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by cathalferris
Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Have you got a screw loose....?
Replies: 16
Views: 2577

Re: Have you got a screw loose....?

You can get low-profile ratchet drives that use standard screw bits, and these fit easily into the space between the screw-head and the cockpit rim. These often pack into a smaller space than screwdrivers with greater leverage, and it's what I carry in my small toolkit. Something like this or this w...
by cathalferris
Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Have artificial whitewater courses taken a step backwards?
Replies: 21
Views: 3158

Re: Have artificial whitewater courses taken a step backward

One thing to note about the Isere slalom site in BsM; I was told by a local paddler that there are siphons deliberately designed into the features that cause the eddies. They are supposedly there to relieve pressure between the up and down sides of the feature, but the guy that told me this won't le...
by cathalferris
Fri Jul 19, 2013 12:17 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: HAND PADDLES
Replies: 10
Views: 2401

Re: HAND PADDLES

Chatting with some of the paddlers I met out in the Alps recently, the topic of hand-paddles came up. One caveat that was mentioned was the ability of the hand-paddles to cause wrist injuries due to the forces that can be brought to bear on an already extended wrist. One of the paddlers had broken a...
by cathalferris
Tue Jul 16, 2013 4:04 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Old boats... seem to be in demand again
Replies: 15
Views: 1880

Re: Old boats... seem to be in demand again

I cannot get my feet to fit into the XXX in any direction, and I'm 5'9" size 12. Made me sad at the time, even though I have a proper squirt boat that I can fit into more comfortably!

I'd love to have a good wave playboat like the Dominatrix 47 - if anyone knows of one for sale, let me know? :D
by cathalferris
Sun Jul 14, 2013 1:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaking on the BBC
Replies: 11
Views: 1906

Re: Kayaking on the BBC

Videos not available in the country I'm working in a the minute. What fun did Lowri get up to? Try a plugin called "Media Hint": https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/media-hint/ This nifty plugin allows iPlayer use from outside the UK, as well as access to US Hulu, Pandora and US Netflix.
by cathalferris
Tue Jun 25, 2013 1:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: University kayaking nostalgia
Replies: 6
Views: 1074

Re: University kayaking nostalgia

NUIG is a brilliant club by all accounts but they never seemed to do much socialising back in my day (mid 90's) I may be wrong as it's all a little hazy now but I don't think they ever came to Kerry each year. Of if they did, they kept to themselves. I remember lots of craic with the UCG/NUIG crews...
by cathalferris
Sat Jun 22, 2013 9:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Strong swimmer rescue
Replies: 2
Views: 1143

Re: Strong swimmer rescue

Cylinder drop on the Egua?

I find it hard to see what's going on in that pic, unless it's the swimmer gripping the paddler by the peak of the helmet, but it's hard to make it out.
by cathalferris
Fri Jun 21, 2013 1:01 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Does walking off count as a swim?
Replies: 40
Views: 4165

Re: Does walking off count as a swim?

I remember drinking from broken paddles..

In my club, it was rescue beers through about 2003, and only recently has the booty beer come into play, but it only applies to those that are expected to roll consistently. Rescue beers still apply to those that don't yet have a solid roll.
by cathalferris
Fri Jun 21, 2013 12:43 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Effectiveness of CPR in drowning cases
Replies: 18
Views: 3018

Re: Effectiveness of CPR in drowning cases

Good articles. Effects of secondary drowning, with imbalances in blood electrolytes are (iirc) another major component in problems with respiratory arrest. (speaking of my own near-drowning, where I aspirated a lot of the Isere, though I didn't go into respiratory arrest, I was close for quite a whi...
by cathalferris
Fri Jun 14, 2013 1:06 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Does walking off count as a swim?
Replies: 40
Views: 4165

Re: Does walking off count as a swim?

I don't think that walking off should count as a booty beer situation. Possibly for a bit of light-hearted banter afterwards, but it's a legit decision that should be available to all paddlers.

Better a walk off than an Incident..
by cathalferris
Fri Jun 14, 2013 12:55 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Punching Giants!
Replies: 11
Views: 2393

Re: Punching Giants!

:) nice vid. I think I am in it somewhere :D

(greetings from the large group of Irish students that shared Alberto's with your group.. ;) )
by cathalferris
Thu May 09, 2013 12:19 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Has anyone 'Never' swum?
Replies: 43
Views: 6499

Re: Has anyone 'Never' swum?

In my ~20 years of paddling, and ~12 years involved in the university club, I've known people that have been a ridiculously long time between swims, but everyone swims at some point. One guy in the club has been about 5 years since the last swim, including a full summer in the Alps. I went about 4 y...
by cathalferris
Wed May 08, 2013 4:05 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Can kayaking change your way of life?
Replies: 11
Views: 1675

Re: Can kayaking change your way of life?

For sure. I started kayaking in secondary school, and it gave me great self-confidence which I really needed at the time. In college the sport got me involved in a really good group of people over the years, mature and funloving at the same time, with plenty of opportunities for romantic involvement...
by cathalferris
Tue Apr 30, 2013 4:48 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Briancon region river webcams?
Replies: 12
Views: 3487

Re: Briancon region river webcams?

[quote="tombankes" http://video.hautes-alpes.net/video_640.swf?b=10&v=1200&l=argent&d=29&m=04&y=2013&h=12&I=00 Tom[/quote] Perfect. I can change the URL to suit the day and date for Argentiere at least. Now that I know the feeds are there, I can see if I can find the other webcams from the rivers.. ...
by cathalferris
Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:24 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Preventing droplets on Go-Pro lens
Replies: 5
Views: 550

Re: Preventing droplets on Go-Pro lens

I've never had the glare issue with rain-x on windscreens, but then again I scrupulously clean the glass pre-application. I've found that the micro-scratches that my gopro lens picked up after a few months caused drops to adhere with more tenacity than when the lens was new, so I've replaced the len...
by cathalferris
Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:31 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Briancon region river webcams?
Replies: 12
Views: 3487

Re: Briancon region river webcams?

Cheers for the links to the levels - quite useful.

If anyone sees the actual webcam links becoming active again, please post up here.
by cathalferris
Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Briancon region river webcams?
Replies: 12
Views: 3487

Briancon region river webcams?

Has anyone seen where the webcams that used to show the likes of the Rabioux wave, the Argentiere slalom site and the Guil have gone to? The http://www.hautes-alpes.net/ website was revamped and a lot of the old pages no longer exist. The nearest that I could find was http://www.alpeskayak.fr/?page_...
by cathalferris
Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:17 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Full Facers
Replies: 120
Views: 10188

Re: Full Facers

I wouldn't criticise someone's choice to wear whatever safety equipment that they feel is appropriate for any situation, as long as they have been given (and properly understand) good advice on the matter. I've transitioned from XC MTB to a little bit of all-mountain, with a trip planned to Les Gets...
by cathalferris
Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Goggles?!
Replies: 26
Views: 2423

Re: Goggles?!

That post on unsponsored is not publicly visible.
by cathalferris
Mon Apr 01, 2013 4:09 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Gaining weight for kayaking.
Replies: 31
Views: 2395

Re: Gaining weight for kayaking.

Forum thread here on an Australian computer forum that has some really good advice on gaining strength. You'll have to register (free) to read it, but it's worth it. In essence, there are 5 free-weight exercises that will give good results, and there is advice on how to eat to get the most benefit f...
by cathalferris
Sat Jan 12, 2013 7:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Quastion on current access problems, North Wales?
Replies: 56
Views: 4189

Re: Quastion on current access problems, North Wales?

Thanks for the replies - I knew it would possibly open a long discussion on the subject, but it's really good to get a current view of things. It's a pity that the odd troll comes in, but it's also good to see those opinions in the open anyway. Gives us an idea of what to expect from the wrong perso...
by cathalferris
Sun Jan 06, 2013 7:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Quastion on current access problems, North Wales?
Replies: 56
Views: 4189

Quastion on current access problems, North Wales?

My old Uni are heading over to North Wales in a month or so, and will be paddling the likes of the Vyrnwy, the Conwy, the Aberglasyn the Ogwen etc. Watching the forum over the past few months, there appears to be some progress with paddlers now choosing to ignore the access agreements of old and usi...
by cathalferris
Sat Dec 08, 2012 5:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lead times for Jed L production?
Replies: 3
Views: 436

Re: Lead times for Jed L production?

The replies are much appreciated. It's a yellow/jaffa colour so one of the standard ones. Of course another reason for a delay would be the delivery to Ireland, but that was included in the original 2 weeks. I'll phone Pyranha on Monday I think. The shop I've ordered through has been hassling Pyranh...
by cathalferris
Sat Dec 08, 2012 12:25 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lead times for Jed L production?
Replies: 3
Views: 436

Lead times for Jed L production?

Anyone else that has recently ordered a large Pyranha Jed, what kind of lead times were you getting between order and receipt? Apparently a month ago it was ~2 weeks, but that's now looking at about a 5 week gap for me. Not complaining, just curious.
by cathalferris
Sun Nov 18, 2012 7:30 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Jed in ocean surf?
Replies: 0
Views: 369

Jed in ocean surf?

Has anyone paddled a Jed in ocean surf? How does it compare to e.g .an Orbitfish for this?

Cheers!
Cathal.
by cathalferris
Fri Oct 26, 2012 10:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha Jed, anyone ~95kg paddled both M and L?
Replies: 3
Views: 426

Pyranha Jed, anyone ~95kg paddled both M and L?

Has anyone here in the 90-100kg range paddled the Pyranha Jed in both medium and large sizes, and which did you find more suitable for your weight? I'm toying with the idea of getting one in the coming months, and as a 95kg paddler geared up, I'm not too far off the medium weight range. I'd like to ...
by cathalferris
Fri Oct 26, 2012 10:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What DSLR camera works for you?
Replies: 11
Views: 717

Re: What DSLR camera works for you?

I have to add one thing about the 600D - there's one particular feature that makes it a winner for me over the 550D. When I'm taking video of planets through my telescope before I process the video and stack all the images in the video, the 600D has a digital zoom mode that gives 1:1 pixels on the s...
by cathalferris
Thu Oct 18, 2012 8:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: GOPRO protune firmware update
Replies: 14
Views: 1165

Re: GOPRO protune firmware update

The webpage to download the firmware update as well as the CineForm software, appears to be broken for me. The drop down selection box for the OS doesn't allow me to select the right one before going onwards to download the correct version. I've tried IE9, Firefox current, Chrome current, on win7-64...
by cathalferris
Sat Sep 22, 2012 8:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Other hobbies?
Replies: 12
Views: 1057

Re: Other hobbies?

Daytime and dry: XC and all-mountain mountainbiking on my Giant Reign X1, or a little bit of road biking with my Trek Madone 4.5. Daytime and damp: paddling :) Nighttime and clear: stargazing or dabbling in astrophotography. Nighttime and not clear: messing with PC hardware or socialising with frien...