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by Wadhamite
Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Two days in the Ardeche - where to stay, what rivers to do?
Replies: 4
Views: 499

Two days in the Ardeche - where to stay, what rivers to do?

If you had two days in the Ardeche (on the way home from the Alps), end of June, where would you stay (NOT camping although caravans would be fine) and which river(s) would you paddle? We'll have creekers with us.

thanks in advance for all suggestions.
by Wadhamite
Fri Jan 29, 2016 9:15 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Using a throw line!
Replies: 29
Views: 2265

Re: Using a throw line!

I assume the length of the rope matters and the speed of water? 20m throw line on slow water = throw at swimmer; 25m throw line on fast water = throw ahead...
by Wadhamite
Tue Jan 26, 2016 7:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Using a throw line!
Replies: 29
Views: 2265

Re: Using a throw line!

Here's a vid of my coach being rescued as he was taught:

by Wadhamite
Sat Jan 23, 2016 9:07 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New helmet- what to buy?
Replies: 35
Views: 3123

Re: New helmet- what to buy?

Hmm - looks like Shred Ready may have stopped making the Standard. Get one while you still can! https://shredready.com/product-category ... ets/water/

It'll be a sad day when I have to replace mine :/
by Wadhamite
Sat Jan 23, 2016 9:03 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New helmet- what to buy?
Replies: 35
Views: 3123

Re: New helmet- what to buy?

From personal experience I can say that the SR Standard can take some abuse. Have had mine for 2 years. It has endured many knocks on river rocks, and on Lee Valley blocks/concrete, and it is still in one piece (as is my head). Mind you I've not "tested" it by banging my head on grade 4 rocks. My S...
by Wadhamite
Thu Jan 14, 2016 10:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Taping shoulders - best tape?
Replies: 16
Views: 2544

Re: Taping shoulders - best tape?

Thanks, yeah duct tape works well on some areas. I sprained my wrist just before a Corsica trip and paddled the whole two weeks with, in essence, a duct tape plaster cast on it. But shoulders are trickier. I have seen folks with 'sports tape' type stuff on all sorts of joints. I guess it's somethin...
by Wadhamite
Sun Jan 10, 2016 6:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling in flooded rivers – specific dangers
Replies: 12
Views: 1707

Re: Paddling in flooded rivers – specific dangers

A bimbly g2 or g3 in normal high water becomes a lot less forgiving in flood. The river is flowing around the trees on the bank and while you can make the little eddies that they create in a boat, if you are swimming it is impossible to avoid being washed into the next tree. The water is going too ...
by Wadhamite
Sat Jan 09, 2016 10:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bl**dy Rolling
Replies: 323
Views: 24658

Re: Bl**dy Rolling

I videoed me rolling after polo last night. Mainly as I wanted to watch my own roll - when do you ever get to see yourself? But also to try to help [and no doubt opening myself up to no end of criticism]. Firstly the point about getting your paddle to the surface before you start. I kinda went way ...
by Wadhamite
Tue Dec 15, 2015 10:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Has anyone got anything positive out of all this flooding?
Replies: 22
Views: 3251

Re: Has anyone got anything positive out of all this floodin

callwild wrote: Oh by the way, I hear one of the bidges down on the Greta is definite portage due to lots of nasty metal in the river.
Thanks for the tip, this was one of the rivers we were considering for next week.
by Wadhamite
Tue Dec 15, 2015 10:09 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Has anyone got anything positive out of all this flooding?
Replies: 22
Views: 3251

Re: Has anyone got anything positive out of all this floodin

Yes, amid meant 'at the same time as', not in the middle of Glenridding. I have friends in the Lakes, I know that it's crushing for them. But when facebook is full of photos and videos of huge water, I found it odd that no one here was discussing them. That's why I made the comment that I will be do...
by Wadhamite
Thu Dec 10, 2015 3:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Has anyone got anything positive out of all this flooding?
Replies: 22
Views: 3251

Has anyone got anything positive out of all this flooding?

Anyone paddled anything normally unrunnable or something totally huge amid all the destruction and devastation? Going up to the Lakes next weekend and looking forward to spending my pennies in any flooded pubs/coffee shops that have reopened. I will be asking Santa to find something nice for the loc...
by Wadhamite
Thu Dec 03, 2015 5:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Who's had coaching then?
Replies: 43
Views: 5851

Re: Who's had coaching then?

Had one hour on the Legacy at LV, one hour on the Olympic (not actually useful, but it was a freestyle session for my BF and his mate dropped out). Me and the BF also had a day of 'leading' on some grade 4 in France because we were a bit nervous doing a river at the top of my ability range without a...
by Wadhamite
Sun Nov 15, 2015 6:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Numb feet
Replies: 15
Views: 1394

Re: Numb feet

My daughter is struggling with her feet going to sleep in her Axiom. She says she's comfortable in the boat and the fit seems OK, but last less than half an hour. We've tried adjusting the foot plate, loosening hip pads, raising the seat, putting foam under her heels. None of it has made any differ...
by Wadhamite
Fri Nov 06, 2015 9:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: White water course in Pershore, Worcestershire
Replies: 7
Views: 2346

Re: White water course in Pershore, Worcestershire

Really really hope this happens!
by Wadhamite
Sun Nov 01, 2015 10:52 am
Forum: Kayaks for Private Sale - Whitewater and touring
Topic: Dagger jitsu 5.9 for sale
Replies: 7
Views: 1165

Re: Dagger jitsu 5.9 for sale

Hi, did you sell this in the end?
by Wadhamite
Sun Oct 25, 2015 6:41 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Stolen: green Wavesport Project 45, Cambridge
Replies: 0
Views: 670

Stolen: green Wavesport Project 45, Cambridge

At some point this week, a green Wavesport Project 45 was stolen from private property in Cambridge. It's got custom black stickers (but we will recognise it even without them). If you see this boat advertised anywhere, please please get in touch! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=101013348664...
by Wadhamite
Wed Oct 21, 2015 7:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling in the Lakes in October
Replies: 6
Views: 1283

Re: Paddling in the Lakes in October

Pfft, people run the Leven all year round, as long as it's up - but you have to be extra considerate of the salmon redds at the get in all year round to make up for it, or the EA get upset with you (fairly).
by Wadhamite
Fri Aug 14, 2015 11:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Jackson zen
Replies: 8
Views: 1159

Re: Jackson zen

Think Lee Valley/Square Rock have all the sizes of Zen to try.
by Wadhamite
Mon Aug 03, 2015 10:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: WW for beginners from the Midlands?
Replies: 14
Views: 1867

Re: WW for beginners from the Midlands?

Could not find the Matlock get on or get out last summer, turned into a nightmare drive through a very busy Matlock Bath :/
by Wadhamite
Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:29 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ladies dry cag recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 1138

Re: Ladies dry cag recommendations

The conclusion was: bought a Palm Zenith and hated it! I found the Glideskin neck even worse than a latex dry cag neck for getting on and off. So I sent that back immediately & bought a Palm Swirl instead, with a basic neoprene neck - and I love it. Pretty dry, warm, good fit, flexible (and £50 chea...
by Wadhamite
Tue Jun 16, 2015 6:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Need to hire a small car to fit 2 playboats
Replies: 7
Views: 745

Re: Need to hire a small car to fit 2 playboats

Ford Focus. We can get a Project 45 and a G Force 5.9 in plus driver and passenger. Pack carefully and you can get another small person in...
by Wadhamite
Sat Jun 13, 2015 2:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ladies dry cag recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 1138

Re: Ladies dry cag recommendations

Thanks all :D
by Wadhamite
Mon Jun 08, 2015 11:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ladies dry cag recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 1138

Re: Ladies dry cag recommendations

I think it important to consider skin tone as well as hair and eye colour. You can always change your helmet or boat if they don't complement. Mate, I'm not a man . Please don't confuse me with the male species of paddler who faffs first, last and longest and has to have colour co-ordinated kit; I'...
by Wadhamite
Sun Jun 07, 2015 11:57 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ladies dry cag recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 1138

Ladies dry cag recommendations

My five-year old cag is on its last legs (arms?) and I would like to have like a shiny new one. Any ladies bought a cag recently that they'd recommend or tell others to avoid? I'd also consider a semi-dry cag as I bloody hate the latex neck seal on mine - haven't bothered replacing mine since it rip...
by Wadhamite
Sun May 24, 2015 10:27 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Inconsistent assessments at LVWWC - money making exercise?
Replies: 61
Views: 5660

Re: Inconsistent assessments at LVWWC - money making exercis

Incidentally, the worst thing I've seen at LV was a teenage/pre-teen canoe slalom paddler who been automatically passed for the Legacy. He was in a C1 with his legs strapped in, capsized, failed to roll, and had to be dragged out of his canoe by kayakers going down the course. I'd far far far rather...
by Wadhamite
Sun May 24, 2015 10:23 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Inconsistent assessments at LVWWC - money making exercise?
Replies: 61
Views: 5660

Re: Inconsistent assessments at LVWWC - money making exercis

In defence of the Lea Valley staff if your friend has been assessed for 25 minutes and only done 1 clean run out of 4 in what I believe is grade 3 then maybe some coaching would benefit him, unfortunately for him London prices obviously apply. You don't need one-to-one coaching to come up to assess...
by Wadhamite
Sun May 17, 2015 9:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Inconsistent assessments at LVWWC - money making exercise?
Replies: 61
Views: 5660

Re: Inconsistent assessments at LVWWC - money making exercis

Randy Fandago is one of many hard-working and enthusiastic coaches who *do* give people a fair ride; which therefore makes me angrier when assessors further up the ladder treat prospective members like they don't matter...
by Wadhamite
Sun May 17, 2015 9:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Inconsistent assessments at LVWWC - money making exercise?
Replies: 61
Views: 5660

Inconsistent assessments at LVWWC - money making exercise?

I feel the need to gripe about inconsistencies in the assessment standard for the Legacy course at Lee Valley. I continue to see, as I have for the last eighteen months, certain coaches (with certain people being PARTICULAR offenders) fail paddlers who are *better* than the paddlers washing down the...
by Wadhamite
Mon May 11, 2015 7:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Stopping overnight in France
Replies: 11
Views: 2037

Re: Stopping overnight in France

Stayed in Dijon in a huge youth hostel on the way to Argentieres - brilliant; the Harlequin in Reims on the way back, which was fine but not as nice as Dijon. We used bicycle locks and straps inside the car to keep the kayaks on the roof :)
by Wadhamite
Sun Apr 12, 2015 9:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Fear of being trapped on white water
Replies: 16
Views: 2820

Re: Fear of being trapped on white water

Maybe a perfect scenario for a man made course? Kind of an outdoor flowing swimming pool. The bottom of the Legacy course at Lee Valley would be perfect. You can easily progress from rolling on the lake to rolling while you surf a wave, to rolling coming down a rapid, all in very controlled surroun...