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by GaryM
Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Wezzit?
Replies: 8
Views: 616

Re: Wezzit?

Hmmmm, not sure about "fun run" at this level. I'll take your word for it. Still looking at the Google Street view pictures it looks a very pretty river system. But, you will see from the short video I managed to stitch together, not for the faint hearted last weekend! https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
by GaryM
Sun Jun 10, 2012 7:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Wezzit?
Replies: 8
Views: 616

Re: Wezzit?

Quote was from first edition Welsh Rivers guidebook.
by GaryM
Sun Jun 10, 2012 7:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Wezzit?
Replies: 8
Views: 616

Re: Wezzit?

Yes, you are right it is indeed the Gwynant.
It was steaming down yesterday, both river and road.
People staying in YHA were heading out in case the road totally flooded, and it was pretty close just below there.
by GaryM
Sun Jun 10, 2012 6:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Wezzit?
Replies: 8
Views: 616

Wezzit?

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by GaryM
Thu May 17, 2012 11:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The best boating cafe in the UK?
Replies: 35
Views: 2091

Re: The best boating cafe in the UK?

Tempest Cafe in Thurso - just what you need while waiting for the Pipe to start ......
Sadly I can also remember it when it was the Ships Chandlers, an Aladdins cave for getting bits for fishing off the end of the pier there at high tide or at Scrabster.
by GaryM
Tue May 08, 2012 9:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Looking for a GPS tracker to log trips
Replies: 15
Views: 872

Re: Looking for a GPS tracker to log trips

We have used the Garmin Foretrex units very successfully, including 2 4 day treks across Wales, once through the back end of a hurricane, so no worries about being waterproof, although they are. Initially we had the 101, and more recently the 401, which has a much greater battery life (17 hours on s...
by GaryM
Mon May 07, 2012 10:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Explosive breach of a Dam on the White Salmon River
Replies: 13
Views: 1445

Re: Explosive breach of a Dam on the White Salmon River

They realised that modifying the dam would cost more than simply getting rid of it. PacifiCorp has chosen to remove the dam rather than seek fish passage required under a new federal dam license. OK, maybe on economic grounds, but had it reached the end of it's economic life too? Interestingly for ...
by GaryM
Mon May 07, 2012 6:30 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Explosive breach of a Dam on the White Salmon River
Replies: 13
Views: 1445

Re: Explosive breach of a Dam on the White Salmon River

Was amazed to read that the reason the dam was breached was because the company operating it were refusing to install a fish pass!
Can't see that ever happening in the UK, EA usually puts them in even there they were never naturally there in the first place, like Conway Falls.
by GaryM
Wed Apr 04, 2012 4:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Mountain bikers: please Share the Trail
Replies: 54
Views: 2976

Re: Mountain bikers: please Share the Trail

Interesting how some feel it patronising. OK, remove BHS from credits, leaving FC, replace horses and riders with guy eating Yorkie bar driving laden forestry wagon on fire road, ending with mountain biker as radiator mascot. Surely that would be Health and Safety video? Would biker come out of side...
by GaryM
Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:23 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Canoeist dies in weir incident near Ludlow.
Replies: 8
Views: 4677

Re: Canoeist dies in weir incident near Ludlow.

Lastest information.
Deepest sympathy to family and friends.

http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2012 ... ar-ludlow/
by GaryM
Sun Dec 25, 2011 6:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Service Not Self
Replies: 17
Views: 3441

Re: Service Not Self

This brought back memories from over 40 years ago, just before I left school, when, with my parents, I watched as the upturned Longhope lifeboat was towed into Scrabster harbour. Like Penlee all the crew were volunteers, and it was a tragedy for their families and local community. Like it says in th...
by GaryM
Sun Dec 11, 2011 7:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Teme
Replies: 3
Views: 415

Re: River Teme

Normally by now, we would have had several outings on theTeme, but because of the low water levels this summer (in some places upstream, it river actually dried up), the aquifer appears to be taking some time to recover. Last time I was over that way I would have said it was a low summer level, and ...
by GaryM
Fri Oct 28, 2011 1:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Scotland.
Replies: 31
Views: 2564

Re: Scotland.

Very nice, brought back memories of last week when I was up visiting relatives and walking on south side of Loch Ness. On the Farigaig, did you run the slot just after the bridge at Torness, it looked very meaty, towback to opposite bank. One morning looking out the window we could see the upper Abe...
by GaryM
Fri Sep 30, 2011 5:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Spinal injuries at swimming pool
Replies: 23
Views: 1428

Re: Spinal injuries at swimming pool

As has already been said, get victim to place of safety, and await arrival of specialists. If they know it's a spinal injury, they may well have their own "tame" expert in tow. If you decide otherwise, then be sure you have good insurance cover, and have read the small print re "Good Samaritan" acts...
by GaryM
Sat Jan 15, 2011 6:56 pm
Forum: England - Midlands
Topic: RIVER TEME (Ludlow to Ashford Carbonell)
Replies: 5
Views: 6062

Re: RIVER TEME (Ludlow to Ashford Carbonell)

Paddled today at level on EA gauge of 1.74m. Level was just over the landing stage below Ludlow Castle. Reasonable level, but better a few inches higher. Paddletastic2 : I think your description of Casemill Weir is wrong, "Canoe Shoot" is 20 metres from bank river right, and sluices are far river le...
by GaryM
Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tennis elbow
Replies: 48
Views: 4405

Re: Tennis elbow

When I had what was diagnosed as tennis elbow, I was told about this by my physio and found it was very helpful and easy to fit and get in the right position.
by GaryM
Fri Oct 15, 2010 4:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Student night - 4th Nov
Replies: 29
Views: 1244

Re: Student night - 4th Nov

Randy Fandango wrote:
The M25 is a large circular motorway we have down south that surrounds London
Ah, but was it like Harian's Wall, built to keep non Londorner's out, or built by non Londoner's to keep Londoner's in?
by GaryM
Sat Aug 28, 2010 8:35 pm
Forum: Wales - North
Topic: Levels in North Wales at the moment? What’s to paddle?
Replies: 11
Views: 1675

Re: Levels in North Wales at the moment? What’s to paddle?

KW stated -
there's been literally no rain in wales this week

I beg to differ, maybe where you were this week it was dry, but from Llanbister through Hafren Forest on Wednesday and Thursday it was hissing it down. The bogs up in the hills around Plynlimon are all pretty saturated just now too.
by GaryM
Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Launching Fees
Replies: 37
Views: 3768

Re: Launching Fees

We were walking the Pembrokeshire coastal path a couple of weeks ago, and all the harbours there have signs displayed with launching fees. Seemed to be £1 per kayak.
by GaryM
Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Canoe and Kayak coaches (5)
Replies: 16
Views: 1173

Re: Canoe and Kayak coaches (5)

Krikkit said I'd be worried even (perhaps especially) if it was prescription drugs like codine. Care to explain why? As someone who was on Codeine long term to alleviate pain, which it did, and little else would, I cannot understand this statement. Opioids taken for the correct reason have no detrim...
by GaryM
Sat Jun 19, 2010 7:49 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Where am I?
Replies: 10
Views: 1135

Re: Where am I?

OK, so no-one managed to guess it. This is the Allt na Feithe Buidhe, on the single track road from Altnaharra to Hope up in Sutherland. Looking downstream from the bridge this is the view, and this is looking across at the top of the drop. It was interesting, as most of the streams running down bot...
by GaryM
Thu Jun 17, 2010 10:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Where am I?
Replies: 10
Views: 1135

Re: Where am I?

No, so far everyone is too far south, river runs east to west before dropping into the valley, then heads north into Loch ........... This is way north of the Great Glen, much further north and the water gets salty. Ryan, no I took these myself last Sunday whilst out for a drive around with relatives.
by GaryM
Wed Jun 16, 2010 9:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Where am I?
Replies: 10
Views: 1135

Re: Where am I?

Yes, Scotland, but it's a big place for a small river.
by GaryM
Wed Jun 16, 2010 8:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Where am I?
Replies: 10
Views: 1135

Where am I?

I was away recently and came across this hidden gem. From here this sidestream drops almost 70 metres in 1.5 km down to the main river, and the map says there are 5 waterfalls along the way. We did not scramble down to look at them, but this may be a first descent for someone, unless you know differ...
by GaryM
Fri May 28, 2010 5:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: End in sight for micro-hydro?
Replies: 11
Views: 889

Re: End in sight for micro-hydro?

Quicky wrote: The are trialing wave snakes somewhere off the coast in UK. A seies of tubes which float and flex in the water and somehow make energy. You mean this beast and it's assorted other trial systems. Only problem I could see with the "snake" device is that it just moves fluid along a pipe t...
by GaryM
Mon Apr 05, 2010 7:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Whats the point?
Replies: 15
Views: 1383

Re: Whats the point?

It certainly looks odd. It appears like the pillar plinths have been recessed to support these planks to stop them floating off. Maybe drop a line to your local EA office enquiring if these are structures they know about, as they are responsible for ensuring that waterways do not get blocked and cau...
by GaryM
Mon Feb 15, 2010 9:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Warm up your wetsuit
Replies: 17
Views: 895

Re: Warm up your wetsuit

Wildswimmer Pete -You are quite right in your statement that - Lithium reacts with water even more violently than potassium My daughter is one of the H&S officers for the biggest producer of Lithium in the world, and their main problem is lithium fires when it reacts with water, even water vapour, h...
by GaryM
Sat Feb 06, 2010 2:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bitches 2010
Replies: 2
Views: 493

Re: Bitches 2010

This link gives you the tides at Milford Haven for 2010.

And this link gives you an idea of the tidal flows around Ramsay Island based on HW at Milford Haven.