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by Mal Grey
Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Norway Ferry again
Replies: 1
Views: 270

Norway Ferry again

Hey folks There's a petition floating around regarding reinstating the ferry from Newcastle to Bergen. https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/reinstating-newcastle-bergen-ferry Whilst I'm not sure there's an economic case for it sadly, if we don't shout about paddlers'/outdoor folks' potential use o...
by Mal Grey
Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Looking for a beginners camping / kayak 5 day trip in europe somewhere
Replies: 5
Views: 338

Re: Looking for a beginners camping / kayak 5 day trip in europe somewhere

Europe is a whole continent so there is obviously a huge range of options available. I suggest you take a look at the Songofthepaddle website and trawl through their blog descriptions. The south of France is deservedly popular for canoe and kayak camping trips for beginners - with a wide choice of ...
by Mal Grey
Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Look for recommendations - drybags
Replies: 24
Views: 797

Re: Look for recommendations - drybags

For bomb proof, I go Ortleib or Seal Line, though I still have a 10 year old Aldi special Crane bag that is still going. For inner bags, accessory bags, I like the Exped ones. There are many others, and they all eventually get pinhole leaks, but the Exped and, to be fair, a Lifeventure one I have, s...
by Mal Grey
Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lofoten - the drive
Replies: 13
Views: 960

Re: Lofoten - the drive

We drove from Cheshire to Roros/Rogen, which is only about half the way up Norway towards Lofoten. This took 3 days each way, basically, almost non-stop. We used the Harwich-Hook of Holland ferry, timed it so we could sleep on that, then drove across Holland/Germany/Denmark, ferry from Grenaa to Var...
by Mal Grey
Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddle Roll Call
Replies: 7
Views: 534

Re: Paddle Roll Call

A couple of very pleasant days on the Monnow in open canoes. Just enough water.
by Mal Grey
Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Show us the best sea kayaking photo you've taken...
Replies: 31
Views: 2538

Re: Show us the best sea kayaking photo you've taken...

Quite like this one on Loch Nevis, though technically its an open canoeing photo as that's what I'm in :)

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And a little later on:


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by Mal Grey
Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Llandysul Paddlers Flood Damage
Replies: 0
Views: 462

Llandysul Paddlers Flood Damage

Morning all,

Many of us have enjoyed the excellent value facilities and training at Llandysul Paddlers. It seems they've been hit badly by the floods, so if anybody wants to give something back, here's a link to a fundraiser to help them:

https://www.gofundme.com/llandysul-padd ... d-disaster
by Mal Grey
Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Loch Ard
Replies: 1
Views: 238

Re: Loch Ard

There are several places along the road, first one at the east end has limited parking and a small wall to climb over but it arguably offers the nicest paddling circuit.

Obvious ones are on Paddle Points: http://www.paddlepoints.net/PaddlePoint ... loch%20ard
by Mal Grey
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: KENTISH RIVER STOUR
Replies: 5
Views: 417

Re: KENTISH RIVER STOUR

As Adrian says, you shouldn't need any permit on tidal waters (except, obscurely, the Beaulieu in Hampshire). As I understand it, the Stour is tidal up to Fordwich - I was certainly fighting it there once! Down from Grove Ferry is therefore absolutely tidal. Anyway, nobody is going to police the lic...
by Mal Grey
Sun Jul 22, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: SUP RIVER WYE SPOTS?
Replies: 2
Views: 395

Re: SUP RIVER WYE SPOTS?

Have a look on Paddle Points, the Wye has loads of access points upstream and downstream of Hereford. http://www.paddlepoints.net/PaddlePoints.php?Location=hereford In Hereford, the Rowing Club allow access for a fee, useful if parking for a multi day trip. Otherwise, I'd say there must be something...
by Mal Grey
Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Canoe project
Replies: 1
Views: 218

Re: Canoe project

Hi Suggest posting the same question Song of the Paddle, as there is a Self-Build canoe section there that is quite popular, frequented by regular builders, and normally very helpful: http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/forum/forumdisplay.php/27-Self-build-Canoes The current gunwhales appear to be sepa...
by Mal Grey
Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Norfolk broads/ coast. Should I use a helmet?
Replies: 9
Views: 709

Re: Norfolk broads/ coast. Should I use a helmet?

As above unless you're playing in surf, a helmet is probably unnecessary, but only you can decide. Perhaps the more important thing is to understand that though you are on a relatively "benign" part of the British coast, its still the sea, and tides and winds come into play very quickly. As do large...
by Mal Grey
Tue May 22, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing Access Charter
Replies: 17
Views: 1351

Re: British Canoeing Access Charter

Adrian Cooper wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 2:20 pm
I added a similar note to mine
Me too. I believe I suggested changing "establish" to "confirm the existing right" or something like that.
by Mal Grey
Sat May 19, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Roof bars. Have you checked yours?
Replies: 31
Views: 2243

Re: Roof bars. Have you checked yours?

Some simple checks every time I have a load on roofrack. 1) Try to rock the car by holding the bars. 2) Try to move bars forward or backward. 3) Check how secure load is on bars. Any movement means you need to make adjustments. I even do this at service stations on a long journey in case anything h...
by Mal Grey
Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Canoe hire to paddle the ardeche gorge
Replies: 4
Views: 471

Re: Canoe hire to paddle the ardeche gorge

Try Danny at http://www.experienceardeche.com/.

A friend of mine, Mark Ludolf of https://www.canoemassifcentral.com/ does this sort of thing in the Tarn/Lot/Cele/Dordogne area, and he always recommends going to those guys for the Ardeche.
by Mal Grey
Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Inflatable kayak to carry bikes and 2 people...info needed
Replies: 20
Views: 2608

Re: Inflatable kayak to carry bikes and 2 people...info needed

Thanks guys for the great responses. I have looked at the folding canoes and they do look good, although when watching the set up on YouTube they seem very complicated and fiddly to put together. Also I wonder how long wearing the skin is, as they are very expensive. I will look at the other links ...
by Mal Grey
Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Inflatable kayak to carry bikes and 2 people...info needed
Replies: 20
Views: 2608

Re: Inflatable kayak to carry bikes and 2 people...info needed

I tend to agree that most inflatables have little space for bags, though the Scout looks bigger than many and Gumotex are very good quality with a great reputation. I would definitely think about Chris's suggestion above. Folding canoes, well the Ally and Pakcanoe at least, have comparable space to ...
by Mal Grey
Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: WhiteWater Massif Central Guidebook
Replies: 7
Views: 704

Re: WhiteWater Massif Central Guidebook

As Adrian says, and I quote from Slime himself about 4 weeks back; "We are aiming at an April publication". Once he makes up his mind what to call it ;)
by Mal Grey
Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Breathable or non breathable dry suit for beginner
Replies: 6
Views: 592

Re: Breathable or non breathable dry suit for beginner

I'd definitely go breathable, and Typhoon are well respected. Off the water, being breathable makes a big difference if you have to portage or otherwise walk about. If you can possibly afford it, get a "relief zip", makes life so much easier! Its actually a fallacy that breathable fabrics won't brea...
by Mal Grey
Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Newbie advice
Replies: 6
Views: 463

Re: Newbie advice

If you want campsites, Wallingford is probably the easiest. Otherwise, there are many options for wild camping if you arrive late and leave early, and obviously act respectfully and responsibly. Most of these will be fields, so be aware of any livestock.
by Mal Grey
Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Are you better at kayaking if you do other adventure sports?
Replies: 36
Views: 2204

Re: Are you better at kayaking if you do other adventure sports?

I know several climbers who really don't like the lack of control they feel when they get in a boat - it is a different headgame... That describes exactly how I felt on my first whitewater, having come from a climbing/winter walking/mountain biking background. Took a while to adjust. OK, maybe I st...
by Mal Grey
Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: More sad news. UK and Irish kayakers involved in fatal incident in Ecuador
Replies: 4
Views: 1611

Re: More sad news. UK and Irish kayakers involved in fatal incident in Ecuador

Very sad news, my thoughts are with family and friends, and those out there trying to help. Found a little more info here: https://cuencahighlife.com/foreigner-killed-three-others-are-missing-following-saturday-kayak-accident-east-of-loja/ An Irishman and a Brit still missing, a local paddler and US...
by Mal Grey
Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddle van advice
Replies: 7
Views: 1141

Re: Paddle van advice

Can't speak from owner experience, but having spent a considerable amount of time sharing a mate's Renault Trafic camper on road trips, I'm pretty impressed, and with it being basically the same body shape as the Vivaro and Primastar, your options for getting a good one are higher. Build quality, en...
by Mal Grey
Thu Nov 16, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dudley Canal Tunnels
Replies: 2
Views: 494

Re: Dudley Canal Tunnels

It is indeed an excellent day out, especially through the tight and roughly hewn main Dudley tunnel (which the BC article somewhat underestimates the length of!). I've done it a couple of times with organised groups. This was the last trip: http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/forum/showthread.php/47424...
by Mal Grey
Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayaking app
Replies: 12
Views: 1590

Re: Sea Kayaking app

Sounds good, sadly not compatible with my Android phone (Samsung J5), even though its only 8 months old or so.
by Mal Grey
Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Video - Sea Kayaking from Above
Replies: 4
Views: 802

Re: Video - Sea Kayaking from Above

Very nice. And you clearly trust your drone flying enough over open water!
by Mal Grey
Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Inland Paddling in Northern Ireland
Replies: 7
Views: 613

Re: Inland Paddling in Northern Ireland

If you get little joy on here, there is a bit more of a Northern Ireland contingent over on Song of the Paddle, and they won't mind that you're not paddling an open canoe. The community over there is small but thriving, and I went to the Ulster Canoe Festival last weekend, my first visit over there....
by Mal Grey
Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Norwegian car/van rental - nabobil
Replies: 1
Views: 376

Re: Norwegian car/van rental - nabobil

What an excellent system. I wish I'd known about that when I needed to hire a car in Roros for a 100km shuttle run, and had to pay £154 for a 4 hour hire...

Thanks for sharing.
by Mal Grey
Mon Jul 03, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: New looking for advice
Replies: 4
Views: 633

Re: New looking for advice

When you say "rivers" do you mean quiet slow moving water, or faster moving/white water? Open canoes bring peace, tranquility and a large capacity for carrying things like camping gear. Most are tandems. They're quite expensive, but hold their value very well and last for years. Superb for expeditio...