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by Poke
Wed May 18, 2022 3:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Dee low level environmental concerns?
Replies: 4
Views: 364

Re: River Dee low level environmental concerns?

There's two discrete points in your post: 1) Just because you don't feel like you get anything out of paddling a river at super low levels, doesn't mean that your standards should apply to everyone. 2) If actual damage is being done, then yes, we should take steps to avoid this - but it should be ac...
by Poke
Wed Jan 05, 2022 11:57 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What paddle do you use?
Replies: 8
Views: 776

Re: What paddle do you use?

I've occasionally tried other brands of paddles, but always gravitated back to Wener Powerhouse - straight shaft. I'm 6'2" ish and have generally had 194 or 197's, though these have worn down to as litle as 180cm over time. Modern trend seems to be to go longer. Even 197's would be considered q...
by Poke
Thu Aug 05, 2021 9:08 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Fiat Ducato campervan
Replies: 1
Views: 502

Re: Fiat Ducato campervan

Managed to get a LL Jefe in a late 90's Fiesta a few years back.
I'm sure you'd have no peoblems getting a creeker in a big-ass campervan!
Just don't let the rental company see! :D
by Poke
Fri Jul 09, 2021 10:22 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice please - pfd quick release strap, yes or no?
Replies: 7
Views: 702

Re: Advice please - pfd quick release strap, yes or no?

Why do you want to remove it?
It's a 30 second job to see if it comes off though. Undo it and pull!
If you dont want the faff of rethreading, extend it to its maximum length and see if all parts of the strap have movement relative to the BA.
by Poke
Fri Jun 25, 2021 11:06 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Eskimo Kayaks + Advice
Replies: 8
Views: 1874

Re: Eskimo Kayaks + Advice

swagstaff wrote:
Sat Jun 12, 2021 6:07 pm
I do have an Eskimo Xeno unused (ie never been on the water) sitting in my garage . £300.
Only 14 years late with the offer ;-) !!
by Poke
Tue May 18, 2021 1:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Playboating Rivers???
Replies: 2
Views: 638

Re: Playboating Rivers???

The Dee is probably the closest reliable playboating venue... and even that needs some water to bring the holes at MEM into condition.
by Poke
Tue May 04, 2021 12:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: WW and big bridge in Portugal
Replies: 2
Views: 484

Re: WW and big bridge in Portugal

It is! :-) I paddled it in 2009. There's a fairly active kayaking club a couple of kilometres upstream of that new bridge - club house and everything. The lower section of the Paiva runs at all levels (we were on it pretty low). Think there are four more upper sections are also worth investigating w...
by Poke
Tue Mar 16, 2021 8:36 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ecuador's classic waterfall has disappeared
Replies: 20
Views: 2942

Re: Ecuador's classic waterfall has disappeared

Poke wrote:
Thu Feb 25, 2021 4:57 pm
banzer wrote:
Thu Jun 11, 2020 8:17 pm
In the future this could be a top canyon run with a big old arch to pass through! Incredible.
Sounds like it was, briefly!
About 20 seconds of the first (and last) descent through the arch here (from ~1:46 onwards) :
by Poke
Thu Feb 25, 2021 4:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ecuador's classic waterfall has disappeared
Replies: 20
Views: 2942

Re: Ecuador's classic waterfall has disappeared

It looks like the arch has now collapsed: https://twitter.com/Riesgos_Ec/status/1364921744692281344 In the future this could be a top canyon run with a big old arch to pass through! Incredible. Sounds like it was, briefly! https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2224510471018948&id=173464219...
by Poke
Thu Jan 28, 2021 11:00 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Rainchasers - app.alling decision
Replies: 9
Views: 1432

Re: Rainchasers - app.alling decision

Pete, I think that many share your sentiments. Rob put a brief explanation here as to why the website side of things was closed (see the coments in this thread) https://m.facebook.com/groups/NWKUK/permalink/3630216450373159/ This is my fault I'm afraid as I author rainchasers. Technology is my job a...
by Poke
Wed Sep 30, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nevis Falls Backwards photo
Replies: 6
Views: 1018

Re: Nevis Falls Backwards photo

I don't know if this helps, but the 2nd photo linked here: https://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?p=262745#p262745 is the photo in question. I've no idea whose account it was linked from though. EDIT1: Although this: https://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/forum/search.php?keywords=http...
by Poke
Wed Sep 02, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Profiles
Replies: 5
Views: 653

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 i...
by Poke
Thu Aug 20, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Soloable rivers near Laggan
Replies: 10
Views: 868

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: 20
Views: 2942

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: 754

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: 754

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: 1576

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: 3196

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: 6
Views: 1220

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: 20
Views: 2942

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: 593

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: 551

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: 551

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: 5257

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: 5257

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: 20
Views: 2942

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: 20
Views: 2942

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: 20
Views: 2942

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 Th...

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