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by Rory W
Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:36 pm
Forum: England - Northeast
Topic: RIVER GRETA (Rutherford to the Tees confluence)
Replies: 22
Views: 8538

Re: RIVER GRETA (Rutherford to the Tees confluence)

At 0.9 the rapid in Rokeby estate isn't really any harder than the long rapid just above Greta bridge. You can have a look at it but there's no real necessary line to make at that level or just above. Trickier when it's lower but you can walk round the 1st step. Would be a bit of a faff to portage t...
by Rory W
Sat Dec 08, 2012 8:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Aysgarth Falls / big Gd 5s in Britain
Replies: 98
Views: 7395

Re: Aysgarth Falls / big Gd 5s in Britain

"Has the grade changed?" - Don't know about that but the top drop's easy until it gets really high. The 2nd drop's easy unless it's really low (but potential to hurt yourself at any level - left side is still fairly shallow). Bottom drop's hard unless it's fairly low. Hard to get a good compromise l...
by Rory W
Sat Dec 08, 2012 8:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Things that impress me...
Replies: 63
Views: 8807

Re: Things that impress me...

John Tomlinson and Jamie Conn paddled the Swale at about 3m on the gauge last year...

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by Rory W
Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Crazy Ruskies in their homemade boats...
Replies: 18
Views: 2330

Re: Crazy Ruskies in their homemade boats...

Just upstream of the confluence with the Karagem.

http://kayakussr.com/index.php?page=argut

Took me a while to work out that the terrifying sounding Karagem gorge everyone was talking about wasn't actually on the Karagem.
by Rory W
Sat Dec 01, 2012 9:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Crazy Ruskies in their homemade boats...
Replies: 18
Views: 2330

Re: Crazy Ruskies in their homemade boats...

The Karagem gorge on the Argut (the video Poke posted) is still waiting for it's first kayak descent. Apparently it probably goes in really low water in autumn. I think the fatality rate was pretty high from the few trips that have attempted it in bubliks...
by Rory W
Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Wanted - RPM or similar
Replies: 1
Views: 115

Wanted - RPM or similar

Anyone got an old RPM/Acro 270/Whiplash/Prijon Fly etc kicking around that they want rid of? Other boats definitely considered. Condition not really an issue, not split is a bonus, not bothered if outfitting is knackered/missing. Ideally looking to spend not too much more than £100. Could potentiall...
by Rory W
Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:55 pm
Forum: England - Northeast
Topic: RIVER GRETA (Rutherford to the Tees confluence)
Replies: 22
Views: 8538

Re: RIVER GRETA (Rutherford to the Tees confluence)

No trees at all in the Greta today. In fact the whole river is as tree free as I've ever seen it. Some of the trees that have been blocking channels for years have gone. They were doing some felling around the area you're describing, with a couple of big trees down on the bank. Obviously always wort...
by Rory W
Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A great kayaking helmet- just to put it out there...:)
Replies: 63
Views: 7993

Re: A great kayaking helmet- just to put it out there...:)

I'm going to bite on this one. Why is it such a bad idea? I can barely ride a bike and know virtually nothing about the construction of modern mountain bike helmets but I'm not convinced by the argument that you need a solid helmet to take multiple impacts for kayaking. Since buying my Rocker (well ...
by Rory W
Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Put-on Parties, Take-out Treats - Celebrate the Awesomeness!
Replies: 28
Views: 1667

Re: Put-on Parties, Take-out Treats - Celebrate the Awesomen

Trays of cold drinks, fresh fruit and free camping with chips for breakfast in Turkey. Vodka, tea, whisky and banya in Russia. Some local red spirit in the Spanish Pyrenees. All offered while sat around at take outs. Not so much in the UK.
by Rory W
Thu Aug 23, 2012 6:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Remix
Replies: 5
Views: 609

Re: Remix

I had one for just over a year before I broke it. Thoughts: Really fast and fun to paddle. Really nice hull shape. Relatively nippy and nimble despite it's length and yet still rolls off rocks nicely. A bit harder to boof from a standstill than shorter, more rockered boats, though it flies when you ...
by Rory W
Thu Jul 26, 2012 9:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Infinity Wezzit
Replies: 2764
Views: 124535

Re: Infinity Wezzit

Never been there but Ribble? Vague memories of Terry Storry.
by Rory W
Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Why is Teesside so quiet?
Replies: 49
Views: 3255

Re: Why is Teesside so quiet?

Nonsense it's practically the Midlands.

In answer to original question - no idea! I'd have been there if I wasn't at work. I quite liked the latest lot of features and £6 is really pretty cheap.
by Rory W
Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Afternoon's Call: Aysgarth
Replies: 4
Views: 815

Re: Afternoon's Call: Aysgarth

Certainly looks like there's a bit of a ledge sticking out when you look at it at slightly lower than that. Centre line straight onto the rock slab seems to work fine even down to very low water (too low to float over the point on the left). There's a stepped/slopey bit you can land on just left of ...
by Rory W
Sat Jun 30, 2012 12:05 am
Forum: England - Northeast
Topic: Killhope Burn
Replies: 1
Views: 2447

Re: Killhope Burn

The section on down to Cowshill has more good paddling but is spoiled by lots of fences. 5? 10? 15? Don't know I lost count but it was all a bit stressful. Especially on my own in a playboat. Couple of places you might want to grab an eddy/tuft of grass and jump out for a look. One portage in partic...
by Rory W
Thu Jun 21, 2012 3:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tees WW Course adjustments
Replies: 18
Views: 1635

Re: Tees WW Course adjustments

Went again last night. Have to say I was pleasantly surprised after reading all this. Happy Eater was a definite improvement, I didn't always flush out of it straight away as soon as I tried to do something. Bottom drop still by far the best feature. Was good to see the course really busy, playboate...
by Rory W
Sun Jun 17, 2012 11:14 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tees WW Course adjustments
Replies: 18
Views: 1635

Re: Tees WW Course adjustments

Not got a clue how to build a deep, retentive hole or a nice clean wave, but will be very grateful if you can figure it out. Will definitely make me much more likely to come more often. One thought though, is it possible to get more slopey, or even rounder blocks for the corners of the features? Eve...
by Rory W
Tue May 08, 2012 9:24 pm
Forum: England - Northeast
Topic: River Tees - Cauldron Snout
Replies: 7
Views: 5783

Re: River Tees - Cauldron Snout

John Tomlinson also ran it the same day as Jamie and I. We had two pipes but much less water coming out of them than Sam's video shows. Not sure if they can control the flow or it's just because the reservoir was low. I reckon we had the minimum flow for a cleanish run, but much more and the holes o...
by Rory W
Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Where to go in Europe Next Week
Replies: 16
Views: 1161

Re: Where to go in Europe Next Week

Gauges here - http://www.eauxvives.org/en/niveaux/en-direct/index, both on the French and Spanish side though quite a few of them don't seem to be working. There was still plenty of snow left when we were there a couple of weeks ago. Stuff looks slightly higher now in general, but still not good. gu...
by Rory W
Fri Mar 30, 2012 6:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Where's the water in Europe at the moment?
Replies: 21
Views: 1184

Re: Where's the water in Europe at the moment?

We're in pretty much exactly the same situation. Let us know if you find any water!
by Rory W
Wed Mar 28, 2012 8:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Infinity Wezzit
Replies: 2764
Views: 124535

Re: Infinity Wezzit

Yes to all 3, that didn't take long. Not really sure who's next cos I confused things. Whoever gets there 1st I guess..
by Rory W
Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Infinity Wezzit
Replies: 2764
Views: 124535

Re: Infinity Wezzit

Where am I going backwards? 1st person to get 2 of 3 (or 1 if it takes too long, but don't think it will)? https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/2653_575605191034_61307288_36871129_5323813_n.jpg https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/3913_92342842805_775532805_2602699_76...
by Rory W
Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Infinity Wezzit
Replies: 2764
Views: 124535

Re: Infinity Wezzit

Drop by the Myrkdal campsite? Just after/at the takeout for the lower?
by Rory W
Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:24 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Show us your holes...
Replies: 64
Views: 7987

Re: Show us your holes...

That hole on the Clough definitely had a branch on the lead in to dodge relatively recently (maybe 3 years ago?). Good high water memories of ducking the tree, just making the boof and turning round to see the 3 people following me drop in one after the other and all swim together. Not as impressive...
by Rory W
Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How deep must it be?
Replies: 37
Views: 3849

Re: How deep must it be?

So is it the trib after Rainby? Have run the bottom drop but never walked higher up. Went for another look at Hell Gill the other day. Wimped out. Surprised if it's not been run though? So obvious from the road and not too high to boof? https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/426450_101...
by Rory W
Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Nent
Replies: 3
Views: 578

Re: River Nent

Had a wander down but not got round to paddling it yet. Looks like it all goes, worth a look if you're in the area for upper South Tyne or Ashgill beck. There's a big rock in the pool of the fall you're talking about, on the right hand side of the landing. Can just see it under water at low water. S...
by Rory W
Sat Dec 24, 2011 3:50 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Objects of desire
Replies: 64
Views: 5838

Re: Objects of desire

Don't suppose anyone can find me a picture of an Art Fiber Starfighter WWR boat? Not even sure I've got the name or manufacturer right. Looked for a while but no joy. Does anyone even know the boat I'm on about? I remember it looking mint!
by Rory W
Sat Dec 24, 2011 3:33 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Being guided ...
Replies: 74
Views: 4283

Re: Being guided ...

Back to the question, assuming I had plenty of money and limited holiday time, I could definitely see myself being tempted to hire a knowledgeable guide to make a difficult trip a lot more productive and therefore enjoyable. A definite 'punter' as the climbers would say (not exactly sure what this m...
by Rory W
Sat Dec 24, 2011 3:09 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Being guided ...
Replies: 74
Views: 4283

Re: Being guided ...

Of course if you paddle with certain people you can approach any river in this manner regardless whether anyone has ran it before, simply follow Rory Woods and his sixth sense line guessing... Ha I wouldn't call it guessing, I just enjoy not being certain. Maybe best not to follow me. Anyway, anyon...
by Rory W
Sat Dec 24, 2011 2:34 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ugly Boat Contest
Replies: 34
Views: 5310

Re: Ugly Boat Contest

Fundamental rules of boat design... It's got to look fast. (Pointy front, unnecessary swallow tail, surf boat type styling, go faster stripes, red etc. all bonuses) Long and slicey is good. Short and fat is bad. Anything made by Jackson looks rubbish (although they somehow seem to work really well) ...
by Rory W
Fri Dec 23, 2011 6:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ugly Boat Contest
Replies: 34
Views: 5310

Re: Ugly Boat Contest

People have strange taste in boats! There's some great ones in this thread and loads of bland, boring ones on the other.