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by Poke
Sat Jun 10, 2017 4:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sport only travel insurance
Replies: 15
Views: 1855

Re: Sport only travel insurance

Alpha covered me in alaska quite reasonably. Not of interest to everyone, but it looks like they don't cover via ferrata... http://www.alphatravelinsurance.co.uk/activity-packs/ Also, on the same page they bizzarely say that: Canoeing/Kayaking* (grades 4-6 – Excluding White Water) - Activity Pack 3...
by Poke
Fri Jun 09, 2017 8:58 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sport only travel insurance
Replies: 15
Views: 1855

Re: Sport only travel insurance

Just booked with STA the premier option specifies via ferrata and kayaking upto grd 5. And mountain biking. Was quite reasonably priced. Good find. Just had a look. Gotta be careful with the small print with them. If the kayaking is the main purpose of your trip, it looks like you can't just buy th...
by Poke
Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sport only travel insurance
Replies: 15
Views: 1855

Re: Sport only travel insurance

Thanks for the suggestions everyone! Last time I checked with the bank (HSBC) they couldn't increase the cover for dangerous sports, and the people I spoke to had never heard of Via Ferrata (this was last year). Same with LV actually, think Via Ferrata must be pretty niche so not often listed on ins...
by Poke
Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sport only travel insurance
Replies: 15
Views: 1855

Sport only travel insurance

I already have some reasonable general travel insurance through my bank for things like baggage/cancellation etc. All I need is insurance to cover the activities I'm undertaking whilst on holiday (in this instance, the French Alps - the bank only covers kayaking up to grade 3, there's no mention of ...
by Poke
Thu Jun 01, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Specific runoff data
Replies: 17
Views: 1161

Re: Specific runoff data

Yeah, completely agree with what Chris said. You can get all the resolution you want using the equations, but it won't make your result any more accurate. That is partly why I was asking what you wanted the data for. As per my comment above, those ratings equations are based on data for 'peak' flows...
by Poke
Wed May 31, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Specific runoff data
Replies: 17
Views: 1161

Re: Specific runoff data

Weirdly, I cant find the Erme at Harford or East Lyn on here: http://nrfa.ceh.ac.uk/data/search The Erme at Ermington is here if that helps http://nrfa.ceh.ac.uk/data/station/peakflow/46006 The Dart is here - http://nrfa.ceh.ac.uk/data/station/peakflow/46007 Use the drop-down on the peak flow tab an...
by Poke
Wed May 31, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Specific runoff data
Replies: 17
Views: 1161

Re: Specific runoff data

Pfft. That was obvious! I’m interested in what research. Just nosey about all things river levels related really! ha

Anyway, let me know what gauging station you’re looking at and I’ll dig it out for you.
by Poke
Tue May 30, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Specific runoff data
Replies: 17
Views: 1161

Re: Specific runoff data

I know where they are (well, I just found them).

I'll tell you if you give us a clue what it is for. haha :-D
by Poke
Fri May 26, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Specific runoff data
Replies: 17
Views: 1161

Re: Specific runoff data

Or just get the data here directly: http://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Map/Summary/321/333/2016-01-01/2016-12-31 For specific dates i think it's probably easiest to tinker with the URL, though if you click on "Graph options" there's options to change the date range there too. What are you using it for? Sou...
by Poke
Tue May 23, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drybags
Replies: 10
Views: 919

Re: Drybags

I love my Watershed bag for camera gear, but I think they're overkill for most stuff You're right, but I guess it depends how much disposable income you have and what your priorities are. After a trip, I'd want to unpack most dry bags to dry out the insides (somewhat ironically). A watershed you co...
by Poke
Tue May 23, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drybags
Replies: 10
Views: 919

Re: Drybags

Franky wrote:I don't know why they don't make them all with rubber seals.
Try a watershed. Not only are the seals rubber, but they are like a massive meaty zip-lock. No precision rolling required at all.
by Poke
Mon May 22, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drybags
Replies: 10
Views: 919

Re: Drybags

Look no further than watershed. They're not cheap, but they're very well built and very waterproof (no roll top bag is truly waterproof). You can fill the Watershed bags with air, seal them, then stand/sit on them and no air will leak out. Same can’t be said for most other designs. I dropped my boat...
by Poke
Wed May 17, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Recommend me a Spraydeck
Replies: 10
Views: 1443

Re: Recommend me a Spraydeck

Not 100% sure, but think that the Riot boats of that era all had quite small cockpits. When you buy a new deck, make sure that it’s the right size for the boat. http://www.skirtfit.com/whitewater/riot/ As for a budget deck, so long as it is neoprene you’re all good. As a beginner, I’d probably aim f...
by Poke
Fri May 12, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuit brand that last longest
Replies: 29
Views: 2450

Re: Drysuit brand that last longest

I'm also unconvinced that an IR sponsored paddler's confident assertion that because an IR suit has been cut for an active general body shape, that is somehow better than something that has been completely made to measure. Whilst I love the DamX kit and rate it for durability, I think your "complet...
by Poke
Tue May 09, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bl**dy Rolling
Replies: 363
Views: 35340

Re: Bl**dy Rolling

Ask yourself "What are you showing off?" My answer would be "A stroke that serves no useful purpose anywhere in paddlesport, which encourages bad posture (body position) and leaves the shoulder very open and exposed to injury" A number of strokes serve no purpose anywhere in paddlesport. Those that...
by Poke
Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Powerhouse vs sherpa
Replies: 12
Views: 2292

Re: Powerhouse vs sherpa

Just buy yourself a well worn powerhouse. You get it far cheaper than a new/newish Sherpa, and the blade area has been worn down to a similar size anyway. The blades on my powerhouses are notably smaller than sherpas now. It’s only an issue on stuff that is really pushy when I wish I had bigger blad...
by Poke
Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Question from new member
Replies: 14
Views: 1449

Re: Question from new member

So, to re-frame the original question: is it possible/advisable to attempt traversal of a section of grade 5 of whitewater in a raft with little or no experience, but in the context of a commercial operation overseen by an experienced guide? Yes, absolutely! Also, no matter where in the world you d...
by Poke
Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New rules for driving in France
Replies: 11
Views: 1228

Re: New rules for driving in France

Information on areas etc here: https://www.crit-air.fr/en/information-about-the-critair-vignette/french-environmental-zones-zcr/french-environmental-zones.html#c29520 Well, in that case it looks like (in theory) you do need the sticker to drive through Grenoble... even on the toll road. That said, ...
by Poke
Thu Apr 20, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New rules for driving in France
Replies: 11
Views: 1228

Re: New rules for driving in France

That map seems to contain old data – i.e. it claims you don’t need one of those stickers unless a “pollution event” is ongoing. Although if the information about the area given in that map is correct, if travelling to Briancon, you are very likely to be travelling through the area in Grenoble where ...
by Poke
Thu Apr 20, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New rules for driving in France
Replies: 11
Views: 1228

Re: New rules for driving in France

When you say in the city, I presume this is only relevant if you actually want to go in and do a little sightseeing? It won't affect the normal route down to briancon for instance? Yeah, if you're steaming through on the Autoroute, i can't imagine it'd be an issue... Just if you pick someone up fro...
by Poke
Thu Apr 20, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New rules for driving in France
Replies: 11
Views: 1228

New rules for driving in France

Whilst paying my tolls for my Easter trip, I came across the following, which may be of use if you're planning an Alps trip: New Law for Driving in France - Deadline date 31st March 2017 The French government have launched a new scheme for all cars driving in Paris and other French cities (currently...
by Poke
Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Wanted medium Pyranha Burn mk2
Replies: 7
Views: 419

Re: Wanted medium Pyranha Burn mk2

I've got a red/white/grey Large Burn Mk 3 for sale if you're still looking.
£575 ono.
Check the "Canoes and Kayaks for Sale England" group on facebook for photos.
by Poke
Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Question from new member
Replies: 14
Views: 1449

Re: Question from new member

This is a few years old, but popped up on Facebook recently. Very relevant (if you're wanting to kayak grade 5 anyway), and worth a read. http://www.sitezed.com/pushing-it/ Rafting grade 5 is a different beast, but as has been mentioned above, you’d be hard pushed to find any (in this country at lea...
by Poke
Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Riverapp abroad - does it show maps?
Replies: 5
Views: 503

Re: Riverapp abroad - does it show maps?

No need. I found them before, they don’t help!

Maybe I should re-phrase the question:

You’re driving south through France and you’re about an hour out from the foothills of the Pyrenees. What river are you going to head to first for some guaranteed (level wise) whitewater.
by Poke
Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyrenees advice
Replies: 3
Views: 615

Pyrenees advice

The only time I've paddled in the Pyrenees is in Sort in the late 90's on a family holiday. I know nothing else about it. I have just acquired the 17 year old(!) guidebook. Has anyone been before, and can you recommend some higher grade rivers (or just any good rivers), that will be worth checking o...
by Poke
Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:46 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Riverapp abroad - does it show maps?
Replies: 5
Views: 503

Riverapp abroad - does it show maps?

Many people recommend Riverapp alongside/over Rainchasers for UK boating. I’m off to the Pyrenees (I think) over Easter, and since Riverapp has French/Spanish river levels too, I thought I’d download it. However, I can’t find a map view of all the rivers on it (something like the map component of th...
by Poke
Tue Apr 04, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Safety
Replies: 4
Views: 968

Re: Safety

It's an interesting, if scary read. Brings us back to the age-old question of why it is that BC don't do anything to collate or analyse accidents or near misses. There's some good discussion about it from a few years ago here: https://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=109986 Int...
by Poke
Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What't your pre-breakfast paddle?
Replies: 5
Views: 710

Re: What't your pre-breakfast paddle?

Once had to be over in the east of the country by midday/1pm for some family do, but it had rained for the first time in a while and I was convinced that Fairy Glen would be running. I managed to persuade a couple of (more local) guys to meet me at the put-in by 6.30am. Got up at 4am, 2hr drive to n...
by Poke
Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valuing Sea/Touring boats
Replies: 1
Views: 699

Valuing Sea/Touring boats

Spotted this on the scottish WW facebook group, but thought that he may get some more informed feedback here? Help needed please - friend's dad-in-law passed away recently, keen paddler, and my mate has the job of dispersing the estate. He's asked for my help as he has n.f.i. what the market worth i...