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by Chalky723
Tue Dec 10, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Helen Skelton on Tees WW course
Replies: 2
Views: 604

Re: Helen Skelton on Tees WW course

The flat Amazon...... ;-)

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by Chalky723
Sun Nov 24, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Upper Tavy - Half a Werner lost
Replies: 0
Views: 194

Upper Tavy - Half a Werner lost

Hiya,

my Werner Powerhouses snapped on the Upper Tavy, I kept hold of half, if anyone finds the other half, please give me a ping! Yellow/Sunburst colours...

Cheers,

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by Chalky723
Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First aid kit contents
Replies: 7
Views: 638

Re: First aid kit contents

I'm pretty much the same as above. All in a bag in the boat - Trauma Dressing Individual Dressings Plasters Electrical Tape Safety Pins Gloves Codeine/ibuprofen/paracetamol (for me if I pull something) A reflective, vacuum packed sleeping bag thingy In the back pocket of my BA I have a reflective fo...
by Chalky723
Fri Oct 25, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddlers on TV at Llangollen
Replies: 2
Views: 644

Re: Paddlers on TV at Llangollen

I was expecting a bit more than 2 seconds!! :-)

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by Chalky723
Thu Oct 24, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Contact lenses and paddling
Replies: 6
Views: 811

Re: Contact lenses and paddling

I regularly wear my glasses up to & including Grade 4 - they've stayed on through rolls & swims. I use a neoprene band when in open faced helmet, for full face I have a bit of fishing twine connected to the glasses arm, that clips onto the helmet strap. Interestingly, despite a couple of grade 4 swi...
by Chalky723
Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Contact lenses and paddling
Replies: 6
Views: 811

Re: Contact lenses and paddling

I was the same as you, but after reading a couple of cases of people that had real issues & realising that most of my hobbies are sight based, I decided to go back to glasses. The issue seems to be if you scratch yourself & then get water trapped between the lens & the scratch at body temperature. A...
by Chalky723
Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Replacing ropes with ratchets
Replies: 10
Views: 724

Re: Replacing ropes with ratchets

Mark Mulrain wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:41 am
I reckon a man of your learned status could manage this, Banzer.

Dunno, if he can't work a bit of string...... ;-)

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by Chalky723
Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Replacing ropes with ratchets
Replies: 10
Views: 724

Re: Replacing ropes with ratchets

On my Jackson, once I've pulled the ropes tight, I keep hold of them & then lean back or push the footrest (depending which rope I've tightened) whilst keeping the tension on the rope - this forces it into the cleat more.

I've not had any poppage since doing that....

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by Chalky723
Tue Oct 08, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which Drysuit?
Replies: 18
Views: 1711

Re: Which Drysuit?

I have a Dam X & have had it for about 5 years. It's bomb proof & will probably last me another 5. Which means I can't really justify getting rid & getting something a bit lighter. It is a big, heavy old unit & I tend to save it for the depths of winter. Price wise, I don't think they're massively c...
by Chalky723
Mon Oct 07, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Gone very quiet
Replies: 26
Views: 2310

Re: Gone very quiet

Facebook is hard to beat for creating a network & getting out paddling though.

If we meet someone on the water or paddle with someone new, invariably we all add each other on FB & then it's dead easy to knock up a trip/weekend etc. in the future...

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by Chalky723
Mon Oct 07, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Gone very quiet
Replies: 26
Views: 2310

Re: Gone very quiet

FB groups are OK & easy to get into, but the content is pretty lightweight. I come on here (WW Forum only) a couple of times a day, just to see what's going on - but only "speak" if I've got something to contribute, unlike on FB where people just spurt out reams of words...... Also, I prefer a nice ...
by Chalky723
Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats
Replies: 23
Views: 1679

Re: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats

Jim wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:07 pm
It is not a burn 3
In that case it'll be lighter!! It certainly won't be 30kg.....

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by Chalky723
Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats
Replies: 23
Views: 1679

Re: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats

Jim wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:34 am
Pretty sure my burn is closer to 30kg than 20kg.
Might feel like that, but the empty weight of an XL Burn 3 is 22.3kg..... :-)

Add in all your gear etc & it might get to that weight - but the kit'll weigh the same whichever boat it's in.

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by Chalky723
Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats
Replies: 23
Views: 1679

Re: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats

Jim wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:59 pm
I think you are mad to do that in 30kg of creek boat!
Which one's are 30kg? I'm assuming that's a typo & you meant 20.....

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by Chalky723
Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats
Replies: 23
Views: 1679

Re: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats

I don't think a fibreglass boat would last 5 minutes with me in it!!!

Don't miss those days at all.....

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by Chalky723
Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip
Replies: 16
Views: 1373

Re: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip

I'm 5'9" & use a 197cm paddle & it feels fine. My hands are generally shoulder width apart. If I did that with a longer paddle, the blade would be deeper and the handle would be in the water too - no point. At the moment I can fully submerse the blade - why would I need to go deeper? If I need to ex...
by Chalky723
Sat Sep 07, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Organising trips for friends
Replies: 12
Views: 876

Re: Organising trips for friends

To be honest, if you've got grown ups quibbling about "liability" off water, they might be the sort of people you'd avoid going with in the future........ ;-)

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by Chalky723
Sat Sep 07, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Organising trips for friends
Replies: 12
Views: 876

Re: Organising trips for friends

Sorry,

You're confusing me now - what is your question? I read it that you were talking about "off water" given that you've got a coach for on the water.....

Can you clarify?/

Cheers,

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by Chalky723
Fri Sep 06, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Organising trips for friends
Replies: 12
Views: 876

Re: Organising trips for friends

Most experiences paddler over 18 is responsible for any accidents on the river (i think) I can think of a variety of scenarios where this would not be the case She specifically said it's not for on the river, they have a coach as "Grown Up". I took it to mean for the rest of the trip (bunkhouse, pu...
by Chalky723
Fri Sep 06, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Organising trips for friends
Replies: 12
Views: 876

Re: Organising trips for friends

If you organize a weekend trip for a group of mates outside of a club what are your liabilities as an individual off the water? Pretty much the same as if you invite them to your birthday party,out for a meal or arrange a trip to the zoo...... The BC website is unlikely to have any details about Bu...
by Chalky723
Thu Aug 08, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Lost - Werner Powerhouse, Findhorn Gorge
Replies: 2
Views: 677

Re: Lost - Werner Powerhouse, Findhorn Gorge

Nearly 2 years later & someone has found them!!

Should be getting them picked up next month.....

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by Chalky723
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: More Steve Backshall
Replies: 3
Views: 976

Re: More Steve Backshall

jmmoxon wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:07 am
Pringle's view (plus other behind the scenes clips):
https://uktvplay.uktv.co.uk/shows/exped ... 5716841001

Mike
That's a really good view of it - nice to see the crew's perspective too....

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by Chalky723
Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Shorts with liner
Replies: 4
Views: 603

Re: Shorts with liner

+1 for the IR Shorts - love mine to bits!

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by Chalky723
Fri May 31, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Re: Adjustable Kayak Paddle?[
Replies: 6
Views: 734

Re: Re: Adjustable Kayak Paddle?[

Personally, I'd buy one that suited my River/touring paddling if that was my main focus & just put up with it for the occasional whitewater....

What boat do you paddle? Either match the paddle to that, or buy one per boat.....

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by Chalky723
Mon May 06, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Getting a Kayak down a narrow alleyway
Replies: 14
Views: 1033

Re: Getting a Kayak down a narrow alleyway

Well,

You either need to become a sherpa or have a go at manoeuvring one in the open & working out if you'll be able to heft it in a confined space....

34kg of long awkwardness will be fun to move around whichever way you look at it!!

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by Chalky723
Fri May 03, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Getting a Kayak down a narrow alleyway
Replies: 14
Views: 1033

Re: Getting a Kayak down a narrow alleyway

One thing I would say, my old Mad River canoe was 34kg - I could move it around & lift it no problem.

After a days paddling though, it became a whole different ballgame, especially if I was cold & wet too...

Something to bear in mind.

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by Chalky723
Fri May 03, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Getting a Kayak down a narrow alleyway
Replies: 14
Views: 1033

Re: Getting a Kayak down a narrow alleyway

I assume you can't just chuck it over the fence at the back of your garden then?

If you can't, then carrying it down the alley, standing it up on its end & then lowering it the other direction should be relatively straight forward - 35kg does sound heavy though!!

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by Chalky723
Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Take care where your rescue knife is
Replies: 3
Views: 880

Re: Take care where your rescue knife is

Our "manually opened" lock knives are fine (as long as they're less than 3" blade), as are our 1 piece river knives. As an angler, I've carried a filleting knife in my tackle box in the past. It's all about context - you'd be hard put to justify having any knife in your back pocket when down the pub...
by Chalky723
Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Virtual coaching for advanced paddlers
Replies: 8
Views: 1054

Re: Virtual coaching for advanced paddlers

Dr Robin wrote:
Sat Apr 20, 2019 4:45 pm
Every professional athlete has a coach.
Also - all professional kayakers have a coach too....

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by Chalky723
Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Virtual coaching for advanced paddlers
Replies: 8
Views: 1054

Re: Virtual coaching for advanced paddlers

I have to travel to a river, in the right conditions, the coach has to either paddle or walk along the bank, etc. I see plenty of people being coached at Lee Valley, the Nene & HPP - not forgetting the Upper Tryweryn, Cardiff, Pinkston, Tees Barrage etc. Add the rivers that run almost all the time ...