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by Chris Bolton
Thu Mar 10, 2005 9:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access forum
Replies: 10
Views: 1326

I went

I went, but I've been too busy since to post. There was quite a lot of interesting discussion, and not many people – why not? (My logic is that if you agree with the approach you support it, and if you disagree you go and say why not) BCU policy no longer refers to negotiated agreements but now stat...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Mar 06, 2005 4:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: how much rain needed for the goyt?
Replies: 2
Views: 491

Goyt levels

Ring the EA Rivercall service on 0906 619 7733. It a premium rate but brief and to the point so not expensive. Press 3 for the Irwell, Goyt, Weaver and Dane. It gives water level in metres above normal summer level. Assuming you plan to paddle the classic section from Brabyns weir to Manchester CC, ...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Mar 03, 2005 9:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Alps Questions, costing up
Replies: 14
Views: 1835

But Europe is worse

My key point was that although there are rules in the UK, as Steve has quoted, the position in continental Europe is much worse, particularly if you end up with a tachograph in the bus - it's just not worth taking more than 8 people.

Chris
by Chris Bolton
Thu Mar 03, 2005 7:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Alps Questions, costing up
Replies: 14
Views: 1835

Mini-buses on continent

Take care if you use a mini bus with more than 8 seats in continental europe, as the laws on tachographs and the required licences are not the same as UK. A higher class of licence is required if you are driving for "hire or reward" - which is defined as "did anyone have to pay money before they wer...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Mar 03, 2005 7:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Computer worries, advice required please
Replies: 22
Views: 1990

Possible causes

Is it XP Pro or XP Home, and do you have any network or internet connections - either at any time, or when your trying to shut down? One possible cause is Background Intelligent Transfer - this has been know to cause problems shutting down XP. Go to Start > Run > Type in "services.msc" and hit ENTER...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Mar 02, 2005 10:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Digital camera for paddling
Replies: 39
Views: 10970

New Pentax Optio WP

Pentax are about to sell a new model, the Optio WP which is small, light, 5 MPixel 3x zoom and fully waterproof. It may not be photographically up to the standards you are talking about but it looks good for a BA pocket.

Any comments on this?

Chris
by Chris Bolton
Wed Mar 02, 2005 9:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Computer worries, advice required please
Replies: 22
Views: 1990

More info about problem?

James, With a bit more info I may be able to help. Assuming it's using Windows, which version? Is it connected to the Internet? Not all spyware progs show all problems - have you tried HijackThis? Beware that it finds everything which is running, not just things which shouldn't be, so it may need ex...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Feb 27, 2005 11:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: pro tec helmets
Replies: 43
Views: 4999

Tiered standards

In response to discussion of my thoughts: Dry D, my reference to the bureaucrats was deliberately provocative as I was hoping somebody would admit to having written it! As Simon says ....consultation between the manufacturing industry and in the case of the UK the HSE, who then present a standard to...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Feb 27, 2005 5:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Question on drysuit...
Replies: 6
Views: 745

I use a Musto sailing drysuit

I agree exactly with what Neil says - I have one as well. It needs replacing and I'd like one the same.

Chris
by Chris Bolton
Sat Feb 26, 2005 10:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pogies and blisters
Replies: 18
Views: 9033

Gloves

I use Musto winter sailing gloves. They have a thin neoprene back and think leather-like palms which grip really well. I originally bought them to use C1 river paddling, where grip is less crucial because of the T grip, but your tend to bash your knuckles on rocks. Howver, they have turned out to wo...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Feb 26, 2005 10:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Icky sticky stuff
Replies: 18
Views: 2504

Silglass

Silglass, flashbank and similar products, are made for repairing roofs, gutters, etc. They consist of thick aluminium foil backed with a sticky bitumen compound, usually sealed with a sheet of wax paper which is peeled off to expose the sticky stuff. Try looking in a DIY shop - maybe better to askin...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Feb 26, 2005 10:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: pro tec helmets
Replies: 43
Views: 4999

Against upgrade of standard

A number of people have said that the CE standard should be raised. I would like to put the case against that. The CE standard has one single specification for a canoe/kayak helmet. This means for example that if you are paddling on slow moving grade 2 water, but want to wear a helmet (or are in nov...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Feb 25, 2005 9:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Compensation culture
Replies: 0
Views: 404

Compensation culture

Many people in paddling have been concerned for some time about the compensation culture and the effect this could have on our sport.
It's interesting to see that this has now got to the stage of a debate in the House of Commons - which in general looks hopeful?

Chris
by Chris Bolton
Wed Feb 23, 2005 8:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VCP hatches
Replies: 22
Views: 13940

Ageing of VCP lids

Jonathan wrote: The only thing I wonder is how long they'll last - sooner or later I imagine they'll get degraded by sunlight. Anyone know the likely life expectancy? About eight to 10 years in my experience. They start to crack on the surface, and then a year or so later loose all their toughness a...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Feb 20, 2005 9:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: resorts
Replies: 9
Views: 981

Ski etc France

If you go to France, best not to go (this year) before 7 March or after 9 April, as you would be in French School holiday time. See this link (Also useful for checking summer holiday dates for paddling in France) Snow this year started poor but there's been lots recently. If you can get a last minut...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Jan 16, 2005 9:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lofoten Islands
Replies: 1
Views: 455

See previous thread

Claire,

There's a thread from a month or so ago which may answer some points - link here
if you have any specific questions I'll do my best to help.

Chris
by Chris Bolton
Thu Jan 13, 2005 9:57 pm
Forum: Everywhere else
Topic: Lune trees
Replies: 5
Views: 1380

OT - log in problem fixed

Steve, My "double log-in" problem is resolved. Tthere is no problem if I arrive at the forum index via the Guidebook, or by using a bookmark of: http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/forum/index.php I have to log in twice only if I use a bookmark of http://www.s106156335.websitehome.co.uk/forum/ Also, ...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Jan 12, 2005 10:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Slight OT - Broadband
Replies: 17
Views: 3023

Wifi security

Mark,

When BT set up your wireless router, make sure they enable encryption. Otherwise, neighbours with wifi or anyone near your house with a wifi laptop can log in to your computer (that maybe a slight simplification)

Chris
by Chris Bolton
Sun Jan 09, 2005 11:03 pm
Forum: Everywhere else
Topic: Lune trees
Replies: 5
Views: 1380

Log in problems

Steve, Thanks! I go directly to the forum index, which I've bookmarked as http://www.s106156335.websitehome.co.uk/forum/ Frustratingly, the problem didn't happen this time! I'm using a different PC, and I'll try to see if I can identify a repeatable bug. Although it's off topic, I assume it's best t...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Jan 09, 2005 9:21 pm
Forum: Everywhere else
Topic: Lune trees
Replies: 5
Views: 1380

Lune trees

Sunday 9th Jan - the classic section of the Lune from Beckfoot to Rawthey confluence has a few trees, all of which were easily avoidable at medium/high water level. One to note is at the left end of Stangerthwaite (Broadraine) weir, blocking the line for shooting the weir at high levels, so expect t...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Dec 31, 2004 9:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: WIAY Island North Of Talisker Bay Isle Of Skye
Replies: 1
Views: 506

I've been there

We camped there; I'm not sure I'd recommend it, but we didn't see it all. There are not many places to camp along that coast, and we had a long day before and after, so we didn't explore much. However, it wasn't an easy island to camp on. We looked at Camas na Cille first, but decided it was not sui...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Dec 26, 2004 1:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scottish Sea Kayaking: 50 great sea Kayak Voyages
Replies: 9
Views: 1203

Not SCA just Pesda Press

Mike, I think you're right. A bit more research has shown me that the similar covers (which Zoe pointed out and I agreed with) are actually the Pesda Press house style, not the SCA.

Chris
by Chris Bolton
Fri Dec 24, 2004 8:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scottish Sea Kayaking: 50 great sea Kayak Voyages
Replies: 9
Views: 1203

SCA, but not the Touring Guide

"Guest" was asking if the sea kayak guide is the same as the "Touring Guide" mentionioned on the SCA web site. I think they are two different books - as Zoe says, the sea book looks like an SCA book, but if you read their web site re the Touring book, it says. "This publication will focus on lowland...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Dec 20, 2004 8:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Digi cam
Replies: 7
Views: 1038

Short hyperlink titles

Tom,

You asked how to do the link with a short word.
If you hover your mouse over the URL button in the top right of the reply
pane, you'll see there are two ways to use the URL tags - the second one
has "url text" in it, ie, the short word.

Chris
by Chris Bolton
Thu Dec 16, 2004 8:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Mystery river
Replies: 11
Views: 1377

Easan Dubh?

Advertisers often use photos back to front if that fits the image they are looking for - so how about Easan Dubh on the Orchy, back to front?

Chris
by Chris Bolton
Sun Dec 12, 2004 2:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: how
Replies: 5
Views: 754

Where to put pictures

Yes, XP annoys me as well, but that's probably not the cause your problems! You can't post a picture onto the board directly. You have to post it on a web site somewhere else (such as the free web space you get from your ISP, if you have any) and then post a link to it. You do the link using the met...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Dec 10, 2004 7:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lofoten Islands
Replies: 11
Views: 1610

Lofoten

Zoe, One day drive to the launch site from Narvik. 1 day getting from here to Gothenburg, paddlers spent one full day and night on the train to Narvik; Nigel spent 3 days driving instead of the train. He drove up via Sweden and back via Norway, I think Sweden is quicker but boring. Ferries also go t...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Dec 10, 2004 4:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lofoten Islands
Replies: 11
Views: 1610

Lofoten

Zoe, We were actually in Lofoten for 12 days, with travel at either end. We started part way down and paddled down the East side of the chain to the southern tip; we could see the breakers in Moskenstraumen. There's a small island there, called Helle on some maps, and Hell on others. So we paddled t...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Dec 07, 2004 11:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lofoten Islands
Replies: 11
Views: 1610

Lofoten

I went there in about '89 on a Nigel Foster trip. The main reason for taking the guided option was that Nigel left on the Tuesday with the boats, and drove up to Narvik via Sweden, while the paddlers left on the Friday and took the train thro' Sweden. Similarly on the way back, so we saved 6 days ho...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Dec 06, 2004 10:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Regional Access Working Groups
Replies: 20
Views: 1735

Replies to Jethro

Jethro asked I am still not clear what happens if you are getting on a river, someone shouts 'oih get orff my land' and you continue to get on the river even if they try to stop you (physically?)? Here is my understanding; anyone who knows better please comment! It depends whether you have a right t...