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by GaryM
Wed Jan 23, 2008 1:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: We're going to be on telly!
Replies: 12
Views: 1746

chris-uk wrote
I'm not in on Wednesday eve
You should be able to watch it on the new system on the BBC website where you can watch any programme shown in the last 7 days.
by GaryM
Mon Jan 21, 2008 9:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Rolling reconstruction course @PYB
Replies: 7
Views: 1464

I can highly recommend it too. I went through a period, after getting a playboat to mess around in during the summer a few years ago, of totally losing my roll. Went on the PyB course, and had my technique analysed, videoed, practiced to near exhaustion, and finally managed to get round what was goi...
by GaryM
Sat Jan 19, 2008 7:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: To what Extent do we hope for Open Access?
Replies: 31
Views: 3417

bigriverboater wrote:
There is no such law as trespassing in Scotland!
Unfortunately that does not appear to be what the Scottish Executive think
Land Reform Act 2003
The Trespass (Scotland) Act of 1865 was amended but not abolished according to the Scottish Executive.
by GaryM
Tue Jan 08, 2008 9:43 pm
Forum: Everywhere else
Topic: River Vernwy Levels Mid Wales
Replies: 4
Views: 729

You could also try the EA rivercall line. We used to use the previous one for Severn catchment and it would give you a level and whether it was rising or falling. Usually if it was over 1 metre and rising then it is good. Remember that the water does not only come from the dam, but there are a lot o...
by GaryM
Fri Nov 02, 2007 11:35 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Airways - no kayaks policy
Replies: 211
Views: 53070

Myles wrote: Did anyone see the Chief Exec of BA being interviewed on BBC this morning? I only caught the last few seconds so dont know what it was about. I assume the BBC didn't touch on this subject? They were asking him about the increased profit BA had made, and the rumour that BA were going to...
by GaryM
Wed Oct 24, 2007 3:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Waterways license in your club membership fees?
Replies: 15
Views: 1616

Adrian Cooper said British Waterways control canals only, not rivers. Taken from the British Waterways site: Almost all of Britain's waterways are run by three main organisations, each of which issues its own licences and registrations. British Waterways runs almost all the canals, and rivers such a...
by GaryM
Tue Sep 25, 2007 1:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: You can do anything....
Replies: 18
Views: 2781

I was waiting for the next picture in the series showing the paddler getting to the top!
by GaryM
Thu Sep 20, 2007 5:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Question for new design
Replies: 54
Views: 5665

Simon D Westgarth wrote:
I hope not, this looks like a throw back design!!!
The F262 looks like an unbalanced boat for doing tail squirts, and the front deck is very old school, and thus a wet ride...
So you have obviously never paddled one then
by GaryM
Thu Sep 20, 2007 1:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Question for new design
Replies: 54
Views: 5665

Something along the lines of the Prijon F262 then??
by GaryM
Fri Aug 03, 2007 11:51 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sheffield Canoe Club
Replies: 9
Views: 1276

Goggled, and got this, looks like links to all UK university canoe clubs

http://canoe.union.shef.ac.uk/uni_clubs ... 7efa17d14e
by GaryM
Tue May 29, 2007 7:22 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Canoe Polo in myfreesport.co.uk
Replies: 0
Views: 427

Canoe Polo in myfreesport.co.uk

Picked up the latest edition of this in the gym yesterday, to see a good 2 page article about canoe polo on pages 34 and 35.
Well done Battersea Canoe Club for getting this published.

links are www.myfreesport.co.uk
PDF downloads from http://cde.cerosmedia.com/downloadPDF.p ... 5928,15929
by GaryM
Wed Mar 21, 2007 3:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaking is not a crime stickers....
Replies: 88
Views: 10132

I would like to come out of lurking in the background and say a big Thank You to Quicky for the many times he has posted up information, such as the piece that started this thread, which no-one else knew much about. It seems to me we are all very good at kicking the messenger, so is it really very s...
by GaryM
Fri Mar 16, 2007 4:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice on the Vyrnwy.
Replies: 5
Views: 1046

At that level it will almost certainly not be worth paddling. If you have got the information from the River Severn water information line, then it will almost certainly have said whether the level was rising or falling. We would never paddle it at a level less than 1 metre, and preferably rising. I...
by GaryM
Tue Mar 13, 2007 9:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Naver.
Replies: 15
Views: 1558

I would agree about the Naver, we paddled it probably 35 years ago, and at the time we did it in state of the art wood and canvas double kayaks, with someone in a glass fibre sea kayak. From memory one or two rapids, with one tight bend, but that was about it. Surf anywhere along the north and north...
by GaryM
Sat Feb 10, 2007 11:28 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Flood Photos Needed
Replies: 13
Views: 2848

Hi, The following links show you the flooding on the River Severn at Bewdley. These ones http://www.sln.org.uk/geography/Flood2000f.htm show the extent of the flooding in 2000, before the flood defences where constructed. This BBC collection http://www.bbc.co.uk/herefordandworcester/content/image_ga...
by GaryM
Thu Jan 18, 2007 1:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: William Nealy
Replies: 23
Views: 3234

Interestingly, if you look at any of the kayak course information from Plas y Brenin, Kayak by William Nealy is always recommended reading. Also, browsing a bookshop a few years ago I came across another gem from William Nealy, A Mountain Biking Manual . It is written in the same style, and shows ju...
by GaryM
Tue Dec 05, 2006 3:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Local Action Exercise Pilots
Replies: 0
Views: 455

Local Action Exercise Pilots

Although canoeing only appears once in the following link http://www.dh.gov.uk/assetRoot/04/14/08/84/04140884.pdf It is good to see that both pictures relating to one of the 5 pilot studies carried out, the Active Attitude Project at Hastings, show happy youngsters enjoying canoeing. Having the DoH ...
by GaryM
Wed Nov 29, 2006 3:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dodgy elbow, paddling technique & shafts
Replies: 14
Views: 2527

A few years ago I had a similar problem, and by chance, there was an advertisment in Canoe Focus for this elbow support . As I had tried everything else I shelled out and got one, and to my relief it really worked, and I was able to get out paddling again, I even managed to do 5 days at Plas y Breni...
by GaryM
Mon Oct 02, 2006 3:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Get Fit for Kayaking..
Replies: 3
Views: 917

by GaryM
Mon May 01, 2006 5:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dislocated Shoulder advice
Replies: 26
Views: 4417

If it has dislocated again in the way you describe, then I think you should seek expert advice, as it may be you have damaged the ligaments which support the shoulder joint. This happened to me, one was torn quite badly and needed open surgery (pre keyhole days) to repair it. I was fortunate as the ...
by GaryM
Mon May 01, 2006 9:44 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Rolling tips upstream/downstream
Replies: 16
Views: 2111

I think that you need to do what a couple of people have suggested, that is getting someone to video you rolling and also try the C to C roll. I had a big problem switching from river runners into playboats, as my roll was primarily a sweep and I came up on the back deck. Doing this in a playboat ju...
by GaryM
Tue Mar 14, 2006 9:30 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Shoulders. Avoidance is better than cure.
Replies: 5
Views: 888

These are very similar to the exercises I was given to do years ago after surgery to repair torn tendons in my shoulder.

Doing these for a few weeks will help strengthen the muscles around the shoulder, which may help.
by GaryM
Tue Mar 07, 2006 9:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Progressing up a grade
Replies: 8
Views: 1171

I'd completely agree with Mark on this. Paddling lots of different rivers, irrespective of their grade, and taking the decisions for yourself as to when to inspect from the water, and when to get out and have a look, rather than following others down is a better way than just thinking about grades. ...
by GaryM
Tue Feb 28, 2006 12:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Fishing Statistics?
Replies: 3
Views: 1291

Yes, I heard this too and was quite interested, because they appear to be offering to put up new money on top of what they already spend in excess of the licence fees they collect from fishermen. Maybe the BCU should be asking the EA whether there will be any conditions attached to this generous off...
by GaryM
Fri Feb 10, 2006 11:41 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Oetz Weir - purely hypothetical question
Replies: 14
Views: 2855

Jim, So how does this square with the following, and here I am bowing to your "local knowledge" of the ecosystem involved. In 1998, after pressure from environmentalists about the effect that the Glen Powell dam was having on the ecology of the Grand Canyon, the company who own the dam agreed to a p...
by GaryM
Tue Feb 07, 2006 12:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lower River Dee Problems
Replies: 26
Views: 4345

Will be interesting to see if they carry out their threat, as to do so, their solicitor will have to have broken the law. As far as I can remember, only the police, customs and the Inland Revenue (???) have legal right of access to information from the DVLA database, and it is only from here that th...
by GaryM
Sat Jan 21, 2006 1:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lens fog and camera shake
Replies: 37
Views: 4080

I recently got the Fuji S9500, and found that if you do read the book (was lucky had a 10 hour flight to do so), that as Tom says, the "shaking man" is Fuji's way of minimising camera shake without resorting to lots of electronic wizardry. In a nutshell, it increased the ISO rating say from 100 to 4...
by GaryM
Mon Jan 16, 2006 9:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Age no object
Replies: 24
Views: 2808

Love to join you, would be my 109th, so maybe I'll just wave you off and sit around for the hot chocolate and muffins at the take out.

Maybe we should see which day of the year is the birthday of the most number of contributors to this site.
by GaryM
Fri Jan 13, 2006 5:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: We need to sort out the grading system!
Replies: 315
Views: 44788

Missing the point?

I have been reading this thread from the start, and to me we are starting to miss the point. As has been said before, the clue is in the title, they are Guidebooks, not blow by blow, paddle stroke by paddle stroke accounts of how to paddle the river. If I decide to paddle a Grade 4 river, whoever's ...