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by Rory W
Thu Oct 10, 2013 11:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: An Article All Kayakers Should Read (Heuristic Traps)
Replies: 17
Views: 2642

Re: An Article All Kayakers Should Read (Heuristic Traps)

How many times have you read or heard about people trusting (and even urging others to trust) that 'inner voice'? However I feel the real take-home is not quantitative data but the qualitative awareness that these traps exist and attempting to recognise them in on-water situations. At the end he see...
by Rory W
Mon Sep 30, 2013 1:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The Chain
Replies: 107
Views: 12660

Re: The Chain

That Sawmill Cataract is on the Sorba river which sounds kind of like sorbet which I think is some kind of frozen fruity stuff a bit like ice cream (In my head I always pictured the Sorbet slides to be made of berry-coloured ice). Anyway ice in your local run can also be a good thing too, it channel...
by Rory W
Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:04 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Remix Tips
Replies: 13
Views: 1557

Re: Remix Tips

I think it is still a good boat on the steep stuff. As you say it's nowhere near as easy as some of the shorter boats to turn and boof on the spot. Took me a long time to get used to it (coming from a Burn), but I found I sometimes need to just hang onto the boof stroke a bit longer, pulling up on t...
by Rory W
Sun Sep 08, 2013 11:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Washing and Re - Proofing a Dry suit
Replies: 4
Views: 1318

Re: Washing and Re - Proofing a Dry suit

Hmm couple of points about the above two answers.. I'm assuming sprintpaddler is talking about the spray on Nikwax TX direct - spray it on while the suit is wet (after washing) and let it dry in, it takes much better on wet fabric (pretty sure it says this on the bottle). All Nikwax and the spray on...
by Rory W
Wed Sep 04, 2013 8:48 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Comment from Sweet regarding ski helmets used for kayaking
Replies: 43
Views: 9723

Re: Comment from Sweet regarding ski helmets used for kayaki

That post looks like it's from 2006? I know the various Sweet helmets have changed quite a bit in construction since then, and vaguely remember hearing someone say they'd had different advice from Sweet more recently? Anyone able to confirm this? I've used a Trooper for kayaking for 6 years or so an...
by Rory W
Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: FOR SALE
Replies: 6
Views: 621

Re: FOR SALE

So was I too slow?
by Rory W
Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Splits........some collective wisdom appreciated.
Replies: 23
Views: 2354

Re: Splits........some collective wisdom appreciated.

Just been reading this and the "4* leader what should I carry" thread. Do people actually carry all this stuff all the time!? I pretty much never carry splits in this country. How often can you not just walk out? Or hand paddle/portage a bit then walk or walk a bit, ditch the boat and come back for ...
by Rory W
Sun Aug 11, 2013 5:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: FOR SALE
Replies: 6
Views: 621

Re: FOR SALE

I'll take the dry top!

You have pm (or will do in a second when I send it!)

Cheers!
by Rory W
Fri Aug 09, 2013 9:13 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Etive or Swale
Replies: 18
Views: 1766

Re: Etive or Swale

I wouldn't know, never been to the Dart. Is it any good?
by Rory W
Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Etive or Swale
Replies: 18
Views: 1766

Re: Etive or Swale

On the subject of classic rivers for one last run before you die, as well as the two above, I've also paddled the Little White Salmon, Upper Cherry and the North Fork Payette in the last few weeks. Good as the Swale and Etive are, they're not that good!
by Rory W
Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Etive or Swale
Replies: 18
Views: 1766

Re: Etive or Swale

Which one the more challenging when truly high who knows? would someone give their opinion on this? Depends on your definition of truly high I guess. Certainly there are levels where some of the drops are pretty much unrunnable. Etive at this height - https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-...
by Rory W
Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 2014 Burn
Replies: 21
Views: 3152

Re: 2014 Burn

Sounds great! I need a new boat, might wait a bit and have a try of one. Pyranha pretty please can you make it light? The Shiva is just too heavy (and so are several other manufacturers latest boats). I'm not too bothered about fancy adjustable outfitting and I'll probably break it in a year or two ...
by Rory W
Wed Aug 07, 2013 9:33 pm
Forum: England - Northeast
Topic: Middlehope Burn
Replies: 0
Views: 1617

Middlehope Burn

Anyone done this before? I had a brief paddle on Monday night after very heavy rain. Worth a look if you're local and fancy some adventurous grade 3. It was getting dark when I got there, so walked in to the old lead mine workings at 906392 - this is where the fun bit starts and isn't a bad walk dow...
by Rory W
Wed Aug 07, 2013 9:09 pm
Forum: England - Northeast
Topic: Stonesdale Beck
Replies: 2
Views: 2442

Re: Stonesdale Beck

Ran the bottom gorge of this again the other day, walking up from Rainby. Not quite as fun as I remembered it from the 1st time, but definitely worth a look at least once. If you don't want to miss the top bit of the Swale by putting in up on the moors, the 10 minute or so walk up from Rainby is a g...
by Rory W
Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:45 pm
Forum: England - Northeast
Topic: Bollihope Burn
Replies: 1
Views: 2301

Re: Bollihope Burn

Ran this again in very high water on Monday night. Absolutely terrifying with multiple fence and tree portages that are very hard to spot at this time of year because of all the trees that hang over the river and block your view all the way down. I still didn't run the bottom gorge - It definitely g...
by Rory W
Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:34 pm
Forum: England - Northeast
Topic: ROOKHOPE BURN
Replies: 3
Views: 4099

Re: ROOKHOPE BURN

Would be a real shame if water is taken out of the drops at the bottom of this run. Had a quick run down in high water on Monday night and it really is a quality run at this level. For anyone who doesn't know the run, it sounds like the scheme will affect at the very least the big drop, and probably...
by Rory W
Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Etive or Swale
Replies: 18
Views: 1766

Re: Etive or Swale

Etive. Done the Swale too much lately. It's not worth it unless the boof on Rainby is going (1m+)...
by Rory W
Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: South India beckons.
Replies: 2
Views: 451

Re: South India beckons.

What sort of dates is this?

Thanks
by Rory W
Mon Jun 24, 2013 7:36 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Definition of "Sport"/"Transport"?
Replies: 14
Views: 961

Re: Definition of "Sport"/"Transport"?

I've been planning this, with a route running over the Lakes, paddling Ullswater, running over Cross Fell and then paddling the Tees to the sea. My plan was just to get on with it and assume there'd be no one up there to stop me.
by Rory W
Fri Apr 12, 2013 9:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sweet shadrach sizing
Replies: 10
Views: 917

Re: Sweet shadrach sizing

I reckon go for it. I've got the medium and it's pretty tight. I've never needed a large in anything else ever but could have done with one for this. The cut on them is really good, no baggy bits but no restriction of movement either, it's just really hard to get on! £130 is a crazy price for Gore-T...
by Rory W
Sun Apr 07, 2013 11:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Glue for seal repairs
Replies: 6
Views: 692

Re: Glue for seal repairs

If getting the Bostik leather glue, have a look at the ingredients on the back. It's not always the same! I had one tube sold as a kit with a seal from a sailing place and it worked really well - used it on several seals and none of them came off. I got another tube from a cheap hardware shop and it...
by Rory W
Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:56 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice Please: Foam to Replace a Footplate?
Replies: 39
Views: 2578

Re: Advice Please: Foam to Replace a Footplate?

I've seen various articles on this sort of thing in the past but can't find most of the best ones now. I did find this... http://wavesport.ning.com/profiles/blogs/how-and-why-to-drill-your-seat One thing I've seen people recommend but not for a while is filling the front of the boat with chunks of f...
by Rory W
Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Attitudes towards solo kayaking
Replies: 47
Views: 3046

Re: Attitudes towards solo kayaking

Some of my best paddling days have been on my own. Wouldn't really ever choose to solo if there was an option to paddle with others though. Not many people really talk about it much but pretty much all the best paddlers I know have soloed something at some point, just to get out paddling. Scariest -...
by Rory W
Tue Feb 26, 2013 10:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 2 NEW Kayaking Flicks - One from Mexico, One from the UK
Replies: 16
Views: 1314

Re: 2 NEW Kayaking Flicks - One from Mexico, One from the UK

Haha I was looking at the new cover on the Cordee website the other day and didn't recognise that drop at all. Was also having trouble figuring out where it was on the video. Looks a lot different in high water! Line is pretty simple but the bottom hole gets a bit sticky: https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.a...
by Rory W
Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:20 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Triple Crown
Replies: 29
Views: 2101

Re: Triple Crown

Lots of scope for class grade 3 in the North East too. Upper South Tyne, Upper Wear/Kilhope Burn, HFLF U S Tyne, Upper Wear, Rookhope Burn S Tyne, Allen, Tyne Gorge in big water Greta, Tees Racecourse, HFLF The Greta, the Upper South Tyne and the Upper Wear are just about as good as grade 3(/3+) get...
by Rory W
Mon Feb 04, 2013 5:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What's wrong with Northern England? EWW Update
Replies: 49
Views: 4930

Re: What's wrong with Northern England? EWW Update

I will do some of these. Have done Bollihope, but walked the gorge. Will go back. Not done any of the other Weardale stuff you mention, but had a walk up a few. Never done Deepdale but walked up it as far as the road. Will be gd 2/3 with a harder rapid or two and two or three drops. Worth a look, ea...
by Rory W
Wed Jan 16, 2013 11:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Cranked or 0 dergree feather
Replies: 37
Views: 2540

Re: Cranked or 0 dergree feather

Not quite sure why I'm getting sucked into this but a few thoughts... It's rather surprising how many people who don't use zero feather insist that it means rotating your wrists, while those who do use it say they don't rotate theirs! My current paddles are pretty much zero feather. As I'm paddling ...
by Rory W
Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:41 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Cranked or 0 dergree feather
Replies: 37
Views: 2540

Re: Cranked or 0 dergree feather

Dan are you saying you relax your top hand every stroke and let the paddle turn a bit in it?
by Rory W
Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The 'tougher' Lake Disctrict runs
Replies: 4
Views: 1127

Re: The 'tougher' Lake Disctrict runs

I like dirty ditches! For some reason most of the people I paddle with don't seem to like the excitement of sketchy tree portages and shallow landings quite so much. The other problem is catching them with water most of these are a 2-3 hour drive from Durham past a lot of stuff that's much more like...
by Rory W
Fri Dec 28, 2012 11:12 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Roll both sides?
Replies: 28
Views: 1885

Re: Roll both sides?

I think perhaps more important than rolling both sides would be improving your technique so you dont go upside down in the first place? I reckon this is the best advice yet. Big water and big drops aside, treat every roll as a failure. If you just make it down a rapid and don't make the exact line ...