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by DaveBland
Wed Feb 20, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How do you break a boat?
Replies: 13
Views: 432

Re: How do you break a boat?

Cracks in hull due to wear and busted ends due to swims.
by DaveBland
Wed Feb 20, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: This vid's stunning...
Replies: 3
Views: 282

Re: This vid's stunning...

Goes against the grain for me too. I thought the whole point of dropping waterfalls was that it wasn't just plopping off something and it relied on skill and control. If so, why add 'not getting burned because some other pyrotechnitians have done their job properly' into the mix? Totally different f...
by DaveBland
Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:33 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: This vid's stunning...
Replies: 3
Views: 282

Re: This vid's stunning...

Elk in BC, near Fearnie. Seal launch above Leap of Faith followed by middle Elk canyon all at low flows.
by DaveBland
Wed Feb 20, 2019 1:52 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: This vid's stunning...
Replies: 3
Views: 282

This vid's stunning...

...just so photogenic in the snow.

by DaveBland
Fri Jan 25, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do we even need a grading system any more?
Replies: 30
Views: 1205

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. I ...
by DaveBland
Tue Jan 22, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do we even need a grading system any more?
Replies: 30
Views: 1205

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

Okay, okay... you bunch have convinced me.
by DaveBland
Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:22 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do we even need a grading system any more?
Replies: 30
Views: 1205

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

The grade gives you an idea which videos to bother watching. I may have just literally spat a little tea there. Splendid. Franky, absolutely... of course I want to hear t'other argument. Good points. I dont agree about the higher grade thing - i feel its the same for all. I guess my point is if you...
by DaveBland
Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do we even need a grading system any more?
Replies: 30
Views: 1205

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

...more useful than a video or images? Just did a 15 second google on "Grand Eyvia kayak" and got far more of an idea of the river than from "Grade 3+/4 without any large eddies". C'mon... I need a better argument than these. I'm sporting for a fight. I'll see you outside... Right then, Dave "I've ...
by DaveBland
Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do we even need a grading system any more?
Replies: 30
Views: 1205

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

...more useful than a video or images? Just did a 15 second google on "Grand Eyvia kayak" and got far more of an idea of the river than from "Grade 3+/4 without any large eddies".

C'mon... I need a better argument than these. I'm sporting for a fight. I'll see you outside...
by DaveBland
Mon Jan 21, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do we even need a grading system any more?
Replies: 30
Views: 1205

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

You have a point, but I think I can tell from the footage that I'd still give it a miss. Whereas if it said "Grade 5", I may thnk it's worth a look. After all I've done some other BC grade 5s so what's the difference?
by DaveBland
Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do we even need a grading system any more?
Replies: 30
Views: 1205

Do we even need a grading system any more?

As the title says, are river grades now obsolete? 1. Most stuff has been paddled. It's pretty moch all been filmed too. Surely a bit of footage is a way better indicator of a river's character than a grade? 2. Folks are paddling harder and harder. Grade 5 had become so stretched it meaningless. Andl...
by DaveBland
Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What degree WW paddle
Replies: 24
Views: 1000

Re: What degree WW paddle

Hmm...Ive got a feeling it depends on how much torso rotation the paddler uses. Zero feather needs more if wrists are not flexed.
by DaveBland
Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What degree WW paddle
Replies: 24
Views: 1000

Re: What degree WW paddle

Blimey Jim, that's detailed! So I've noticed similar to you, having thought I relaxed my grip on my non permanent hand [right for me as I paddle leftie], but you are right – while I do relax the grip it's on the push of the stroke when it's the upper arm – the actual grip placement doesn't change. Y...
by DaveBland
Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What degree WW paddle
Replies: 24
Views: 1000

Re: What degree WW paddle

Get a broom handle, and mark off different coloured incraments around one end. and a single mark on the other end. Sit on the floor and with the single marked end where the blade would be on your fixed hand, close your eyes and get paddling. Film the end with the coloured incraments on it and watch ...
by DaveBland
Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Left-handed paddlers
Replies: 27
Views: 1040

Re: Left-handed paddlers

Jim, I think that should be "we are all weird differently".
by DaveBland
Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Left-handed paddlers
Replies: 27
Views: 1040

Re: Left-handed paddlers

I'm a right hander that has always paddled leftie. Started with 90 deg flat faced blades so it's not down to early paddle choice. I *can* paddle right-handed blades, but I'd hateto rely on it as it's my brain that 'forgets' not the technique. I think if I practiced enough, it would soon come though....
by DaveBland
Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Long shot - old photo of Overlander Falls
Replies: 15
Views: 1972

Re: Long shot - old photo of Overlander Falls

Splendid! Thanks Dave.
by DaveBland
Mon Dec 24, 2018 1:09 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Just for fun........
Replies: 15
Views: 1073

Re: Just for fun........

Depends how anal you are being about typos
by DaveBland
Sun Dec 23, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Just for fun........
Replies: 15
Views: 1073

Re: Just for fun........

Okay let's analize the risk. Water will be reasonable temp (most year round). At 30 ft into aerated water, risk of injury from flat landing minimal. Deep pool with no big rocks to avoid. The only (and very) significant danger is the drop just below with the super holdy hole. But safety set up and re...
by DaveBland
Fri Dec 21, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Just for fun........
Replies: 15
Views: 1073

Re: Just for fun........

Enough $$ to buy the beers after.

All you have to do is do one of those ear dippy, capsize on the lip things innit?

So Ive got the capsize part dialled...
by DaveBland
Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Recommend Me A Good WW Book Please
Replies: 9
Views: 559

Re: Recommend Me A Good WW Book Please

+1 for Jim's suggestion
by DaveBland
Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bulgaria for our summer trip?
Replies: 8
Views: 701

Re: Bulgaria for our summer trip?

I very nearly moved to Wellington for the proximity for paddling, so of course.
Wasn't there a Yellowstone one? Or am I getting confused with Yogi?
by DaveBland
Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bulgaria for our summer trip?
Replies: 8
Views: 701

Re: Bulgaria for our summer trip?

Have you got a Great Uncle you can ask?
by DaveBland
Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: WHAT BOAT!!! For my better half.
Replies: 20
Views: 1024

Re: WHAT BOAT!!! For my better half.

Axiom significantly better than the GT then for a beginner / intermediate? It's a good £200 odd more expensive.... can get a new GT for under £500... I admit the Axiom looks a bit more modern in design, but is it worth the difference? (Also a bit worried about unintended tail squirts when not used ...
by DaveBland
Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: WHAT BOAT!!! For my better half.
Replies: 20
Views: 1024

Re: WHAT BOAT!!! For my better half.

Neptune wrote:
Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:25 am
Small Nomad, you won't get anything better and you will probably pick on up second hand on here.
Agreed...apart from the lack of surfing ability.

My first thought was Axiom too. Or a JK Fun thingy.
by DaveBland
Mon Dec 03, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nice vid
Replies: 12
Views: 889

Re: Nice vid

Chris Bolton wrote:
Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:48 am
Maybe the seal launch was showboating as well.
Nah, the normal entry is way more exciting...
Image
by DaveBland
Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:02 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nice vid
Replies: 12
Views: 889

Re: Nice vid

Ha! Boat on edgeisstandard technique if in photos or vids and wanna look uber cool. Not required to navigate river without cameras. Now you say about the editing not showing it all I see what you mean. I guess it is a bit disjointed. Funnily enough, I was trying to work out where the hell [and why] ...
by DaveBland
Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC's new Access Charter
Replies: 15
Views: 835

Re: BC's new Access Charter

Adrian's point exactly. The tone of the summary document just feels a bit wishy to me on this point. And more importantly, I don't think that an interested reader who is not aware of all the history of access isues would 'get' the established right of access viewpoint from this. But Pam, please don'...
by DaveBland
Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:06 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC's new Access Charter
Replies: 15
Views: 835

Re: BC's new Access Charter

That's a fair point Pam, but the comment you quoted me from was refering to the summary document, where it has absolutely no indication of BCs standpoint.
by DaveBland
Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC's new Access Charter
Replies: 15
Views: 835

Re: BC's new Access Charter

Okay so watched all the vids. They are excellently put together and do a great job. Exactly what you'd expect from an NSO. One vid does have a short segment saying that they believe there's an established right of access, but that's all. It would have been nice to have that viewpoint spreada little ...