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by alexpethybridge
Wed Nov 05, 2014 12:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: If you can't do the time, don't do the crime.
Replies: 44
Views: 5386

Re: If you can't do the time, don't do the crime.

We had our Freshers Trip last weekend and bootie beers are part of what we do, no one is forced into it but most people partake. It doesn't matter how many times you swim on the day you still just do one beer and if a leader has anyone swim in their group they also have a beer. End result is almost ...
by alexpethybridge
Sat Sep 13, 2014 1:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha moan
Replies: 104
Views: 14123

Re: Pyranha moan

I'm concerned about the message coming out of Cardiff as I'm aware of a maladjusted Thigh brace on one Burn III being an issue. To suggest there is a fleet of boats that have disintegrated is massively misleading. A significant number of owners have all had the same issue with their outfitting - na...
by alexpethybridge
Fri Aug 01, 2014 5:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The Etive spanking a paddler at monstrous flows!!!
Replies: 48
Views: 6388

Re: The Etive spanking a paddler at monstrous flows!!!

If I'd been there at the time, or come along afterwards (like Jim) then I'd have helped them and hopefully made them safer paddlers. After the event though I'll critique them - there were a number of incredibly basic things they didn't do and that made them unsafe - and unsafe people in a risk envir...
by alexpethybridge
Thu Jul 17, 2014 8:51 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak ban on the Bonne?
Replies: 4
Views: 1018

Re: Kayak ban on the Bonne?

Weird, a group of u got on the Bonne in the middle of June and didn't see the sign. We did find the landslide though, not something you would want to paddle! We walked out up to the road and met some French farmers, it was their land that the landslip occurred on and they weren't aware of it, so I f...
by alexpethybridge
Fri May 30, 2014 10:49 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: FS: Prijon Pure M, Red, £500 ono
Replies: 4
Views: 269

Re: FS: Prijon Pure M, Red, £500 ono

£300!!!!


Just £300!!
by alexpethybridge
Sun May 25, 2014 9:55 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: FS: Prijon Pure M, Red, £500 ono
Replies: 4
Views: 269

Re: FS: Prijon Pure M, Red, £500 ono

BUMP!

Need a quick sale so now dropping price to £375 ono.
by alexpethybridge
Tue May 20, 2014 1:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: FS: Prijon Pure M, Red, £500 ono
Replies: 4
Views: 269

Re: FS: Prijon Pure M, Red, £400 ono

BUMP

Now £400!

Make me an offer! (Go on, I dare you) :)
by alexpethybridge
Sun May 18, 2014 10:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: FS: Prijon Pure M, Red, £500 ono
Replies: 4
Views: 269

FS: Prijon Pure M, Red, £500 ono

Selling a Prijon Pure M in red. 18 months old. Paddled on a variety of G4. Good condition; lost the original nose cone and scraped the nose in a silly swim, nose cone has since been replaced with a new one direct from Prijon. Solid boat with plenty of life left in it, being sold because new job will...
by alexpethybridge
Mon May 12, 2014 2:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Swale Fever
Replies: 42
Views: 2945

Re: Swale Fever

Poke, I agree with you. I'm not saying that paddling the Swale over and over again qualifies you as a g5 boater, far from it. I'm just calling the OP out on the idea it isn't possible to build the skills necessary to become a g5 boater by paddling rivers (in general and the Swale in particular) over...
by alexpethybridge
Mon May 12, 2014 1:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Swale Fever
Replies: 42
Views: 2945

Re: Swale Fever

Poke wrote:
alexpethybridge wrote:I cannot believe the kayaking in the world's only activity where practice does not make you better.
He didn't say that it doesn't.
Thats what the below quote says to me.
Richard Gunton wrote:paddling the same river over and over even when it is high will not build the skills to become a grade 5 boater.
by alexpethybridge
Mon May 12, 2014 12:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Swale Fever
Replies: 42
Views: 2945

Re: Swale Fever

CAN of worms. the swale when properly high needs more skill than a boof, but paddling the same river over and over even when it is high will not build the skills to become a grade 5 boater. Is this to do with youth no I don't think it is , Its simply fact. there is no really annoying Evan Garcia ef...
by alexpethybridge
Mon Dec 23, 2013 10:03 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: West Cumbria Canoe Club should know better !
Replies: 51
Views: 4674

Re: West Cumbria Canoe Club should know better !

The second is, is this 'Agreement' actually necessary? Well, in 2013, pretty well the entirety of the UK now manages to cope without them. How is the Greta different? If there is a special environmental issue which makes the Greta different, we have yet to actually hear it...? How the Greta is diff...
by alexpethybridge
Mon Dec 23, 2013 9:49 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Another East Lyn Pin
Replies: 207
Views: 16806

Re: Another East Lyn Pin

I agree, a tree is not in the same league as a rock. My point was if you mount a defence based on a principle, in this case not altering a river, then you follow it to its logical conclusion, in this case that neither rocks nor trees should be added or removed from the river. The majority of people ...
by alexpethybridge
Sun Dec 22, 2013 7:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Another East Lyn Pin
Replies: 207
Views: 16806

Re: Another East Lyn Pin

It seems perfectly reasonable to carry out an experiment to see if that risk can be lessened. Says who? I'm pretty confident here that most paddlers - if not the overwhelming majority - would prefer it if other paddlers did not 'experiment' with our rivers, however well-intentioned their meddling. ...
by alexpethybridge
Tue Dec 03, 2013 9:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: To Paddle or not?
Replies: 23
Views: 2184

Re: To Paddle or not?

Sorry for those who travel along way and have to book accommodation in advance but it would have been fairly obvious 7 days before what levels would be like so you could make alternative plans such as surfing, biking or walking Tend to agree with you here. What does surprise me is the lack of under...
by alexpethybridge
Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:45 am
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Lost: LL Trigger Usk - Crickhowell
Replies: 0
Views: 367

Lost: LL Trigger Usk - Crickhowell

As the title says, I lost a LL Trigger on the Usk yesterday, last seen pinned in Crickhowell.
by alexpethybridge
Sun Oct 27, 2013 2:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: T-rescue
Replies: 94
Views: 10671

Re: T-rescue

Without seeing you I don't know which part of the t rescue you are struggling with but this is the progression I teach; Starting upright with the rescuer's boat perpendicular to you on your left hand side. 1. Place your right hand on the rescuer's grab handle. 2. Place your left hand on the rescuer'...
by alexpethybridge
Sat Oct 26, 2013 4:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaking with electric eels
Replies: 5
Views: 937

Re: Kayaking with electric eels

Quick google search suggests that its not the electricity that kills you because the shock doesn't last long enough, but that the shock may stun you and then you drown in the water. So if you keep an eye out for each other you should be ok. :)
by alexpethybridge
Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:37 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The future..? Self healing kayaks.
Replies: 6
Views: 848

Re: The future..? Self healing kayaks.

What about if there where four loaded onto a roof and they all grew into each other? I guess you would need to give each boat it's on unique plastic formula code similar to a DNA structure. You would be able to put a finish on it to stop that but the main issue is; "Future work by the group will co...
by alexpethybridge
Fri Sep 13, 2013 11:55 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: France 2014
Replies: 32
Views: 3184

Re: France 2014

Relax a bit Alex, I am not versed on data but you answered my question in your data, it shows the Middle Tavy to be steeper overall than the Upper Dart, yet the Upper Dart is a far more considerable river, thats why in my opinion I dont rely on gradients but more actual information from people who ...
by alexpethybridge
Fri Sep 13, 2013 9:58 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: France 2014
Replies: 32
Views: 3184

Re: France 2014

My apologises for the mislabeling see the updated list below. I'm confused though, you said; Also when looking at South Alps White Water guide are the grades listed realistic or overcautious? (Done a few grade 3 rivers in Austria this year that showed grade 4 in book) Mark Jim maybe its my perceptio...
by alexpethybridge
Thu Sep 12, 2013 11:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: France 2014
Replies: 32
Views: 3184

Re: France 2014

Playing around with Google earth shows that *very* roughly that; The Upper Dart is about 7km long and loses about 200m height. The Middle Guil is 8.5km long and lose about 400m in height. (I can't work out how to post the screenshots of the elevation profiles) TBH you cant really compare in that ma...
by alexpethybridge
Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: France 2014
Replies: 32
Views: 3184

Re: France 2014

Playing around with Google earth shows that *very* roughly that;

The Upper Dart is about 7km long and loses about 200m height.
The Middle Guil is 8.5km long and lose about 400m in height.

(I can't work out how to post the screenshots of the elevation profiles)
by alexpethybridge
Sat Sep 07, 2013 4:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Holne Bridge Layby
Replies: 35
Views: 4511

Re: Holne Bridge Layby

If you can afford to own and run a car you already have a certain amount of income (cars cost a lot to buy and run) and for anybody who can afford a car the small additional cost of car parking is a negligible barrier to access to the moor. The same applies for kayaking, you can't go boating withou...
by alexpethybridge
Sat Sep 07, 2013 1:28 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Holne Bridge Layby
Replies: 35
Views: 4511

Re: Holne Bridge Layby

Why do you expect to park for free? Because I feel it allows more people greater access to more of Dartmoor. You could argue that even on street parking is not free as you have to pay road tax, but it is cheaper if you do not have to pay a second charge. Gareth There's no such thing as road tax, so...
by alexpethybridge
Wed Jul 31, 2013 3:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: For Sale : Creek Boat £225 in Bristol
Replies: 5
Views: 484

Re: For Sale : Creek Boat £225 in Bristol

£50?

A boat with two welds in can't be worth more than a £100 surely?
by alexpethybridge
Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:29 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Leptospirosis (Weils Disease)
Replies: 45
Views: 11089

Re: Leptospirosis (Weils Disease)

I still paddle the Trent, although I do wonder if there have been cases of anybody catching it twice? I never did find out if mine was bovine or rodent but am led to believe you build immunity after catching it. You do build immunity to the strain that infected you, unfortunately there are a lot of...