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by andy g
Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How many boats fit in a jumbo van?
Replies: 8
Views: 665

Re: How many boats fit in a jumbo van?

We have been doing this trip for the last 8 years now so we do have some experience. It all depends how big the boats are of course. The maximum number we achieved was 28 boats in 2018, but this was a really tight squeeze. We also take paddlers gear, personal bags and paddles so they can fly on hand...
by andy g
Mon Oct 22, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: England - Southwest
Topic: River Barle - Tarr Steps to Exe Confluence
Replies: 98
Views: 28887

Re: River Barle - Tarr Steps to Exe Confluence

Update on fallen trees from 20/21 October. Tarrs Steps to Dulverton is clear until the last 200 metres , when the tree at the Dulverton caravan park (mentioned above) is still across the river. After some work by two groups at Saturday pm and possible another on Sunday to remove branches at head hei...
by andy g
Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: England - Southeast
Topic: RIVER MEDWAY (Tonbridge to Allington)
Replies: 18
Views: 7945

Re: RIVER MEDWAY (Tonbridge to Allington)

Guys There is a very large tree trunk approx. 2m x 0.4m which is currently recirculating in the weir pool below the canoe chute at Sluice Gate lock. We gather it was jammed right at the top of the chute for the last week , leaving only a minute gap river right, but during our stay in the pool , it r...
by andy g
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Very sad news
Replies: 10
Views: 2266

Re: Very sad news

There are others who may like to comment in more detail on this but as one of those present I will give some information. There were lots of kayakers around, most of whom were about to get on the water, including coaches with groups. He was in a group of 5. His boat and body were quite quickly drawn...
by andy g
Tue Jul 11, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Boat Hire In Norway
Replies: 5
Views: 707

Boat Hire In Norway

Guys Need some advice please . Trying to put together a Norway trip for 2018 with club paddlers to some of the lesser grades around Voss and Opdal. Although everyone would prefer to take their own boat, the land trip via Belgium Germany Denmark, Sweden Norway is really long and presumable quite tedi...
by andy g
Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Evacuation from Mills Falls on R Usk
Replies: 9
Views: 1099

Re: Evacuation from Mills Falls on R Usk

I am really pleased to hear that Terry. Obviously your method worked well, and your team co-operated to make it happen.

I just wanted to hear paddler's views on how to tackle such a incident, to see if there were any pointers we could use for the future.
by andy g
Mon Mar 06, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Evacuation from Mills Falls on R Usk
Replies: 9
Views: 1099

Evacuation from Mills Falls on R Usk

2 weeks ago whilst on a club trip with several intermediates and beginners we ran Mills Falls on a "scrape". We found another group in the large eddy river right at the bottom, where one lady paddler had sustained a suspected dislocated shoulder. She was in a group shelter and being kept warm and as...
by andy g
Mon Mar 06, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Jackson Antix Demo / Info
Replies: 4
Views: 478

Re: Jackson Antix Demo / Info

Kent Canoes near Wrotham have a demo boat. There is also one at Lee Valley WWC.

Andy
by andy g
Thu Feb 16, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which boat for the soca?
Replies: 16
Views: 2006

Re: Which boat for the soca?

We do a club trip every year to the Soca in early June , and have enjoyed everything from huge water to very low. Under normal conditions most competent paddlers would probably enjoy it more in a small river runner or playboat (Dagger Juice, InaZone, Sub 7 etc) , and will run most of the sections in...
by andy g
Mon Apr 11, 2016 6:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Soca river
Replies: 7
Views: 951

Re: Soca river

I don't disagree at all Adrian. Looking at the facilities they provide and the way they have invested in this form of tourism, I am more than happy to support them. I must have remembered the daily price incorrectly as it was Euros 2.50 , so an increase to Euros 3.0 is OK by me. The weekly rate (whi...
by andy g
Mon Apr 11, 2016 5:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Soca river
Replies: 7
Views: 951

Re: Soca river

When you get there , go to the Tourist information centre in Bovec they will supply you with the river tickets which cost approx Euros 10 for 5 days (and are compulsory) and a river map

3€ a day this year.
That is quite an increase Simon. Thanks for the warning.
by andy g
Sat Apr 09, 2016 7:50 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Soca river
Replies: 7
Views: 951

Re: Soca river

When you get there , go to the Tourist information centre in Bovec they will supply you with the river tickets which cost approx Euros 10 for 5 days (and are compulsory) and a river map.
by andy g
Wed Apr 06, 2016 2:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sad News from the River Medway
Replies: 0
Views: 917

Sad News from the River Medway

Looks like yet another tragedy on a local (South East UK) river.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-35977947

At this stage until more facts become known, I will just offer deepest sympathies to friends and family of the deceased.
by andy g
Wed Jan 27, 2016 3:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuit compare - Kokatat Idol vs Typhon Multisport Hinge
Replies: 11
Views: 3697

Re: Drysuit compare - Kokatat Idol vs Typhon Multisport Hinge

Ed, I can't give you any information about the Kokatat, but my original Typhoon MultiSport 3 is still going pretty strong after 6 hard years use . OK it now needs a couple of seals but otherwise is great, perhaps the fit could be better but no other complaints. When the time comes to get another one...
by andy g
Tue Jan 12, 2016 9:10 am
Forum: England - Southwest
Topic: River East Dart - Postbridge to Dartmeet
Replies: 10
Views: 4862

Re: River East Dart - Postbridge to Dartmeet

I've been speaking to a few people today about the East Dart as some have aspirations of doing it, if you take out the tree factor it is actually a really good step up from the Loop before tackling something like the Middle Tavy or West Dart, some were discussing a summer trimming trip, nothing det...
by andy g
Sun Jan 10, 2016 9:09 am
Forum: England - Southwest
Topic: River East Dart - Postbridge to Dartmeet
Replies: 10
Views: 4862

Re: River East Dart - Postbridge to Dartmeet

Mark Your thoughts are similar to mine, an interesting river to have done , but not sure if would choose to repeat it, especially if there were other options. Several of my club members do want to run one day, I am trying to work out if I want to accompany them. It needs a small tight group of trust...
by andy g
Sat Dec 19, 2015 10:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing and EDF?
Replies: 13
Views: 4361

Re: British Canoeing and EDF?

Yes
I'll go along with that. I am pretty sure it could be a breach of the Data Protection Act, as well as flagrant disregard for their own rules.
by andy g
Sun Oct 25, 2015 4:09 pm
Forum: England - Southwest
Topic: Dangerous new weir on the Barle
Replies: 6
Views: 2909

Re: Dangerous new weir on the Barle

Thanks for the warning Pete, Here is a video of a small group from Meridian Canoe Club paddling the weir in very low water levels (0.29 on the EA gauge) on October 17th 2015 https://www.facebook.com/diana.wade.144 ... 3425377756 Basically you can no longer shoot the weir face river right as all the ...
by andy g
Sat Oct 24, 2015 10:46 pm
Forum: England - Southwest
Topic: River Barle - Tarr Steps to Exe Confluence
Replies: 98
Views: 28887

Re: River Barle - Tarr Steps to Exe Confluence

Thanks for the warning Pete, Here is a video of a small group from Meridian Canoe Club paddling the weir in very low water levels (0.29 on the EA gauge) on October 17th 2015 https://www.facebook.com/diana.wade.1447/posts/980153425377756 Basically you can no longer shoot the weir face river right as ...
by andy g
Thu Jun 11, 2015 2:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Slovenia travel by Road
Replies: 6
Views: 714

Re: Slovenia travel by Road

Steve

The translation from Adrian suggests that this will be finished by end June, and knowing the Germans it probably will be, but I would be prepared for the eventuality that it isn't, and have your own pre-planned diversion rather than rely on the signposted one.

Andy
by andy g
Thu Jun 11, 2015 11:43 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Slovenia travel by Road
Replies: 6
Views: 714

Slovenia travel by Road

I guess that most will have already been to Slovenia this year as it is getting late in the season, but if you are driving out from the UK via Luxembourg , please be warned that the stretch of non-autobhan road from Pirmasens to Landau is closed and the "official" diversion (Umleitung in German) is ...
by andy g
Tue May 05, 2015 2:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Conwy Hydro Scheme
Replies: 13
Views: 1871

Re: Conwy Hydro Scheme

Rich
It has been on the FaceBook pages of Kayaking the River Dart , Waters of Wales , and South Wales River Talk.

I have sent my emails to Canoe Wales and the Panning Officer and got an acknowledgement from the latter that my objection has been received and they will revert to me in due course.
by andy g
Wed Jan 14, 2015 10:53 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tawe Rescue
Replies: 13
Views: 3611

Re: Tawe Rescue

My deepest sympathies and condolences to his family , loved ones , and those colleagues from Cardiff Canoe Club who were with him at the time.

Andy
by andy g
Mon Jan 12, 2015 10:15 am
Forum: England - Southwest
Topic: River Teign - A382 Bridge to Steps Bridge
Replies: 20
Views: 11231

Re: RIVER TEIGN (A382 Bridge to Steps Bridge)

Paddled from A382 Bridge to Cliffords Bridge on Sunday with medium water levels. Although there are various parts of trees stuck in the gorge section all are passable relatively easily with care. The only issue is further downstream just before Cliffords Bridge. A tree has come down which blocks all...
by andy g
Sat Jan 03, 2015 6:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Broken Collar bone (possible surgery)
Replies: 15
Views: 2744

Re: Broken Collar bone (possible surgery)

I support the previous view, it is very much down to the individual. I was in my early 60s when an MTB accident broke my right clavicle almost exactly in the middle. Although I was whisked in A&E within minutes (the first vehicle on the scene was an off duty policeman , and the second was an ambulan...
by andy g
Wed Dec 10, 2014 4:57 pm
Forum: Wales - South
Topic: Afon Tywi - Junction Pool to Dolauhirion
Replies: 19
Views: 5084

Re: Afon Tywi - Junction Pool to Dolauhirion

Dave, You are probably correct the tree looked as if it had been there for a while , but I don't remember it being present when we did the same run 2 years ago (but that was at a much higher level) We didn't find the portage river right too bad, once off the water you can either seal launch into the...
by andy g
Mon Dec 08, 2014 4:26 pm
Forum: Wales - South
Topic: Afon Tywi - Junction Pool to Dolauhirion
Replies: 19
Views: 5084

Re: Afon Tywi - Junction Pool to Dolauhirion

A small group of us ran this section, starting at the Caravan and Camping Club site in Rhandirmwyn down to Dolauhirion on Saturday. The campsite manager is amenable to groups starting there as long as you ask permission first (preferably in advance) and secondly do not block their access road , or l...
by andy g
Wed Oct 29, 2014 5:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Family canoeing 1 or 2 day trip on the Wye
Replies: 4
Views: 588

Re: Family canoeing 1 or 2 day trip on the Wye

A very nice 2 or 3 day trip is Hereford down to Monmouth.

Use the YHA at Welsh Bicknor for an overnight stay, and there are several other riparian campsites.

There is a useful guide here: http://www.igreens.org.uk/canoeing_the_wye.htm

Andy
by andy g
Thu Oct 16, 2014 11:55 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New 'Entry Level' Go Pro Hero?
Replies: 24
Views: 3230

Re: New 'Entry Level' Go Pro Hero?

Looks very good to me too. I don't feel I need all the bells and whistles of the Hero 4 , so this one fits the bill for me. Slight warning, GoPro have probably underestimated the demand for their new releases , my daughter ordered a Hero 4 on the day of release (about 2 weeks ago?) and it did not ar...
by andy g
Tue Sep 16, 2014 8:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: DofE Paddling Supervision
Replies: 11
Views: 1853

Re: DofE Paddling Supervision

There is a fundamental issue here. The handbook is specific about supervision being very much in the background , as one of the key learning points for the participants is self reliance, teamwork, and overcoming issues during the expedition. However many Local Authorities , Schools, NGOs insist that...