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by Poke
Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Leptospirosis
Replies: 15
Views: 790

Re: Leptospirosis

I'm no expert, but... maybe don't go to the GP demanding antibiotics, but go and tell them your symptoms & suspicions with a list of your paddling activities over the past few weeks and see what they think. Maybe enquire what tests are would confirm it and what would qualify you for them? There's an...
by Poke
Mon Oct 23, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Thuli Bheri – first descent?
Replies: 6
Views: 425

Thuli Bheri – first descent?

I’ve seen a few references {1} , {2} on here to the first descent being in 1995 by Doug Ammons and Gerry Moffatt... so when a chap at work said that his mate did the first descent back in the ‘70’s I assumed he just meant the lower section. However, he pointed me towards his buddys old website, and ...
by Poke
Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Delorme inReach - potential fault
Replies: 0
Views: 346

Delorme inReach - potential fault

Delormes are awesome pieces of kit, however there appears to be a fault with some models where the SOS function can be triggered unintentionally whilst the lock is still on, leading to expensive (and potentially risky) rescues being initiated. I know a few on here will have used them, and possibly a...
by Poke
Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Missing British woman in the Amazon
Replies: 10
Views: 1305

Re: Missing British woman in the Amazon

RSabur wrote:
Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:05 pm
She began her journey in Quito, Ecuador...
I somewhat doubt she started her paddling in Quito, as if she did she'd have struggled to reached the Amazon..
by Poke
Mon Aug 21, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tolls to Briancon please
Replies: 6
Views: 564

Re: Tolls to Briancon please

Couple of inaccuracies in the above advice: ...you lose the option to challenge price if sensors detect boats as a lorry!). Result is it costs you more... You can change the toll rate after the fact. Just log into the saneftolling website and put in for an alteration. Takes a couple of weeks to come...
by Poke
Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pinned paddler and Rescue - Lots to discuss...
Replies: 14
Views: 1519

Re: Pinned paddler and Rescue - Lots to discuss...

The paddlers were unaware that someone else, 64-year-old Daniel Hartung of Indian, followed several minutes behind. Hartung was in a recreational kayak designed for calm water such as lakes. Although he wore a personal flotation device, Hartung also donned a bicycle helmet and chest waders, neither...
by Poke
Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tolls to Briancon please
Replies: 6
Views: 564

Re: Tolls to Briancon please

Depends on your vehicle, but provided it is a class 1 vehicle (i.e. the vehicle is under 2m in height - doesn't matter if boats go over) it'll be about £80 each way depending on your route. Viamichelin has a good toll estimation tool. Bear in mind that going via the Frejus tunnel is quite pricey — t...
by Poke
Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:45 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best names for WW towns
Replies: 4
Views: 444

Re: Best names for WW towns

I always thought "Grand Rapids" in the US should be a good place for a boater to live.
by Poke
Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Weight to boat volume
Replies: 11
Views: 693

Re: Weight to boat volume

Is it best to be nearer to the top or bottom end of a boat's recommended paddler weight range? I'm towards the upper end of the medium variant of the two boats I'm looking at, and about a third from the bottom of the larger size. What factors are affected by weight? Thanks. There is no correct answ...
by Poke
Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: French alps river levels
Replies: 3
Views: 422

Re: French alps river levels

http://www.rivermap.ch/map.html#sprache ... 10&inf=780

How low everything is: Low
What levels are doing: pretty static

(click the river sections for a graph)
by Poke
Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Painting paddles
Replies: 5
Views: 462

Re: Painting paddles

A mate did this ages ago to try to make them more visible if dropped (Werner Shoguns or Double diamonds I think). No negative effect on the blade I don't think (those blades seemed to puncture quite often anyway), but the paint started chipping off after a couple of uses and looked shite forevermore...
by Poke
Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Scotland - West Highlands
Topic: River Orchy - Bridge of Orchy to Falls of Orchy
Replies: 5
Views: 2170

Re: River Orchy - Bridge of Orchy to Falls of Orchy

think its a case of converting feet to metres for the gauges... Unfortunately I don't think that's the case in this instance. That old gauge on the bridge has been there forever, and the SEPA gauge is way downstream: http://apps.sepa.org.uk/waterlevels/default.aspx?sm=t Would be useful if someone c...
by Poke
Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Alps late summer?
Replies: 4
Views: 633

Re: Alps late summer?

THis is a reasonable starter for ten. There's only one gauge on the durance and one on the ubaye, so many of the calibrations are inferred. But it's worth a look. http://www.rivermap.ch/map.html#sprache=en&map=g&styled=1&lat=44.70392&lng=6.64069&zoom=9 Doesn't the Gyr run pretty late season? Also, h...
by Poke
Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ladder Access
Replies: 7
Views: 739

Re: Ladder Access

I have absolutely no experience of this, but sounds like a rope ladder/retractable ladder of some description would be your best bet. For a fixed one, even it it was well attached, all it would take is a small tree to get stuck in it at high water and it would be levered/dragged off the wall. One of...
by Poke
Mon Jul 03, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Whitewater or White Water
Replies: 50
Views: 1645

Re: Whitewater or White Water

I thought the ICF were a 'governing body', by definition they don't need to know anything about the sport they administer. Sounds about right. They're claiming to have just invented Boater Cross. haha.. https://www.canoeicf.com/news/what-heck-why-extreme-cross-slalom-turning-heads (sorry, Boatercro...
by Poke
Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Can I use my Bliss Slick Blitz for river running?
Replies: 7
Views: 534

Re: Can I use my Bliss Slick Blitz for river running?

Yeah, absolutely. If you’re comfortable it’ll be fine. Back in the day (late 90’s early 2000’s) everyone paddled boats like that on everything. I had an Inzone 230, which I used on everything, from chossy grade 5 to playboating to multidays in Peru. Ha. Not sure I’d recommend it for all those uses n...
by Poke
Wed Jun 14, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access for All
Replies: 38
Views: 1678

Re: Access for All

roo wrote: And I immediately retwat it.
Inspired!
by Poke
Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: High risk sports research - FREE Tablet worth £160
Replies: 20
Views: 802

Re: High risk sports research - FREE Tablet worth £160

I would argue that where on a scale of serious injury or death an activity might be depends on the person (pixel); their experience and skills not the activity... I would say this argument is wrong. An experienced and well equipped person paddling glass 4/5 is significantly more likely to die/susta...
by Poke
Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Two days in the Ardeche - where to stay, what rivers to do?
Replies: 4
Views: 585

Re: Two days in the Ardeche - where to stay, what rivers to do?

Given there won't be any whitewater, you could just multiday the Ardeche. There's two campsites you're allowed to stay at (perhaps bivvy if you don't have a tent). Take lots of beer and have a chilled float. Alternatively, there's a couple of slalom courses that might be a laugh, and Hawaii-sur-rhon...
by Poke
Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Whitewater or White Water
Replies: 50
Views: 1645

Re: Whitewater or White Water

joereadickins wrote:If it is whitewater, is it also flatwater? Or can whitewater co-exist with flat water?
Nobody cares about flat water, Joe.
by Poke
Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Whitewater or White Water
Replies: 50
Views: 1645

Re: Whitewater or White Water

morsey wrote:White water kayakers will not notice, they only want to look at the pretty pictures of the whitewater any way.
This is UKRGB, it's the right place to ask when it comes to such pedantry.

By the way, is it "any way", or "anyway"? ;-)
by Poke
Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Whitewater or White Water
Replies: 50
Views: 1645

Re: Whitewater or White Water

You need to learn to use "Find and Replace"... 10 seconds, job done! haha. (admittedly maybe a bit longer if you want to make sure it's not screwed everything up) So long as you're consistent either way I can't imagine that it matters. I suspect that their dictionary doesn't contain whitewater, so t...
by Poke
Sat Jun 10, 2017 4:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sport only travel insurance
Replies: 15
Views: 821

Re: Sport only travel insurance

Alpha covered me in alaska quite reasonably. Not of interest to everyone, but it looks like they don't cover via ferrata... http://www.alphatravelinsurance.co.uk/activity-packs/ Also, on the same page they bizzarely say that: Canoeing/Kayaking* (grades 4-6 – Excluding White Water) - Activity Pack 3...
by Poke
Fri Jun 09, 2017 8:58 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sport only travel insurance
Replies: 15
Views: 821

Re: Sport only travel insurance

Just booked with STA the premier option specifies via ferrata and kayaking upto grd 5. And mountain biking. Was quite reasonably priced. Good find. Just had a look. Gotta be careful with the small print with them. If the kayaking is the main purpose of your trip, it looks like you can't just buy th...
by Poke
Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sport only travel insurance
Replies: 15
Views: 821

Re: Sport only travel insurance

Thanks for the suggestions everyone! Last time I checked with the bank (HSBC) they couldn't increase the cover for dangerous sports, and the people I spoke to had never heard of Via Ferrata (this was last year). Same with LV actually, think Via Ferrata must be pretty niche so not often listed on ins...
by Poke
Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sport only travel insurance
Replies: 15
Views: 821

Sport only travel insurance

I already have some reasonable general travel insurance through my bank for things like baggage/cancellation etc. All I need is insurance to cover the activities I'm undertaking whilst on holiday (in this instance, the French Alps - the bank only covers kayaking up to grade 3, there's no mention of ...
by Poke
Thu Jun 01, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Specific runoff data
Replies: 17
Views: 803

Re: Specific runoff data

Yeah, completely agree with what Chris said. You can get all the resolution you want using the equations, but it won't make your result any more accurate. That is partly why I was asking what you wanted the data for. As per my comment above, those ratings equations are based on data for 'peak' flows...
by Poke
Wed May 31, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Specific runoff data
Replies: 17
Views: 803

Re: Specific runoff data

Weirdly, I cant find the Erme at Harford or East Lyn on here: http://nrfa.ceh.ac.uk/data/search The Erme at Ermington is here if that helps http://nrfa.ceh.ac.uk/data/station/peakflow/46006 The Dart is here - http://nrfa.ceh.ac.uk/data/station/peakflow/46007 Use the drop-down on the peak flow tab an...
by Poke
Wed May 31, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Specific runoff data
Replies: 17
Views: 803

Re: Specific runoff data

Pfft. That was obvious! I’m interested in what research. Just nosey about all things river levels related really! ha

Anyway, let me know what gauging station you’re looking at and I’ll dig it out for you.