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by Poke
Wed Sep 02, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Profiles
Replies: 5
Views: 307

Re: River Profiles

I probably still have a load of them from various places around the world, when I've been "google earth scouting" rivers for trips. Had a fairly good correlation at one point between gradient, volume and grade. The guys who wrote Meghalaya Rivers included a profile for each of the rivers in the guide.
by Poke
Thu Aug 20, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Soloable rivers near Laggan
Replies: 10
Views: 426

Re: Soloable rivers near Laggan

Booked a week in Scotland with the family next week and the weather looks awful. Thinking of dusting down the H3 and sticking it on the roof rack and perhaps trying a bit of solo paddling. I'm in the same boat, so to speak. Holiday in Scotland with the family, noone to paddle with. We're staying do...
by Poke
Wed Jul 22, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ecuador's classic waterfall has disappeared
Replies: 17
Views: 1613

Re: Ecuador's classic waterfall has disappeared

Another waterfall related update. There was an enormous landslide a few days ago which blocked the river completely. This is drone footage of the blockage being breached. It sounds like villages downstream had been evacuated in advance. Quite the landslide! https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbi...
by Poke
Mon Jul 20, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Falls of Balgy
Replies: 5
Views: 408

Re: Falls of Balgy

Its in the 3rd ed too, if you want to be bang up-to-date ;-)
by Poke
Thu Jul 16, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Falls of Balgy
Replies: 5
Views: 408

Re: Falls of Balgy

Given that it is only a couple hundred metres from an A-road and looks fairly runnable, I'd be surprised if it hasnt. Its also got a short track to the put in and you can paddle out to the loch, to run the whole river. https://goo.gl/maps/FH41M6yE4PWotnt87 http://allyearramblers.org.uk/wp-content/up...
by Poke
Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: WW rivers in the UK with the same name!
Replies: 17
Views: 789

Re: WW rivers in the UK with the same name!

Nerd post. I expect to see replies from Tim and Mike. Nerds? What are you trying to say! :-) Anyway, I see I've been beaten to it. Was going to suggest various Calder's and Dee's. Don't think I've paddled all to make a full set though. I've paddled two of the Carrons Jim is on about (the ones in th...
by Poke
Mon Jun 15, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Welsh Rivers Guidebook ed.2 Research
Replies: 34
Views: 2705

Re: Welsh Rivers Guidebook ed.2 Research

...as I lost my copy of British White Water over the past few years... Hi Tom - I've found I've actually got two copies of 'British White Water' on my shelf, and one of them has your name inside the front cover. Mystery solved. I'll keep it safe here for you... A decade later and you not only disco...
by Poke
Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bent Shaft Blades
Replies: 4
Views: 365

Re: Bent Shaft Blades

I remember being surprised when I first got a set of Werner bent shaft paddles to see a join in the middle. I'm fairly sure that you're right - its part of the manufacturing process. I think I read that years ago, but can't remember the reason given. My guess is that it will be to do with cost. If t...
by Poke
Sat Jun 06, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ecuador's classic waterfall has disappeared
Replies: 17
Views: 1613

Re: Ecuador's classic waterfall has disappeared

A couple more videos of the erosion. It looks like the erosion has spread up a tributary, undermining a bridge on the main highway, which is now closed: https://www.elcomercio.com/actualidad/cierre-via-baeza-lago-agrio.html Via Baeza-Lago Agrio closes on the night of June 4, 2020, due to recent sink...
by Poke
Sat Jun 06, 2020 12:22 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Cleaning kit for Coronavirus
Replies: 4
Views: 383

Re: Cleaning kit for Coronavirus

I think even you may be thinking too hard about this Jim. I'd make no change to how I clean my kit post boating. Thermals in washing machine. Dry everything else. Its normally 72hrs between uses, which will probably kill covid19, and anyway, I'd only be catching it off myself anyway. Can only realis...
by Poke
Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Barnard Castle to Tees Barage kayak
Replies: 3
Views: 360

Re: Barnard Castle to Tees Barage kayak

Since I'm on a computer not a phone now, I thought I'd look them up for you. Most of the tees dowstream of Barnard Castle is there: https://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/rivers/england/north-east/river-tees-barnard-castle-to-whorlton-falls https://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/rivers/england/north-east/...
by Poke
Wed Jun 03, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Barnard Castle to Tees Barage kayak
Replies: 3
Views: 360

Re: Barnard Castle to Tees Barage kayak

Short answer: No. Dont do this section if you've no WW experience. Think it flattens out at Winston Bridge, but dont take my word for it.

There are river guides on this site which will certainly give you more idea of the Barnard Castke section. Not sure if they extend below that?
by Poke
Wed May 20, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: kielder paddling
Replies: 21
Views: 2317

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: 2317

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: 17
Views: 1613

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: 17
Views: 1613

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: 17
Views: 1613

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: 474

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: 17
Views: 1613

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: 474

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: 681

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: 681

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: 515

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: 515

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: 1421

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: 1680

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: 1680

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: 908

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: 2969

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...