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by Peter Brown
Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Is 2 weeks long enough for Chile?
Replies: 4
Views: 422

Re: Is 2 weeks long enough for Chile?

The further south the later the season. We got a little low levels in Pucon in Jan, further south towards Patagonia was better, but all good fun. If your guidebook is Whitewater Chile (whatever edition was out in 2014) then it's not great for finding get ons and offs. We flew into Pucon, got driven ...
by Peter Brown
Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do we even need a grading system any more?
Replies: 30
Views: 1744

Re: Do we even need a grading system any more?

If one person says they're going to paddle something 3/4 on Saturday and another says they're going for 5 then I have a great idea of the different days that will involve. I'd only consider video scouting if I'd heard the grade was at the top of my comfort zone, why spoil the surprise otherwise.
by Peter Brown
Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Your three fave rivers...
Replies: 24
Views: 1640

Re: Your three fave rivers...

too hard!

Kinglas - miles of not-stop fun near home
White Salmon - a load of great sections, all in one go finishing on the Columbia is hard to beat
Illinois - a great multiday

near misses: Cononish, Sermenzina, Gol Gol
by Peter Brown
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: High Force
Replies: 119
Views: 15993

Re: High Force

Fairly depressing set of comments in the article, just you kids stick to TV and shopping.
by Peter Brown
Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Locking up a Kayak
Replies: 6
Views: 834

Re: Locking up a Kayak

Not solving your core issue but I'd do the shuttle first so you can get straight out of your gear at end. Also, if you do paddle first you may find there is nowhere suitable to lock boat. Not sure if I'd be happy leaving a boat locked in urban location. You could try to take it on train from takeout...
by Peter Brown
Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak, bike and person in SWB Transit
Replies: 2
Views: 650

Kayak, bike and person in SWB Transit

Has anyone solved getting a big boat (say Mamba 8.6), mountain bike (ideally wheels on) and single sleeping/sitting platform in a SWB Transit or similar? Also has to take 3 big boats or 3 bikes on day trips. Looking at the numbers it seems the boat has to go in a such an angle that it's in your legr...
by Peter Brown
Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Vehicle for boats and bikes
Replies: 16
Views: 1318

Re: Vehicle for boats and bikes

The prob with regular cars is how manky they get with muddy bikes and gear. Have seen some pretty nice protectors though eg Hatchbag, might get an estate and one of them. I would go van if it wasn't for the speed limit.
by Peter Brown
Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Vehicle for boats and bikes
Replies: 16
Views: 1318

Vehicle for boats and bikes

My ideal vehicle: Low enough to get boats on roof easily Big enough to get 2 people and 2 muddy bikes and gear inside easily and easy to keep fairly clean inside. This is maybe the killer for estates. I've been using a Golf and it works but it is a faff and manky. Normal speed limits, this is the ki...
by Peter Brown
Mon May 16, 2016 1:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Other options to Valsesia next week.
Replies: 10
Views: 1575

Re: Other options to Valsesia next week.

We just had a nice camp at Brione while enjoying the Verzasca.
by Peter Brown
Thu May 05, 2016 12:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Milan car hire
Replies: 1
Views: 562

Milan car hire

Anyone got any tips for guaranteeing getting a vehicle with roof rails, or getting a pickup after normal closing time?
by Peter Brown
Thu Apr 28, 2016 1:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: It's time for an alpine snow pack thread.
Replies: 9
Views: 2297

Re: It's time for an alpine snow pack thread.

Any update on Val Sesia and nearby conditions?
by Peter Brown
Tue Apr 05, 2016 1:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Shoulder Supports
Replies: 6
Views: 1137

Re: Shoulder Supports

I've been using one of these to deal with some AC joint issues. It can be configured in different ways to limit different kinds of movement. It does restrict problematic movements when you're trying it out at home but not sure how effective it is when you load it v heavily in practise. I think there...
by Peter Brown
Tue Mar 08, 2016 12:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A question of the care of throwbags
Replies: 20
Views: 1799

Re: A question of the care of throwbags

So far no good evidence that a synthetic rope gets damaged by sitting wet in the bag. I'm happy to be proved wrong.
by Peter Brown
Mon Mar 07, 2016 1:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A question of the care of throwbags
Replies: 20
Views: 1799

Re: A question of the care of throwbags

Does leaving a wet rope in the bag significantly damage it?
by Peter Brown
Tue Feb 16, 2016 1:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Specs or contacts?
Replies: 24
Views: 2307

Re: Specs or contacts?

I wear disposables on the river. I loose one fairly often, usually due to a splash in the face rather than being upside down. I can get by with only one but if it's a hard river I'll put another in in the next eddy. This can be quite a challenge with wet hands and wind but I have a mirror in my BA a...
by Peter Brown
Tue Aug 04, 2015 5:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaking shoes worth it
Replies: 41
Views: 6804

Re: Kayaking shoes worth it

DaveBland wrote:One point not mentioned though is drysuit sock protection. Decent paddling boots do offer a bit more longevity to your suit.
Just wear some regular socks between drysuit and shoes. Stops a load of crap getting near drysuit socks.
by Peter Brown
Wed Jun 17, 2015 8:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: India visa questions
Replies: 10
Views: 1782

Re: India visa questions

Cheers for the info guys. Pete: how did you get home from Manas? I am flying from Guwahati (mega cheap to Delhi), if you did same I wonder how long it took to get to airport?
by Peter Brown
Tue Jun 09, 2015 1:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Glen Lochy
Replies: 13
Views: 1842

Re: Glen Lochy

I can't find it now but I saw a map that circled the precise bit of the Lochy that you paddle. There is also a hydro going on the trib near the end. http://pa2.argyll-bute.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=map&keyVal=MSI6ONCH0A900 http://pa2.argyll-bute.gov.uk/online-applica...
by Peter Brown
Sun May 24, 2015 9:30 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: India visa questions
Replies: 10
Views: 1782

India visa questions

Has anyone applied for an Indian visa recently? The website is a bit confusing, is this the site you used? https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/ What I want to do is fly into Delhi, pass through immigration, fly to Bhutan. Then land crossing back to India and fly out of Delhi. I'm hoping this is fine on ...
by Peter Brown
Fri May 15, 2015 9:31 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Val Sesia, Aosta & Tessin Snow Pack
Replies: 8
Views: 1592

Re: Val Sesia, Aosta & Tessin Snow Pack

It looks like the lower Sermenza to me.
by Peter Brown
Tue May 12, 2015 12:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Absurdly large head looking for helmet
Replies: 30
Views: 3911

Re: Absurdly large head looking for helmet

Having done a bit of research and chatting to some of the helpful folk at a paddling shop near Briancon this year I've since found the the Sweet Rocker size varies based on color and that I can fit into a Black one comfortably. The other color's are all to tight in varying degrees from cant get it ...
by Peter Brown
Mon Apr 13, 2015 4:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tuna v Mamba 8.6
Replies: 1
Views: 673

Tuna v Mamba 8.6

Can anyone that's paddled both make a comparison? At 74kg, I love the Mamba on bigger volume creeks and rivers, not sure if it will be perfect for Scottish stuff though. Plus it doesn't sit well on my shoulder.
by Peter Brown
Wed Mar 25, 2015 1:34 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What size Karma?
Replies: 4
Views: 856

Re: What size Karma?

Cheers guys, I went for the Karma. Just a weekend rental. M was the right size but didn't enjoy the boat.
by Peter Brown
Fri Mar 20, 2015 9:30 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What size Karma?
Replies: 4
Views: 856

What size Karma?

For a 75kg 6 footer on big volume grade 4/5 creeks? For comparison, I definitely prefer the large Mamba over the medium.
by Peter Brown
Fri Nov 14, 2014 6:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Dagger Kingpin Icon 6.2 for sale
Replies: 0
Views: 292

Dagger Kingpin Icon 6.2 for sale

Good condition, usual scrapes and scratches. It's got full outfitting including ratchet backrest. Great for cartwhels etc. I'm 75kg and it fits me well. I'm in Glasgow. £300. Photos: https://www.facebook.com/petersquared/media_set?set=a.10203896338562402.1073741834.1639428630&type=3 Spec etc: http:/...
by Peter Brown
Wed Oct 29, 2014 9:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: kayaking insurance when on foreign work trips (USA)
Replies: 1
Views: 435

kayaking insurance when on foreign work trips (USA)

Looks like I'll be heading over to Oregon with work for a few months. I doubt the work insurance policy covers g4-5 kayaking. Has anyone taken out insurance that covers boating on work trips, or trips of undefined length? Work has nothing to do with boating, is all office based. Are locals covered f...
by Peter Brown
Sat Sep 13, 2014 2:30 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Coiltie - a new dam
Replies: 12
Views: 2158

Re: Coiltie - a new dam

Can't add to what Banzer said but it is a cracking run. Not on WTW but is on SEPA http://www.sepa.org.uk/water/river_leve ... &lc=341495, can't say what is a good level though.