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by Pyro
Thu Mar 29, 2012 1:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Cars you can fit a playboat inside - help !
Replies: 29
Views: 1947

Re: Cars you can fit a playboat inside - help !

I used to fit my DR Fish into my Fabia (53 plate, so the older body style). Dropped the back seats forward and the front passenger seat slid forward with the back down and it sat in just fine.
by Pyro
Fri Mar 16, 2012 11:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Maps and copywrite infringement?
Replies: 11
Views: 574

Re: Maps and copywrite infringement?

Certainly used to be the case that you could use custom OS extracts linked directly from their Get-a-map service up to a certain size for nothing as long as you displayed a certain "reproduced with the permission of..." statement alongside. Personally, I do the above and print screen from Memory Map...
by Pyro
Thu Mar 15, 2012 5:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Changing feather
Replies: 14
Views: 609

Re: Changing feather

Cheers Dave, the physics of adapting don't worry me too much, I've been borrowing a set of lower-angle blades and they feel okay after a while, though they're a different blade material so I've been trying to isolate what's feather angle change and what's blade flex. I've scouted through the olds th...
by Pyro
Thu Mar 15, 2012 4:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Changing feather
Replies: 14
Views: 609

Re: Changing feather

That's a fair point, Morsey. Will see about locating a spigot and a sharper blade for my hacksaw!
by Pyro
Thu Mar 15, 2012 12:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Changing feather
Replies: 14
Views: 609

Re: Changing feather

That's the sort of thing I'm wondering Tuomas. How do you come up with this idea that "12-15° is the optimum angle for whitewater paddling"? Having tried out very low angles (didn't feel comfortable), and switching down from very high angles, I'm more keen to go for a mid-point, at least initially.
by Pyro
Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:50 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Changing feather
Replies: 14
Views: 609

Changing feather

What's the best way to shift the feather angle on my blades? Been paddling for years with my Lendals (Kinetic XTi), but they're very high feather (85°), they're starting to give me a bit of gyp in the wrists, and I'd like to bring then down to a lower angle - say somewhere between 30° and 45°. So, q...
by Pyro
Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:33 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Guidebook writing - how? why? what?
Replies: 31
Views: 1432

Re: Guidebook writing - how? why? what?

Genuine question, since it's somthing that comes up with a degree of regularity on here: How have you settled upon gradings, and how have you ensured that the gradings you've listed are consistent? It's a thought that arose looking through my old copy of the Scottish rivers guidebook, thinking of se...
by Pyro
Tue Mar 13, 2012 1:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The 5 Year plan
Replies: 36
Views: 2317

Re: The 5 Year plan

I would have said "I want to be back paddling as well as I was 5 years ago, but then I realised that (as detailed in this thread ), where I was 5 years ago isn't really a high target. So, I'd like to be paddling better than I was 5 years ago. It may not be a particularly high bar to set myself, but ...
by Pyro
Tue Mar 13, 2012 1:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Your best kayaking putdowns
Replies: 55
Views: 5329

Re: Your best kayaking putdowns

sarajames wrote:I am not very familiar with speaking to a group of people without being constantly interrupted, argued with or generally ignored.
And we gave you plenty of practice at that in LUUCC. Nae kicking anyone in the nadgers this time though, eh? ;)
by Pyro
Mon Mar 12, 2012 11:18 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Cool stuff for Sale
Replies: 13
Views: 1097

Re: Cool stuff for Sale

I'll take the EJ Strokes and Concepts book if it's still going?
Can you email me on carrickarmer (at) gmail (dot) com to arrange?

Cheers!

Pyro
by Pyro
Mon Feb 27, 2012 1:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: You know you are rubbish when....
Replies: 46
Views: 3829

Re: You know you are rubbish when....

You come to one of the "more interesting" bits on a G3/3+ river, as an old boy helping out on a University club trip. You offer to lead a complete novice/fresher down that particular bit, since they're new to white water and you've run this section hundreds of times. You realise, on the run-in, you'...
by Pyro
Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lessons learnt
Replies: 30
Views: 2272

Re: Lessons learnt

Like Jim above, inspecting when I don't really need to and/or getting out above a section to take pictures of others. More often than not I psych myself out by doing that and end up missing my line.
by Pyro
Fri Dec 30, 2011 6:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: FS: Dragorossi Fish (Cheap!)
Replies: 2
Views: 369

Re: FS: Dragorossi Fish (Cheap!)

Bouncing this back to the top, still selling the Fish cheap.

Cheers!
by Pyro
Mon Dec 19, 2011 1:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Thanking the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Ashburton
Replies: 33
Views: 3955

Re: Thanking the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Ashburton

Mark, have a look at my blog (linked in my signature). I ran my first proper Ultra (Grand Raid des Pyrenees, 50 miles, 5000m ascent) over the summer and there's a few of my learning points on there, if they're of any help to you. Good luck, and I'll happily throw some cash in as well.
by Pyro
Tue Dec 13, 2011 1:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: My 365 Project
Replies: 9
Views: 1976

Re: My 365 Project

Nice shots, Tom. I'm looking at something a little bit different to that for next year, 52 different weekly themes, one shot per week.
by Pyro
Fri Dec 09, 2011 12:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: This made me chuckle. Tee Hee.
Replies: 20
Views: 1668

Re: This made me chuckle. Tee Hee.

SimonMW wrote:Safety learnings of Latvia for make benefit glorious pastime of Kayaking.
(in bad foreign accent)

In UK, you paddle river. In Latvia, river paddles you!
by Pyro
Fri Dec 09, 2011 11:14 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: This made me chuckle. Tee Hee.
Replies: 20
Views: 1668

Re: This made me chuckle. Tee Hee.

mark Hirst wrote:It reminds me of the good old days where people went to to paddle and have a good time.
My sentiments exactly, Mark. First video I've seen in ages where people actually looked like they were really, shock horror, having fun...

Heaven forbid it should catch on. ;)
by Pyro
Thu Nov 24, 2011 4:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What's your nemesis?!?!?!?
Replies: 43
Views: 2590

Re: What's your nemesis?!?!?!?

For a long while, the Kent. As in, all of it. I'd never had a good day, always took a pasting, always skewered it up. A couple of days of being on it, ignoring the ar$ey, niggling, negative voices (both my own and those of a couple of people I used to paddle with) and just concentrating on my techni...
by Pyro
Thu Nov 24, 2011 1:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Usernames amnesty
Replies: 68
Views: 4058

Re: Usernames amnesty

I'm Pyro because I (occasionally) fire breathe, and it's the way numerous people, in the biking, Adventure Racing and, to a lesser extent, kayaking worlds know me. There have been a number of minor campaigns in the Leeds Uni club to prevent people calling me it and to make them use my real name, whi...
by Pyro
Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:48 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Boating related pranks...
Replies: 48
Views: 3239

Re: Boating related pranks...

A certain Frenchman has had his boat much abused over the years, especially on our annual trip to Scotland. Perhaps one of the better ones was exiting Glen Nevis YHA one morning for him to find his boat inexplicably suspended over the Nevis from the footbridge. Took a while to sort that out...
by Pyro
Tue Oct 11, 2011 9:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: FS: Dragorossi Fish (Cheap!)
Replies: 2
Views: 369

FS: Dragorossi Fish (Cheap!)

Fish for sale (Lovely fish! Come and get 'em while they're fresh!) Few years old, shell has all the usual scratches you'd associate with just plain being used. Outfitting has seen better days, ratchets are a bit rusty. Thigh strap was removed as previous owner preferred to just brace his legs in (an...
by Pyro
Tue Oct 11, 2011 4:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Wanted, dragorossi fish
Replies: 2
Views: 117

Re: Wanted, dragorossi fish

Sent you an email
by Pyro
Thu May 12, 2011 9:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How should a modern ww boat 'fit'?
Replies: 20
Views: 1687

Re: How should a modern ww boat 'fit'?

Adrian Cooper wrote:Upside down, like taking your trousers off.
Not sure I've ever taken my trousers off upside dow, Adrian. At least not when sober... ;)
by Pyro
Wed May 04, 2011 10:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: boats without pillars advice
Replies: 3
Views: 393

Re: boats without pillars advice

Hiya Stu. I paddle an older (2001) Salto now, and can safely say I love it. It's fast, responsive, forgiving and easy to roll. I haven't found the lack of a pillar to be an issue, and in fact it makes fitting my camera bag in a damn sight easier than it was in my M3. The boat narrows down bu the fro...
by Pyro
Thu Apr 28, 2011 9:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Battery chargers
Replies: 4
Views: 233

Re: Battery chargers

I've used one of the SolarMonkey solar chargers to sort my phone out in Spain and it was very good. You can also get a 'SolarNut' battery that you charge with the Monkey unit and then use independently. Worth a look, maybe.
by Pyro
Thu Apr 28, 2011 8:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The Epic Tri
Replies: 2
Views: 358

Re: The Epic Tri

Ah, fair enough. In my defence, I'd searched for the seperate terms rather than allasoneword :)

Anyone reading: read the other thread. Then donate...
by Pyro
Thu Apr 28, 2011 7:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The Epic Tri
Replies: 2
Views: 358

The Epic Tri

Hi folks. Apologies for the bucket-rattling, but I'm trying to help a couple of friends out with their fundraising, and thought some people on here might be willing to chuck in a few pence. Most of us know about the Devizes to Westminster (DW) canoe race. 125 miles, 77 portages, aiming for under 24h...
by Pyro
Tue Apr 05, 2011 4:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: ESKIMO SALTO ORIGINAL Spec
Replies: 1
Views: 185

Re: ESKIMO SALTO ORIGINAL Spec

Sent you a PM, mate.
by Pyro
Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Getting Away With It: A story of confidence and perception
Replies: 23
Views: 2335

Re: Getting Away With It: A story of confidence and percepti

Thanks for all the responses and advice, and especially DaveBland for pointing out the Hendri Coetzee article - that's fantastic.
by Pyro
Tue Mar 29, 2011 6:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Getting Away With It: A story of confidence and perception
Replies: 23
Views: 2335

Getting Away With It: A story of confidence and perception

Good evening, all. I beg a small indulgence while I tell a story and seek the advice of the gestalt entity known as UKRGB. It's a story of confidence, perception, and an age-old problem with which I think a few people on here may be able to empathise. If anyone does, I would to love to hear about it...