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by Ralph Wilson
Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:21 pm
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: South Island, New Zealand, mid-March 2013
Replies: 0
Views: 570

South Island, New Zealand, mid-March 2013

I am looking to put together a few days of whitewater river running around 15th-21st March on South Island New Zealand, aiming at class 3-4 mainly. Done the Buller at Murchison many years ago, hoping for some West Coast this time. If you happen to be there then and might like to paddle together for ...
by Ralph Wilson
Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Setting the clock backwards on the Dart?
Replies: 262
Views: 15249

Re: Setting the clock backwards on the Dart?

(Just for avoidance of doubt: I did email to them the full URL so they could see I was referring to ukriversguidebook - that just abbreviated when I copied it into the above post on this forum)
by Ralph Wilson
Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Setting the clock backwards on the Dart?
Replies: 262
Views: 15249

Re: Setting the clock backwards on the Dart?

I hope this helps prompt a response from the BCU...: ...On Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 10:05 PM, Ralph Wilson sent by email to the BCU: To: info@bcu.org.uk, albert.woods@bcu.org.uk, paul.owen@bcu.org.uk, helen.reeves@bcu.org.uk Subject: Negotiating an agreement regarding the River Dart? Dear Officers / Rep...
by Ralph Wilson
Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How to run Rivers when they're Low
Replies: 5
Views: 1084

Re: How to run Rivers when they're Low

"Quality". And maybe the perfect counterbalance to our sitting down sport. I wonder how many paddlers are that agile! (well, speaking for myself, anyway...)
by Ralph Wilson
Sun Jan 08, 2012 12:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ogwen today? Really???
Replies: 40
Views: 3062

Re: Ogwen today? Really???

Yes, there are a few separate issues here: - what constitutes low level; - big groups v small; - the Ogwen specifically, with its notorious history; - how low before it hurts the fish. I recently got on the Lower Mawddach at what the local with me, and the EA gauge effectively, called low. Intermedi...
by Ralph Wilson
Mon Jun 20, 2011 8:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Southern French Alps levels - 2011 season?
Replies: 93
Views: 27669

Re: Southern French Alps levels - 2011 season?

Lower Guisane low this morning but still very good for a mid-level group. Onde low to medium this afternoon, worth doing. Gyr ?medium? at 5pm well worth doing.
by Ralph Wilson
Sat Jun 04, 2011 12:14 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: So, did you get Olympic tickets?
Replies: 41
Views: 4812

Re: So, did you get Olympic tickets?

8.8 million total tickets. 2.2 million of those reserved for sponsors, the IOC, guests and hospitality partners (whatever they are). 20 million applications for the remaining ('public' presumably) 6.6 million tickets, so we should have around a 33% success rate on average (and clearly would expect a...
by Ralph Wilson
Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Summary table for stolen kit?
Replies: 1
Views: 485

Summary table for stolen kit?

Reading of Daz's (purelandexpeditions') recent loss of boats through theft, prompted me to think what more we can do, in addition to the Lost and Found topic postings, to help recover stolen kit. Would it be worth having one summary LISTING of all stolen kit not yet recovered, in a simple table form...
by Ralph Wilson
Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: STOLEN BOATS NORTH WALES
Replies: 6
Views: 1545

Re: STOLEN BOATS NORTH WALES

There are some really sad desperate and stupid people out there at the moment. A school for the disabled, near me (in London), had three bicyles stolen this week, they had been clearly adapted for special needs kids. How sick is that! Re all our kayaking gear, maybe it's time for a 'national databas...
by Ralph Wilson
Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Pyranha Inazone 232, red, £125
Replies: 5
Views: 373

Re: Pyranha Inazone 232, red, £125

Both boats have now gone.
by Ralph Wilson
Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:33 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Pyranha Inazone 232, red, £125
Replies: 5
Views: 373

Re: Pyranha Inazone 232, red, £125

Thanks for the various enquiries.

The red 232 has gone.

The green 230 is effectively under offer, subject to a try out.
by Ralph Wilson
Wed Feb 16, 2011 4:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Pyranha Inazone 232, red, £125
Replies: 5
Views: 373

Re: Pyranha Inazone 232, red, £125

UPDATE: I've now had three or four enquiries in the last few days, including two clearly very interested ones. I guess these are likely to conclude on a deal or no-deal in the next few weeks. If you're interested, and haven't already been in contact, probably best to wait until I post a further upda...
by Ralph Wilson
Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:23 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dipper Creek - BC
Replies: 5
Views: 727

Re: Dipper Creek - BC

Good work. What would anyone say is the nearest equivalent to this, in Europe?
by Ralph Wilson
Mon Feb 14, 2011 8:54 am
Forum: England - Southwest
Topic: Dart Levels
Replies: 2357
Views: 87644

Re: Dart Levels - Now with added Twitter!

Saturday morning it was about 3 inches below the ledge. Heavy rain from midnight onwards meant by Sunday morning it was through the third arch!
by Ralph Wilson
Thu Feb 10, 2011 5:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Who did what with all the rain this weekend?
Replies: 49
Views: 3664

Re: Who did what with all the rain this weekend?

Yes, we were on the river in the afternoon, hence I first properly noted the midday level. I recall though that it had come down from around the 1.2 mark during the morning.
by Ralph Wilson
Wed Feb 09, 2011 10:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Who did what with all the rain this weekend?
Replies: 49
Views: 3664

Re: Who did what with all the rain this weekend?

The EA gauge for the Duddon last Saturday was at 1.0 around midday and went steadily down to about 0.85 by three o'clock that afternoon.
by Ralph Wilson
Wed Feb 09, 2011 10:35 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: French Alps 2011 snow conditions?
Replies: 27
Views: 3312

French Alps 2011 snow conditions?

I hear the snow's been very poor in Chamonix, and I see that Briancon's just had two weeks of sunshine, though at last there's a bit of snow forecast for the second half of next week. Just how little snow have the Ecrins and Guil/Ubaye mountain areas had so far this year? How often do they get great...
by Ralph Wilson
Wed Feb 09, 2011 9:13 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Building cost of HPP and Lea Valley?
Replies: 10
Views: 885

Re: Building cost of HPP and Lea Valley?

Based on annual RPI data from table RP04 Retail Prices Index all items, as issued by the Office for National Statistics, I calculate that the cumulative RPI from the start of 1985 to the end of 2010 is equal to 2.51. [Exclusion of one year at the start or finish, depending on precise timing of the c...
by Ralph Wilson
Tue Feb 08, 2011 12:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: swim on the lledr on saturday
Replies: 198
Views: 17453

Re: swim on the lledr on saturday

Yep, fair points no doubt, thanks Dave.
by Ralph Wilson
Tue Feb 08, 2011 12:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: swim on the lledr on saturday
Replies: 198
Views: 17453

Re: swim on the lledr on saturday

Okay everyone, forgive me for feeding the trolls, but they've wound me up, so here goes… If there was a lesson to be learnt here then we would not share with people who cant figure stuff like that out for them selves. In the top end of white water kayaking things go wrong sometimes, they always will...
by Ralph Wilson
Tue Feb 08, 2011 10:33 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: swim on the lledr on saturday
Replies: 198
Views: 17453

Re: swim on the lledr on saturday

Hi. Were there any lessons to learn from your experience on this one? What do you think was the main cause of your swim? Well done on the rescue.
by Ralph Wilson
Mon Feb 07, 2011 12:33 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Who did what with all the rain this weekend?
Replies: 49
Views: 3664

Re: Who did what with all the rain this weekend?

Duddon on Saturday, and Sprint on Sunday - both at excellent high levels. What beautiful rivers. Next time, "maybe" we'll run Wallabarrow Gorge... Small run-in with a local on the Sprint, not a total surprise unfortunately given previous comments about such occurrences there; might or might not post...
by Ralph Wilson
Mon Jan 31, 2011 5:32 pm
Forum: England - Northwest
Topic: Lake District Water Levels Discussion Thread + Twitter Feed
Replies: 155
Views: 25001

Re: Lake District Water Levels Discussion Thread + Twitter Feed

Early thought on possible levels for this coming weekend in the Lake District, given the rain forecasts? Thanks.
by Ralph Wilson
Thu Jan 27, 2011 7:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Llynfi & Gwyrfai.
Replies: 7
Views: 872

Re: Llynfi & Gwyrfai.

The Llyfni, from Nantlle to Penygroes, in flood, is an EXCELLENT paddle at the grade. After a grade 1 section in the 'Everglades' once you reach the A487 bridge 'tunnel', in flood, it becomes very continuous, fast Alpine style, not a section for beginners. Make sure you park at the correct river for...
by Ralph Wilson
Thu Jan 27, 2011 9:08 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dumbing down
Replies: 107
Views: 4083

Re: Dumbing down

The development of a paddler's awareness within their kinesphere is key to any significant consistence in performance. Kinesphere. Nice. A quick search shows its context and definition, within the "Space" section of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laban_Movement_Analysis Kinesphere: the area that the...
by Ralph Wilson
Wed Jan 26, 2011 12:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dumbing down
Replies: 107
Views: 4083

Re: Dumbing down

Dave - you're almost certainly grumpy, old, and a man - maybe it takes one to know one - but on this subject I kinda agree with you. I guess twenty-plus years ago there were still largish creek boats and good protective kit available. But I think the grade 5 end of the sport was mainly the domain of...
by Ralph Wilson
Tue Jan 25, 2011 9:58 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling in the Verdon Gorge
Replies: 8
Views: 1121

Re: Paddling in the Verdon Gorge

As a footnote to my previous post, although the technical difficulty of each individual rapid is not that great, in addition to there being lots of them, there are also a few siphons to beware of, some far from obvious, so there is a certain danger level, and the trip should therefore definitely not...
by Ralph Wilson
Tue Jan 25, 2011 9:36 am
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: Rolling reconstruction 26-27 Feb at PyB
Replies: 0
Views: 139

Rolling reconstruction 26-27 Feb at PyB

There's a rolling reconstruction course at the Plas-y-Brenin centre in North Wales on 26-27 February.
http://www.pyb.co.uk/courses-detail.php ... code=KCC17
It needs a minimum number of people for it to run.
I can offer a lift from London, and back again, if that would help anyone interested.
by Ralph Wilson
Tue Jan 25, 2011 9:22 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling in the Verdon Gorge
Replies: 8
Views: 1121

Re: Paddling in the Verdon Gorge

The Verdon Gorge is certainly within the remit of 'grade 4'. As in, it's not harder than that, there's just lots of it. So, splitting it over a couple of days would work well from that perspective. That would also give you time to scout lines if you don't have a guide who knows it. There are lots of...