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by John K
Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New access charge for the Dee???
Replies: 56
Views: 2188

Re: New access charge for the Dee???

I like you. You’re funny. We should go paddling together sometime :)
by John K
Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Charges at Mile End Mill
Replies: 20
Views: 1401

Re: Charges at Mile End Mill

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by John K
Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New access charge for the Dee???
Replies: 56
Views: 2188

Re: New access charge for the Dee???

I'm concerned because the OP made an innocent mistake and came on these forums to seek clarity from the paddling community. I believe they did so in good faith that people's responses would be reasonable and respectful. Instead, they were met with dismissive derisions and general hostility. In my v...
by John K
Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New access charge for the Dee???
Replies: 56
Views: 2188

Re: New access charge for the Dee???

If there's a sign at the entrance stating explicitly what people are being charged for and how much it costs then great! Clearly there should be no confusion and I wonder why so many people are posting here about adverse experiences. At last count there's a grand total of two of you. You are ultima...
by John K
Sun Nov 25, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New access charge for the Dee???
Replies: 56
Views: 2188

New access charge for the Dee???

Calm down pal. I’m calm :) My impression is that the owner conducts her business in an informal, inconsistent fashion and that has led to the confusion. If the fee is part of her business model, then it should be clear and consistent. Either that, or she should expect natural variation in the respo...
by John K
Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New access charge for the Dee???
Replies: 56
Views: 2188

Re: New access charge for the Dee???

Somebody needs to have a fair and frank chat with the owner and inform her that if she wants to charge a fee then she must follow due diligence, for example by publicly registering the car park and clearly stating charges upfront. She must also ensure that charges are reasonable - the OP stated tha...
by John K
Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Charges at Mile End Mill
Replies: 20
Views: 1401

Re: Charges at Mile End Mill

Not many with water levels that reliable though!
by John K
Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New access charge for the Dee???
Replies: 56
Views: 2188

New access charge for the Dee???

Does anyone else know about this? Is this a one of a kind car park, with a unique charge based on your cars occupants? Or is this some kind of messed up, possibly illegal, charge to access the Dee? The last thing I want to do is mess up this amazing sport up for other people, but this just seems wr...
by John K
Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Charges at Mile End Mill
Replies: 20
Views: 1401

Re: Charges at Mile End Mill

Mate you beat me to it! I can't make it out sounds like access charge as it's per person, and that's not cool. It’s to keep the site available for us to use. It covers car parking, toilets, changing rooms, and using private land to access the river. That’s cool. And a bargain. We have no right to u...
by John K
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: South coast paddle buddies
Replies: 4
Views: 301

Re: South coast paddle buddies

Have you tried Portsmouth Canoe Club? They are very active in your area.

http://www.portsmouth-canoe-club.org
by John K
Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tryweryn Information
Replies: 8
Views: 592

Re: Tryweryn Information

jmmoxon wrote:You might get run over by diggers:
https://naturalresources.wales/about-us ... n/?lang=en
I would think it’s unlikely that they’d be doing that while the water is on
by John K
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tryweryn Information
Replies: 8
Views: 592

Re: Tryweryn Information

It's not immediately obvious how CT declaring the lower Tryweryn "closed" while there is water fits with CW and BC's access policy. Any thoughts?
by John K
Sun Oct 28, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Gear For Sale
Topic: [Wanted] Deck for Monstar
Replies: 0
Views: 106

[Wanted] Deck for Monstar

Has anyone got a deck big enough for a Monstar that they don’t need? Doesn’t need to be new, anything usable is fine.
by John K
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Jackson Monstar for sale
Replies: 5
Views: 364

Re: Jackson Monstar for sale

That didn’t last long!
by John K
Tue Oct 02, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Mile End Mill
Replies: 12
Views: 3411

Re: Mile End Mill

Yes, it’s still the place to go. It’s run by River Active now and the charge for paddlers is just £3 which includes launching, parking and use of toilet and changing rooms if you want them. Hours are 9-5 I think. https://m.facebook.com/riveractive.llangollen/ http://www.north-wales-rafting.co.uk
by John K
Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling Near Birmingham
Replies: 13
Views: 712

Re: Paddling Near Birmingham

Llangollen is only 90 minutes away. That counts as local in my book!
by John K
Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best iphone ap or website for long term tides?
Replies: 10
Views: 619

Re: Best iphone ap or website for long term tides?

I use Tides Planner by Imray. It’s a free app but if you want more that 7 days ahead it costs £3.99 a year.
by John K
Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Foot entrapment
Replies: 18
Views: 1851

Foot entrapment

In ~25 years of kayaking I've never seen a foot entrapment. I was on a WWSR course recently and the instructor said that it was so unlikely it had been dropped from the syllabus. Clearly, from this story, it can happen, but is it a major risk or one in a million? Entrapment rescues, including foot ...
by John K
Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Personal Performance Awards
Replies: 18
Views: 979

Re: Personal Performance Awards

There’s always going to be an overlap but I think that the current system differentiates very clearly between personal paddling, leadership and coaching.
by John K
Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Personal Performance Awards
Replies: 18
Views: 979

Re: Personal Performance Awards

I like the look of the new system, although I suspect people are weary of change since they've recently changed the system too many times over too brief a period. When were the star awards last changed? It’s been a while, certainly more than five years and possibly nearer ten? Changing 4* to a lead...
by John K
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Krab on a Throwline?
Replies: 26
Views: 1645

Re: Krab on a Throwline?

Nice photo :D
by John K
Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Canolfan Tryweryn Charging Policy from FB
Replies: 2
Views: 476

Re: Canolfan Tryweryn Charging Policy from FB

cathalferris wrote:That's a "launch fee" and "paying for the use of the river"
They are two different things.

Charging a fee to use private land for launching is legitimate and well established (as at Mile End Mill for instance)

Attempting to charge to use the river and float past privately owned land isn’t.
by John K
Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley or Nene Valley
Replies: 10
Views: 791

Re: Lee Valley or Nene Valley

Lee Valley for rafting, without a shadow of a doubt.
by John K
Wed May 30, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Recomendations for Latex Seal replacement
Replies: 10
Views: 754

Re: Recomendations for Latex Seal replacement

I’ve got no hesitation in recommending Typhoon. They’ll give the suit a full test and repair any minor leaks that they discover too.

Turnaround time is a week or two, so Rubberman may be better if you’re in a hurry though.
by John K
Tue May 29, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Well Done Canoe Wales!
Replies: 51
Views: 3461

Re: Well Done Canoe Wales!

I disagree. The fundamental thing they are charging for is access to the river across their land. The other facilities come as part of the package whether you want them or not and CT does not control the dam releases. As far as I am concerned this is legitimate, and doesn’t necessarily mean that CT ...
by John K
Mon May 28, 2018 7:15 am
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: Paddling in London
Replies: 9
Views: 516

Re: Paddling in London

I would try Tower Hamlets Canoe Club and see if they would take you on a trip with them as a guest. They are based in east London and often paddle up through central London.

http://towerhamletscanoeclub.co.uk/wiki/Home
by John K
Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Recommend Me - Home Paddle Fitness
Replies: 3
Views: 380

Re: Recommend Me - Home Paddle Fitness

Core strength is the key. Not just for the paddle stroke, but if your posture is good then body rotation will be much better too. Yoga works for me, some prefer Pilates or straightforward gym stuff. Then there's cardio so that you've got some breath left when you need to roll. I'm still working on t...
by John K
Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Thames levels next week near Abingdon?
Replies: 4
Views: 505

Re: Thames levels next week near Abingdon?

It's properly honking along at the moment with red boards up everywhere. Not to be messed with, especially around the weirs.
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by John K
Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access Motion to BC AGM
Replies: 56
Views: 4005

Re: Access Motion to BC AGM

To charge for access to/use of private land is legitimate. To charge a block 'facility fee' to paddlers while making some of the same facility (e.g. Tryweryn Trail, map for Tryweryn Trail, WC, use of grounds for picnicking, rambling etc) free of charge to everyone else, and advertising it as such, ...