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by David Fairweather
Mon Jan 31, 2005 9:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Safety is NOT an accident
Replies: 27
Views: 3235

Those look pretty usefull, any idea what sort of size they pack down to? Another essential is some kind of boat repair. I always carry a couple of glue sticks and a turbo lighter. A lesson learnt after having to paddle the last half of L'Ange Guardien with a badly split boat. Apparently that sticky ...
by David Fairweather
Sun Jan 30, 2005 7:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which universities are represented here?
Replies: 50
Views: 5621

Surrey Uni

www.uniscanoe.co.uk if you're interested
by David Fairweather
Fri Jan 28, 2005 2:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Your favourite rapid...
Replies: 35
Views: 3736

For me the gorge section of the Erme never fails to dissapoint.
by David Fairweather
Thu Jan 27, 2005 11:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Elbow Pads???
Replies: 12
Views: 1298

I guess the moral is that anything you can hit your head on, you can hit your elbows on. So if yu would wear a bash hat.....
by David Fairweather
Thu Jan 27, 2005 6:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Elbow Pads???
Replies: 12
Views: 1298

I agree that the grade doesn't really come into it. I wear my elbowpads on anything shallow and rockythese days, that would include the Tryweren - especially if I'm playing. The places that I have really smacked my elbows in the past(and felt it for weeks afterwards) are Suprise, Suprise on the Dart...
by David Fairweather
Thu Jan 27, 2005 1:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Cheapskates look here...
Replies: 26
Views: 3595

cheapskate paddlers

Only 120 views of this thread - even I know more paddling cheapskates than that - can't be right ?
and i'm so cheap i've viewed it three times!

248 views now - obviously the cheap skates only use the internet when their employers are paying for it. Smart bunch.
by David Fairweather
Tue Jan 25, 2005 7:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Gnarly Uni trip
Replies: 78
Views: 12340

crate of red wine

Yep, that would be me. My ability to consume red wine at an alarming rate and then do very very silly things is well documented. I have at least two permenant scars as a result of this. We came through Suprise Suprise just as the last of you had run it I think. We didn't stop and chat for long as we...
by David Fairweather
Tue Jan 25, 2005 11:59 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kit you've broken and how
Replies: 43
Views: 4501

I terminated a Riot Booster by um, paddling it as far as I can tell. Actually, Riot boats in general seem to be getting a fair old bashing over on TWP at the moment
by David Fairweather
Tue Jan 25, 2005 11:47 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Gnarly Uni trip
Replies: 78
Views: 12340

I have a feeling that Kyrgystan is going to prove to be very real - I'll report back to confirm that in Spetember.
by David Fairweather
Fri Jan 21, 2005 3:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Gnarly Uni trip
Replies: 78
Views: 12340

I told you that you should have singed up for that basket weaving course at Greenwich Poly Giles!

I think you can take it as read that Graham and i will be looking for every last bit of work we can get in order to finance this little jaunt. Unless it gets in the way of paddling that is!

dave
by David Fairweather
Tue Jan 18, 2005 12:17 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best value kit...?
Replies: 10
Views: 1227

I've still got my first ever bit of paddling kit; a helly bought over 10 years ago that is still going strong.
by David Fairweather
Mon Dec 13, 2004 3:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The end is nigh...
Replies: 72
Views: 5932

the sight of Fandango strutting his stuff is one that lives with you for quite a while....
True, it's a rare treat.

Surely it has to rain soon, it's just waiting till i finish up at uni this weekend then mother nature will let rip with furious anger. Or somehting like that...
by David Fairweather
Mon Nov 29, 2004 6:31 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Slalom Site in the South of France
Replies: 3
Views: 631

This is probably the place. Taken from the hawaii-sur-rhone site, direction are from Lyon. "Sault Brenaz - Isle de la Serre (+33 4 74 36 67 61) If you are willing to drive 20 miles (40 minutes), this is the best place to stay. Sault Brenaz is a watersports center and a whitewater course. The valley ...
by David Fairweather
Mon Nov 29, 2004 1:35 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Salamander throw bag
Replies: 35
Views: 3572

I read all that the other day and still have no idea quite how it's supposed to work exactly. I'd like to see some video of it being used for real.

Nice marketing by the way - selling them in pairs.
by David Fairweather
Mon Nov 29, 2004 1:30 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The best river I've ever paddled was the....
Replies: 42
Views: 3797

Melach (sp?) in Austria. Fast, steep and unrelenting for 7km. The water was brown and rising in the middle of an alpine thunderstorm and we had no idea what was coming up next. Fantastic!
by David Fairweather
Fri Nov 26, 2004 2:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: You're not a proper girl paddler until you've...
Replies: 45
Views: 4821

You're not a proper girl paddler until you've...

complained about someones sexist comment on UKRGB
by David Fairweather
Fri Nov 05, 2004 5:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Riot decks
Replies: 12
Views: 956

most kit manufacturers do riot size decks. The palm kelvar ones are agood fit and pretty bomber.
by David Fairweather
Fri Oct 08, 2004 1:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: In it to win it...
Replies: 36
Views: 3644

I'm certainly only a member because I coach, otherwise I wouldn't bother.

I suppose that if you paddle the Trywerynmore than two weekends a year then the membership pays for itself.
by David Fairweather
Thu Oct 07, 2004 7:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Anyone else made the same mistake?
Replies: 15
Views: 2495

Skip, the river in mention wasn't the Bonne was it, because we did the same thing back in 1998. oops!!!

Much care has been taken since not to make the same mistake again!!!!
Yup, t'was indeed the Bonne. Glad to hear we're not the only ones who managed that mistake.
by David Fairweather
Thu Oct 07, 2004 5:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Anyone else made the same mistake?
Replies: 15
Views: 2495

had an intersting one in France this year involving running a grade 6 and portaging a gorge containing nothing more serious than a 4-. We only found this out later when it was noticed that the position of these two rapids has been swapped in the latest edition of the guidebook.
by David Fairweather
Tue Sep 21, 2004 10:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Heroic Failure
Replies: 47
Views: 6149

there is a great clip on www.hawaii-sur-rhone.com under the link saying "pushing the limits". I think it comes under the excruciating catagory.
by David Fairweather
Sun Sep 12, 2004 10:16 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Wanted Chronic / Air 55
Replies: 0
Views: 309

Wanted Chronic / Air 55

Reasonable prices. South East area if possible

Dave

07906540201
by David Fairweather
Sat Aug 28, 2004 2:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Busted boats
Replies: 6
Views: 709

A glue stick and a turbo lighter will normally do the job.

Don't melt the actual boat plastic if you can avoid it, just drip the glue stick into the crack / split and let it dry.
by David Fairweather
Wed Aug 04, 2004 6:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Wot club boat ?
Replies: 21
Views: 1967

Just noticed this on the TWp site:

http://www.thamesweirproject.co.uk/foru ... eed924007b

sounds like a variety of possibly appropriate boats.
by David Fairweather
Wed Aug 04, 2004 5:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Wot club boat ?
Replies: 21
Views: 1967

of course it does all depend on how big your club is, what kind of paddling most people in the club want to do, etc.... try doing some kind of poll of the members and seeing what sort of boats they would like to see the club buy. if you are buying new then ask around and see what kind of bulk discou...
by David Fairweather
Wed Aug 04, 2004 3:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Wot club boat ?
Replies: 21
Views: 1967

or if you want to be a bit more progressive;

a few inazones (222s, 232s 242s) would fit most paddlers

and a couple of G3s would be perfect for the larger paddlers
by David Fairweather
Wed Jul 28, 2004 7:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Hydro Hell
Replies: 11
Views: 1420

I agree with most of those points, especially that we need to be reducing our (as a country) fuel usage and fighting to retain classic rivers. I was just wondering how many paddlers would give a flying one about the 'other' impacts of small-scale hydro projects that don't affect paddling. The one th...
by David Fairweather
Tue Jul 27, 2004 8:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Hydro Hell
Replies: 11
Views: 1420

Forgot to say there, looks like some stirling work from the SCA and all involved. I agree 100% that we should oppose any hydro (or any other ) development that will destroy whitewater, where there is a better available option.
by David Fairweather
Tue Jul 27, 2004 8:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Hydro Hell
Replies: 11
Views: 1420

hmm

This does raise an interesting dilema though. As paddlers we are all (presumably) fairly concerend about the state of the environment and so should agree that small-scale hydro projects are in theory a good thing (as opposed to say a new coal-fired station or a nuclear development)although prehaps n...