Water in a Topo Duo/ Kayak Hire Loch Lomond?
Replies: 8
Views: 1001

We$t Highland Way Trip Report

Quick update... Jim well and truly provided the goods and me and the kid had an excellent 4 days. We did the West Highland Way by bike as planned, with the nasty LL bit in a Sevlylor inflatable. I'll try and put a few photos below, but if you want the full report then head for: http://singletrackwor...
by AlexC
Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 7 Miles Flat Water in a Topo Duo/ Kayak Hire Loch Lomond?
Replies: 8
Views: 1001

Re: 7 Miles Flat Water in a Topo Duo/ Kayak Hire Loch Lomond?

Hi Jim,
Don't suppose you're around next weekend are you?

cheers

Alex
by AlexC
Mon Apr 03, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: No rain, need some motivation!
Replies: 108
Views: 19664

Re: No rain, need some motivation!

That woodist video is absolutely amazing. The other kayak pron vids leave me completely cold, but that one is amazing.


Watch it
All
Now
by AlexC
Tue Mar 14, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: RPM vs RPM max
Replies: 4
Views: 975

Re: RPM vs RPM max

Why not borrow my RPM to help you decide.
Then if you want to buy it, you could do that too :-)

Alex in Manc
by AlexC
Sun Mar 05, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 7 Miles Flat Water in a Topo Duo/ Kayak Hire Loch Lomond?
Replies: 8
Views: 1001

7 Miles Flat Water in a Topo Duo/ Kayak Hire Loch Lomond?

I'm starting to put together some vague plans for doing the West Highland Way (mostly) by bike with number 1 son. Rather than the hectic dash I did last time, looks like either 4 or probably 5 days seems sensible. The problem as ever is the top section of Loch Lomond, which is mostly unrideable and ...
by AlexC
Wed Dec 21, 2016 10:01 am
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: Keswick Greta Friday 23 Dec
Replies: 0
Views: 664

Keswick Greta Friday 23 Dec

Hi,
Anyone fancy the Greta this Friday? I might take a look on my way through from Manchester to Hexham

cheers

Alex
by AlexC
Tue May 31, 2016 10:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Awe Summer Saturday Releases
Replies: 8
Views: 647

Re: River Awe Summer Saturday Releases

Thanks Jim, Couldn't see any other suitable releases on there. Back to my other question, is it paddleable at compensation flows? I'm guessing it is, if you're not after proper gnarl. Also, anyone know the Allt Van Halen that Vertical Descents do the canyoning on? That looks like an option for one day
by AlexC
Sat May 28, 2016 9:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Awe Summer Saturday Releases
Replies: 8
Views: 647

Re: River Awe Summer Saturday Releases

Yup, that's the page I looked at earlier. For some reason I found it confusing and doubted the info on it. Perhaps because the first release it mentioned between May and October was in April . Or did I read that wrong. Ok, no freshets next weekend. Is it paddleable on normal release?


cheers
by AlexC
Sat May 28, 2016 12:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Awe Summer Saturday Releases
Replies: 8
Views: 647

Re: River Awe Summer Saturday Releases

Ok, I've just read the description of the rive on UKRGB, apparently there are river guides on this site as well:-) Who knew? It's tricky to see what's current due to the contradictions between updates, but it appears that I definitely don't want a full release with the kids. Which is fair enough bec...
by AlexC
Sat May 28, 2016 12:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Awe Summer Saturday Releases
Replies: 8
Views: 647

River Awe Summer Saturday Releases

Hi, Having binned the Ardeche holiday due to the strikes, we're looking at alternatives in the UK. I recall that the Awe used to run guaranteed releases for 24 hours through Saturday night. But that was probably 15 years ago or more. The info I can find so far suggests only intermittent releases on ...
by AlexC
Tue May 24, 2016 9:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Massif Central rivers (Dordogne, Lot, Tarn) at half-term
Replies: 10
Views: 1309

Re: Massif Central rivers (Dordogne, Lot, Tarn) at half-term

The question is.... are you still going to go?

We're scheduled to drive to 'bleau on Saturday, then Lyon on Wednesday, then Ardeche for 3 days, drive to marseille to pick up the missues, back to Ardeche for 6 days then home.

But there's a petrol shortage and big strikes

Should we still go?
by AlexC
Sun Mar 06, 2016 9:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Man vs Hell - Charity Challenge - 24 hours of kayaking + 300miles on a bike!
Replies: 3
Views: 1146

Re: Man vs Hell - Charity Challenge - 24 hours of kayaking + 300miles on a bike!

Deeply impressed. 16.5 mph is very good going. And after that many miles it's amazing.
by AlexC
Sun Mar 06, 2016 9:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Man vs Hell - Charity Challenge - 24 hours of kayaking + 300miles on a bike!
Replies: 3
Views: 1146

Re: Man vs Hell - Charity Challenge - 24 hours of kayaking + 300miles on a bike!

sounds like an epic achievement. 300 miles in a day is huge. can I just query this though: proceeded to pedal his way bike all the way back to the family business, badly the support team had an intervention and put the bike in the van and drove Richard to safer climates to continue his journey hom w...
by AlexC
Sat Jan 09, 2016 4:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: VANS- discussion, advise, experiences ect.
Replies: 19
Views: 3184

Re: VANS- discussion, advise, experiences ect.

Got a LWB T5. We definitely appreciate the extra room. It does mean that you search for specific parking spaces in car parks etc, but not too much problem. Bear in mind insurance costs, I pay around £250 fully comp. If you do a self coversion then getting insurance is very expensive/tricky. The rule...
by AlexC
Tue May 19, 2015 10:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Flying IN the french alps rest day option
Replies: 10
Views: 1166

Re: Flying IN the french alps rest day option

Just because the apostrophe is in the right place doesn't make it unambiguous.
by AlexC
Fri Apr 24, 2015 9:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ardeche advice for someone who should know better...
Replies: 11
Views: 1782

Re: Ardeche advice for someone who should know better...

Thanks for the info. I'll check it out.
The guy I wanted to borrow the other canoe from is using it that weekend. If anyone has a decent inflatable for sale then let me know.
cheers
by AlexC
Thu Apr 23, 2015 6:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Turkish Airlines
Replies: 3
Views: 648

Re: Turkish Airlines

Make sure you get it in writing. We got told $25 each way from London to Erzurum. They didn't actually charge us on the way out, but on the way back they wanted some ridiculous price like £200. Glad we had it printed off. I had the boat and a full TNF bag which always ways bang on 20kg when full. So...
by AlexC
Wed Apr 22, 2015 8:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ardeche advice for someone who should know better...
Replies: 11
Views: 1782

Re: Ardeche advice for someone who should know better...

Ha ha, this is not going well. I've found various dry bags but they all leak. Some slightly, some very much. gootdours has some cheap ones so I think I'll just have to replace the lot. Sleeping bags is tricky. When we camped at The Coe for skiing the kids were quite happy in the Rab Summit 1000s, bu...
by AlexC
Tue Apr 21, 2015 8:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ardeche advice for someone who should know better...
Replies: 11
Views: 1782

Ardeche advice for someone who should know better...

Crumbs, this is weird. I think the last whitewater I paddled was around 8 years ago in Califormia, and now I'm back asking for more advice. This time I'm tackling the mighty Ardeche. But with the sprogs in tow. I'm actually quite excited, but also pretty clueless on a few key points: Will I need a t...
by AlexC
Thu Sep 18, 2014 9:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Food for multi-day trips
Replies: 13
Views: 1705

Re: Food for multi-day trips

Fat does indeed contain much more energy per gramme than carbs but there is one key snag - the rate at which your body can turn it into energy. It's probably not so relevant for a typical paddling trip but if you are doing very high intensity exercise for a long period of time then your body simply ...
by AlexC
Wed Sep 17, 2014 1:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Food for multi-day trips
Replies: 13
Views: 1705

Re: Food for multi-day trips

If my Saturday cycle ride was anything to go by I don't think I could fit enough food in my kayak for a multi day trip :-) During the actual ride I managed to eat: coffee scone and jam two cheese ham and picked onion sandwiches 2 chocolate pancakes honey roast cashews/peanuts jelly babies toasted pi...
by AlexC
Thu Aug 21, 2014 5:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The Big EZ rides again
Replies: 2
Views: 756

The Big EZ rides again

Was down in Pembroke last week on a family holiday and we managed to get out for two paddles, one beautiful, scenic and relaxing and one beautiful, blowy and a bit intimidating. Took my Wavesport Big EZ and an Inflatable Sevylor sk400ds or something. We wouldn't all have fitted in the inflatable and...
by AlexC
Wed Jul 30, 2014 10:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The Etive spanking a paddler at monstrous flows!!!
Replies: 48
Views: 5794

Re: The Etive spanking a paddler at monstrous flows!!!

methinks Dave ought to find some other people to paddle with...