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by PMB
Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:06 pm
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: French Pyrenees or Italian/Swiss Alps - Late May
Replies: 1
Views: 666

French Pyrenees or Italian/Swiss Alps - Late May

Myself and a couple of friends are planning on heading to either the French Pyrenees or Italian/Swiss Alps Saturday 20th - Sunday 28th May. We've plenty of experience boating on classes IV-V- on alpine runs and are looking to see if anyone else might be travelling across the Channel and be intereste...
by PMB
Mon Nov 14, 2016 1:40 pm
Forum: England - Northwest
Topic: RIVER RIBBLE (Helwith Bridge to Settle)
Replies: 5
Views: 4250

Re: RIVER RIBBLE (Helwith Bridge to Settle)

Ran this twice on Saturday at about 1.1 on the gauge. No strainers in sight and the tree on the second bridge of the 'Twin Bridges' rapid has long gone. Mandatory portages around Stainforth Force and the two weirs, but portages were easy enough. One of the best runs in the North at this level. No ot...
by PMB
Mon Apr 04, 2016 8:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Wanted - Dagger Ego
Replies: 0
Views: 179

Wanted - Dagger Ego

Does anyone have a Dagger Ego lying around at home they wouldn't mind selling?

Am happy to collect.

If you do please let me know.

Phil
by PMB
Sun Jan 03, 2016 6:34 pm
Forum: England - Northwest
Topic: RIVER KENT (Sprint Confluence to Force Falls)
Replies: 30
Views: 11566

Re: RIVER KENT (Sprint Confluence to Force Falls)

If you normally get on at Prizet Bridge, please note the bridge is currently closed due to flood damage. There's been some changes to the river bed following the flooding, although there don't appear to be substantial changes to normal lines.
by PMB
Sun Jan 03, 2016 6:28 pm
Forum: England - Northwest
Topic: RIVER LEVEN
Replies: 89
Views: 22638

Re: RIVER LEVEN

Just to confirm, I paddled the river today and Backbarrow ran as normal at 1.35 on the gauge. There don't seem to be any substantial changes to the river after the flooding.
by PMB
Sun Dec 06, 2015 8:08 pm
Forum: England - Northwest
Topic: RIVER RIBBLE (Helwith Bridge to Settle)
Replies: 5
Views: 4250

Re: RIVER RIBBLE (Helwith Bridge to Settle)

There's a huge tree down under the entire left hand arch of the final bridge at the Twin Bridges rapid. The right hand arch is clear, but at high flows neither a paddler or swimmer would get under or over the tree. Can be seen from upstream if you inspect the lead out from the main event.
by PMB
Mon Nov 30, 2015 12:14 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Lost - Carbon Werner Players, 29/11/15 - Upper Swale
Replies: 0
Views: 792

Lost - Carbon Werner Players, 29/11/15 - Upper Swale

I lost my carbon Werner Players on the Upper Swale below Rainsby Force yesterday (Sunday, 29th November).

I know its a long shot, but if anyone finds them there will be a reward.

If found, please contact me at pmbrickell{at}hotmail{dot}co{dot}uk.

Many thanks,

Phil
by PMB
Sun Nov 15, 2015 8:01 pm
Forum: England - Northwest
Topic: River Roeburn
Replies: 8
Views: 5782

Re: River Roeburn

Paddled this for the first time today. Would caution against paddling this river in groups larger than four or five due to the small and infrequent eddies, likelihood of trees across the current, and large number of blind corners. Currently there is a river wide tree down making for a mandatory port...
by PMB
Mon May 11, 2015 10:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Val Sesia, Aosta & Tessin Snow Pack
Replies: 8
Views: 1551

Re: Val Sesia, Aosta & Tessin Snow Pack

Any local information worth sharing on here guys? I'll be at Campertogno on Friday so am looking forward to a post-drive run down the Sesia in the afternoon to cool down :D
by PMB
Wed May 06, 2015 12:48 pm
Forum: England - Northwest
Topic: RIVER DUDDON (Birk's Bridge to Seathwaite)
Replies: 5
Views: 4539

Re: RIVER DUDDON (Birk's Bridge to Seathwaite)

Be aware of a tree across 2/3 of the river in Wallowbarrow Gorge. It can be sneaked river right, and is visible from upstream at medium/high flows but you would not want to be swept onto it. The tree is about half way down the gorge - you may wish to boat scout from above if the river is low, or wal...
by PMB
Mon Apr 20, 2015 9:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Val Sesia, Aosta & Tessin Snow Pack
Replies: 8
Views: 1551

Re: Val Sesia, Aosta & Tessin Snow Pack

Thanks Simon & Clarky Snow line is SUPER high in Aosta (or was a couple of weeks ago anyway). Nothing at all below about 2000m, and reasonable but not huge amounts higher up. Plenty at 4000+m mind: https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7690/16474592374_b3edd08f2f_b.jpg Not sure how that compares to normal,...
by PMB
Sun Apr 19, 2015 10:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Val Sesia, Aosta & Tessin Snow Pack
Replies: 8
Views: 1551

Val Sesia, Aosta & Tessin Snow Pack

Hi guys, Has anyone been up Val Sesia skiing lately? If so, do you know how much snow has dumped over the past couple of months? I'm heading to the valley 15-25th May so am keen to get a feel on what levels might be like. Last year when I was there in mid-May we had sunny days, but quite cold nights...
by PMB
Mon Apr 13, 2015 6:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What have you found in the river while paddling
Replies: 31
Views: 4747

Re: What have you found in the river while paddling

A sofa mid-stream in Bethesda falls on the Ogwen.
by PMB
Fri Apr 10, 2015 10:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Wanted, Teva Neutron 2. Mens size 9.
Replies: 1
Views: 407

Re: Wanted, Teva Neutron 2. Mens size 9.

Me too. In size 9. Everything seems to have laces nowadays and I don't want shoes with laces, nor do I want a thick sole as I need shoes for playboating. Any ideas? Any why has this kind of design seemed to have gone out of fashion? Not sure I understand it!
by PMB
Sun Apr 05, 2015 11:05 pm
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: Easter Monday.
Replies: 4
Views: 1250

Re: Easter Monday.

You might want to consider heading to the Tees Barrage which is open 10-3 tomorrow. That's where I'll be heading!
by PMB
Sat Apr 04, 2015 8:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First time in Italy Advice
Replies: 12
Views: 1473

Re: First time in Italy Advice

Pont Cyfyng on the Lledr - pick a low level, be wary of the cauldron on the first drop if there is much water and you don't have much experience of running drops. Don't run the 3rd drop, although that's probably obvious - portage on the right bank immediately at the bottom of the 2nd drop. A good p...
by PMB
Sat Apr 04, 2015 8:04 pm
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: Norway - August 2015
Replies: 0
Views: 1095

Norway - August 2015

Hey UKRGB, I was wondering if anyone is planning on going to Norway in August & has a spare seat or would be interested in another paddler coming along with them/their group. Whilst I'm going back to Val Sesia/Tessin in May and Austria in June, I fancy something a little different with the extra hol...
by PMB
Fri Apr 03, 2015 9:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First time in Italy Advice
Replies: 12
Views: 1473

Re: First time in Italy Advice

Make sure you can boof on demand 100% of the time.

PS. I didn't think the Ayasse was anywhere near the Sesia.
by PMB
Fri Apr 03, 2015 9:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: European grade 3 (4) in mid-June
Replies: 10
Views: 2003

Re: European grade 3 (4) in mid-June

I guess it depends what you mean by 'around the areas of Landeck and Argentiere' and how quickly you get through the runs closest to where you are staying. In Austria, I presume the kind of runs you'll be planning on doing are the Sanna, Trisanna, Rosanna and the Imst Gorge. There's enough rivers wi...
by PMB
Tue Mar 31, 2015 11:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Eastern Austria guides
Replies: 13
Views: 1630

Re: Eastern Austria guides

Bob,

There is quite a bit of stuff online, especially on the 4 Paddlers site. If you need any Austrian river guides from t'internet translating into English let me know. Google translate doesn't work so well with this sort of stuff.

Fluent German speaking paddler,

Phil
by PMB
Wed Jan 21, 2015 3:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tawe Rescue
Replies: 13
Views: 3573

Re: Tawe Rescue

Rest in Peace Damian. I only paddled with you a couple of days in North Wales back in 2013, but remember your optimism and can-do attitude. Thoughts are with family and friends.
by PMB
Sat Jan 10, 2015 6:58 pm
Forum: England - Northwest
Topic: Upper clough tree hazard
Replies: 3
Views: 1759

Re: Upper clough tree hazard

Did the Upper Clough on Saturday 15th Feb and there is only one tree requireing a portage. That is midway between 2nd & 3rd road bridge. I think this is the same tree currently down across the river. We managed to sneak under it on the left & it is clearly visible from upstream as you come to one o...
by PMB
Fri Jan 09, 2015 7:37 pm
Forum: England - Northwest
Topic: RIVER LEVEN
Replies: 89
Views: 22638

Re: RIVER LEVEN

Many thanks David - much appreciated.
by PMB
Thu Jan 01, 2015 7:29 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Blue Robson Stud Blades - Lost on Lledr 1/1/15
Replies: 0
Views: 436

Blue Robson Stud Blades - Lost on Lledr 1/1/15

Hi all,

I lost a set of blue Robson Stud blades on the Lledr today (1/1/15). If you come across them could you please let me know - they have my name and email address on them.

Thanks.

Phil
by PMB
Fri Dec 26, 2014 3:19 pm
Forum: England - Northwest
Topic: RIVER LEVEN
Replies: 89
Views: 22638

Re: RIVER LEVEN

Just to say that there is another tree - this time quite a substantial looking one - in the far left hand chute of the Environment Agency Fish Counter Weir at Backbarrow i.e. the weir directly below the river-wide pipe. Portaged the drop today as it was on a huge (1.5 on EA gauge), and the tree look...
by PMB
Thu Dec 18, 2014 1:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Replacement Backband
Replies: 7
Views: 767

Re: Replacement Backband

A very timely post. Exactly the same happened on my Ego a couple of weekends ago at Stanley Embankment! Dave - this is the second backrest I've gone through. The one I have at the moment & which needs replacing is an IR one although I've no idea what model. It has served me very well over the last f...
by PMB
Thu Dec 18, 2014 1:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 5.10 Grading system
Replies: 17
Views: 1501

Re: 5.10 Grading system

This does make good sense and reflects the variety of difficulty under the grade V definition. Valid alternatives remain using the Addison or Storry scales where you split out the difficulty and danger (and remoteness with the Addison scale) of the run.
by PMB
Wed Dec 10, 2014 6:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Idaho 2015
Replies: 2
Views: 596

Idaho 2015

Hey all, A couple of mates and I are thinking of organising a trip to Idaho next year. We've been doing some preliminary research online, looking at flights and trying to cost a trip out there for 3 weeks in mid-late June. Does anyone on here have any first hand experience of paddling there? If so, ...
by PMB
Wed Dec 10, 2014 5:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Wanted - ideas/offers of old school playboats/river play
Replies: 10
Views: 1097

Re: Wanted - ideas/offers of old school playboats/river play

You're about the same height and weight as me. How about a Dagger Ego?
by PMB
Wed Dec 10, 2014 5:01 pm
Forum: England - Northwest
Topic: RIVER RAWTHEY
Replies: 28
Views: 8754

Re: RIVER RAWTHEY

its definately not the best grade 4 trip in the north, its more grade 3 with short sections of harder rapids upto grade 4, also there are long sections of flat in between. Indeed; perhaps it'd be more apt to say it's one of the better grade 3 trips in the North as I can only recall one grade 4 rapi...