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by chicklechives
Fri Feb 06, 2009 10:25 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Eskimo Salto for sale
Replies: 9
Views: 671

Re: Eskimo Salto for sale

Hi, could be interested in your Salto, but I've never been completely convinced by the design, I'm not sure whether they are good or if they are paddled by good people? I guess I'd really like to see one run some gnar without an occupant to see how they cope. Do you have any firsthand experience of ...
by chicklechives
Wed Feb 04, 2009 1:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Famous
Replies: 55
Views: 3481

Re: Famous

Slightly tenuous but my sister-in-law saw Elton John, Sean Connery and Jack Nicholson in a pedalo in Amsterdam. She was slightly deflated when footage of the same was shown on a TV documenary into professional look-a-likes, obviously very convincing ones, but doing unusual things in groupings you mi...
by chicklechives
Fri Jan 30, 2009 2:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: extreme sports documentary
Replies: 33
Views: 1802

Re: extreme sports documentary

Has anyone had any near-death experiences / interesting stories / opinions about extreme sports? (i.e. ski-diving, bungee jumping, I didn't realise how dangerous ski-diving could be until I tried it, be warned an aqualung will not help you when jumping off a snowy cliff, and getting flippers into s...
by chicklechives
Wed Jan 28, 2009 3:07 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: BUCS Slalom 2009
Replies: 2
Views: 436

BUCS Slalom 2009

Good luck to everyone taking part in the slalom this weekend, and make the most of the last chance to experience the mighty barrgae in its current form before it is modified. I'm sure it will be as good an event as ever, especially the party. Remember, paddle through all the gates in the right order...
by chicklechives
Wed Jan 28, 2009 10:09 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access on the Leven (Cumbria)
Replies: 22
Views: 1516

Re: Access on the Leven (Cumbria)

the landowner of the estate Er - the clue's in the name. He might be a nice chappie and he might not be objecting, too much, to paddlers, but that would be because he doesn't own the river and he has absolutely no right over navigation. The best approach to his polite conversation is to respond equ...
by chicklechives
Tue Jan 27, 2009 1:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Arrggghh BCU Access Doffing Caps Again
Replies: 27
Views: 5408

Re: Arrggghh BCU Access Doffing Caps Again

In fairness Halton is a bit of a special case, there's no real interest in combining it in a river trip, there's nothing for miles up stream and nothing but Skerton Weir downstream. Access is across private land, not certain whose but I would hazard a guess that it's the fishing club's. The draw is ...
by chicklechives
Wed Nov 26, 2008 4:20 pm
Forum: England - Northwest
Topic: River Ribble - Clitheroe to Ribchester
Replies: 7
Views: 6460

The advised parking at the De Tabley Inn is no longer available, large boulders have been placed in front of the car park blocking access. There is some parking on the right ~1/2 mile up the hill towards the A59 or continue on to Ribchester, park in the playing field P&D carpark and walk through the...
by chicklechives
Fri Nov 14, 2008 1:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Whistles
Replies: 31
Views: 2133

Just so long as you keep them for emergencies, just as sea kayakers don't let off flares unless in need of emergency assistance, so your whistle is for emergencies. I get bored of explaining this to DofE groups wandering around with a whistle in their mouths peeping away and the (NZ inspired?) trend...
by chicklechives
Fri Nov 14, 2008 1:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Canada
Replies: 12
Views: 843

Ottawa is a fun distraction, nice mellow play. BC (and Alberta border) is where it's really at. Anything you might wish for from Huuuuge volume stuff to long long creeks to death on a stick.

There are published guides to both Ottawa region and BC.
by chicklechives
Mon Nov 10, 2008 8:54 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tyne Tour
Replies: 16
Views: 1487

Tyne Tour

Congratulations and thanks to the organisers of the Tyne Tour for another excellent event.
Great atmosphere, smoothly and inobtrusively organised.
A credit to everyone involved.

Long may it continue.

Well done

See you again next year.
by chicklechives
Mon Sep 08, 2008 10:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access problems on the Hodder
Replies: 14
Views: 1376

It's not quite Hot Fuzz round the Hodder but the fishing interests are very strong, virtually its whole length is owned by fishing clubs or the queen, the access restrictions which plagued the Forest of Bowland until CROW seemingly afflicting the rivers as well. I've only ever run it in true bandit ...
by chicklechives
Tue Sep 02, 2008 11:57 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Round the World Kayaking Trip
Replies: 22
Views: 1949

As your route includes NZ and the Cooks you're probably stuck with Star Alliance, you're definitely out of Virgin territory.
by chicklechives
Tue Sep 02, 2008 11:43 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Make the most of Scottish water while you can
Replies: 9
Views: 1151

Make the most of Scottish water while you can

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/sep/02/water.scotland The good folk of the SNP in their blind aim to rid Scotland of nuclear power would like to dam or divert more and more rivers. Don't worry, there's always trips south. 2000MW is a lot of run of the river schemes, good luck SCA in oppos...
by chicklechives
Fri Aug 22, 2008 11:31 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: More fun on the Conwy with boat kicking local.
Replies: 285
Views: 31410

I would argue that the egress point of many rivers have been used for long enough so as to constitute a customary right of way and therefore no tresspass is committed. And you'd be wrong. You need to show unchallenged access over a long (25yr?) period, the simple fact that negotiations have occured...
by chicklechives
Fri Aug 22, 2008 9:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: More fun on the Conwy with boat kicking local.
Replies: 285
Views: 31410

This is a problem with the current access debate. It seems to be a widely accepted position on here and by the WCA and maybe begrudgenly by the BCA/CE that being on a river is at least hazy ground in terms of the law, probably not against the law and possibly within the law depending on how far back...
by chicklechives
Tue Aug 12, 2008 2:27 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: If you don't want to know the results look away now...
Replies: 9
Views: 2138

I am intrigued that the BBC is saying this is the first canoeing medal since 1992 since the majority of its readers will not distinguish between a canoe and a kayak. Of course a kayak slalom medal was won at the last olympics was it not. With this high level of accuracy on technical terms it's mayb...
by chicklechives
Tue Aug 12, 2008 11:27 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: If you don't want to know the results look away now...
Replies: 9
Views: 2138

If you don't want to know the results look away now...

Congratulations to David Florence on winning the silver medal in the men's C1 slalom in Beijing.
And commiserations to Campbell Walsh on missing out on the medals this time in the men's K1.

A good showing by GB.
by chicklechives
Mon Aug 04, 2008 1:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling on the Dee is NOT a Crime
Replies: 76
Views: 12296

JJ Wrote private River Operators Time to ask for the document that states the river is private and his. He'd better start to sue North West water for removing water from 'his' river.... Or consider paying to have it put there in the first place via the Tryweryn, maybe the WCA can make some of their...
by chicklechives
Wed Jul 09, 2008 12:44 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Olympics
Replies: 7
Views: 1623

To counter these naysayers I'll be glued, and looking forward to my first Olympics with digital telly so I can really get into target shooting, modern pentathlon, badminton, rowing and slalom amongst other sports that you don't get to see for another 4 years. Surely there are far greater evils to ra...
by chicklechives
Thu Jun 26, 2008 12:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Say no to 0845 - BCU's "real" number
Replies: 15
Views: 4831

Is the information you get at the end of it any more accurate or do you have to turn up to HPP to find a slalom going on when you've checked it's open for public use earlier that week?
I guess paying less for the same dreadful service makes you feel a little better.
by chicklechives
Mon Jun 23, 2008 9:52 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Norway Car hire ??
Replies: 9
Views: 1027

Rent a wreck no longer have a centre at Torp. A point I picked up from some climbing fora where folk had arrived, only to find an empty desk. Makes for a good start to the day. They do have a desk at the west coast airport served from Stansted.
by chicklechives
Tue Jun 10, 2008 5:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tees Barrage to be Redeveloped
Replies: 46
Views: 9682

Surely an Archimedes screw cannot be driven by the water, it's like a worm gear. Or am I being too literal.

Sounds promising though, decoupling from the tide times must make a huge difference to them.
by chicklechives
Wed May 14, 2008 9:01 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Car damaged on the dee
Replies: 211
Views: 19171

husky wrote: You lot keep babbling on with the usual bleeding hart rubbish its got you exactly jack ????
Steve
Someone stabbed a deer now? This is getting serious.
Was it at the same time and location as the tyre slashing?
by chicklechives
Mon May 12, 2008 12:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: best place to get foam?
Replies: 9
Views: 1122

The local swimming baths, if you can cope with the guilt of drowning children.
by chicklechives
Wed May 07, 2008 3:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Bags for Flights....
Replies: 9
Views: 1188

Canyongear all the way, excellent bags made to measure for your boat and a chunk less than others available.

I have no association with the company, just impressed with the bag they made for me, give them a ring.

http://canyongear.co.uk/php1/
by chicklechives
Thu Apr 24, 2008 11:35 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: LOST@Stanley on Tay: Grey Dry bag with Down vest + Headtorch
Replies: 1
Views: 438

Might the Gillie have your Gilet?
by chicklechives
Wed Apr 23, 2008 3:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Flying down The Llyn Briane spillway.
Replies: 32
Views: 5605

Lunatic fringe
by chicklechives
Mon Apr 14, 2008 1:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Llyn Brianne Slipway
Replies: 125
Views: 11606

How immature can you get.... Have any of you thought what might happen when someone inevitably hurts themselves on the slip way? Firstly it’s a very remote location, secondly you won’t get any mobile reception, thirdly when you manage to contact the emergency services they are going to have to trec...
by chicklechives
Fri Apr 04, 2008 12:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: When easy grades get strained..
Replies: 25
Views: 3627

Edit - take this back after Chris Jones pointed out some very valid circumstances. There remains a responsibility for your own safety, but original comment goes OTT. The kind of 999 call that makes my blood boil, what about some level of personal responsibility. I can't imagine calling in a helicopt...
by chicklechives
Thu Apr 03, 2008 3:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Car hire help!
Replies: 13
Views: 14477

For what you're asking any bank's credit card with Visa or Mastercard will do you fine and see you paying only the amount the car hire company charge (no interest or charges) so long as you pay off the amount within the specified time (usually ~20 days from being billed, giving you between 20 and 50...