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by Poke
Wed May 20, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: kielder paddling
Replies: 21
Views: 1613

Re: kielder paddling

Think theres already a big pipe in to the Tees.
Had a quick look on google. I think hereis where it comes in, but could be wrong.

Though in googling that scheme, it looks like there was a plan ~20 years back to extend this southwards to the likes of the Swale. No idea if that happened or not.
by Poke
Wed May 20, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: kielder paddling
Replies: 21
Views: 1613

Re: kielder paddling

Sounds like something worth reporting given the guys demenour. Some of the various campaigns around collect data like this. Think this is (one of?) the links, this is also for accidents aswell as access incidents. You don't have to be a member: https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/go-canoeing/access-a...
by Poke
Fri May 15, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ecuador's classic waterfall has disappeared
Replies: 13
Views: 1022

Re: Ecuador's classic waterfall has disappeared

Apparently the erosion has now reached ~2km upstream.

by Poke
Wed Apr 15, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ecuador's classic waterfall has disappeared
Replies: 13
Views: 1022

Re: Ecuador's classic waterfall has disappeared

I'd put my money on Mike's hypothesis that it is igneous rock rather than limestone. I think the river is on the flanks of a volcano, and the angle of the band of rock I think is consistent with lava flowing down from the volcano side. Also amateur hypothesis though! :-) Whilst they've lost the wate...
by Poke
Thu Apr 09, 2020 8:17 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ecuador's classic waterfall has disappeared
Replies: 13
Views: 1022

Re: Ecuador's classic waterfall has disappeared

Wow. 2 months later and the waterfall has well and truly disappeared. I thought it would happen fast at first, but I didn't think it would be that fast! That is an incredible volume of earth that has been scoured away! https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10158433381465039&id=587690038 The st...
by Poke
Mon Apr 06, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Playboat for small/shallow features
Replies: 6
Views: 348

Re: Playboat for small/shallow features

Orbit fish is a great boat! I've got a Necky Vibe sitting somewhere in the garage, which is a similar era. Since you have that, I wouldn't bother with updating to the likes of an Ozone, as it's essentially the same thing. If you want something shorter that you have a chance of flat water looping the...
by Poke
Mon Apr 06, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ecuador's classic waterfall has disappeared
Replies: 13
Views: 1022

Re: Ecuador's classic waterfall has disappeared

It looks to me like the entire flow is exiting via the old plunge-pool. I've seen a few reports saying that authorities don't know "why" it has collapsed - to me it seems really obvious. The waterfall was originally formed by a band of hard (probably igneous?) rock running through much softer conglo...
by Poke
Fri Apr 03, 2020 11:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Playboat for small/shallow features
Replies: 6
Views: 348

Re: Playboat for small/shallow features

Depends what you want to do. Surf small waves and do spins and tailies - something a little longer and slicey like an ozone - but still short enough you can flat water cartwheel. Or if you want to do hole-cartwheels, something shorter and more playboaty - i.e. Jed. They'll still surf little waves fi...
by Poke
Wed Mar 11, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Talla Spillway
Replies: 6
Views: 571

Re: Talla Spillway

Strad wrote:
Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:40 am
... metal that might chop your head off or anything though.
Niche reference Strad. Nice ;-)
by Poke
Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Talla Spillway
Replies: 6
Views: 571

Re: Talla Spillway

I understand that the term 'low head dam' is simply an American expression for 'weir'. The nature of the risk needs to be assessed on an individual basis Yeah, but a spillway like that is not a weir. If anything, that would be a high head dam! I'm sure I saw some footage of some Scottish buddies ru...
by Poke
Tue Feb 25, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Rainchasers contact for calibrations
Replies: 5
Views: 410

Re: Rainchasers contact for calibrations

Have added these. Should go live in a few hours when the website next polls the EA site for data. I've added in a high for the Gwendraeth, just so it's not sat permanently on "low" whenever it is up. The Upper Clydach will show as empty till it reaches 0.8, after which it'll show as medium. If you c...
by Poke
Mon Feb 24, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Rainchasers contact for calibrations
Replies: 5
Views: 410

Re: Rainchasers contact for calibrations

I've pointed Rob (Mr Rainchasers) in the direction of this thread, so hopefully he'll have sorted the email issue.

I have access to update the calibrations though, so post your observations here, and if I can remember my log-in, I'll update it for you.
by Poke
Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: NERDS! Rapids whose line changes drastically with levels
Replies: 9
Views: 1285

Re: NERDS! Rapids whose line changes drastically with levels

purelandexpeditions.com wrote:
Tue Feb 11, 2020 4:11 pm
Glen
That's true. The line at "End of the world" at normal levels is boof over the centre hole. At high levels there's a nice green chute down the right which is just rocks at lower levels.
by Poke
Mon Feb 03, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A boat to start off with
Replies: 37
Views: 1473

Re: A boat to start off with

I'd have said the Z1 (Z.one) is probably midway between the RPM and inazone 242 you're looking at in terms of playfullness vs likelihood of catching edges... though they're all very much the same type of boat. It is a newer design, for what it's worth. If it's a similar price, certainly consider it,...
by Poke
Mon Feb 03, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A boat to start off with
Replies: 37
Views: 1473

Re: A boat to start off with

Both of those are solid options. Old designs, but good. RPM Max will be a bit more stable, and a little faster on flat water (not that you'd really notice). The Inazone 242 is the largest in the inazone range, but I think it will still be a little more likely to catch edges than the RPM. However, it...
by Poke
Mon Jan 06, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Age range, beat this?
Replies: 4
Views: 815

Re: Age range, beat this?

Jim wrote:
Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:28 pm
Within a single family would be really impressive, I think my dad and my nephew would only get 74 years, but my nephew hasn't yet shown any signs of wanting to paddle.
Once (hopefully a when, not if) I get my kids on the water there will be a ~70 year gap between my dad and them :-)
by Poke
Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Descent Races
Replies: 25
Views: 2908

Re: Descent Races

Tyne Descent (not on Martin's original list) is getting bigger again, around 30 boats last weekend, all WWR's for a change (there was a creek boat in the regional classic the following day) but still open to all boat types. No topo duos to take the "Burne" trophy :-D Its been a while since I've don...
by Poke
Wed Oct 30, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Over a 500% increase on the cost of boating on the Soca.
Replies: 8
Views: 1147

Re: Over a 500% increase on the cost of boating on the Soca.

There is no background information on that link at all. Certainly nothing that suggests the fees are being increased. It essentially says that it is unfair that kayakers are being charged to use the access points where hikers cyclists etc aren't. It also says that they want people to vote in favour ...
by Poke
Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Gone very quiet
Replies: 26
Views: 3104

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: 1350

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: 1350

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: 1350

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: 612

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: 1749

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: 6
Views: 1445

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: 1030

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: 1752

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: 963

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: 963

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 ...