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by Kayakpilot
Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Merrell Aquaterra
Replies: 11
Views: 1841

Re: Merrell Aquaterra

My experience is that Merrell aftersales in the uk is very good.
If their footwear does not come up to scratch they will replace or give a hefty discount off a new pair as a goodwill gesture.
It is very rare for them not to do this as long as the fault is genuine.
by Kayakpilot
Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Worrying times on River Spean and perhaps for SCA members?
Replies: 17
Views: 8041

Re: Worrying times on River Spean and perhaps for SCA membe

This seems typical SCA foul ups to me and does not come as a surprise. In 2012 SEPA arranged for the flows on the Awe to be changed and asked the SCA for their views. They never got any! SCA said they had discussions with SEPA. SEPA said that no objections were forthcoming from SCA despite SCA sayin...
by Kayakpilot
Mon Jul 08, 2013 11:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Awe release dates 2013
Replies: 3
Views: 1122

Re: Awe release dates 2013

The river flow should have gone up to 1m m3/day from today. It has not ! Thanks SEPA for more misinformation. It should also be noted that the fisheries trust has objected to the 2 day freshet releases and the above mentioned flow rate. Seems pretty clear they do not want anyone else on the river ! ...
by Kayakpilot
Sun May 20, 2012 9:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Awe’s flows revised to improve fish spawning and juven
Replies: 28
Views: 7025

Re: River Awe’s flows revised to improve fish spawning and j

Just sent an email to SEPA.
I would be interested to know what response the SCA gave them regarding these changes to the river levels.
I believe they were consulted.

Iain
by Kayakpilot
Fri May 18, 2012 11:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Awe’s flows revised to improve fish spawning and juven
Replies: 28
Views: 7025

Re: River Awe’s flows revised to improve fish spawning and j

Just posted some pics on Oban Canoe Clubs' Facebook page which show what the flow is going to be like until later in the summer, at which time it gets cut right down again.

Iain.
by Kayakpilot
Wed May 16, 2012 10:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Awe’s flows revised to improve fish spawning and juven
Replies: 28
Views: 7025

Re: River Awe’s flows revised to improve fish spawning and j

Looks like we will need to paddle it in the Winter if we want to play on the Wave !
by Kayakpilot
Sat Jan 21, 2012 11:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kindle Paddling Books
Replies: 6
Views: 584

Re: Kindle Paddling Books

The Three Rivers of The Amazon by Tim Biggs ( S.Africa) is a cracking good read.

Iain
by Kayakpilot
Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Camera opinions?
Replies: 6
Views: 513

Re: Camera opinions?

Bought a used Nikon D200 recently. Top piece of kit and no constant faffing about trawling menus.
It does not do video either, another reason i bought it as i wanted a top spec stills camera.

Iain
by Kayakpilot
Sun Jul 24, 2011 12:13 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dreaded 'help me decide' Post
Replies: 27
Views: 2058

Re: Dreaded 'help me decide' Post

Thanks for all the replies.
Lots to mull over now, though it looks like i will be seriously considering the Axiom or Z.One.
A shiny new boat with comfy outfitting beckons !

Cheers
Iain
by Kayakpilot
Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dreaded 'help me decide' Post
Replies: 27
Views: 2058

Re: Dreaded 'help me decide' Post

Thanks for all the well considered replies. My mate has a Hoss and likes it so it is a possibility. I also thought of the Mamba, there are a few in the club and they seem good. I really liked the Karnali when i looked at one recently, i just want to get down the river and have the occasional play on...
by Kayakpilot
Mon Jul 18, 2011 6:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dreaded 'help me decide' Post
Replies: 27
Views: 2058

Re: Dreaded 'help me decide' Post

My InaZone is an old boat and outfitting is pretty crap. Foot room and hence comfort is poor.
Nothing wrong with the way the boat paddles, it is great.
Not sure whether a short boat like the Ammo or longer ones like Z.One and Axiom would be best.

Cheers
Iain
by Kayakpilot
Mon Jul 18, 2011 3:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dreaded 'help me decide' Post
Replies: 27
Views: 2058

Dreaded 'help me decide' Post

Looking to change my boat soon. Been paddling an InaZone which has been brilliant to learn in. Was thinking of a Karnali or Remix but after last night I'm having a re-think. I have got to the stage now where i can try and play around on the wave at the Awe Barrage. Had an absolute blast last night g...
by Kayakpilot
Mon May 30, 2011 8:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Liquid Logic CR250 Oban £225
Replies: 37
Views: 1338

Re: Liquid Logic CR250 Oban £225

It is a good boat.
He has been trashed in many a hole in it and swum from it on the Etive !

Hope ya sell it John!

Iain.
by Kayakpilot
Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaks for the taller gentleman...
Replies: 11
Views: 834

Re: Kayaks for the taller gentleman...

Guy in our club is taller than that. He has a Jackson Super Hero or it might be a Nimitz Class aircraft carrier !

Iain
by Kayakpilot
Tue Mar 01, 2011 10:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha H3
Replies: 8
Views: 3223

Re: Pyranha H3

Thanks guys and also to pickeringpaddler for his email.
Would i be right in thinking that the H3 is similar to the Karnali ?
I really like the K but the H3 will be a lot cheaper if i get it. (it is as new).

Iain
by Kayakpilot
Sun Feb 27, 2011 11:06 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha H3
Replies: 8
Views: 3223

Pyranha H3

Anyone got any thoughts on the H3 ?
I have the chance of one in mint nick.
I currently paddle grade 3 in an Inazone which i like. Just learned to roll.
Would the H3 suit my needs and allow me to progress ?

Cheers
Iain
by Kayakpilot
Fri Nov 12, 2010 8:04 pm
Forum: Scotland - West Highlands
Topic: River Awe and nearby.
Replies: 0
Views: 955

River Awe and nearby.

The Awe barrage was releasing through both gates today. Loch Awe is full and still rainin. Release will probably continue i think. The Lower Orchy is bank full, a good indication that the other bits are good to go, loads of run off coming down mountain streams. Sounds like a bumper weekend for West ...
by Kayakpilot
Mon Nov 01, 2010 9:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Torcastle rapid on Lochy
Replies: 4
Views: 545

Re: Torcastle rapid on Lochy

Thanks guys.
I did what you both suggested but still missed it.
If i had bothered my arse to get out car and walk i might have got on better!
I'm determined to find it next time i am there. What is particularly galling is that i grew up in the area !!

Cheers
Iain
by Kayakpilot
Sun Oct 31, 2010 9:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Torcastle rapid on Lochy
Replies: 4
Views: 545

Torcastle rapid on Lochy

I need some help from peeps familiar with this rapid. Today i thought i would go down and have a look at it and tried to find the road from the Banavie side which goes through tunnel under canal. For the life of me i could not find the flamin road! I ended up accessing the bank from the Camisky side...
by Kayakpilot
Mon Oct 18, 2010 9:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Info requested re Lower Nevis
Replies: 6
Views: 528

Re: Info requested re Lower Nevis

Thanks Jim.
Cheers

Iain
by Kayakpilot
Fri Oct 15, 2010 4:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Info requested re Lower Nevis
Replies: 6
Views: 528

Re: Info requested re Lower Nevis

Thanks guys.
The Lochy was suggested to me today by someone else too so may give that a go if Nevis too dry.
Usually paddle the Awe and upper Orchy. Just want a change of scenery!
The lower Etive was also suggested. Whats that like?

Cheers
Iain
by Kayakpilot
Thu Oct 14, 2010 10:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Info requested re Lower Nevis
Replies: 6
Views: 528

Info requested re Lower Nevis

Thinking of doing the above this weekend.
Will it be worth going considering no rain this week?
I'm only capable of grade 2/3 anyway.

Thanks
Iain
by Kayakpilot
Thu Oct 14, 2010 10:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Falls Of Lora
Replies: 5
Views: 881

Re: Falls Of Lora

Its on every day !
Just that last week had spring tides and it was really pumpin! ;-)
Worth a go if you are nearby.

Iain
by Kayakpilot
Thu Oct 14, 2010 10:14 pm
Forum: Scotland - West Highlands
Topic: SPEAN GORGE SIPHON - WARNING
Replies: 8
Views: 4097

Re: SPEAN GORGE SIPHON - WARNING

I'm confused now.
In a later thread it states that this rapid is on the Roy.
Which is it ?

Ta
Iain
by Kayakpilot
Fri Sep 17, 2010 9:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling technique help
Replies: 11
Views: 665

Re: Paddling technique help

Thanks for input guys.
I do as Chris says when i can.
Practiced rolling tonight on wee loch. 8 rolls, no swims !
Just need to transfer that to river. Hmmm.....

Cheers
Iain
by Kayakpilot
Thu Sep 16, 2010 10:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling technique help
Replies: 11
Views: 665

Re: Paddling technique help

Thanks Dave.
I think i know what to do now.
Just need to put it into practice !!

See how i manage on Sunday. Gonna practice rolling tomorrow.

Iain
by Kayakpilot
Wed Sep 15, 2010 11:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling technique help
Replies: 11
Views: 665

Re: Paddling technique help

Simon said: "build lateral momentum across the flow."

Do i keep boat flat when i'm doing that or lean downstream ?

Thanks so far. And its an Inazone.

Iain
by Kayakpilot
Wed Sep 15, 2010 10:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling technique help
Replies: 11
Views: 665

Paddling technique help

I have been paddling since mid May and currently do grade 2/3 rivers. Rapids run straight down are ok, i can generally stay upright (i'm working on rolling, nearly there!). What i find difficult is to get from say the current in the middle of river and go across to either side to make a different ch...
by Kayakpilot
Sun Sep 12, 2010 8:20 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: World Canoe Slalom
Replies: 6
Views: 662

World Canoe Slalom

Just watched this last 2 days. Wow what a course! London Olympic one looks good too. Why do these guys use these ancient looking pointy boats? Would a Burn not be better? :-) Now that there are a few of these courses in the UK, is it not high time we had one in Scotland ? I don't buy the no money cr...
by Kayakpilot
Thu Aug 19, 2010 10:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha Dealers
Replies: 5
Views: 567

Re: Pyranha Dealers

"Why? If he's not able to offer the service you need, why reward him with your money " Because it is a small shop which does not have room to display a rake of boats. The service is excellent however and they employ local people. I like to support my local shops when possible. Thanks James, i'm just...