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by Wildswimmer Pete
Mon Jul 07, 2014 3:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: nosebleeds
Replies: 8
Views: 1376

Re: nosebleeds

Nosebleeds can be caused by high blood pressure, if you're getting on a bit (I'm completely over the hill) then you need to see your GP as HBP can cause plenty of other problems. I sometimes have nosebleeds 'cos I'm on a so-called "blood thinner" (they don't, they just reduce the likelihood of your ...
by Wildswimmer Pete
Mon Jul 07, 2014 2:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Water Temperatures
Replies: 290
Views: 59589

Re: Water Temperatures

Three for the price of one: River Severn, Shrewsbury (Sydney Ave.), 18th June '14: 19C Ditto, 22nd June '14: 18.5C River Weaver, Frodsham (Frodsham Bridge), 5th July '14: 19C R.Weaver temp. a little low for early July but there's been quite a bit of rain in the catchment. At this time of year it sho...
by Wildswimmer Pete
Mon Jul 07, 2014 1:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Angling club signs on rivers
Replies: 6
Views: 1485

Re: Angling club signs on rivers

When I was swimming in the River Severn at Shrewsbury a couple of weeks ago I had a very nice chat with an angler - he was interested in the water temp and wasn't bothered about my swimming there. Looks like anglers in general have accepted the large number of open water swimmers now taking to our r...
by Wildswimmer Pete
Sat Jun 07, 2014 12:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Water Temperatures
Replies: 290
Views: 59589

Re: Water Temperatures

The wild swimmer we saw getting out of the Thames this morning was wearing considerably less than you, a definite shortage of fig leaves along the bank. i wouldn't dare to do that - but of course I'm an ugly old fart ;-) This time a proper inland water temp: River Dee, Chester Groves, 6-6-14: 14.5C...
by Wildswimmer Pete
Tue Jun 03, 2014 2:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Water Temperatures
Replies: 290
Views: 59589

Re: Water Temperatures

River Mersey, New Brighton, Wirral, 31-5-14: 14C incoming tide, 16C outgoing tide. The outgoing water from the Mersey Estuary is significantly warmer than that in the Irish Sea. This is my first open-water swim since being hospitalised during last April with a pneumothorax - I hope this is the end ...
by Wildswimmer Pete
Mon May 05, 2014 11:44 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Swallowing air when swimming
Replies: 30
Views: 3393

Re: Swallowing air when swimming

Yes, wild swimming is one of the best ways to acclimatise yourself to cold water. For anyone non-acclimatised the lowest safe water temp. for a Speedo-clad swimmer is 15C (60F). Although I didn't swim, last week the water temp of Hatchmere (Delamere Forest) was 18C (64F).

Wildswimmer Pete
by Wildswimmer Pete
Sun Feb 23, 2014 2:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Disinfecting a drysuit
Replies: 9
Views: 2285

Re: Disinfecting a drysuit

Would hydrogen peroxide work using the maximum strength (6% or 20 vol) available over-the-counter? Hydrogen peroxide is of course an oxygen bleach and it breaks down leaving just free oxygen and water. I understand that while some materials are damaged using chlorine bleaches, they will withstand ox...
by Wildswimmer Pete
Sat Feb 08, 2014 7:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Chilly - in fact really freakin cold!!!!
Replies: 31
Views: 2432

Re: Chilly - in fact really freakin cold!!!!

...maybe I need some of that brown fat. Do chemists sell it? No, but what was "phat" a decade ago is now "brown". I'm not sure that helps. Brown "fat" isn't fat at all, it's now been found to be a highly modified form of skeletal muscle. Although we lose most it as infants, those regularly exposed ...
by Wildswimmer Pete
Tue Feb 04, 2014 6:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Chilly - in fact really freakin cold!!!!
Replies: 31
Views: 2432

Re: Chilly - in fact really freakin cold!!!!

It sounds a bit like you could be anaemic. Wrth getting it checked. M. It's very easy to check - you can buy iron tablets from Boots' for a couple of quid, but read the information that comes with the tablets. Only take them for a couple of weeks, otherwise see your GP. Iron is toxic in excessive a...
by Wildswimmer Pete
Tue Feb 04, 2014 6:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Chilly - in fact really freakin cold!!!!
Replies: 31
Views: 2432

Re: Chilly - in fact really freakin cold!!!!

Have you lost weight? That could be an insulating layer of fat going. (No Doubt Whilswimmer Pete would be able to elaborate on this) Have you thought about the palm Tsangtao suit? That reviews quite well. Sub-cutaneous "Swimmer fat" is usually one of the products of the physiological changes that c...
by Wildswimmer Pete
Fri Jan 10, 2014 7:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Anodised Carabiners - any point?
Replies: 5
Views: 697

Re: Anodised Carabiners - any point?

The ones on my safety line are stainless steel for marine use.

Wildswimmer Pete
by Wildswimmer Pete
Sun Jan 05, 2014 11:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Rainy
Replies: 10
Views: 2127

Re: Rainy

Looks like storm Christina will be in residence for most of the coming week only to be replaced by yet another low due over next weekend. I've seen estimates of Christina's core pressure as low as 940 hPa - if so, that's deep! No sign of high pressure to dry things out a bit. We are still under thre...
by Wildswimmer Pete
Thu Dec 19, 2013 4:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bursitis of the elbow.
Replies: 13
Views: 984

Re: Bursitis of the elbow.

Adrian Cooper wrote:I don't have bursitis but would you recommend laying off the DIY just as a precaution, Pete?
What's DIY? Sounds too much like work (aaaargh)

I'll get me coat ;-)

Wildswimmer Pete
by Wildswimmer Pete
Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bursitis of the elbow.
Replies: 13
Views: 984

Re: Bursitis of the elbow.

Back in my day bursitis in the knee was known as "footballers' knee", "housemaid's knee" or just "fluid on the knee". In my case it was due to falling off a motorbike back in 1971. My right knee was strapped straight and put on a course of penicillin (it was real penicillin back then). I was given a...
by Wildswimmer Pete
Sat Dec 14, 2013 10:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Water Temperatures
Replies: 290
Views: 59589

Re: Water Temperatures

River Tay (estuary), Broughty Ferry (Dundee), Dec 12th '13: 7.0C A filthy day with driving heavy rain, despite it being 2pm it was as dark as twilight, and to cap it off a near-gale. It took some tweaking to make useable images despite my camera being set at ISO 400. The first pic was taken looking ...
by Wildswimmer Pete
Fri Nov 29, 2013 12:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: angling Trust new 'campaign' call
Replies: 43
Views: 3382

Re: angling Trust new 'campaign' call

I'm writing a piece to remind wild swimmers that we are allied with paddlesport to present a combined front to resist the Powers of Darkness. This thread serves to warn us (and the rest of the swimmers) that the PoD haven't gone away but are rallying their troops. I have publicised this thread on v...
by Wildswimmer Pete
Thu Nov 28, 2013 6:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: angling Trust new 'campaign' call
Replies: 43
Views: 3382

Re: angling Trust new 'campaign' call

I'm writing a piece to remind wild swimmers that we are allied with paddlesport to present a combined front to resist the Powers of Darkness. This thread serves to warn us (and the rest of the swimmers) that the PoD haven't gone away but are rallying their troops. The Welsh cons seem to be pushing f...
by Wildswimmer Pete
Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Water Temperatures
Replies: 290
Views: 59589

Re: Water Temperatures

Glad to see you're still getting out and wet, which is more than I can say about myself at the moment! Thanks Henry :-) The attached pics show the River Onny at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Craven Arms. The reason I was tethered was a.) Little Sis was watching from the bank and I was on my be...
by Wildswimmer Pete
Sun Nov 10, 2013 4:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Water Temperatures
Replies: 290
Views: 59589

Re: Water Temperatures

River Onny, Craven Arms, Shropshire: 7.0C

River running fast and slightly muddy but level normal. I was of course bare-skin.
My avatar pic was taken with the Onny behind me.

Wildswimmer Petec
by Wildswimmer Pete
Sun Nov 10, 2013 12:45 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tavy pollution
Replies: 37
Views: 6592

Re: Tavy pollution

Pasteurisation is a good idea for a reason (I say this as the niece of several dairy farmers AND as a microbiologist!) How come we can buy so-called "probiotic" yoghurt full of...........err..........live bacteria? Incidentally I eat probiotic yoghurt virtually every day so I'm prepared to defend m...
by Wildswimmer Pete
Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:31 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tavy pollution
Replies: 37
Views: 6592

Re: Tavy pollution

The permission only requires South West Water to clean sewage to a level that protects the river habitat for fish and unfortunately, not to standards that protect the health of water users. Bloody appalling. So the EA only consider threats to the angling industry's interests but the rest of us who ...
by Wildswimmer Pete
Sun Oct 06, 2013 5:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Water Temperatures
Replies: 290
Views: 59589

Re: Water Temperatures

R. Weaver, Frodsham, 6th Oct. '13: 17C

Still holding "summer" temperature. I actually wore my full winter kit (as in my avatar): gloves, boots and helmet, and I overheated. The water literally felt warm. Level normal, no noticeable current and clarity good.

Wildswimmer Pete
by Wildswimmer Pete
Sun Sep 29, 2013 9:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Water Temperatures
Replies: 290
Views: 59589

Re: Water Temperatures

Firstly, looks like my report from the Weaver (22nd Sept) might have been been a cockup-ette. I suspect I wrongly read the thermometer, it should have been 17C

Now a BOGOFF:

Both the R. Weaver at Frodsham:
25th Sept: 17C
29th Sept: 17.5C

Forelock appropriately tugged.

Wildswimmer Pete
by Wildswimmer Pete
Mon Sep 23, 2013 4:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: I wonder how many canoeists ...
Replies: 22
Views: 2811

Re: I wonder how many canoeists ...

SimonMW wrote:One I came across had been a member of a club for three years and had only ever gone to pool sessions! He said that going on rivers was too cold...
Ye gods,

Even most swimmers find ploughing up and down a swimming pool mind-numbingly tedious.

Wildswimmer Pete
by Wildswimmer Pete
Sun Sep 22, 2013 10:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Water Temperatures
Replies: 290
Views: 59589

Re: Water Temperatures

Can I join in? 10.6 Celsius in the Nith today. Yes, everyone is welcome. Stops this thread becoming the "Wildswimmer Pete Roadshow" particularly as I'm now restricted to my local river Weaver (no transport). R. Weaver, Frodsham, Cheshire, 22nd Sept '13: 18C Water clear with no discernible current w...
by Wildswimmer Pete
Sat Sep 14, 2013 10:18 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Water Temperatures
Replies: 290
Views: 59589

Re: Water Temperatures

R. Severn, Shrewsbury, 14th Sept. '13: a miserable 15C

And folk wonder why those who can, spend their holidays in sunny climes. If I won the lottery I'd have a one-way air ticket in my grubby paw and say "goodbye" to the UK for good :-(

Wildswimmer Pete
by Wildswimmer Pete
Sat Sep 14, 2013 9:51 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: rural-wales-resists-access-free-for-all
Replies: 17
Views: 2548

Re: rural-wales-resists-access-free-for-all

Just filled in the survey with my "adventurous activity" (cough, splutter) listed as "wild swimming". I gave the reason why I'd avoid Wales is down to "hostility from angling interests". My only visits to Wales have been on business, otherwise to my brother's smallholding near L. Vyrnwy. I do hope t...
by Wildswimmer Pete
Fri Sep 06, 2013 12:15 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Water Temperatures
Replies: 290
Views: 59589

Re: Water Temperatures

R.Weaver, Frodsham, Cheshire, 5th Sept '13: 20C

No recent entries 'cos I was thoroughly p**ed of with swimming. However I have to restart swimming as my GP wouldn't be very pleased with me, and my family will give me a right royal bollocking.

Wildswimmer Pete
by Wildswimmer Pete
Wed Sep 04, 2013 7:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Psychology Research : Win a GoPro Hero3
Replies: 11
Views: 1399

Re: Psychology Research : Win a GoPro Hero3

In reply to Wildswimmer Pete and geyrfugl: I have contacted technical support and the web browsers officially supported by the software are Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, and Internet Explorer. They recommend the latest version of your browser of choice as although older versions may...
by Wildswimmer Pete
Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:32 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Psychology Research : Win a GoPro Hero3
Replies: 11
Views: 1399

Re: Psychology Research : Win a GoPro Hero3

I tried entering the survey but halfway through the form froze, telling me that I had to deal with "issue 1". I don't recognise the use of "issue" in this context. What they must mean is "cock-up down to slapdash coding"?

Grrrr :-(

Wildswimmer Pete

NB I use Firefox