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by Steve B
Sat Feb 16, 2002 7:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Assessor status?
Replies: 46
Views: 6577

Re: common sense....

... or an entire evening inside a pub.

:-))
by Steve B
Sat Feb 16, 2002 5:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Assessor status?
Replies: 46
Views: 6577

Re: Forward paddling and CoDe

<t>Forward paddling in a short boat: definitely with Mark and Rob on this. Correct posture is upright, reaching forward for the catch. If this causes your short boat to dig in, either it's too small for you (short does not equate to low volume) or it's trimmed too far forward (correct trim for a pla...
by Steve B
Fri Feb 15, 2002 10:43 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: not sure which river runner
Replies: 14
Views: 2566

Re: Pyranha...

Their web site uses US gallons, see www.pyranha.com/s_series.htm#page2 for example. I've no idea what they might have done in the past.

SB.
by Steve B
Thu Feb 14, 2002 2:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Report from Dartmoor
Replies: 3
Views: 1128

Re: Report from Dartmoor

<t>Half a dozen of us had a very pleasant day on the Loop yesterday, joined by special guest Mark Rainsley.<br/> <br/> Level's dropped a lot - 4'5" on the gauge and probably still falling. That equates to 'just above the corner of the slab', a great level for most of the play spots, and in many ways...
by Steve B
Thu Feb 14, 2002 1:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: not sure which river runner
Replies: 14
Views: 2566

Re: Gallons and litres...

Rob's right (apart from the typo), if you're converting 'imperial' gallons to litres. But the usual reason volumes are published in gallons is because they're US designed boats so you need the conversion for *US gallons* which is different. Not satisfied with our gallons, the Americans invented a di...
by Steve B
Mon Feb 11, 2002 12:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best UK Rivers?
Replies: 19
Views: 3114

Re: Best UK Rivers?

I came away from the Ogwen feeling exactly the same - I was buzzing for days.

It has to be up there amongst the 'best in the UK', but I wouldn't like to choose a number one.

Steve B.
by Steve B
Sun Feb 10, 2002 12:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Scotland
Replies: 6
Views: 1722

Re: Scotland

'September is dry' seems to have become part of the folk lore of the outdoors. In fact it's not true, for the Scottish west coast at any rate. Take a look at the 30 year averages at www.met-office.gov.uk/cli...ation.html There's no Fort William station, but Tiree should be similar enough for our pur...
by Steve B
Thu Feb 07, 2002 7:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tryweryn
Replies: 17
Views: 2961

Re: Tryweryn

'Normal' is about 9, and a 'Full' release 14 cumecs or thereabouts.

A full release is way more fun than the usual ones.

Steve B.
by Steve B
Thu Feb 07, 2002 7:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Where's the biggest boating community
Replies: 21
Views: 3756

Re: Why?

All the *weekend* tickets for the rest of this *season* (i.e. this month) are taken. Doesn't sound quite so unlikely when you put it that way does it?

Steve B.
by Steve B
Thu Feb 07, 2002 7:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: uk.rec.boats.paddle
Replies: 11
Views: 1983

Re: Roo's spelling dilemma

Well, he was gnearly right, wasn't he?

;-)
by Steve B
Wed Feb 06, 2002 9:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Scotland
Replies: 6
Views: 1722

Re: Scotland

I checked some rainfall statistics before our last Scotland-at-Easter session. April and May are the driest months of the year in Fort William. However they are still wetter than the wettest months in the SE.

Steve B.
by Steve B
Mon Feb 04, 2002 8:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Alternative to the Dart Loop
Replies: 4
Views: 1472

Re: Alternative to the Dart Loop

<t>At current levels you'd want something close to one strong paddler to one intermediate. We had a very successful mixed ability group yesterday, but mixed means exactly that - several very strong paddlers as well as the up-and-comings. And all of them had been psychologically profiled to make sure...
by Steve B
Sat Feb 02, 2002 3:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Underwater vision
Replies: 23
Views: 4006

Re: Rolling by feel...

So there's an idea for one of Mark's surveys - do you roll with eyes open or closed?
by Steve B
Sat Feb 02, 2002 3:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Towing knots
Replies: 13
Views: 3654

Re: Any books on how knots???

Loads of books, just search for 'knots' on www.amazon.co.uk But why buy a book when you've got the 'net? A good place to start is www.earlham.edu/~peters/knotlink.htm which is a huge list of knot links. If you can't be @rsed with all that and just want a quick illustrated primer on the common knots ...
by Steve B
Fri Feb 01, 2002 11:51 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Underwater vision
Replies: 23
Views: 4006

Re: Underwater vision

<t>Just about every variation on this will be recommended by someone, somewhere.<br/> <br/> I know people who paddle with contacts. Yes, they lose them occasionally.<br/> <br/> You'll often see people paddling with glasses. Guess it works for them or they wouldn't do it.<br/> <br/> I know at least o...
by Steve B
Wed Jan 30, 2002 6:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: F.S Wavesport EZ
Replies: 6
Views: 1940

Re: F.S Wavesport EZ

You're right Mark, I was so busy whinging on about the bloody great 'Total Carnage Music Board' pic that I failed to see the subliminal message buryd in it.
by Steve B
Wed Jan 30, 2002 12:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: F.S Wavesport EZ
Replies: 6
Views: 1940

Re: F.S Wavesport EZ

I might as well be the first to say this...

Mark's web site, Mark's message board (sorry commuuuuuunity) but my humble and worthless opinion is that large non-paddling-related ads are not a good way to go.

If this were my board I'd delete that post.

Steve B.
by Steve B
Wed Jan 30, 2002 12:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New Boat
Replies: 25
Views: 4515

Re: New boat

I'm sure that's not the only picture of Wilko you could have found. But it's probably my favourite too ;-)

Steve B
by Steve B
Wed Jan 30, 2002 12:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: South coast surf
Replies: 8
Views: 2349

Re: Kimmeridge

Mmmm. *ALL* surf is wind generated (ok, with the exception of freak waves caused by earthquakes I suppose). The difference between 'ground swell' and what people sometimes call 'wind swell' is that the ground swell developed hundreds or even thousands of miles away. Waves whipped up locally are wind...
by Steve B
Sat Jan 26, 2002 7:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Another great weekend?
Replies: 17
Views: 3701

Re: Another great weekend?

<t>Hope to see some of you (Mark, Dave, Andy, whoever else) on the Dart tomorrow, but we've got a WKC club group organised so I'll be paddling with them this time.<br/> <br/> Just got the word back from my source down there - up to the steps at New Bridge today so it should be a good day!<br/> <br/>...
by Steve B
Thu Jan 17, 2002 5:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Curse of the Mobile
Replies: 14
Views: 3613

Mobiles - coverage

<t>I bought into Orange a few years ago precisely because they had better coverage in less populated areas. Trouble is, Orange got to a certain level then stopped improving. I'd say Vodafone has overtaken Orange now.<br/> <br/> I can't really get out of Orange because the whole family followed suit ...
by Steve B
Thu Jan 17, 2002 12:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Curse of the Mobile
Replies: 14
Views: 3613

Mobiles

Same as Mick - carry it in my dry bag 'just in case' but most of the time there's no signal.

SB.
by Steve B
Wed Jan 16, 2002 2:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Norway
Replies: 11
Views: 3007

Norway

<t>I seem to recall speaking to some people on the Ostend ferry who were heading for Scandinavia. They planned to drive up through Denmark and get the ferry to Sweden because it was so much cheaper than the Newcastle-Bergen route. Wouldn't work from the north of England of course. Could be an intere...