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by ajm
Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: North East UK
Replies: 0
Views: 171

North East UK

Interested boating in the North East?

Usually free at the weekend but possibly during the week as I work from home.

I’m thinking grade 3-4+. Enjoy Tees, Tees tribs, Swale, etc. Happy to travel a bit further for something exciting. Really fancy the Upper Coquet.
by ajm
Wed Mar 19, 2014 5:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Green Wavesport Recon 83 for sale
Replies: 0
Views: 340

Green Wavesport Recon 83 for sale

Green Wavesport Recon 83 for sale. http://s28.postimg.org/3sjqvjq0d/recon83_small.jpg Bought January 2013. Used a handful of times on rivers like the Moriston and Upper Swale. Selling because I didn't get on with it's displacement hull. Boat has usual scratches and two minor dings on the hull (see p...
by ajm
Sun Feb 16, 2014 2:51 pm
Forum: England - Northeast
Topic: RIVER GRETA (Rutherford to the Tees confluence)
Replies: 22
Views: 8571

Re: RIVER GRETA (Rutherford to the Tees confluence)

Paddled the Greta yesterday at medium levels and tree is still there but has moved to face downstream so isn't so much of an issue.

Image
by ajm
Fri Nov 29, 2013 1:24 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Lomo drysuit - warning!
Replies: 15
Views: 7008

Re: Lomo drysuit - warning!

Craig, I've had similar experiences with Lomo. I bought two of their spraydecks - one for me, another for a friend. After a couple weeks use the stitching came away. I emailed Lomo who insinuated that I had purposefully removed the stitching. After a few more emails they conceded to a repair. I sent...
by ajm
Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:54 pm
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: Paddle in the lakes Saturday 21st Sept 2013?
Replies: 0
Views: 530

Paddle in the lakes Saturday 21st Sept 2013?

If anyone is up for a paddle on the Kent and Leven (or other rivers in the Lakes) tomorrow, send me a PM.
by ajm
Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice: best car/van for paddling?
Replies: 37
Views: 3395

Re: Advice: best car/van for paddling?

I need a new car!

Thanks for all the advice and Land Rover puns!
by ajm
Fri Aug 23, 2013 2:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice: best car/van for paddling?
Replies: 37
Views: 3395

Advice: best car/van for paddling?

I recently bought a car, a 9 year old Ford Focus C-Max 1.6l petrol. Last weekend I drove 280 miles with two boats on the roof (either two big creekers, or a creeker and a play boat), two people in the car (including myself) and all our kit. Most of the driving was on the motorway, usually around 70m...
by ajm
Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Glue for foam padding in kayak
Replies: 7
Views: 2214

Re: Glue for foam padding in kayak

Same here. It's contact adhesive in spray form and works fine. Just make sure you clean the nozzle (spray it upside down until only aerosol comes out, no glue) once you've finished with it, otherwise it'll block up for next time. Spray might be easier than pasting the glue in, especially as when I ...
by ajm
Tue Aug 13, 2013 12:30 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice on a full face helmet
Replies: 7
Views: 1023

Re: Advice on a full face helmet

Also try on the Sweet FF if you can. I asked the salesman in the shop about the Sweet full face. He said in theory they could get them but they were £300, so no! To be honest I'm glad I can't try one on. For my first helmet I was going to buy a Shred Ready, but a friend urged me to try on the Strut...
by ajm
Tue Aug 13, 2013 11:17 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Cartwheeling / Stalling Coaching
Replies: 6
Views: 771

Re: Cartwheeling / Stalling Coaching

The way I learnt to bow stall, after managing to double pump was using the bank to balance on (careful and probably best to wear a helmet) but I found once I could balance using the bank I found it much easier to start doing it properly. That's a great idea. I suppose you could use someone's boat i...
by ajm
Tue Aug 13, 2013 11:16 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Finding it impossible to roll.
Replies: 36
Views: 2221

Re: Finding it impossible to roll.

damppaddler wrote:Have you tried a pawlata?
Interesting, the book I recommended earlier advises against using this type of roll. I don't have the book to hand so can't remember exactly what it said...
by ajm
Tue Aug 13, 2013 11:13 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice on a full face helmet
Replies: 7
Views: 1023

Advice on a full face helmet

I'm off to paddle Wet West this year and I'm considering investing in a full face helmet. I tried two on at the Tees Barrage for about a minute last week and I preferred the placement of the WRSI jaw protector for the front of the face. Other than that I have very little to go on. Does anyone have a...
by ajm
Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BCU Told to Put up or Shut up and Respect the law
Replies: 37
Views: 4893

Re: BCU Told to Put up or Shut up and Respect the law

Jim Pullen wrote:Surprisingly good response from Paul Owen:

http://www.canoe-england.org.uk/media/p ... g%2013.pdf
Very reasonable.
by ajm
Mon Aug 12, 2013 12:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Finding it impossible to roll.
Replies: 36
Views: 2221

Re: Finding it impossible to roll.

Hello There, I wonder if anybody has been in this position and if they have any advice. I'm still struggling to roll after kayaking for a couple of years.I've tried all sorts, like watching DVDs, going on courses,practising at the the pool session.I've done all the usual things like practicing hip ...
by ajm
Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:08 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Injectible oxygen
Replies: 1
Views: 770

Injectible oxygen

Something for the future! See here: http://techandfacts.com/injectable-oxygen/ "Experts are saying the potential uses for this new particle could extend to military, covert teams, even oil rig crews who would be able to breathe underwater for 30 minutes at a time without coming above for air." I'm i...
by ajm
Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BCU Told to Put up or Shut up and Respect the law
Replies: 37
Views: 4893

Re: BCU Told to Put up or Shut up and Respect the law

A morally wrong law is impossible to enforce, and would quite quickly be repealed AFAWI. That's one way to think about it, certainly. I agree clarification would be an improvement on the current situation. I just think that clubs are hesitant enough to paddle "out of season" as it is (at least the ...
by ajm
Sun Aug 11, 2013 6:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BCU Told to Put up or Shut up and Respect the law
Replies: 37
Views: 4893

Re: BCU Told to Put up or Shut up and Respect the law

Imagine if the courts convened and found that paddlers have no right to paddle rivers in the UK? This scares me!
by ajm
Sun Aug 11, 2013 6:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Slippery paddle shafts
Replies: 32
Views: 3326

Re: Slippery paddle shafts

By chance I read this post today by Michele Ramazza:

http://www.micheleramazza.com/en/how-to ... -the-shaft

He uses car body wax attached to your paddle shaft to take an imprint of your grip.
by ajm
Sat Aug 10, 2013 11:49 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Glue for foam padding in kayak
Replies: 7
Views: 2214

Re: Glue for foam padding in kayak

Thanks, both of you.

Couldn't find either at B&Q so went for No-Nonsense Contact Adhesive. The foam has adhered very well together and to the boat. Here's hoping it stays on! :)
by ajm
Fri Aug 09, 2013 1:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Etive or Swale
Replies: 18
Views: 1763

Re: Etive or Swale

I'd love to paddle the Swale or the Etive! One day...
by ajm
Fri Aug 09, 2013 1:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Glue for foam padding in kayak
Replies: 7
Views: 2214

Glue for foam padding in kayak

I've taken the padding out of my Freeride and am replacing it with cut pieces of a camping sleeping mat. I'll probably stick the original pads back on on top. What sort of glue is best to use for sticking the sleeping mat together and then onto the boat? Also the cone of comfort in the Freeride wigg...
by ajm
Sun Jul 28, 2013 7:47 pm
Forum: England - Northeast
Topic: RIVER GRETA (Rutherford to the Tees confluence)
Replies: 22
Views: 8571

Re: RIVER GRETA (Rutherford to the Tees confluence)

Paddled this today (28/07/2013) and a tree has fallen and blocks most of river right about 100 or metres upstream from the final rapid. We had to eddy out and portage. Unsure if river left is runnable.
by ajm
Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Good tent for kayaking?
Replies: 23
Views: 5913

Re: Good tent for kayaking?

Too many to thank individually - so thank you everyone! Some excellent suggestions.

I'd probably be carrying this in a car as I've not yet done any touring-type paddling. Ideally it should be suitable for all weather conditions and be durable enough to be used in random locations!
by ajm
Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:21 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Good tent for kayaking?
Replies: 23
Views: 5913

Good tent for kayaking?

Just to set the scene, I know bugger all about tents! Ideally I'd like a tent that could sleep two people and be able to fit all our paddling gear in (everything minus the boat and paddles). Somewhere to sit if it's raining in the evening/night would be handy too. Any recommendations on brand/price/...
by ajm
Sun May 19, 2013 7:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Who knows best?
Replies: 45
Views: 5875

Re: Who knows best?

We paddled the South Tyne yesterday as levels were rising. Water was fast flowing, some bits were pretty bouncy but there was nothing technical on the river. We got out at Haydon Bridge to inspect the weir. Half of our group decided to portage, the rest of us decided to run. As I was getting back in...
by ajm
Thu Apr 11, 2013 8:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Show us your 'Cliff Buildings'
Replies: 2
Views: 873

Re: Show us your 'Cliff Buildings'

I have bugger all to add other than my amazement! Fantastic photos. Reminds me of something out of Dear Esther.

I must get in a sea kayak!
by ajm
Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:03 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling in Slovenia
Replies: 16
Views: 1562

Re: Paddling in Slovenia

Nice lines, but no place to practise your roll, in fact too even need to roll, siphons are everywhere and on ever rapid. So even rolling on this section isn't a good idea? How powerful are the siphons? Reason I'm asking is that I'd only heard about siphons recently and they horrified me! No way I'm...
by ajm
Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling in Slovenia
Replies: 16
Views: 1562

Re: Paddling in Slovenia

Awesome, thanks for the advice.

I'd best get saving! :)
by ajm
Wed Apr 10, 2013 11:32 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling in Slovenia
Replies: 16
Views: 1562

Re: Paddling in Slovenia

Paddled the Soca and Korinticia (?) and stayed at camp Toni; which I would recommend. The logistics and organisation there makes paddling easy; eg porta loos at get in/outs and signage for the different sections of the river and apart from one section you only have a short walk in from the nearby r...
by ajm
Wed Apr 10, 2013 10:42 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling in Slovenia
Replies: 16
Views: 1562

Paddling in Slovenia

I've visited Slovenia a few times in the past, mostly around Bohinj and Ljubljana, but I've never paddled there before. I'd love to paddle the crystal clear waters of the Soča, or some similarly beautiful region. Here in the UK I'm happy on grade 3, ok to do 3/4. Has anyone paddled in Slovenia recen...