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by clarky999
Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Petition to save the Ötz
Replies: 1
Views: 302

Petition to save the Ötz

Probably a few of you have already heard, but construction of a hydropower scheme is currently underway on the Ötz at Tumpen - despite current the fact legal proceedings and at least two appeals are underway, judgements are still outstanding, and no official approval for the construction has been gi...
by clarky999
Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Burn, Machno, 9R???
Replies: 11
Views: 863

Re: Burn, Machno, 9R???

I've been paddling a large Burn for years and love it, but my friends tell me that I'm behind the times. Should I move on to a more modern design? I tried the Machno on my local river. The big advantage of the Machno is the enormous bow which seems to be able to rise over anything. In general you f...
by clarky999
Wed Feb 05, 2020 8:32 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: french alps snow levals
Replies: 10
Views: 1110

Re: french alps snow levals

Yep, dumping in much of the northern and western Alps atm!
by clarky999
Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:34 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: french alps snow levals
Replies: 10
Views: 1110

Re: french alps snow levals

Most of the Alps are having a pretty poor winter so far, though parts in the south (as in the south side of the main alpine ridge, not just the very southerly tip in France) still have a decent base left from heavy November storms. Been one of the mildest and driest Januaries for a while though. But...
by clarky999
Sun Sep 08, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats
Replies: 23
Views: 2136

Re: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats

Exo also do a race version of the T-Rex. Not cheap though ;)

https://s2s-shop.com/kajakshop/kajaks/w ... -rex-race/
by clarky999
Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: the "Linn of Dee"
Replies: 23
Views: 3129

Re: the "Linn of Dee"

It looks a bit like the River Lui, which would make sense as you can park at the Linn of Dee to walk to it Check out the top of the drop in these pics - https://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/rivers/scotland/north-east/photos/river-lui EDIT - I spotted the left / right arrows above to see the rest of ...
by clarky999
Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Spraydecks & Macno's
Replies: 8
Views: 1096

Re: Spraydecks & Macno's

I use a Playboater 'big deck' and it's fine! Few years older than the boat though ;)
by clarky999
Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Your best cock-up (not carnage)
Replies: 32
Views: 3462

Re: Your best cock-up (not carnage)

Flew back to Scotland a couple of weeks back with a boat. Found out Edinburgh Airport car hire (having pre-paid) that my driving license expired over a year ago... Got caught out about 10 years ago by massively rising levels on the Upper Dart just as it started getting dark... Got out on the wrong s...
by clarky999
Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Infinity Wezzit
Replies: 2764
Views: 140736

Re: Infinity Wezzit

Yep the Verzasca, and Poke has it exactly. I believe this one's called Lucifer's - deceptively gnarly, and just above the cave drop.
by clarky999
Wed Sep 05, 2018 4:32 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Infinity Wezzit
Replies: 2764
Views: 140736

Re: Infinity Wezzit

Probably an easy one:

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by clarky999
Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Infinity Wezzit
Replies: 2764
Views: 140736

Re: Infinity Wezzit

Triple on the Nesk?
by clarky999
Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Mystery slides
Replies: 7
Views: 1168

Re: Mystery slides

I posted the photos in a Tirol kayakers WhatsApp group (hope that's ok!) and a few people thought the Pitzbach (Walschlucht)
by clarky999
Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Mystery slides
Replies: 7
Views: 1168

Re: Mystery slides

I think the Ardez is a deeper/rockier gorge than that. Could it be the middle Sill? If you have any other photos showing the mountains more clearly it might help.
by clarky999
Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Flying with Emirates
Replies: 12
Views: 1035

Re: Flying with Emirates

From Austria you say? Just fly Easyjet and call it a windsurfer.
by clarky999
Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Gd 2-3 in the Oetz area early August
Replies: 7
Views: 861

Re: Gd 2-3 in the Oetz area early August

Untere Sill near Innsbruck (one g4 but easy to portage; Ruetz gauge is more relevant as that's the river you actually start on), Loisach near Garmisch (quite technical though), Isar I think is supposed to be easy but pretty, Imster Schlucht on the Inn, I believe the Lech has some easier sections,
by clarky999
Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Snowpack in Italy and France this year?
Replies: 18
Views: 2613

Re: Snowpack in Italy and France this year?

Any thoughts on high water options around Verzasca/Val Sesia?

Was thinking about heading over from Tirol this weekend to get back in the habit of drops and higher boofs, but levels atm look a bit more 'boof or die' (or at least beater) than the usual waterpark style...
by clarky999
Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pfunds, Austria - Kayak Hire
Replies: 6
Views: 869

Re: Pfunds, Austria - Kayak Hire

No idea about Pfunds, but you can rent from Source2Sea just outside Innsbruck
by clarky999
Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Snowpack in Italy and France this year?
Replies: 18
Views: 2613

Re: Snowpack in Italy and France this year?

Tirol is flowing nicely already. No idea about other regions, sorry, other than Sven Lämmler makes Val Sesia look real good about now on Instagram.
by clarky999
Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling the Frischbach in Otztal
Replies: 1
Views: 483

Re: Paddling the Frischbach in Otztal

Ha, looked at that today while driving up to Obergurgl and wondered if there was anything interesting on it!
by clarky999
Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Infinity Wezzit
Replies: 2764
Views: 140736

Re: Infinity Wezzit

Floppy Donkey Dick burn aka a trip of the Roy? I forget the proper name, but I think I remember choosing not to boof into Hogg's face and consequently swimming like a fish on the middle drop...
by clarky999
Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Snowpack in Italy and France this year?
Replies: 18
Views: 2613

Re: Snowpack in Italy and France this year?

Whole Alps are in tip top shape. Western Alps (Chamonix, Verbier) have ridiculously deep snowpacks at altitude, less so lower down. Probably include St Anton/Arlberg region in that. Main Tirol not quite so outrageous ('cos our dumpage happened more November/December then it slowed down a bit whereas...
by clarky999
Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Immersion Research drysuits
Replies: 9
Views: 1977

Re: Immersion Research drysuits

Cheers for the heads up Mark, just snagged the last 2017 Arch Rival rear zip in M ;)
by clarky999
Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Immersion Research drysuits
Replies: 9
Views: 1977

Re: Immersion Research drysuits

Thanks all! I think I will be going with the Arch Rival and latex socks... But will hold off a bit to see the new colours (and if the current ones go on sale ;)). From IR's FB today: https://scontent-vie1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/26993601_1657787780935362_974447655579800461_n.png?oh=00957c26ee3c6064f...
by clarky999
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: After a Hero
Replies: 15
Views: 2211

Re: After a Hero

Exo Rexy? Not sure how easy they are to get in the UK though...
by clarky999
Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Immersion Research drysuits
Replies: 9
Views: 1977

Immersion Research drysuits

My faithful Palm Torrent (purchased in 2008) finally died last summer, so I need a new drysuit before the kayaking season kicks off again in the spring. For a number of reasons I'm fairly set on an IR suit (probably the Arch Rival), but I will have to order online without checking them out first, so...
by clarky999
Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nose cones |?
Replies: 21
Views: 2194

Re: Nose cones |?

[quote=Jim What I am saying is that 'actual whitewater' encompasses a huge amount more than the grade 5+ steep creeks that the currently fashionable creek boats are designed for. I'm all for there being races where ordinary paddlers can turn up with their ordinary boat and have a chance to do well, ...
by clarky999
Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nose cones |?
Replies: 21
Views: 2194

Re: Nose cones |?

That's kinda the point: they couldn't make something radically specialised, so have to make conventional creek boat designs better* to win. Which stifles actual true innovative design. Ie we're stuck with tiny little iterations of the same tired old designs rather than anything truly creative innov...
by clarky999
Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nose cones |?
Replies: 21
Views: 2194

Re: Nose cones |?

Nonsense my friend, have you paddled the Waka Tuna which cleaned up a few years back? Fantastic boat to creek with. Have you paddled a Nirvana. Utterly, utterly brilliant boat to paddle. For *some* paddlers. It depends on your paddling style and what you need from a boat. But make no mistake, those...
by clarky999
Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nose cones |?
Replies: 21
Views: 2194

Re: Nose cones |?

The thing is that the argument Otherwise you'd end up with athletes using incredibly specialised boats that no-one could justify buying for actual whitewater use, like slalom (or the Green boat), completely misses the point - those athletes are getting far more time on the water in their boats than...