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by GaryM
Sun Jan 31, 2010 6:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Updating River levels - Why dont folk do it more?
Replies: 11
Views: 907

Re: Updating River levels - Why dont folk do it more?

I think it is useful to post directly to the River Guides, so then in the future if anyone wants to see if there is anything about the levels they can pick up the info from there faster than any other way. I posted about the level on the River Teme at Ludlow last Saturday, also trying to reference t...
by GaryM
Sun Jan 24, 2010 7:08 pm
Forum: England - Midlands
Topic: RIVER TEME (Ludlow to Ashford Carbonell)
Replies: 5
Views: 6060

Re: RIVER TEME (Ludlow to Ashford Carbonell)

We paddled from the playing fields just below Ludlow Castle down to Little Hereford yesterday (23rd Jan 2010). I thought that it would be a useful exercise to give an idea of the level against the Fishingwales river levels web site. We started at about 13:30 , and the website gave the level at Ludlo...
by GaryM
Sun Sep 06, 2009 7:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: SAFFA 1975 Act, the new reason why we cannot paddle rivers
Replies: 1041
Views: 41467

Re: SAFFA 1975 Act, the new reason why we cannot paddle rivers

Fishguard, I am sorry you feel this way, but unfortunately you appear to misunderstand what the 2005 study was asking. It was only asking, another wording could be researching, the public perception of whether the stated activities fitted well together. It did NOT ask if they were carried out. As fo...
by GaryM
Sun Sep 06, 2009 6:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: SAFFA 1975 Act, the new reason why we cannot paddle rivers
Replies: 1041
Views: 41467

Re: SAFFA 1975 Act, the new reason why we cannot paddle rivers

I have been watching this thread and where it is going, and contacted the EA requesting information regarding the research they are being quoted as carrying out. As a part of my work involves research in other areas, I am interested as to how the EA sets up projects, and then carries them out, and h...
by GaryM
Tue Sep 01, 2009 4:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Got a Pyranha Stretch M/L?
Replies: 1
Views: 182

Re: Got a Pyranha Stretch M/L?

Sent you a pm.
by GaryM
Fri Jun 19, 2009 9:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Prijon Delerium Playboat
Replies: 2
Views: 217

Prijon Delerium Playboat

Yellow Prijon Delerium playboat, in good condition, with rear airbag.
Getting too old to playboat, so needs to go to new home.

£150 ono
by GaryM
Tue May 26, 2009 11:49 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Mystery over fake no canoeing sign!!
Replies: 8
Views: 1162

Re: Mystery over fake no canoeing sign!!

Looking at Banzer's picture, the persons who put up these signs need to be aware that they could be fined, as this chap was.
by GaryM
Tue May 05, 2009 10:27 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Key Safe
Replies: 24
Views: 1314

Re: Key Safe

Alternatively, this might be a little bit harder to cut off?
by GaryM
Mon Feb 23, 2009 8:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Handirack at Aldi
Replies: 16
Views: 1752

Handirack at Aldi

Looks like Aldi are selling the Handirack for £39.99 from this coming Sunday.
by GaryM
Thu Jan 15, 2009 4:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Stinky Rocker
Replies: 26
Views: 2030

Re: Stinky Rocker

You could try Milton sterilising fluid for baby's bottles.
Works well in cleaning up MTB water bottles, and is pretty well tested on most things (especially little humans, not on animals).
by GaryM
Wed Dec 10, 2008 2:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: anyone know what this boat is???
Replies: 13
Views: 1897

Looking at you latest pictures, I would agree that it looks very much like the ottersport kayaks. They all had that characteristic raised "V" in front of the cockpit. My father still has the double touring version he bought back in the early 1960's, and occasionally when I'm up seeing him we go out ...
by GaryM
Sat Oct 11, 2008 7:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access rights
Replies: 28
Views: 1839

River Teme

Crumble wrote: There was a rope right across the Teme this weekend about a foot or two above the water. To stop boats going past! Exactly where on the Teme? There always has been a rope upstream of the boating platform below the castle, it is there to stop rowers going too close to the weir. Also, o...
by GaryM
Sun Sep 07, 2008 10:24 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: I've just lost a Kayak
Replies: 31
Views: 4726

jmmoxon wrote:
(Anyone out there still paddling Prijon?)
Yes, and happy to continue.
When was the last time you saw any posts about quality of Prijon hulls?
by GaryM
Fri Aug 22, 2008 9:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: More fun on the Conwy with boat kicking local.
Replies: 285
Views: 31410

I think that the proper OS map does show it dropping down to the river bank, it gets a bit lost on the resolution on the screen. The path on the ground certainly hits the bank in places. We need to be careful, as paths marked on the OS maps in black are not public rights of way, only the ones marke...
by GaryM
Sat Aug 16, 2008 6:26 pm
Forum: Everywhere else
Topic: Shrewsbury weir
Replies: 8
Views: 3785

In flood it looks something like this. After you please, I'm portaging!
There have been a few deaths over the years on this weir, but I don't recall any of them being paddling related.
by GaryM
Tue Jul 29, 2008 11:08 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Eskimo Speedo, is it suitable as an allrounder for a novice?
Replies: 8
Views: 1583

I don't think they are made any more, but Avoncraft may have them in stock, Prijon F262.
Good allround boat, fast , tracks well, and generally fine up to Grade 4.
Boat in Avatar is of one.
by GaryM
Fri Jul 25, 2008 1:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Middle-aged 'fitter' than young
Replies: 20
Views: 2125

Middle-aged 'fitter' than young

From the BBC website I was particularly amused by this quote: John Brewer, performance director at the Lucozade Sport Science Academy in Slough, said he was not surprised by the findings. "There's so many other things young people are interested in and so many of them are sedentary, things like text...
by GaryM
Thu Jul 17, 2008 2:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Ness info
Replies: 3
Views: 729

We did this many many years ago when my son was about 10 years old. I would suggest getting on from the south side of the loch, off the B852, rather than the north side off the A82 (traffic very fast, and much higher banks). If you go past Dores, there are quite a few large laybys right down alongsi...
by GaryM
Sun Jul 13, 2008 8:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Where has Metcheck gone?
Replies: 3
Views: 677

They were upgrading to new servers the end of last week. Just tried, and they are now back up and running again.
by GaryM
Wed Jun 11, 2008 2:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stonehaven, Lunan Bay or Sinclair Bay?
Replies: 6
Views: 782

Sinclair's Bay

See here, or pm Naefearjustbeer.
by GaryM
Thu Jun 05, 2008 1:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Foil Blankets
Replies: 31
Views: 3216

Whilist accepting the comments made about Group shelters and Blizzard bags, Foil blankets do have numerous uses and that is why you will often see them at the scene of accidents, usually given out by the emergency services. Recently we came across the following situation coming back home. Entering i...
by GaryM
Wed May 28, 2008 4:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Extreme Sports TV tonight (Sky and Virgin)
Replies: 11
Views: 1920

Extreme Sports TV tonight (Sky and Virgin)

Tonight at 8pm they are showing Kayak Pakistan 2007, a whitewater trip on the Rondhu Gorge.
by GaryM
Mon Apr 21, 2008 1:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Where were you 18th April???
Replies: 5
Views: 749

Where were you 18th April???

Was this you, or are the Wye and Usk bods using Canoes to maintain their equipment??? From their site for Middle Wye, Midday 18th April 2008.

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by GaryM
Thu Apr 17, 2008 12:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Volvic
Replies: 22
Views: 2046

Being drawn in again, I do agree that it is a marketing campaign. However, the ratio they are giving, 10 litres in Africa for every 1 litre purchased in the UK is a pretty high delivery, just shows how much the mark up on the stuff is. Just how much of the money you might give to Water Aid actually ...
by GaryM
Thu Apr 17, 2008 11:01 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Volvic
Replies: 22
Views: 2046

Heard an advert on the radio last night when driving home, and sounds like Volvic are going to be putting their money where their mouth is if their website is to be believed.
Would definately make me buy their water if I was going to buy any.
by GaryM
Wed Apr 02, 2008 3:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: One stop shop, recommendations
Replies: 21
Views: 2070

Try Joel Watersports in Worcestershire, he can usually give you a good deal.

http://www.joelwatersports.co.uk/canoe/index.php
by GaryM
Wed Apr 02, 2008 3:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Cheeky Paddler
Replies: 14
Views: 1929

Cheeky Paddler

I was looking at the Wye and Usk Foundation river levels link last week and saw this Cheeky Paddler mooning on the middle Wye page.

For all the students and maths teachers out there, what odds would you get on this happening at exactly the time the automatic picture was taken. I have no idea!
by GaryM
Sat Feb 02, 2008 11:18 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tennis/paddlers elbow
Replies: 12
Views: 1575

I found this very useful when I had elbow problem, gave good support in the right places. Lies flat so does not rub against cag etc.
by GaryM
Wed Jan 30, 2008 4:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dead leg
Replies: 8
Views: 1203

Have a look at the backrest and see if this is too rigid and pressing into the small of his back. I did have this problem years ago and changing the backrest for a more flexible one cured it. You can test this out by just paddling with the backrest out or very loose, then adjusted, you will quickly ...
by GaryM
Wed Jan 23, 2008 3:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: We're going to be on telly!
Replies: 12
Views: 1746

But you don't need to download the iplayer, you only need to do that if you want to download the programme to your computer and watch it later. If you are within the last 7 days, all you need to do is select the programme, click on the icon, and it will play immediately. Just tried it at work, where...