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by Chas C
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: White Water London HELP
Replies: 16
Views: 1062

Re: White Water London HELP

A lot of London based ww kayaking newbies from local clubs go to LV for coached sessions by public transport and hire kit there. No need for a car however it can take a while, (several hours), to get there and back depending on where you are travelling from. Indeed but finding somewhere closer for ...
by Chas C
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: White Water London HELP
Replies: 16
Views: 1062

Re: White Water London HELP

Also 4 hrs, 2hrs each way from Clapham to Lee Valley, are you using a push bike. Its only 2 hrs from Southampton. Actually it takes about 1 hour 15 or 1.5 hours from Clapham to LV. So about 3 hours travelling in total. There is a bit more traffic and red lights in Central London than on the M3 and ...
by Chas C
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: White Water London HELP
Replies: 16
Views: 1062

Re: White Water London HELP

Also 4 hrs, 2hrs each way from Clapham to Lee Valley, are you using a push bike. Its only 2 hrs from Southampton. Actually it takes about 1 hour 15 or 1.5 hours from Clapham to LV. So about 3 hours travelling in total. There is a bit more traffic and red lights in Central London than on the M3 and ...
by Chas C
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: White Water London HELP
Replies: 16
Views: 1062

Re: White Water London HELP

Your nearest white water is Lee Valley, your nearest ww rivers are Devon and South Wales (all further away). As stated above your home location is not good for closer ww trips.

Also 4 hrs, 2hrs each way from Clapham to Lee Valley, are you using a push bike. Its only 2 hrs from Southampton.
by Chas C
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Flying boats
Replies: 3
Views: 238

Re: Flying boats

Was maybe 15+ years ago but used Turkish Airlines to get to the Coruh via Istanbul.
by Chas C
Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Back deck roll
Replies: 8
Views: 517

Re: Back deck roll

You mention surfing, if this is in the sea then your probably already doing a back deck roll but not realising.
by Chas C
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Trip around the Isle of Wight
Replies: 8
Views: 581

Re: Trip around the Isle of Wight

Between Calshot and Hurst Castle there are four places you might park and access, best you look on line for costs. Calshot, Lepe Country Park (might not allow overnight), Lymington and Keyhaven. There are places around Lymington and Keyhaven where you could park for free, if you do later choose that...
by Chas C
Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Trip around the Isle of Wight
Replies: 8
Views: 581

Re: Trip around the Isle of Wight

There are lots of places from the mainland where you can set off for the Island, and round the Island. Cheaper than taking a vehicle over to the Island, unless you want one there as a backup. Its often kayaked in an anti clockwise direction, travelling the south coast from the Needles to Bembridge t...
by Chas C
Thu Mar 28, 2019 7:08 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Gave du Pau Guide Book
Replies: 4
Views: 377

Re: Gave du Pau Guide Book

Have you looked at http://www.eauxvives.org/fr/rivieres/voir/gave-de-pau-1. This shows two sections one leading to Lourdes and one below Lourdes half way to Pau. It does not show the section into Pau after the part 2 in the guide, I've paddled this and its grade 2 with one dam that I remember with a...
by Chas C
Sat Mar 23, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Getting to India with a boat
Replies: 8
Views: 575

Re: Getting to India with a boat

Robin its a while since I went but Gulf Air and Virgin used to take boats to India. If you travelled Gulf Air and joined their frequent flyer program you got double weight too. Jet take them as well but they are in large financial trouble.
by Chas C
Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How many boats fit in a jumbo van?
Replies: 8
Views: 869

Re: How many boats fit in a jumbo van?

I did that trip good few years ago, think there were 7 of us. We had a large van with 3 seats and a small car that would fit 4. We got all 7 boats and kit into the rear of the van but only couple of them were creek boats. We hired them at Trieste Airport.
by Chas C
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Mosel touring
Replies: 6
Views: 358

Re: Mosel touring

Thanks Mike, I'm sure they will find this really helpful and as Jim mentioned I think a slow easy paddle / pace laced with local wine will probably work for them.

Chas
by Chas C
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:11 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Mosel touring
Replies: 6
Views: 358

Mosel touring

Some friends asked me if there was any information, suggestions, books, experience on Canoeing on the Mosel, Luxembourg / German border area.

Its not something I have any knowledge off, they will also take a look at google earth too.

Any info would be thankfully received.
by Chas C
Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Left-handed paddlers
Replies: 29
Views: 1932

Re: Left-handed paddlers

I'm a lefty, I have a few paddling friends who are lefties too plus one who is right handed but always paddled left as it was the first paddle he'd been given. When I was teaching scouts I gave them all rights and only if the lefties struggled did I give them left handed ones mainly because it so m...
by Chas C
Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Left-handed paddlers
Replies: 29
Views: 1932

Re: Left-handed paddlers

I'm a lefty, I have a few paddling friends who are lefties too plus one who is right handed but always paddled left as it was the first paddle he'd been given. When I was teaching scouts I gave them all rights and only if the lefties struggled did I give them left handed ones mainly because it so mu...
by Chas C
Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Spanish Pyrenees Camping?
Replies: 8
Views: 788

Re: Spanish Pyrenees Camping?

We did a weekend trip good few years ago, maybe 10 ?, we joined up with the Pau kayak club at Camping Riberies, not luxurious but was good.
by Chas C
Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: Where to get composite fins..
Replies: 8
Views: 438

Re: Where to get composite fins..

Why not try Mega ? but see they only advertise plastic but sure they could advise you.
http://www.surfkayaks.com/product.php?p ... 283&page=1
by Chas C
Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Your three fave rivers...
Replies: 24
Views: 1634

Re: Your three fave rivers...

It has to be

Zambezi gorge - Zambia - warm an plenty of playtime with addition of multi day paddling

White Nile (pre-dam) - Uganda - probably some of the best rapids I've ever paddled.

Karnali - Nepal - best multi day paddle ever, great scenery ending at Bardia Park (what more could you need).
by Chas C
Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: kitting out new sea kayakers
Replies: 15
Views: 2107

Re: kitting out new sea kayakers

Ullapool is a good destination, if the weather is good you have the choice of the summer isles and some nice coastal / estuary paddling, if the weather is not so good then the inland loch's provide a nice paddle too. Take a hat with a drop down net to protect from the midges, the summer isles can at...
by Chas C
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Pyranha Jed size large
Replies: 2
Views: 294

Re: Pyranha Jed size large

Jed is now reserved for collection
by Chas C
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Shoulder surgery - experiences of recovery time
Replies: 10
Views: 897

Re: Shoulder surgery - experiences of recovery time

I had a keyhole decompression done, I never took account of the warnings, thinking I knew best and was taking pain killers for maybe 3-4 yrs post op as I tried to get back far too early. In hindsight with some experience I'd suggest you take heed of the warnings given.
by Chas C
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Pyranha Jed size large
Replies: 2
Views: 294

Pyranha Jed size large

Pyranha Jed for sale Red and Yellow colour with connect performance outfitting Usual scratches from use but great condition. Stored indoors and unused for few years due to health. Ready for collection based in New Forest Message me for further details / images Suit the larger and/or taller paddler. ...
by Chas C
Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Krab on a Throwline?
Replies: 26
Views: 2045

Re: Krab on a Throwline?

When I did my 5* few years ago we'd all agreed that when teaching new paddlers or early * rescues then leaving the krab off to avoid injuries was best. However when paddling with your peers its probably better to have something that can be used assuming the recipient knows what's coming, if they are...
by Chas C
Tue May 15, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Spraydeck repairs
Replies: 5
Views: 675

Re: Spraydeck repairs

I normally use Aquaseal.
by Chas C
Thu May 10, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Giving an aging boat a new lease of life
Replies: 8
Views: 1014

Re: Giving an aging boat a new lease of life

I had a leaky rear hatch in a P&H Quest, it took me a few years to find it and a day to fix it :-) I'd looked a re-gel coating the whole hull too but the effort needed and storage during the work was too much, the cost paying to get it revamped would have nearly reached the cost of the new boat so i...
by Chas C
Wed May 09, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Recomendations for Latex Seal replacement
Replies: 10
Views: 916

Re: Recomendations for Latex Seal replacement

Hi Mark

I use Predator Dry suits at Danestream Farm on the Sway Rd, not far from us. He's done mine for probably more than 10 years :-). Its best to call him or visit seem to recall he's not great with email.
by Chas C
Tue May 08, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First aid kit - do you carry one
Replies: 12
Views: 1316

Re: First aid kit - do you carry one

Always.
by Chas C
Fri Apr 27, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: P&H Delphin 150 Corelite 2015
Replies: 2
Views: 537

Re: P&H Delphin 150 Corelite 2015

Might help to say how much you want for it too :-)