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by Matt Rees
Fri Jun 06, 2008 9:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Foil Blankets
Replies: 31
Views: 3216

Hypothermic casualties obviously have a core temperature but are "shut down", meaning they radiate little heat to the outside environment. Foil blankets tend to be pone to draughts around edges in a way that bags don't. Why not consider the cavers way of using survival bags: Cavers use thinner, ligh...
by Matt Rees
Mon Mar 10, 2008 4:51 pm
Forum: Everywhere else
Topic: Mellte today.
Replies: 0
Views: 732

Mellte today.

Mellte was at 9 on the gauge at 1200 today, flowing over the weir at the looping pool.

Not much good for the gorge walking validation I was supposed to run! :)
by Matt Rees
Wed Feb 27, 2008 7:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Eskimo Topolino Discuss
Replies: 26
Views: 4021

Simon wrote: Very close. The Eurokayak Probe was produced simply by buying in an early Topo design.
But the probe was very different to paddle, a real dog...nothing like as nice as the spud.
by Matt Rees
Thu Feb 21, 2008 8:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Demoing a Burn: Am I being a numpty or is it the boat?
Replies: 16
Views: 3367

I'm 6 foot 1, weigh 11st ish and paddle a medium burn which I love. Find that it catches tiny eddies with ease. I don't find it an easy boat to roll but I was jumping from an RPM to a Burn, missing out about generations of kayak design on the way!!
by Matt Rees
Tue Feb 12, 2008 11:48 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lottery Win Dreaming of Access...
Replies: 18
Views: 1950

BaldockBabe wrote: Fair point. Also I would be the first one on the plane to somewhere with sunshine, rivers, great food and a different government...
South Wales?
by Matt Rees
Mon Feb 11, 2008 10:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New river
Replies: 9
Views: 1706

Or click page, then zoom 200%.
by Matt Rees
Wed Feb 06, 2008 10:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Cold Feet :o(
Replies: 35
Views: 3822

Neoprene socks/wetsuit boots if in a wetsuit.

With integrated drysocks, thick wooly socks.
by Matt Rees
Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access points on the Usk
Replies: 7
Views: 778

I've used the spot beyond the pub car-park this year. More space, less risk of obstruction.

Edit: That's in Sennybridge of course, opposite side of the river to the army camp.
by Matt Rees
Sun Feb 03, 2008 8:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Where to stay in South Wales
Replies: 6
Views: 670

How does access work out on the Teifi?

Yes, I understand and apply the WCA position, but the Teifi has always had militant fisherfolk. How likely are you to get abuse/vehicles damage, etc?
by Matt Rees
Sun Feb 03, 2008 8:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Cows tail
Replies: 17
Views: 1913

...but will often take it along for the shock loading benefits if live bate may be required... As I understand it, the elastic isn't there to provide shock absorption, but to effectively shorten it when not in use so it doesn't dangle in your way. A number of companies offer spectra (non-elasticate...
by Matt Rees
Sun Feb 03, 2008 8:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How Deep?
Replies: 26
Views: 2873

Robson wrote: I'm guessing a kayak, which is much bigger and hopefully slower than a bullet would need less than 6ft?
Less velocity, greater mass.
by Matt Rees
Thu Jan 31, 2008 2:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Contacting the emergency services
Replies: 41
Views: 4402

TheKrikkitWars wrote: Was canceled last year right? someone should alter that!
Still extant in Wales. Don't bother using if confronted by angry landowner though, repsonse is non-urgent....i.e. some time tomorrow, next week, not at all. Use it when someone has knicked your boat and you want a crime ref number.
by Matt Rees
Thu Jan 31, 2008 2:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Uni minibuses
Replies: 71
Views: 10131

Hijack....

Reminds me of my students days. 16 hrs from London to Fort Bill in a sherpa crewbus towing a trailor. At one point on the M6 downhill and slipstreaming a lorry we managed to hit 55..... happy days. Even a few Karrimats doesn't take the pain out of those crewbus slatted wooden seats.
by Matt Rees
Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Moving water?
Replies: 28
Views: 2572

Laminar flow, friction betwen layers will cause some movement but the bottom will be slower. A deep enough pool would be still at the bottom?Of course if the drop at the head of the pool is shaped right (wrong!) then much of the surface water will be heading upstream and the deeper layers flowing do...
by Matt Rees
Thu Jan 24, 2008 9:59 pm
Forum: Everywhere else
Topic: Nant Clydach, Pontypridd
Replies: 10
Views: 1549

Respectable but not especially high.

http://www.wyeuskfoundation.org/conditions/gauge3.php
by Matt Rees
Thu Jan 24, 2008 6:14 pm
Forum: Everywhere else
Topic: Nant Clydach, Pontypridd
Replies: 10
Views: 1549

Resigned myself to doing the Usk tomorrow I'm afraid.
by Matt Rees
Thu Jan 24, 2008 11:43 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: WW Leadership.
Replies: 29
Views: 2733

Wilf wrote:if you do not update to UKCC, you may well find your authority to assess certain awards compramised.
As I understand it the BCU have not said how this is to be done.
by Matt Rees
Wed Jan 23, 2008 10:42 am
Forum: Everywhere else
Topic: Nant Clydach, Pontypridd
Replies: 10
Views: 1549

Re: Nant Clydach, Pontypridd

RBOATD2 wrote: and that little drop half way down the slides ...baaaboom.. always forget about it!
Run against the wall on the left hand side and let the pillow wave do all the work... :)
by Matt Rees
Wed Jan 23, 2008 10:36 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New book on expeditioning
Replies: 6
Views: 1014

Woods. wrote:Dip into it if you've forgotten how to do the three knives and four glasses initiative exercise.
Care to enlighten us further?
by Matt Rees
Fri Jan 18, 2008 8:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Naming Drops/Rapids
Replies: 37
Views: 3483

Tom_Laws wrote:Let's have a tally of a) how many triple step/falls there are
Triple falls is a locally used name for Sennybridge - Aberbran on the Usk. (The section from Talybont down is often called "the whitewater section"!)

Triple falls aka Horseshoe falls on the Nedd Fecahn.
by Matt Rees
Fri Jan 18, 2008 8:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Proceed in a downstream direction
Replies: 2
Views: 600

This is not an agreement Well it's kind of an agreement, just that the people who agreed it don't represent paddlers! WUF wrote: "Please proceed in a generally downstream direction" http://www.wyeuskfoundation.org/navigation/wye.php I suppose they mean rather than park and play or even practising y...
by Matt Rees
Fri Jan 18, 2008 7:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Recomend a river for tomorrow (SWales)
Replies: 4
Views: 626

My 2p worth.

Vrynwy is not South Wales.

Rhondda Fawr will be a bit chunky for someone happy on grade 3.

Usk would be a safe bet. Wye would be an easy introduction to bigger volume.

I like the Honddu but get on lower down to avoid the tree portages.
by Matt Rees
Fri Jan 18, 2008 7:41 pm
Forum: Everywhere else
Topic: USK
Replies: 2
Views: 781

Got on at Talybont at 11.00am today. Was a big, fluffy rollercoaster taking us down past Llangynidir to Spuhlers's in around an hour. River was well within it's banks but definitely brown and in spate.

Was raining hard in the mountains at lunchtime and expect tomorrow to be bigger but not flood.
by Matt Rees
Fri Jan 18, 2008 3:28 pm
Forum: Everywhere else
Topic: Tawe, Penwyllt to Abercraf
Replies: 11
Views: 1632

Hi Matt It will definitely be paddleable, possibly huge! Two of us are paddling something tomorrow in this area so if you fancy joining up, let us know. Jeff Ridd Sorry missed your post. Did you have a good one? We paddled the Usk (Talybont-Spuhlers Folly) which was a big, bouncy rollercoaster. It ...
by Matt Rees
Thu Jan 17, 2008 8:02 pm
Forum: Everywhere else
Topic: Tawe, Penwyllt to Abercraf
Replies: 11
Views: 1632

Penwyllt is the road bridge between Craig y Nos and Pen y Cae...
by Matt Rees
Thu Jan 17, 2008 7:04 pm
Forum: Everywhere else
Topic: Tawe, Penwyllt to Abercraf
Replies: 11
Views: 1632

Tawe, Penwyllt to Abercraf

Anyone seen this today? Anyone who knows the catchment and can take an educated guess as to it's level tomorrow?

Ta.
by Matt Rees
Wed Jan 16, 2008 11:12 pm
Forum: Everywhere else
Topic: Has anyone paddled the falls at Blaen-y-glyn, talybont
Replies: 8
Views: 1650

I've gorge walked (but not paddled) much higher up the river, accessed from the forest fence line. There's lot's of potential slides up there. Just make sure get out before the portage!
by Matt Rees
Mon Dec 17, 2007 10:26 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Camera Choice
Replies: 22
Views: 3604

Tom_Laws wrote:Canon 400d.

Maybe the Nikon, but I am a Canon fan, mainly because my mate has a whole shed load of nice lenses.
Nikon feels nicer in the hand, it's physically bigger.

(Downside is you need a peli 1300 to adequately protect it and that's tight fit in most boats.)
by Matt Rees
Fri Dec 14, 2007 9:21 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Mad River : Explorer 14TT
Replies: 7
Views: 2190

Same as Ding-dong says.....I've used the 16ft TT on Grade III and found it very responsive whilst still tracking well thanks to the V shaped hull. Much better than the Disco 158 I've paddled the last two days! 14ft sounds ideal, I knew they made a 15ft but didn't realise that they went shorter.