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by mark Hirst
Sun Mar 08, 2015 12:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Iceland 1950s style
Replies: 3
Views: 976

Re: Iceland 1950s style

Wow
Inspirational. having spent 7 summers paddling in Iceland not too much has changed.
The roads are still fun (ring road fully completed in the 90s)
You can still buy fuel from the farmers
The rivers are still cold.

The ferry is a wee bit more expensive though.

True pioneers
by mark Hirst
Mon Feb 23, 2015 3:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Gear For Sale
Topic: Canyoneers 5.10 New and still boxed
Replies: 2
Views: 559

Re: Canyoneers 5.10 New and still boxed

Hi Gordon
tried to Pm You having a few issues. If the boots are still for sale I am keen please can you you send me a message
hirst.markathotmail.com

cheers
mark
by mark Hirst
Mon Feb 23, 2015 3:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Who still enjoys old skool boats
Replies: 16
Views: 1936

Re: Who still enjoys old skool boats

Not an old school boat but an old school design.
I am looking forward to getting back into my Loki soon.
Mark
by mark Hirst
Tue Jan 20, 2015 4:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Recommend me a rescue knife please
Replies: 17
Views: 2739

Re: Recommend me a rescue knife please

Hi Working as a raft guide trainer and safety kayaker I use one of these and have done for years http://www.crkt.com/Bear-Claw-Sharp-Tip-GlassFilledNylonSheath-Razor-Sharp-Edge pretty sure you can get your hands on them through any of the uk dealers for NRS. I too am a fan of been able to get to my ...
by mark Hirst
Wed Jul 16, 2014 6:56 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: modern technology and kayaking
Replies: 13
Views: 1559

Re: modern technology and kayaking

HI Guys Many thanks for the responses so far. The article is coming along nicely I already have some contributions from Dave Manby,Shane Benedict, etc The most important contributors are the likes of us the everyday boaters. I am going to tackle the hardest section last which will be how the interne...
by mark Hirst
Sat Jul 12, 2014 8:58 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Wrist Pain
Replies: 18
Views: 1901

Re: Wrist Pain

HI I am not a doctor or physio but with 20+ years kayaking experience and a history of bad wrist I may be able to help a little. Cause If this was your first trip on the mighty T you may have had a little nervous energy causing you to hold your paddle a little tighter than normal. This in turn would...
by mark Hirst
Thu Jul 03, 2014 5:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: modern technology and kayaking
Replies: 13
Views: 1559

modern technology and kayaking

I am currently writing an article based on how Modern technology has changed our whole kayaking experience. I would love to hear your thoughts and comments on this. Are we now to reliant on modern technology. Can we get on the river with out a mobile phone or go pro. I would really like to know how ...
by mark Hirst
Thu Jul 03, 2014 8:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddle-grip carabiner
Replies: 25
Views: 2548

Re: Paddle-grip carabiner

Hey
Banzer. The Autolock petzel William does the trick. you have to put it on close to the blade but it will go on.
Mark
by mark Hirst
Mon Jun 23, 2014 6:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddle-grip carabiner
Replies: 25
Views: 2548

Re: Paddle-grip carabiner

HI Banzer
Cheers for the feedback

So I can see the argument for not carrying pulleys to save weight along with efficiency issues.
My next question would be

In the absence of said pulley how did they teach you to manage progress capture. Eg what was the break in the system.

cheers
Mark
by mark Hirst
Sun Jun 22, 2014 3:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddle-grip carabiner
Replies: 25
Views: 2548

Re: Paddle-grip carabiner

HI Banzer I am also a fan of carrying 1 carabiner that I can get around a paddle shaft. As I am no longer based in the uk I am a little bit behind with the latest ideas & trends which kit to carry which knots are in or out at the moment. Out of interest can you tell me the reasoning why pulleys are ...
by mark Hirst
Thu Jun 12, 2014 4:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Throw bag olympics
Replies: 4
Views: 760

Re: Throw bag olympics

I have been using this on the guide courses that I have been running a pretty new technique with awesome results

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=p ... cHoXpHi5yU
by mark Hirst
Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Broken AT Blades
Replies: 5
Views: 592

Broken AT Blades

HI I have a broken pair of AT blades That I would love to get repaired. Huge chunk missing out of one of the blades roughly 5cm x5cm I did not buy the blades in the uk and have had them sat in the garage at home for a few years. Anyone know the best way to get them repaired through AT I cannot find ...
by mark Hirst
Sat Mar 08, 2014 7:47 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Duem spraydecks
Replies: 4
Views: 686

Re: Duem spraydecks

Hi Last year I purchased A deck from here. To get amazing service and a handmade product which may I say is boobproof is amazing. I spent last season boating class 4 upwards with a dry seat in my kayak. everything down from the service to the final product is top notch. The saville Row for decks htt...
by mark Hirst
Tue Dec 24, 2013 12:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Prussics or knot?
Replies: 11
Views: 1324

Re: Prussics or knot?

I Agree With having the know how on how to set MA systems with or without prussiks. I personally prefer to carry them. I imagine the reasons that some providers are coming away from using them is that 9 time out of 10 people are carrying the wrong size prussik (to thick) & dont practice enough tying...
by mark Hirst
Fri Nov 15, 2013 9:27 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: wanted fluid spice Large
Replies: 0
Views: 128

wanted fluid spice Large

HI Guys
I am after a second hand large fluid spice. please contact me
kurt.leitch@hotmail.com
many thanks
kurt ( using marks account )
by mark Hirst
Sat Oct 19, 2013 9:41 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Anyone flying out to Nepal soon
Replies: 4
Views: 584

Anyone flying out to Nepal soon

HI Folks I am currently assisting Paddle Nepal with some guide training. As most of us know getting hold of gear in Nepal is not to easy. Is anyone on there way out soon who would be prepared to carry a few bits and bobs in return for a few beers mainly Carabiners. webbing and prussik cord. I also h...
by mark Hirst
Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:04 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Lost canoe paddle
Replies: 1
Views: 521

Re: Lost canoe paddle

hey roy
i found your paddle whilst out on a walk yesterday on the Dee.
I was staying at the llangollen hostel and handed it in to the owner there I think his name is arlo
http://www.llangollenhostel.co.uk/


hope you get it back somehow
mark
by mark Hirst
Tue Sep 03, 2013 4:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Whitewater drycag reviews and opinions
Replies: 5
Views: 783

Re: Whitewater drycag reviews and opinions

Hi Mike

I have been using my kokatat rogue drytop for 4 full time seasons rafting and kayaking. The top is made from gore tex not some imitation breathable material. I have not had to change a seal on it yet. I am that impressed by it I am going to up get another one if this one ever dies.
by mark Hirst
Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Old School lovliness
Replies: 22
Views: 1836

Re: Old School lovliness

Hi
I fully agree with you I love old school play kayaks. I would paddle a whip it all day long if I could get my hands on one. I think we stopped paddling slicy playboats when the first airborn tricks started to appear.
happy boating
mark
by mark Hirst
Fri Aug 02, 2013 6:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best White water Knifes??
Replies: 18
Views: 3038

Re: Best White water Knifes??

Hey Fella
I use this its fits snug on to my palm amp and my aqua vest when I had one.
http://www.nrs.com/product/2765/crkt-bear-claw-knife

keep safe
mark
by mark Hirst
Thu Jun 20, 2013 12:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Recommended decks for a Mamba 7.6?
Replies: 9
Views: 2395

Re: Recommended decks for a Mamba 7.6?

Hi jenny I have just started using a deck made by Electric water in Australia. They only produce custom made decks. have a look at there website www.electricwater.com.au You tell them which boat you paddle. your body size, which material you would like and you will then have a bombproof deck. You wi...
by mark Hirst
Tue Jun 04, 2013 12:59 pm
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: Freighting/flying kayaks to Canada
Replies: 1
Views: 701

Re: Freighting/flying kayaks to Canada

Hi For A 2 week trip the hassle & cost of sending boats via frieght or paying airline excess is way to much for me personally. Why not have a sniff around at the local 2nd hand market or find an outfitter that hires. I have flown all over the world with kayaks flying with boats creates stress do you...
by mark Hirst
Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Carnage
Replies: 21
Views: 3493

Re: Carnage

HI Jim I am on my lunch here in Iceland. This morning I took a raft with 6 school children down a class 2 river. I used the "Get down Command 3 times. For me The command gets all the crew to drop the centre of gravity into the middle of the boat and also the bottom of the boat. I know this is going ...
by mark Hirst
Sun Jun 02, 2013 11:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Boots
Replies: 7
Views: 1891

Re: River Boots

Hi
After a few years away from canyoneers I purchased a pair of the SAR canyonneers from collins nets. The reinforced toe box makes them super strong. I use mine for rafting each day.

I would also recomend the salomon raptours for running around on wet rocks and kayaking in

good luck
mark
by mark Hirst
Sat Jun 01, 2013 1:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Carnage
Replies: 21
Views: 3493

Re: Carnage

After just having had some lunch & watching the Clip again. I reckon the most seasoned of guides would get a regular spanking in there. In my eyes thats a typical "Forest gump rapid" Box of chocolates you never know what your going to get.
Still no excuse for sloppy guide skills
by mark Hirst
Sat Jun 01, 2013 12:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Carnage
Replies: 21
Views: 3493

Re: Carnage

HI I watched the clip from another source yesterday. I have to say that looks like a sweet rapid to raft if rafted properly. My concerns with any urban rafting would be the amount of scrap metal etc in the water you just have to have a look at the back drop to guess. So until I knew the rapid inside...
by mark Hirst
Tue May 21, 2013 10:29 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: improvised splinting / splints
Replies: 15
Views: 3384

Re: improvised splinting / splints

Hi Guys cheers for some great feedback. I am trying to find someone to help me develop a prototype for my design. I not interested I financial gain for the project but If my design could help someone in the field I would be happy So moving for those of you with the experience of using inflatable spl...
by mark Hirst
Sat May 18, 2013 4:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: improvised splinting / splints
Replies: 15
Views: 3384

improvised splinting / splints

Hi I am completing some reaserch on a new splinting product. would anyone like to share any experinces of where and when they have had to use splinting during a kayak trip and what they have used along with the outcome . I would also like to know if you carry a sam splint in your first aid kit whils...
by mark Hirst
Sun May 12, 2013 4:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Old Skool Shaun Baker Vid
Replies: 4
Views: 1456

Re: Old Skool Shaun Baker Vid

Sat here watching this from behind my laptop inspires me to go paddling.
Wait a minute I forgot to say I am sat here in Iceland behind my pc
laters the snow is melting and its been raining for 2 days
bye