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by Donna B
Wed Feb 23, 2011 9:25 pm
Forum: Wales - North
Topic: AFON ELWY
Replies: 12
Views: 3357

Elwy Levels & Guide

Is there anyone near to the Elwy who can advise paddling levels compared to the 2 EA gauges at Pont y Gwyddel (Llanfair Talhaiarn) and/or St Asaph ? Also, there is a guide to the Elwy here but it doesn't appear in the North Wales list - maybe it's still work in progress to update the list? Thanks, D...
by Donna B
Mon Jul 26, 2010 10:20 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: OS Maps
Replies: 5
Views: 531

Re: OS Maps

Local library. Then you can borrow up to date maps for each trip at no charge. Some libraries are also doing free requests, so you can make sure you get the ones you want when you need them.

Donna
by Donna B
Mon Jul 26, 2010 10:14 am
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Found - Throwbag on the Dee
Replies: 0
Views: 253

Found - Throwbag on the Dee

Between Mile End Mill and Town Falls.

Describe the make, colour and what's written on it and I'll happily return it to you.

Donna
by Donna B
Sat Feb 06, 2010 10:21 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Matlock Slalom Course
Replies: 7
Views: 1579

Re: Matlock Slalom Course

The Derwent has been about medium most of this week (half way up the concrete at the getout, just covering killer rock and starting to form playhole) and may have come up slightly with recent rain. However, it is also affected by Ladybower so levels can stay topped up longer, and I have once had the...
by Donna B
Tue Feb 02, 2010 2:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Updating River levels - Why dont folk do it more?
Replies: 11
Views: 904

Re: Updating River levels - Why dont folk do it more?

I agree with Matt and Joe that it is useful to have updates in areas not covered by online EA/SEPA gauge info or webcams - particularly for those people who live in the flatlands and need to travel to paddle decent water. We can't just look out of the window and make a reasonable guess! However, I h...
by Donna B
Tue Jan 26, 2010 2:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Latex neck seal repair/replace
Replies: 10
Views: 885

Re: Latex neck seal repair/replace

DIY iron-on neck seals - £17 incl p&p from DamX. Worked for me in an emergency.

Donna
by Donna B
Mon Jan 11, 2010 4:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Neck seal replacement guides?
Replies: 10
Views: 1052

Re: Neck seal replacement guides?

You can get an iron-on replacement neck seal from Dam X for £17 including postage - comes with full instructions and takes around 2 hours to do. I have been unconvinced by Bostick glue in the past, but have had no problems with this coming unstuck. Advantage is that it is fully removeable if you scr...
by Donna B
Wed Oct 28, 2009 4:29 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Found next day - Lost paddles - Gloy - 28 Oct
Replies: 4
Views: 292

Found next day - Lost paddles - Gloy - 28 Oct

Palm paddles, white symmetrical blades and black aluminium shaft with drip rings.

If anyone finds them, please contact Joe on 07747 398 028.

Thanks. Donna
by Donna B
Fri Sep 18, 2009 5:59 pm
Forum: England - Northeast
Topic: NORTH EAST WATER LEVELS
Replies: 297
Views: 34447

Re: WHARFE WATER LEVELS

Anyone know the current level? Thinking of going there this weekend. Any alternative suggestions for an intermediate group also welcome!

Thanks
by Donna B
Fri Sep 18, 2009 5:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which trousers for winter when it's cold and wet?
Replies: 1
Views: 255

Re: Which trousers for winter when it's cold and wet?

Drysuit. Preferably with fleece trousers, thermals and hiking boot socks inside. Footless tights are good too for the ultimate cheap extra layer.

You should be fine this weekend though - the water isn't that cold yet...
by Donna B
Tue Sep 01, 2009 10:17 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: UKCC L1 Course - Derby - £95
Replies: 2
Views: 187

Re: UKCC L1 Course - Derby - £95

Places still available at present.

Will - you should have an email from me.

Donna
by Donna B
Thu Aug 27, 2009 5:17 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: UKCC L1 Course - Derby - £95
Replies: 2
Views: 187

UKCC L1 Course - Derby - £95

Dates - 26/27 September and 17/18 October

Optional FSRT on 19 September

Currently places available - please pm me with your email for full details.

Donna
by Donna B
Wed Aug 26, 2009 4:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: General Rules of River Running
Replies: 43
Views: 2300

Re: General Rules of River Running

Donna B wrote: Grade 3-4: Put the bottom of your boat against cushion waves and 'ride' them. (i.e. edged, so the bottom of the boat is flat to the wave) Adrian Cooper wrote: Hmmm, not sure. I usually go with the 'lean on it' plan like we do with rocks. As in everything else in kayaking - try it and...
by Donna B
Tue Aug 25, 2009 4:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: General Rules of River Running
Replies: 43
Views: 2300

Re: General Rules of River Running

Some one-liners I have figured out for myself, but other people seem to find useful as well. Grade 2: When the river splits, always take the first option that goes down. (Particularly useful on shingly shallow rivers with islands.) If it moves it's a wave, if it stays still it's a rock. Water nearly...
by Donna B
Thu Aug 13, 2009 2:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Carpal Tunnel syndrome and cranked paddles
Replies: 8
Views: 627

Re: Carpal Tunnel syndrome and cranked paddles

Try putting silicone spray (Seal Saver etc.) on the latex wrist seals, then inserting a jam jar or plastic pot which has a similar diameter to your wrist and leaving it for a week. Worked for me after I started having problems with a new drysuit.

Donna
by Donna B
Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Whats the sharpest waterproof camera?
Replies: 5
Views: 410

Re: Whats the sharpest waterproof camera?

I can second the Canon Powershot - we have an older model with a diving quality case (~£70 as now out of date) and the quality of stills is excellent. However, it is rather bulkier than the waterproof cameras available and leaves room for little else in a BA pocket.
by Donna B
Wed Jul 29, 2009 2:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What do I do after BCU 3*?
Replies: 5
Views: 375

Re: What do I do after BCU 3*?

Congratulations - you have now learned all the basics on how to paddle! At this point real canoeing begins ... It all depends on what you want to do, and what opportunities are available in your area. There are plenty of rivers out there if you can join up with the right people - get as much experie...
by Donna B
Tue Jul 28, 2009 2:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: My deck leaks - help & advice please.
Replies: 6
Views: 362

Re: My deck leaks - help & advice please.

Both Playboater decks I have bought (different sizes) leaked after about 1 year's use - through the seam between the waist tube and the deck part. This would be worse the more stretched out it is. Easily solved by putting a strip of neoprene tape on the inside to seal it up, should give several more...
by Donna B
Sat Jul 25, 2009 12:39 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: River Spey with kids
Replies: 3
Views: 646

Re: River Spey with kids

We paddled the full length last May from Loch Insh to Spey Bay. It is fairly easy from there to Grantown but with an entertaining tree near the start (in high levels anyway) and one or two interesting but short rapids through Aviemore. Below Grantown the river is pretty much continuous grade 2. The ...
by Donna B
Sun Jul 19, 2009 9:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paadler weight.
Replies: 4
Views: 623

Re: Paadler weight.

As someone who lost a lot of weight by accident (over 11 stone down to 9 stone, 2-3 years ago) I experienced the problems of being underweight for a boat first-hand. I used to paddle a Savage Maniac (Similar to a GTX or Inazone 240 for those that are unfamiliar, but very flat bottomed and hard raile...
by Donna B
Fri Jul 17, 2009 5:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Vrynwy. Is it releasing?
Replies: 7
Views: 515

Re: Vrynwy. Is it releasing?

If it has rained within the last couple days or so, you can guarantee some of the rivers in that valley will be paddleable. Check out the Vyrnwy at Pontrobert - if too low to float down then the Dulas from Esgairgeiliog or the Twymyn are your best options, runnable in most conditions. If too high (n...
by Donna B
Fri Jul 17, 2009 5:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: All the gear, no idea - a cautionary tale
Replies: 15
Views: 978

Re: All the gear, no idea - a cautionary tale

the other beneifit with side on paddle presentation is you can reach down and get hold of the sholder strap of a boyancy aid thhis should allow you to get the head clear of the water and support them without rolling them all the way up. The water and BA will support most of the weight, once they ca...
by Donna B
Fri Jul 17, 2009 3:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: All the gear, no idea - a cautionary tale
Replies: 15
Views: 978

Re: All the gear, no idea - a cautionary tale

I have learned how to pull someone up, having done FSRT 10 days ago, which is why I know I struggled to pull up a very large paddler. Something I certainly intend to practise. However in this case he was very definitely not unconscious! Would that make a difference to how easy it was to pull him up?...
by Donna B
Fri Jul 17, 2009 2:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: All the gear, no idea - a cautionary tale
Replies: 15
Views: 978

All the gear, no idea - a cautionary tale

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by Donna B
Fri Jul 03, 2009 9:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Latex seals and copper
Replies: 7
Views: 911

Re: Latex seals and copper

Possible, but unlikely - although storing them in something else could be worth a try. IMHO, it sounds like they are coming into contact with a chemical that they are reacting to in a bad way. I know of one person who put Vaseline on his seals in the mistaken belief it would help them, only to have ...
by Donna B
Mon Jun 22, 2009 9:54 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Upper Tryweryn!
Replies: 28
Views: 1605

Re: Upper Tryweryn!

Presume that if you have paddled at Matlock a few times you probably live somewhere near. So to ask a daft question, why cross the country to the Tryweryn as the only other river you are asking about? Join a club, get with a group you can paddle with regularly who will help you improve, and go and e...
by Donna B
Wed Jun 17, 2009 11:16 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Club Member to coach ratio?
Replies: 25
Views: 882

Re: Club Member to coach ratio?

I have recently done a similar exercise at our club, ie writing a development plan, and looking at numbers of coaches required. We have around 150 members, almost all recreational (those who take part in competitions tend to be members of another local club as well for coaching in sprint/marathon or...
by Donna B
Wed May 20, 2009 10:38 am
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: Affordable L1 Coach Course - June / July
Replies: 2
Views: 320

Re: Affordable L1 Coach Course - June / July

Genuine offer, aimed at encouraging volunteer club coaches.

Since Slovenia beckons, please email the course director Colin Broadway (LCO Leicestershire) for details over the next 2 weeks - colinbroadway [at] hotmail [dot] com

Thanks,
Donna
by Donna B
Sun May 17, 2009 9:39 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A coaching Question
Replies: 2
Views: 409

Re: A coaching Question

The new UKCC levels are related to your ability as a coach, not as a paddler. My interpretation of this is that L1 is an assistant coach, L2 an independent coach, L3 a senior coach, L4 a national coach but coaching in whichever discipline your skills relate to. So if you have, say, 4* white water, y...
by Donna B
Sun May 17, 2009 9:23 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Have you used your river knife in anger?
Replies: 16
Views: 1488

Re: Have you used your river knife in anger?

Yes, use it all the time - whenever we do a 'lifering paddle. The local council ask us to collect up the liferings that local *****s (insert preferred word) throw into the river, and give us a donation in return for each ring collected. Since the rope attached to them usually gets caught up in trees...