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by rafiki
Wed May 16, 2012 3:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First Aid Kit
Replies: 15
Views: 980

Re: First Aid Kit

This has everything you need* and more, I think it's cheaper to buy this type of pack than the individual bits. It'll give you loads of spare to keep in the back of the car.

*actually I also have a face mask and a sam splint...
by rafiki
Tue May 15, 2012 2:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Full Face helmets
Replies: 14
Views: 1465

Re: Full Face helmets

What's the weird peaked cap on these? Any good?

70 quid seems like an absolute bargain.
by rafiki
Tue May 08, 2012 2:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Suggestions for repairing my hole...
Replies: 22
Views: 1920

Re: Suggestions for repairing my hole...

It should still be under warranty (if it's less than three years old), drop them an email with a photo (ideally before "repairing"!).
by rafiki
Tue May 01, 2012 2:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Has the bottom dropped out of the second hand kayak market?
Replies: 29
Views: 2531

Re: Has the bottom dropped out of the second hand kayak mark

Some boat manufacturers now offer guarantees for if your boat gets damaged within three years (certainly Fluid do). This should not be ignored when deciding on what is a fair used price. I broke my boat after two years and it was covered in warranty, I wouldn't have been able to do that if it wasn't...
by rafiki
Fri Mar 30, 2012 3:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lift from London to Fort William
Replies: 2
Views: 429

Re: Lift from London to Fort William

Thanks Natalie, I've been able to borrow a boat so I can get the mega bus sleeper. Appreciate the offer though.
by rafiki
Wed Mar 28, 2012 2:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lift from London to Fort William
Replies: 2
Views: 429

Lift from London to Fort William

Is anyone driving up to Fort William from the South (ideally less than an hour away from London) on one of the days between 30th March - 4th April (ideally at the weekend) with a spare space in their car for me and by boat? I am good at a. keeping drivers awake b. offering sweets c. helping with fue...
by rafiki
Sun Feb 12, 2012 11:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Weight distribution/trim
Replies: 16
Views: 882

Re: Weight distribution/trim

Do not think about this as a simple hinge of the lower spine, tilting the body forward, rather than rotation through the paddle strokes from your torso and upper back. If the boat is planing with no edge, the interface has little influence on the hull and a quick and efficient move across the trans...
by rafiki
Sat Feb 11, 2012 7:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Weight distribution/trim
Replies: 16
Views: 882

Re: Weight distribution/trim

Varying trim was the single best piece of coaching I ever had (hat tip to Paul Smith). Give it a try! It'll surprise you how you only minor changes in trim have amazing affects on turning (or not turning) your boat. BUT having a solid grounding in paddling forward upright, and sitting forward throug...
by rafiki
Tue Feb 07, 2012 8:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: OS Maps
Replies: 5
Views: 556

Re: OS Maps

I'm sorry, but this site may not be able to display any more OS maps today (due to an OS imposed limit of 200000 map tile fetches per day). Please try visiting again tomorrow. For now, the site will run with out of copyright 1940s OS Mapping. If you are a Natural History recorder, there is a versio...
by rafiki
Fri Jan 27, 2012 5:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Norway - With an easy twist
Replies: 11
Views: 1128

Re: Norway - With an easy twist

another resource: http://norww.com/about.shtml by Tore Nossum...
by rafiki
Fri Jan 27, 2012 3:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: CE reply to John Wood's access questions on FB
Replies: 36
Views: 2955

Re: CE reply to John Wood's access questions on FB

The organisation is supposed to be in some sense democratic, isn't it?? (I'm sure I get yearly things through the post to vote for people.) Is there any way we can lobby for a referendum (of CE members) for what their access policy CE should adopt going forward? It seems obscene that employees of th...
by rafiki
Fri Jan 27, 2012 1:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Whitewater Newbie, What to wear in February?
Replies: 30
Views: 1201

Re: Whitewater Newbie, What to wear in February?

A dry cag is definitely recommended, preferably with latex hand seals. I used to paddle in winter with a second-hand dry cag, a couple of thermals underneath and trunks*, back when men were men. You'll be fine with a wetsuit, cag and a few thermals, but take a wooly hat and gloves for when you finis...
by rafiki
Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Grip Tape on Paddles?
Replies: 36
Views: 5431

Re: Grip Tape on Paddles?

Has anyone tried these? Happy looks awesome!

Self-amalgamating tape seems pretty hard-core / no chance to remove. Has anyone actually used it on their blades, is it even grippy?


Final question: If you have straight paddles, do you grip both sides?
by rafiki
Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:31 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Grip Tape on Paddles?
Replies: 36
Views: 5431

Re: Grip Tape on Paddles?

Anyone have a way to replicate the h2o paddle-grip? I really like my h2os...
by rafiki
Fri Jan 20, 2012 8:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What is going wrong?
Replies: 82
Views: 7624

Re: What is going wrong?

mantamx wrote:I'd think it is BCU's role.
And walking accidents are the responsibility of the ramblers association, they should regulate walking.
by rafiki
Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyrenees
Replies: 17
Views: 966

Re: Pyrenees

Definitely worth going! We went last year in last two weeks of April. Levels in France were already on the low-side (though paddleable), but rivers were much higher on the Spanish side (I recommend spending more time there) - it could have been a low year? We wild camped most of the time...
by rafiki
Tue Jan 17, 2012 2:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Boof knee technique
Replies: 27
Views: 1865

Re: Boof knee technique

I found a seal-launch exercise in one of EJ's DVDs to be very useful: He showed people practising by teetering on the lip of an overhanging rock (a few meters above the water). The paddler balances on the lip with paddle in one hand on the rock (ready to push off) and the other hand on the rock (als...
by rafiki
Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Boof knee technique
Replies: 27
Views: 1865

Re: Boof knee technique

rather than how to teach it initially, is the question about what makes the perfect boof? ..

my 2 cents is that you can lean forward without any upward pull on the bow of the boat, so clearly leaning forward isn't enough...
by rafiki
Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:13 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: Wanted: Coaching Processes Course
Replies: 2
Views: 230

Re: Wanted: Coaching Processes Course

Thanks TC.

Phil Hadley is running one on the 9th/10th Feb in Harlow. So I am going on that.
If anyone else was interested, there may be more spaces available (I'm not sure).
by rafiki
Tue Jan 10, 2012 4:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Wanted: Split Paddles (3 or 4-way split)
Replies: 3
Views: 254

Wanted: Split Paddles (3 or 4-way split)

Looking for a set of 3 or 4-way split paddles!
Does anyone have a set they no longer need/want?
Thanks!
by rafiki
Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Should there be a Kayak review section on here ?
Replies: 11
Views: 893

Re: Should there be a Kayak review section on here ?

Reviews are onlyrelevent for the time the boat was manufactured. One solution could be to only display reviews posted in the last 2 years. As has been said mostpeoplewouldnt say a boat (there pride and joys)was rubish even if it was as they bought it. I have bought some rubbish boats, and still go ...
by rafiki
Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:50 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: Wanted: Coaching Processes Course
Replies: 2
Views: 230

Wanted: Coaching Processes Course

Is anyone running one (ideally in the South-East or Midlands)?
Many thanks

I'm hoping to do one in the next six months so I can attend an Advanced Water Endorsement Training course.
by rafiki
Thu Jan 05, 2012 6:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: UKCC coaches Vs old style BCU coaches
Replies: 41
Views: 3577

Re: UKCC coaches Vs old style BCU coaches

and an old Level 3 can coach and assess someone up to the new 3*...
by rafiki
Thu Jan 27, 2011 3:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Fishkeeper - spit or swallow (falls)?
Replies: 6
Views: 910

Fishkeeper - spit or swallow (falls)?

FYI. Apparently this guy has previous. I'm not sure what precisely Durham Uni club did, if anything, to pee off this yokel... or whether it's just par for the course?

http://www.dur.ac.uk/canoe.club/forum/v ... f=2&t=3021
by rafiki
Tue Jan 25, 2011 2:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Becoming a FSRT/4 star provider?
Replies: 5
Views: 622

Re: Becoming a FSRT/4 star provider?

Hi Ian,

What are the prerequisites for the FSRT Providers course?

Thanks,
Andy
by rafiki
Sun Jan 23, 2011 6:33 pm
Forum: Wales - South
Topic: Tawe Hassle.
Replies: 425
Views: 43479

Re: TAWE HASSLE.

Rollback. Theres plenty of ways to stop you lads just wait and see. If it was up to me there'd be razor wire strung from bank to bank , fortunately for you lot its not up to me. Do any of you lot have any insurance? if not who would you be looking to make claim off if you had an accident? What the.....
by rafiki
Sun Jan 23, 2011 1:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River reading..
Replies: 15
Views: 1083

Re: River reading..

Chris - it's a rework.
by rafiki
Sun Jan 23, 2011 1:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River reading..
Replies: 15
Views: 1083

Re: River reading..

This is mandatory reading (and fun).
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kayak-Frontier- ... 565&sr=8-2