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by PaddleSlapper
Mon Nov 09, 2015 11:30 am
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: lost Select paddles on Llugwy Nov 8th
Replies: 2
Views: 779

Re: lost Select paddles on Llugwy Nov 8th

Didn't see yours, but did see two other paddles on this stretch on Sunday: - Yellow bladed Werners with red tape on the shaft are now on the river-right bank just downstream of the old broken mine bridge, below Swallow Falls. - Yellow bladed Robsons on river-left bank, just downstream of Bench Falls...
by PaddleSlapper
Mon Oct 26, 2015 10:00 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Lost: Paddles on Orchy
Replies: 0
Views: 657

Lost: Paddles on Orchy

One of our group lost a set of Werner Sherpa 2.00m, 45°feather right-handed, foam core carbon, straight glass shaft on Chicken Shoot on Saturday 24-Oct. No distictive features as they were fresh out of the wrapper that morning.
by PaddleSlapper
Tue Sep 15, 2015 1:40 pm
Forum: England - Southwest
Topic: Dangerous new weir on the Barle
Replies: 6
Views: 2943

Re: Dangerous new weir on the Barle

It shouldn't be possible to build dangerous weirs in 2015. Not sure I've seen it mentioned on UKRGB before, but the Environment Agency has published River Weirs - Good Practice Guide (2003) which clearly sets out in section 2.1 that safety is one of the prime considerations as well as the importance...
by PaddleSlapper
Thu May 14, 2015 3:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: MacGregor the Bulldog
Replies: 36
Views: 4602

Re: MacGregor the Bulldog

But consider the marketing opportunities...

Hopefully, I'll receive a free toy MacGregor when I renew my BCU membership :-)

Duncan
by PaddleSlapper
Wed Oct 01, 2014 1:36 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Lost: Werner Cranks on Tryweryn 27-Sept
Replies: 3
Views: 763

Re: Lost: Werner Cranks on Tryweryn 27-Sept

That's brilliant, thanks Matt. I love the boating community. I've let Dave, whose paddles they are, know and he will hopefully be getting in touch directly. I would love to know where they were. We paddled down to Bala afterwards, and then waited for the release to be turned off for a better look. D...
by PaddleSlapper
Sun Sep 28, 2014 8:37 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Lost: Werner Cranks on Tryweryn 27-Sept
Replies: 3
Views: 763

Lost: Werner Cranks on Tryweryn 27-Sept

At the Tryweryn on Saturday, and one of our group caught an edge, went over and lost his paddles at the bottom of the Graveyard. Not sure of the exact model but they were black, and with no name/address.

Duncan
by PaddleSlapper
Mon Jun 16, 2014 7:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Alps- Water Levels
Replies: 49
Views: 8393

Re: Alps- Water Levels

While I'm here I should warn you all about the Swiss Police. A few years ago, we parked in a lay-by by what I remember was the guidebook put-in for the Giarsun Gorge on the Inn. This involved a 20m or so walk through long grass to get to the river, and there was a worn track through this that we fol...
by PaddleSlapper
Mon Jun 16, 2014 7:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Alps- Water Levels
Replies: 49
Views: 8393

Re: Alps- Water Levels

The AA website does a good list of what's needed in each european country. Direct link (pdf) --> Compulsory Equipment

This does give original registration document as a compulsory requirement throughout europe.

Duncan
by PaddleSlapper
Thu Oct 31, 2013 12:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bala backpackers
Replies: 40
Views: 7618

Re: Bala backpackers

I remember the first time I stayed there in 2008, which was also the first time I paddled the Tryweryn. I found the following in the trip review I wrote for our club's forum at the time. Also worth mentioning, was where we stayed on Saturday night. Bala Backpackers, run by Stella, the lady with the ...
by PaddleSlapper
Fri Oct 11, 2013 6:19 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: An Article All Kayakers Should Read (Heuristic Traps)
Replies: 17
Views: 2572

Re: An Article All Kayakers Should Read (Heuristic Traps)

This is good. Don't be put off by the term 'heuristic' in the title. All this means is the everyday life-skill of using rules-of-thumb, or even feel based on experience, that allows quick decisions to be taken without doing a full analysis. An example of a white-water heuristic I'm guilty of is "if ...
by PaddleSlapper
Thu May 30, 2013 6:40 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Alps conditions
Replies: 76
Views: 15109

Re: Alps conditions

Update on the tree on the Upper Guisane: the nice lady at the SND Kayak Shop at St Clément tells me it is being removed this week. After some quite heavy rain the night before, yesterday we had a fantastic cool but sunny day on the Upper and Middle Guil at great levels. I wouldn't have wanted the Mi...
by PaddleSlapper
Tue May 28, 2013 6:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Alps conditions
Replies: 76
Views: 15109

Re: Alps conditions

As this seems to be this summer's Southern Alps thread, here's a tree warning. There is a river wide tree less than ten minutes down from the get-in at Le Casset on the Upper Guisane. Just after a left turn with one of those bouldery eddy-free beaches above it, typical of the Upper, that are difficu...
by PaddleSlapper
Mon May 13, 2013 7:54 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ideal Paddler weight range
Replies: 3
Views: 1209

Re: Ideal Paddler weight range

My go-to source for old boat specs is http://www.playak.com , though you need to register to get the data. According to Playak, a 2004 Jackson Fun has a weight range of between 54kg and 82kg (that's 119lb to 181lb for dinosaurs and Americans), though I agree with kayak1 that you'll have more fun in ...
by PaddleSlapper
Sun Mar 10, 2013 10:44 am
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: FOUND Lower Tryweryn
Replies: 0
Views: 554

FOUND Lower Tryweryn

Found a pair of pliers at the take-out for the Lower Tryweryn yesterday. Right by the water - looks like they fell out of someone's BA as they got out of their boat. Not like losing a boat or paddles, but I'd be annoyed if I dropped them. PM me if they're yours.

Duncan
by PaddleSlapper
Sun Feb 10, 2013 6:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: LVWWC Session Booking
Replies: 2
Views: 543

LVWWC Session Booking

I have just got back from a very chilly Lee Valley White Water Centre. In spite of the cold, the Legacy Course was packed. Luckily, I pre-booked, but a friend of mine who hadn't was turned away from the Legacy Course because it was full. Admittedly there were only two hours available on the Legacy t...
by PaddleSlapper
Fri Sep 28, 2012 6:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Put-on Parties, Take-out Treats - Celebrate the Awesomeness!
Replies: 28
Views: 1661

Re: Put-on Parties, Take-out Treats - Celebrate the Awesomen

The lady who sells the socks outside her house by the car park at Linton Falls on the Wharfe, was brilliant on a one-car mid-week paddle earlier this year. Cups of tea when we got off, and while I was jogging back to the put-in to get my car, she showed up in hers and took me the rest of the way. So...
by PaddleSlapper
Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Trip invites etiquette....
Replies: 45
Views: 2443

Re: Trip invites etiquette....

The etiquette is that you don't get arsey with the trip organiser if you're not asked. You just enquire afterwards how the trip went and let them know that if they're short of paddlers next time, you're up for it. As a trip moocher myself, I have huge respect for trip organisers. I know what a hassl...
by PaddleSlapper
Sun Oct 16, 2011 10:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Linking to Google Maps
Replies: 2
Views: 433

Re: Linking to Google Maps

To get the url after you've zoomed, converted to satellite-view/street-view, etc, click on the chain-link icon towards the top-right of the Google Maps page. http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=53.438801,-1.535227 is the simplest url which will get you there with what appears to be the same type of view...
by PaddleSlapper
Thu Aug 04, 2011 2:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: EA Hydropower Consultation - river users views requested
Replies: 6
Views: 338

Re: EA Hydropower Consultation - river users views requested

I have some experience of negotiating on a new hydro scheme from one that is going ahead here in Bedford. The first we at Bedford's Viking Kayak Club knew about it was when it appeared in the local papers. There is currently no obligation, or even a recommendation to consult, with local paddlers whe...
by PaddleSlapper
Sat Jun 25, 2011 8:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Articficial course pictures wanted please
Replies: 29
Views: 2321

Re: Articficial course pictures wanted please

TheKrikkitWars mentioned Cardington above. As it's part of a flood defence scheme, the channel needs to be kept clear when not in use for paddling so it has to be set up from scratch every time. Here are some pics I took a couple of years ago when we were getting ready for a slalom: http://www.faceb...
by PaddleSlapper
Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:51 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Briancon Gorge barrage chute change
Replies: 15
Views: 2159

Re: Briancon Gorge barrage chute change

We got on no problem on the right just below the tunnels. Could have got on above the tunnels, which we did briefly consider, but nobody fancied it. They were made of corrugated plastic and if you caught your front you could be wedged in. There were signs saying keep out of the construction site, bu...
by PaddleSlapper
Tue Jun 21, 2011 7:39 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Briancon Gorge barrage chute change
Replies: 15
Views: 2159

Re: Briancon Gorge barrage chute change

Here's what it looked like three weeks ago. It may be different now as the earth around the tunnels was washed away in a flood at the end of my week there. The chute is pointing straight at the earth and rock bank on the right.

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by PaddleSlapper
Mon Mar 14, 2011 2:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Canoe England/BCU - where is the love?
Replies: 94
Views: 4457

Re: Canoe England/BCU - where is the love?

I was impressed with the freestyle club championships organised by the BCU Freestyle Committee last October. We have quite a few club members with lots of enthusiasm for freestyle, but not quite so much ability. It would be a waste of time them entering a proper freestyle competition, but a 'fun' co...
by PaddleSlapper
Thu Mar 10, 2011 7:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: does colour make a difference?
Replies: 43
Views: 3222

Re: does colour make a difference?

hereorkayaking wrote:For Pyranha id say yellow is strong but brittle. Green is more flexible.
For Blissstick Yellow is the strongest Green is the weakest.
Steve
Now you tell me. I have two boats with split plastic sitting in my garden awaiting repair - a yellow Burn and a green RAD 185.
by PaddleSlapper
Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:52 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Ivel, Sand, Bedfordshire
Replies: 5
Views: 799

Re: River Ivel, Sand, Bedfordshire

I have got off on the other side of the river to the Anchor, directly opposite the pub's landing stage. There's room for a few cars at the end of Ford Lane in Roxton, with a footpath going down to the river. It's not ideal as there's a couple of hundred meters to carry boats, and it can be muddy. I'...
by PaddleSlapper
Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:27 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Found: Paddles and karabiner with sling - Upper Dart
Replies: 5
Views: 597

Re: Found: Paddles and karabiner with sling - Upper Dart

Krab & Sling got lost when one of our group tried to recover one of the Werners. I'll PM his details.
by PaddleSlapper
Mon Oct 04, 2010 8:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Where Do You Buy Your Gaffa Tape
Replies: 17
Views: 1350

Re: Where Do You Buy Your Gaffa Tape

I had no problems with http://www.tapes-direct.co.uk/ when I needed some coloured duct tape for polo boats. They had many varieties including fluorescent which is used in the film industry. Rechecking the link, I see they now do tape approved for the Nuclear Industry, presumably for patching up Home...
by PaddleSlapper
Thu Sep 30, 2010 3:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nookie Dartcam now Pyranha Dart Cam?
Replies: 31
Views: 2549

Re: Nookie Dartcam now Pyranha Dart Cam?

If you examine the web page source code, you'll find there's a direct feed of the bit we're interested here:

http://www.crsadventures.com/webcam/archive.swf

You decide whether it's ethical to watch the content without watching the advert.