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by jmmoxon
Thu May 23, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tees Barrage June Closure!
Replies: 9
Views: 527

Re: Tees Barrage June Closure!

Certainly doesn't help, but I think you'll find staff costs are the biggest outlay at all artificial courses... Where do they make most of their money, as requirements for rec boaters, rafts & emergency services safety training are quite different? The course is owned by Canals & Rivers Trust, but m...
by jmmoxon
Thu May 23, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Chile or Costa Rica
Replies: 3
Views: 64

Re: Chile or Costa Rica

Plenty of rivers in CR, but getting around them is easier. These guys run trips, mostly boulder gardens: https://www.costaricarios.com/costa-rica-kayaking.html In Chile the main centres are big volume on the futaleufu, or waterfalls around pucon: https://puconkayakhostel.com/when-is-the-best-time-to...
by jmmoxon
Thu May 23, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Chile or Costa Rica
Replies: 3
Views: 64

Re: Chile or Costa Rica

Depends how much holiday you have - CR if only a week, Chile for 2 or 3.

Mike
by jmmoxon
Wed May 22, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tees Barrage June Closure!
Replies: 9
Views: 527

Re: Tees Barrage June Closure!

Same as most other facilities, funds are available for set up, but not for running costs, so it has to pay it's way & most days won't.

Mike
by jmmoxon
Mon May 13, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Water proof torch for sea caves
Replies: 8
Views: 629

Re: Water proof torch for sea caves

I use zebralights, but obviously would sink if you drop them:
https://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/sh ... -my-choice

Mike
by jmmoxon
Sat May 11, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale
Replies: 15
Views: 1218

Re: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale

Indeed, if you change your plan, it may have them searching in the wrong area. The problem is we will never convince everyone of the seaworthiness of our "little boats". I agree there's no reason to leave a route plan at the campsite, but them knowing when you're expected back & that you have an eme...
by jmmoxon
Fri May 10, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale
Replies: 15
Views: 1218

Re: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale

No, it wouldn't necessarily prevent a call out, but you have then done everything within your power on that front. In this case the individual concerned obviously didn't know your plans, so they asked the campsite owner... & as far as I'm aware jack snipe have never been recorded breeding or display...
by jmmoxon
Fri May 10, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale
Replies: 15
Views: 1218

Re: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale

If you're leaving a tent or vehicle on the campsite then you should definitely inform the owner if not planning to return - they might even not charge you full price for the night!

& unlikely to have been a jack snipe, more likely a common snipe displaying over it's territory.

Mike
by jmmoxon
Wed May 08, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak for messing around in Loch's
Replies: 3
Views: 253

Re: Sea kayak for messing around in Loch's

Any sea kayak will be useable, unless you don't fit in it, some will be nicer than others. Plastic is more forgiving for the excitement of rock hopping...

Mike
by jmmoxon
Thu May 02, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Getting a Kayak down a narrow alleyway
Replies: 14
Views: 580

Re: Getting a Kayak down a narrow alleyway

Upright or get an inflatable.

Mike
by jmmoxon
Wed May 01, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: When where who?
Replies: 15
Views: 826

Re: When where who?

by jmmoxon
Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Canoeing on the River Dart
Replies: 4
Views: 679

Re: Canoeing on the River Dart

Is the dart running - NO - but the prediction is back online:
http://isthedartrunning.co.uk
by jmmoxon
Sat Apr 27, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New book
Replies: 0
Views: 228

New book

by jmmoxon
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Severn Estuary
Replies: 6
Views: 469

Re: Severn Estuary

Birnbeck pier at Weston super mare has an old walkway near it that can be used at low tide (although possibly not big spring lows). There is street parking or a pay & display nearby, but it is quite a steep carry to & from the water (steps beside the hotels on lower continuation of Birnbeck Road are...
by jmmoxon
Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Steve Backshall in Greenland
Replies: 2
Views: 389

Steve Backshall in Greenland

Paddling in Scoresby Sund on BBC2 now. Part 2 next Sunday.

Mike
by jmmoxon
Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Severn Estuary
Replies: 6
Views: 469

Re: Severn Estuary

May be better off ascending with the tide as get out points are limited at low. Either way you can't paddle against the main flow.

Mike
by jmmoxon
Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 30 day license, but... insurance
Replies: 6
Views: 326

Re: 30 day license, but... insurance

Says £34.72 at bottom for canoes or kayaks - better put a cabin on it for the cheapest price!
by jmmoxon
Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 30 day license, but... insurance
Replies: 6
Views: 326

Re: 30 day license, but... insurance

British canoeing just send you a membership card to carry with you now, it covers you for other waterways beyond canals & rivers trust, but not all that require licencing. Their magazine is online.

Mike
by jmmoxon
Fri Apr 19, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: When where who?
Replies: 15
Views: 826

Re: When where who?

Hollowform river chasers were being used in 1974, seems they didn't have pillars (moulds later sold to Perception):
http://worldkayakblogs.com/billsblog/20 ... ayboating/
by jmmoxon
Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: When where who?
Replies: 15
Views: 826

Re: When where who?

Ah, but was it a kayak or a canoe (in 1942)? The first fibreglass boats were only just being made then:
http://www.goodoldboat.com/reader_servi ... rglass.php

You can still buy new Valetas:
http://www.acecanoes.com/

& 1984 was about the time of first plastic sea kayaks.
by jmmoxon
Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: When where who?
Replies: 15
Views: 826

Re: When where who?

Seems perception were the first to rotomould (& probably first in UK), but there were other designs before Mirage: https://kayakdave.com/2012/10/19/the-early-history-of-plastic-kayaks/ Fibreglass is more difficult to trace as they were initially home builds, but internet suggests late 195Os (however...
by jmmoxon
Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Canoeing on the River Dart
Replies: 4
Views: 679

Re: Canoeing on the River Dart

That has always been their opinion.

Mike
by jmmoxon
Thu Mar 28, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Corsica 22nd - 28th April - anyone about?
Replies: 4
Views: 405

Re: Corsica 22nd - 28th April - anyone about?

Could be a bad year for water levels:
https://www.snow-forecast.com/countries ... ca/resorts

Webcam pic from today, if you click on it the other piste is even worse:
https://www.onthesnow.co.uk/corse/webcams.html

Andy Holt will have finished his guided trips by then.

Mike
by jmmoxon
Thu Mar 28, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How do you break a boat?
Replies: 19
Views: 1225

Re: How do you break a boat?

Just seen a video of the back end of a kayak "exploding" off whilst running a steep slide / waterfall, but it was a prototype...
by jmmoxon
Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cheesy makes a brief appearance
Replies: 1
Views: 404

Cheesy makes a brief appearance

With Palm's recycled sit on top:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m ... -episode-1

Mike
by jmmoxon
Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: testing a plb
Replies: 7
Views: 450

Re: testing a plb

You have to deploy the antenna to access the test & activation buttons. I guess that if lots of people were testing them throughout the hour it might obscure a real emergency signal, so better to concentrate that into a short, easily remembered, period.
by jmmoxon
Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: highest waterfall paddled uk
Replies: 8
Views: 860

Re: highest waterfall paddled uk

Another problem is you can't tell how deep the pool is from above (or possibly even if there is one!) & the stream may well smash you against the far wall at the level where it does back up... But, assuming you survived that, it might be possible to paddle around to where there are other ways out, w...