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by Poke
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Who is the most iconic current paddlers
Replies: 26
Views: 1273

Re: Who is the most iconic current paddlers

ion wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:58 pm
I would like to paddle with Sam Ellis

ion wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:58 pm
I want paddle ... on rivers I'm not gripped to death on, ... I don't want to be out of breath on a "no eddys" lap chasing someone less than half my age who might meet the legal definition of "Incapacitated"
haha!
by Poke
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Who is the most iconic current paddlers
Replies: 26
Views: 1273

Re: Who is the most iconic current paddlers

If i was to build a directory of the best people to paddle with (not your mates, unless they happen to be as described above) which you could search through to find the coach/paddler and experiences / rivers of your choosing as reconmended by the paddling community, and then rated by the experience...
by Poke
Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Who is the most iconic current paddlers
Replies: 26
Views: 1273

Re: Who is the most iconic current paddlers

Who is the most iconic current paddlers? If you could paddle with anyone on any river today (who is still actively paddling) who who you want to go with? They *is* two different questions ;-) The answer to the latter question, would definitely be some combo of mates / wife / family, depending on th...
by Poke
Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley or Nene Valley
Replies: 10
Views: 548

Re: Lee Valley or Nene Valley

Given the above info about the Nene vs the LV Legacy it sounds like the summary is:
- if you're rafting: Lea Valley Olympic Course
- if you're in duckys: Lea Valley Legacy Course
- If you're kayaking (and are just starting out): Nene
:-)
by Poke
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling-useful webcams for Alpine Rivers
Replies: 4
Views: 602

Re: Paddling-useful webcams for Alpine Rivers

cathalferris wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 3:16 pm
Briancon region:
L'Argentiere-la-Bessee slalom course http://82.127.30.208/view/viewer_index.shtml?id=764
THis looks like it has functionality to control the camera. Someone was certainly panning around on it when I was looking just now.
Any idea how you log into it?
by Poke
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: flow graphs from SEPA / EA river gauges?
Replies: 10
Views: 309

Re: flow graphs from SEPA / EA river gauges?

What’s more the national river flow archive will have many many more flow records than are available on any telemetry feed website ... Just had a further look. Unfortunately the NRFA appears to only have a single averaged flowrate per 24 hours - which is next to useless to see the daily cycle of hi...
by Poke
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: flow graphs from SEPA / EA river gauges?
Replies: 10
Views: 309

Re: flow graphs from SEPA / EA river gauges?

For instance, whilst rainfall is fairly random (though more in some months) I would be interested to see if snowmelt makes much of a difference to Cairngorm rivers like the Tilt or Feshie, in the same way that it quite predictably does to rivers in the Alps. To answer this question, yes, it can do....
by Poke
Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: flow graphs from SEPA / EA river gauges?
Replies: 10
Views: 309

Re: flow graphs from SEPA / EA river gauges?

Shoothill's gauge map may be an easier way of finding the same data: http://www.gaugemap.co.uk/
by Poke
Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley or Nene Valley
Replies: 10
Views: 548

Re: Lee Valley or Nene Valley

Is it rafting or kayaking? There are two courses at Lea Valley. If you're rafting, I suspect they'll take you on the Olympic course (rather than the Legacy one). The Olympic course will be infinitely more fun in a raft than the Nene. If you're kayaking (or in duckys), I doubt you'll be on the Olympi...
by Poke
Wed Jun 06, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bent My Boat!
Replies: 5
Views: 490

Re: Bent My Boat!

...or pour some boiling water down it while standing it on end. Did you just suggest standing the boat on it's already bent tail, and pouring in water to make said tail even softer? :-D With regards to the questions: 1. No 2. Can if you want. Boiling water or leave out in hot sun may be the best ap...
by Poke
Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Roof bars. Have you checked yours?
Replies: 31
Views: 1672

Re: Roof bars. Have you checked yours?

Admiral tried to charge me a £20 admin fee, but waived it after some grumbling. They then asked if I'd got any other "mods" to the car... to which I jokingly replied, "well, I guess I have a dash cam"... "Yes Sir, I'll add that for you now. Anything else?" (Me, even more incredulously): "There's two...
by Poke
Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Roof bars. Have you checked yours?
Replies: 31
Views: 1672

Re: Roof bars. Have you checked yours?

Yeah, thanks here too.
Thought it was nonsense too, but Professor Google tells me I'm wrong.
Thats a job I need to do at lunchtime.
jamiemagee wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 3:33 pm
Well thanks for the heads up. Rang my insurance and yes it's a modification. Bizarre.
Did they charge you any extra for the update to your records?
by Poke
Fri May 18, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Roof bars. Have you checked yours?
Replies: 31
Views: 1672

Re: Roof bars. Have you checked yours?

My old Thule ones were so well attached that when I came to try to remove them (as I was selling the car) I couldn't..
by Poke
Fri May 04, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do you need a backband?
Replies: 57
Views: 2079

Re: Do you need a backband?

TechnoEngineer wrote:
Fri May 04, 2018 12:22 pm
No-one has yet suggested attaching velcro to the posterior of the drysuit and the seat :P
Perhaps a squirting a can of expanding foam through a small hole your deck once you've got it on?
by Poke
Fri May 04, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do you need a backband?
Replies: 57
Views: 2079

Re: Do you need a backband?

What an odd discussion. haha. I agree! i understand why you are saying that. But then you are coming from the position of using a backband in a boat that has the manufacturers seat in it, which you can slide off, and not a custom fitted boat with a deep recessed bucket seat that you can’t slide off...
by Poke
Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do you need a backband?
Replies: 57
Views: 2079

Re: Do you need a backband?

Surely in any “dynamic*” environment, your backband is needed to support you. Say you’re cartwheeling a playboat - you might be able to get away without a backband holding you in, but if you clunk a rock with your stern you’ll be glad of one. Same for creeking, if you hit something backwards, or you...
by Poke
Thu Apr 05, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: PFD - Do you ever paddle without one?
Replies: 14
Views: 1350

Re: PFD - Do you ever paddle without one?

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by Poke
Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Infinity Wezzit
Replies: 2613
Views: 110309

Re: Infinity Wezzit

murraypeden wrote:
Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:12 am
Still no! Getting warmer with Kiachnish though.
Never done it, but have walked up the Cour when it was dry. Could it be a drop on that?
by Poke
Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: SCA Where's the Water Now Updatable
Replies: 17
Views: 761

Re: SCA Where's the Water Now Updatable

There's been no WtW maintainer for at least a decade. The original source code has been lost. Does that mean you'll now align the WTW colours with Rainchasers then?!! ;-) Given how mad people got about me giving the rapids on the north esk consistent names, I don't want to see how they'll get over ...
by Poke
Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: SCA Where's the Water Now Updatable
Replies: 17
Views: 761

Re: SCA Where's the Water Now Updatable

jriddell wrote:
Fri Mar 23, 2018 4:55 pm
There's been no WtW maintainer for at least a decade. The original source code has been lost.
Does that mean you'll now align the WTW colours with Rainchasers then?!! ;-)
by Poke
Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: SCA Where's the Water Now Updatable
Replies: 17
Views: 761

Re: SCA Where's the Water Now Updatable

andypagett wrote:
Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:32 pm
Thinking more about it, this scheme makes the more sense of the two in my opinion.
We did speak to the WTW guys back in the day when Rob was setting up Rainchasers, but I think that there wasn't the drive (or capability?) to change WTW back then so it never got done.
by Poke
Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: SCA Where's the Water Now Updatable
Replies: 17
Views: 761

Re: SCA Where's the Water Now Updatable

Minor QOL suggestion - could you and Rob (Rainchasers) get your heads together and agree a colour scheme? Currently both using similar colours, but with the scale the opposite way round, so red in Scotland is Huge and red in England is too low to paddle. Logic of the rainchasers colour scheme was: ...
by Poke
Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Gloves!
Replies: 12
Views: 814

Re: Gloves!

Palmless mitts, the only answer... http://palmequipmenteurope.com/product/talon No restriction getting them on/off quickly (cf. pogies). Good shaft grip (cf. full-gloves). Easy to take off (peel back) if you need the full bare-back experience and enhanced grip for particularly terrifying rapids. Kee...
by Poke
Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Infinity Wezzit
Replies: 2613
Views: 110309

Re: Infinity Wezzit

Rather low fairy glen, just below pipeline rapid, a number of years ago?
Actually, maybe not, too much bedrock for the spot Im thinking of... Unless the rockfalls are relatively recent...
by Poke
Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sue's Canoes?
Replies: 18
Views: 2602

Re: Sue's Canoes?

Looks like it has closed:

by Poke
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Very sad news
Replies: 10
Views: 2027

Re: Very sad news

Thanks for sharing Andy. Whilst it can't have been easy, I think sharing accounts of serious incidents such as this can be very useful. I do normally carry a phone with me on the water, but not having had to make such an urgent call to the rescue services in the past, something I had not considered ...
by Poke
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How long does a PFD last?
Replies: 8
Views: 749

Re: How long does a PFD last?

I've heard an interesting theory that the number of times you fly with it degrades it significantly. The PFD ends up in the hold at a much lower pressure than normal atmospheric. Air in the foam expands and duly bursts some of the "closed cells", thus reducing buoyancy. I guess the same may go for u...
by Poke
Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Anyone done the BHERI in Nepal, recently?
Replies: 6
Views: 699

Re: Anyone done the BHERI in Nepal, recently?

So those huge crocs under the bridge aren't "harmless fish eating" ones? haha. Retrospectively, it's probably better that you didn't know. You no doubt had a much more pleasant float down that final gorge on the Karnali than I did. I think I overegged the danger somewhat in my head to the point whe...
by Poke
Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Anyone done the BHERI in Nepal, recently?
Replies: 6
Views: 699

Re: Anyone done the BHERI in Nepal, recently?

Yep, what do you want to know! I paddled it as an add-on to the Thuli as I (just about) had time in my trip in November. The rest of the team took out at Devisthal and I continued on solo. As I was on a bit of a tight schedule I did from Devisthal to Chisipani in pretty much 48 hours, so not really ...
by Poke
Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Leptospirosis
Replies: 16
Views: 1359

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...