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by tomcrow99
Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha Ripper Small?
Replies: 11
Views: 1554

Re: Pyranha Ripper Small?

I tried a medium one a while back and had similar veiws to Mark. Might be good as an only boat but really couldn't see a scenario where it could justify its cost as i already own a decent creeker and a Dagger juice. I also found it quite uncomfortable.
by tomcrow99
Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: flow graphs from SEPA / EA river gauges?
Replies: 10
Views: 718

Re: flow graphs from SEPA / EA river gauges?

An FOI request to SEPA will get you the full data range for any gauge you are interested in. You might need to wait 27 days though!
by tomcrow99
Sat Feb 11, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: HYDRO... what's the verdict?
Replies: 5
Views: 647

Re: HYDRO... what's the verdict?

Like you say sometimes they make next to no difference such as the one on the Kinglass, and other times it may write of a run entirely. The (Argyll) Lochy is another biggie.It takes a lot of water and it looks like its online now, need to have a wander down to the big falls (that I've heard referred...
by tomcrow99
Wed Nov 04, 2015 1:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New Boats ???
Replies: 45
Views: 6115

Re: New Boats ???

Great post Jim. I've had a G-Ride and a subsequently a Juice in the quiver for the last 10 years for those exact reason. A big boat on a 3-4 river ruins the fun for me. I'm now in the market for a new Creekboat after destroying my Raptor, currently waiting to hear back from the insurance (fingers cr...
by tomcrow99
Wed Jul 22, 2015 1:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Tay - car parking and driver shuttle
Replies: 2
Views: 896

Re: River Tay - car parking and driver shuttle

Why not start upstream in Crianlarich? You could then drive to Dundee, park somewhere near the Station (right next to the river) and take the train back to Crianlarich in less than 5 hours. Simples.
by tomcrow99
Wed Jul 22, 2015 1:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Places that should be white water meccas but aren't.
Replies: 22
Views: 2318

Re: Places that should be white water meccas but aren't.

Lots of over simplifications going on here!! The lakes has very little granite, if I remember correctly from my Geology lectures it (and N Wales) predominantly formed from accreated island arcs (like the Aleutian Islands) being scraped off ocean crust as it subducts, this forms intense metaphorphism...
by tomcrow99
Sun Nov 02, 2014 9:06 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: My first New Boat topic in ages!
Replies: 27
Views: 3622

Re: My first New Boat topic in ages!

Raptor. For your size and weight it will be perfect, also hard as nails and light. I paddled a Salto for a bout 7 years then went to a Grande but I felt like the boat was always a bit out of control due to the size. The Raptor felt fast, sharp and dynamic in comparison. Very similar to a Salto in ma...
by tomcrow99
Fri Oct 31, 2014 11:15 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: scottish paddlefest numbers?
Replies: 3
Views: 690

Re: scottish paddlefest numbers?

I was there Sunday around lunch time and thought it pretty quiet.Caught up with a few folk but was disappointed by the relative lack of WW boats. I'd been hoping to try a few freestyle boats out for size, but only one retailer (Scottish Kayaks and Paddles) had any WW boats at all! The pool sessions ...
by tomcrow99
Wed Jun 25, 2014 12:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Flying Norwegian Airlines
Replies: 2
Views: 596

Re: Flying Norwegian Airlines

A friend flew Edinburgh to Bergen with Norweigen on Monday and checked his creekboat in as a surfboard with no issues. Me and 2 others are hopefully doing the same on Friday... Fingers crossed!!
by tomcrow99
Thu Apr 17, 2014 1:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Help save the Brann!
Replies: 17
Views: 2419

Re: Help save the Brann!

As far as I'm aware (and I'm sure Neil will correct me if I'm wrong) they re-submitted the application to only include a diversion around rumbling bridge falls, with possibly only the very first rapid affected. I think they've even offered to let kayakers use the access to the outflow to access the ...
by tomcrow99
Fri Feb 21, 2014 5:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Unidentified river
Replies: 9
Views: 1479

Re: Unidentified river

Drove past this a couple of days ago, it now has a big concrete hydro weir in it unfortunately :-(
by tomcrow99
Mon Oct 28, 2013 1:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Why do people still paddle a topo?
Replies: 64
Views: 3498

Re: Why do people still paddle a topo?

Its hard to argue with this to be honest:

by tomcrow99
Sat Apr 06, 2013 1:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Corsica Levels
Replies: 18
Views: 1891

Re: Corsica Levels

Just on our way home. Rizzanese was running in thursday at a good level (2m in zona gauge) Also did upper middle and lower golo over a couple of days and middle vechio which was awesome. Did the calisema yesterday. Ok but couldn't see what the fuss was about to be honest lots of choss with ok rock s...
by tomcrow99
Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dom and Banzer's Merrie Weekend of Northern Highlights
Replies: 36
Views: 6340

Re: Dom and Banzer's Merrie Weekend of Northern Highlights

There's a photo on geograph of another fall about another km or so up the mountain, could be it. Has Thom runs these? You never can tell... Like you say, chinese whispers!
by tomcrow99
Mon Sep 10, 2012 9:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dom and Banzer's Merrie Weekend of Northern Highlights
Replies: 36
Views: 6340

Re: Dom and Banzer's Merrie Weekend of Northern Highlights

Yep, above where we got in was a gorge maybe 500m long and 20-30 m deep with a big clean fall about half way down. We looked at it for a while but the run in was dirty to say the least and the the exit from the gorge looked quite constricted, so we didn't fancy getting trapped down there!! Phils vid...
by tomcrow99
Tue Sep 04, 2012 1:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How was the WWPF?
Replies: 9
Views: 1372

Re: How was the WWPF?

I think a bootie might have got left too...
by tomcrow99
Mon Sep 03, 2012 2:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dom and Banzer's Merrie Weekend of Northern Highlights
Replies: 36
Views: 6340

Re: Dom and Banzer's Merrie Weekend of Northern Highlights

Just to resurrect this thread from the depths... we did the Lair on Saturday afternoon before heading to the Wet West party. Hiked up to the top Canyon and paddled all the way back to the Loch with no portages, levels were rising and by the end of the run it was a bit higher than Banzers initial pho...
by tomcrow99
Tue Apr 10, 2012 3:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New Zealand: Best boating spots
Replies: 5
Views: 416

Re: New Zealand: Best boating spots

Tauranga has a decent sized hospital and is a great spot. Its just north of the Kaituna on the Bay of Plenty, right next to the Wairoa where you'll meet plenty of folk on release days during the summer. Loads of great boating in the nearby Kaimais when it rains and not to far to the central North Is...
by tomcrow99
Sun Mar 25, 2012 8:54 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Low water options in Scotland - again!!!
Replies: 33
Views: 3889

Re: Low water options in Scotland - again!!!

The Leven is good at compensation flows, a step up from a low water etive bash, but more and bigger drops, nothing particularly serious. You can always get down the North Esk, if its really low, its worth skipping the first bit of the run and getting in at the top of the gorge to avoid 2km of arse s...
by tomcrow99
Sat Mar 17, 2012 10:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nice vid of the Kaituna (Awesome Gorge)
Replies: 8
Views: 973

Re: Nice vid of the Kaituna (Awesome Gorge)

Good god I miss that place. Whilst unemployed there for a while my daily routine was to drop the GF at work at Tauranga Hospital then drive out to Sunspots, chat with DC then paddle the Tuna with whoever was around. I did the top to bottom trip with Tim and a crack group of locals, god knows how I g...
by tomcrow99
Fri Jan 13, 2012 10:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak rental NZ north island
Replies: 7
Views: 446

Re: Kayak rental NZ north island

I'd also recommend Waimarino, just outside of Tauranga. Worked there for a season a few years back and Blair, the owner, is a great guy.
Give the Kayak slide a go whilst you're there!

What happened to Sunspots?
by tomcrow99
Wed Nov 16, 2011 1:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Tana, Kenya. Pictures.
Replies: 4
Views: 658

Re: River Tana, Kenya. Pictures.

Nice pics. Looking forward to the video.

Who are you sponsored by again? ;-)
by tomcrow99
Wed Nov 09, 2011 1:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Boating related pranks...
Replies: 48
Views: 3242

Re: Boating related pranks...

Where to begin... My fave has to be the time when, on the Spean Gorge, my friend Fraggle got out to inspect something. As he disappeared round the corner I spotted a dead lamb floating in an eddy and knowing he hated dead things quickly tucked it behind the airbag in the back of his Spud. He knew so...
by tomcrow99
Sat Sep 24, 2011 6:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: FS: Wavesport ZG 54 £350 ONO
Replies: 3
Views: 214

Re: FS: Wavesport ZG 54 £350 ONO

Sorry boat now sold locally.

Tom
by tomcrow99
Wed Sep 21, 2011 9:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: FS: Wavesport ZG 54 £350 ONO
Replies: 3
Views: 214

Re: FS: Wavesport ZG 54 £350 ONO

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by tomcrow99
Wed Sep 21, 2011 1:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Wavesport Habitat 80 for sale
Replies: 17
Views: 1204

Re: Wavesport Habitat 80 for sale

I have a Jefe grande which I've come to the conclusion is too big for me (12 stone).

Fancy a swap? Only problem would be that I'm based in Edinburgh...
by tomcrow99
Wed Sep 21, 2011 1:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: FS: Wavesport ZG 54 £350 ONO
Replies: 3
Views: 214

FS: Wavesport ZG 54 £350 ONO

I've got a blue Wavesport ZG54 for sale. The boat is in great condition and I just replaced the ratchets on the back band. It's an awesome boat in the surf and suprisingly good down river. I'm selling it to fund a surf kayak. I'm based in Edinburgh and would prefer a local pick up/meet up but could ...
by tomcrow99
Fri May 27, 2011 1:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Broken Collar bone (possible surgery)
Replies: 15
Views: 2902

Re: Broken Collar bone (possible surgery)

I did mine very badly mountain biking a couple of years ago, I got the op but only through a coin toss as part of a research study (Mr Robinson, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary...) which was looking at the differences in healing between the 2 options. If they hadn't had offered the surgery I'd have gone p...
by tomcrow99
Tue May 10, 2011 10:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tribute to a True Paddling Hero
Replies: 4
Views: 2487

Re: Tribute to a True Paddling Hero

This is very sad news. It was Paul who taught me my first few paddle strokes many years ago. He was a true hero and will be sorely missed.

Tom
by tomcrow99
Mon Feb 07, 2011 10:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Shoulder surgeon in Edinburgh
Replies: 11
Views: 714

Re: Shoulder surgeon in Edinburgh

I had my collar bone bolted back together by a surgeon at the royal called Mr Robinson. He did a fantastic job and is apparently one of the best in the country. I think he also did Dave Mcraw's dislocated shoulder. To be honest I don't know how much choices you get in these matters on the nhs... Hop...