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by Poke
Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Gone very quiet
Replies: 18
Views: 1084

Re: Gone very quiet

Completely agree that most of the chat has moved to Facebook over the last 5 years. However, Facebook is only partly to blame. The move has also coincided with the ubiquity and ease of use of mobile phones to comment online. Since an increasing majority get their online fix via smartphone, rather th...
by Poke
Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nepal- realistic itinerary?
Replies: 12
Views: 618

Re: Nepal- realistic itinerary?

The put in for the karnali for example, we have a quote for the moment for some private transport already In 2017 Ranjan at Himalayan RST sorted us a small minibus to take 4 of us (and our boats) from Kathmandu to Nepalganj. I think it cost $400-450 in total, just to give you an vague indication of...
by Poke
Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nepal- realistic itinerary?
Replies: 12
Views: 618

Re: Nepal- realistic itinerary?

Actually, looking at your itinerary, i seem to remember that Bhote Kosi and Balephi are pretty close to one another, and both ~3hrs east of Kathmandu. You'd probably be better off doing them both on the same visit rather than one at the start and one at the end of your trip. If you were saving the B...
by Poke
Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nepal- realistic itinerary?
Replies: 12
Views: 618

Re: Nepal- realistic itinerary?

Agree with what others have said, that's quite a relaxed trip. For comparison, my first trip to Nepal went along the lines of: 10 Oct: Arrive in Kathmandu. Get to Pokhara. 11: Upper Seti 12: Madi (Lamarkhet to Damauli) 13: Pokhara Tourism/Logistics 14: Drive to Myagdi in the morning, (waste the foll...
by Poke
Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Flying boats
Replies: 3
Views: 273

Re: Flying boats

We went to Georgia via Turkey with Turkish in 2014.
Charged a flat rate of £45(?) per flight for boats.
Fairly sure they still fly them.
Where in Turkey are you going paddling?
by Poke
Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip
Replies: 16
Views: 714

Re: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip

I'm 6'3" and have used paddles as short as 187cm on occasion (I love glass werner powerhouses, but the only issue with them is that they wear down, and I'm too tight to buy new ones). I'm sure I paddled Fairy Glen on a fairly chunky flow with a set that had worn down to 192cm or so. That felt like a...
by Poke
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: new kayak brands
Replies: 4
Views: 593

Re: new kayak brands

Good to see you back :-) Sadly UKRGB is much less active these days — I think facebook has taken over just because it is so accessible.

Afraid I'm a bit out of the loop with the 'recent' wave of boats from the newer manufacturers (Pyranha all the way for me!).

Hopefully someone can help you anyway!
by Poke
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Organising trips for friends
Replies: 12
Views: 530

Re: Organising trips for friends

To be honest, if you've got grown ups quibbling about "liability" off water, they might be the sort of people you'd avoid going with in the future........ ;-) 100% this! haha. What kind of off-river scenarios are your friends worried about liabilities for? Paddling among friends it is not even some...
by Poke
Tue Sep 03, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tryweryn - where does the water come from?
Replies: 15
Views: 799

Re: Tryweryn - where does the water come from?

here in Yorkshire the Washburn releases only happen once a fortnight, and lately they have been cancelled often through lack of water. Annual rainfall in Bala: 1045mm. Annual rainfall in Skipton: 1010mm. I'm 99% sure that the reason the Washburn release has been cancelled recently is too much water...
by Poke
Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Back deck roll
Replies: 8
Views: 554

Re: Back deck roll

Jim wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:33 pm
... a reverse screw roll, similar to back deck roll but the latter is something you start as or before you go over...
Really?
In my book they're one and the same thing.
I'm not sure anyone defines a roll on how you end up the wrong way up!
by Poke
Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Back deck roll
Replies: 8
Views: 554

Re: Back deck roll

I use it on any grade water. It just comes down to the position you find yourself in when you're upside down. As Jakob says, it does open up your shoulder to getting knocked (risk of dislocation), but if you're upside down and lying on your back deck, you're much less likely to smash your face into ...
by Poke
Wed Aug 07, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddle Help
Replies: 3
Views: 317

Re: Paddle Help

I'd go for 196 in length. Whilst Werners are great paddles (you'd struggle to get me to use anything else), they do wear down over time, so 196 now might be 194 in a couple of years! Some old 197's of mine ended up as 187's after a few very busy years. I didn't really notice the shorter length being...
by Poke
Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Help me resurrect a trip to India
Replies: 4
Views: 461

Re: Help me resurrect a trip to India

Good luck!
by Poke
Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Rio Tumbes- Peru
Replies: 3
Views: 330

Re: Rio Tumbes- Peru

Looking at the link it doesn't look like there's much whitewater in that gorge (if that's what you were concerned about). Just suspect its a narrow section so they've named it. Satellite images on google maps are good resolution, but it looks like there's no way out when your in there though, other ...
by Poke
Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New to Kayaking, tips to document
Replies: 2
Views: 301

Re: New to Kayaking, tips to document

My main advice would be; don't get into kayaking because you want to be a kayak guide. Do it because you love it. If you love it, you'll put in the hours you need to get good at the sport, hopefully good enough to be a guide, and it won't feel like work. If you keep pushing yourself to get good enou...
by Poke
Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Rio Tumbes- Peru
Replies: 3
Views: 330

Re: Rio Tumbes- Peru

Is this of any use? https://www.peruwhitewater.com/tumbes/

When you say "the airport", which one do you mean?
Surely not Lima? Cos that is quite a drive! :-)
by Poke
Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Help me resurrect a trip to India
Replies: 4
Views: 461

Re: Help me resurrect a trip to India

When I went to Meghalaya a few years ago (2015) then there was a good number of people I knew (maybe a dozen) that were out there at the same time - didn't even know half of them were going to be there. I don't know if it's maintained it's popularity over the last few years, but the All India guys s...
by Poke
Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Whitewater Kayak Rental in Scotland
Replies: 6
Views: 569

Re: Whitewater Kayak Rental in Scotland

Hi Daniel, I think I used your site in the past which helped save the day on a (very low water) trip to Switzerland a few years back. In fact, I think some link (one of the maps?) was broken on the site, I emailed you and it was fixed within an hour or so which helped hugely. If you are still lookin...
by Poke
Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Weird and unusual rapids
Replies: 4
Views: 839

Re: Weird and unusual rapids

Spent ~6 months working in IT support for a small company in the Lakes. One of the local pubs with a good lunch menu was called the " Black Cock Inn " We'd periodically get embarrassed calls from employees who'd unwittingly googled the place. Back on topic; I always thought the 90° fall on the Ingle...
by Poke
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Briancon Gorge power plant incident - what would you do?
Replies: 6
Views: 1446

Briancon Gorge power plant incident - what would you do?

Saw this video on facebook the other day. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46ItqXkMn8Y Say you find yourself in the situation at about ~30 seconds into the video (i.e. you've not broken out upstream). What do you do... (... and from about 1:15, how do you get your mate out?) No criticism sought of th...
by Poke
Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Jumping, tubing etc at Low Force
Replies: 3
Views: 870

Re: Jumping, tubing etc at Low Force

Commercially, I don't think they do low force. Just jump off the cliffs next to it. For wee bro's stag we went up there and had a great time lapping S-bends in tubes. A couple of us ran the U-shaped fall immediately above low force (not particularly recommended - make sure you have a way of hauling ...
by Poke
Wed May 22, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Alps water levels 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 675

Re: Alps water levels 2019

There's some (not very well calibrated) levels here: https://www.rivermap.ch/map.html#sprache=en&map=g&styled=1&zoom=10&lat=44.79419&lng=6.54876 They'll be using the same dataset as ml1850 suggested, it just gives a bit of extra info in the form of whether the observed level is low/medium/high. Easi...
by Poke
Wed May 22, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tees Barrage June Closure!
Replies: 15
Views: 1613

Re: Tees Barrage June Closure!

This is an interesting silence! Are all of you out there bound like Tees Active by a confidentiality clause about this extended four week 'private booking'? Your first post didn't exactly give people a lot to respond to. Hahaha. My thoughts entirely. Actually, more accurately; my thoughts phrased i...
by Poke
Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: European (And slightly beyond) options from now onwards...
Replies: 12
Views: 983

Re: European (And slightly beyond) options from now onwards...

I think that kayaking in Morocco from now would be ambitious. There might just be some water around now, but any later and you'd have to be very lucky. Surf should be excellent though! There is a german guidebook to morocco, though I seem to remember it was even older than frazers notes and a little...
by Poke
Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Gave du Pau Guide Book
Replies: 4
Views: 378

Re: Gave du Pau Guide Book

This place is based in france and has most kayaking guidebooks for sale:
https://www.canotier.com/en/products

If you can't find anything browsing, maybe email them and ask?
by Poke
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Personal Locator Beacon
Replies: 7
Views: 664

Re: Personal Locator Beacon

Functionality wise, all the real PLBs (as opposed to things like Spot and the Garmin inReach) are basically the same. The only real variation is the size, design of antenna etc Whats the advantage to a "real" PLB, rather than something like the inReach? Whilst I've never used a PLB, I've used an in...
by Poke
Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: highest waterfall paddled uk
Replies: 15
Views: 2229

Re: highest waterfall paddled uk

Adrian Cooper wrote:
Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:33 pm
<span class="skimlinks-unlinked">https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-mid ... 7039</span>
He only ran half of it and swam at the bottom.
Doesn't count ;-)
by Poke
Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: highest waterfall paddled uk
Replies: 15
Views: 2229

Re: highest waterfall paddled uk

As a starter for ten, I'll suggest: • Scotland: Falls of Clyde • England: High Force (plenty of debate on here in years gone by as to whether it actually has been done, I suspect not, but others claim otherwise) • Wales: Rhaeadr Mawddach - first big one that springs to mind. There's some big ones in...
by Poke
Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaking/Rafting near Cusco, Peru
Replies: 5
Views: 421

Re: Kayaking/Rafting near Cusco, Peru

When I was in Peru, there were three companies who did trips on the Apurimac and Urubamba. Mayuc, Swiss Raft and another I can't remember the name of. Mayuc were the outfit that I paddled with most and seemed quite well set up. That was a loooong time ago though (2003!) so it could well have all cha...