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by Mal Grey
Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Norfolk broads/ coast. Should I use a helmet?
Replies: 9
Views: 1018

Re: Norfolk broads/ coast. Should I use a helmet?

As above unless you're playing in surf, a helmet is probably unnecessary, but only you can decide. Perhaps the more important thing is to understand that though you are on a relatively "benign" part of the British coast, its still the sea, and tides and winds come into play very quickly. As do large...
by Mal Grey
Tue May 22, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing Access Charter
Replies: 17
Views: 2011

Re: British Canoeing Access Charter

Adrian Cooper wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 2:20 pm
I added a similar note to mine
Me too. I believe I suggested changing "establish" to "confirm the existing right" or something like that.
by Mal Grey
Sat May 19, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Roof bars. Have you checked yours?
Replies: 31
Views: 3136

Re: Roof bars. Have you checked yours?

Some simple checks every time I have a load on roofrack. 1) Try to rock the car by holding the bars. 2) Try to move bars forward or backward. 3) Check how secure load is on bars. Any movement means you need to make adjustments. I even do this at service stations on a long journey in case anything h...
by Mal Grey
Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Canoe hire to paddle the ardeche gorge
Replies: 4
Views: 902

Re: Canoe hire to paddle the ardeche gorge

Try Danny at http://www.experienceardeche.com/.

A friend of mine, Mark Ludolf of https://www.canoemassifcentral.com/ does this sort of thing in the Tarn/Lot/Cele/Dordogne area, and he always recommends going to those guys for the Ardeche.
by Mal Grey
Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Inflatable kayak to carry bikes and 2 people...info needed
Replies: 20
Views: 4980

Re: Inflatable kayak to carry bikes and 2 people...info needed

Thanks guys for the great responses. I have looked at the folding canoes and they do look good, although when watching the set up on YouTube they seem very complicated and fiddly to put together. Also I wonder how long wearing the skin is, as they are very expensive. I will look at the other links ...
by Mal Grey
Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Inflatable kayak to carry bikes and 2 people...info needed
Replies: 20
Views: 4980

Re: Inflatable kayak to carry bikes and 2 people...info needed

I tend to agree that most inflatables have little space for bags, though the Scout looks bigger than many and Gumotex are very good quality with a great reputation. I would definitely think about Chris's suggestion above. Folding canoes, well the Ally and Pakcanoe at least, have comparable space to ...
by Mal Grey
Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: WhiteWater Massif Central Guidebook
Replies: 7
Views: 911

Re: WhiteWater Massif Central Guidebook

As Adrian says, and I quote from Slime himself about 4 weeks back; "We are aiming at an April publication". Once he makes up his mind what to call it ;)
by Mal Grey
Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Breathable or non breathable dry suit for beginner
Replies: 6
Views: 776

Re: Breathable or non breathable dry suit for beginner

I'd definitely go breathable, and Typhoon are well respected. Off the water, being breathable makes a big difference if you have to portage or otherwise walk about. If you can possibly afford it, get a "relief zip", makes life so much easier! Its actually a fallacy that breathable fabrics won't brea...
by Mal Grey
Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Newbie advice
Replies: 6
Views: 597

Re: Newbie advice

If you want campsites, Wallingford is probably the easiest. Otherwise, there are many options for wild camping if you arrive late and leave early, and obviously act respectfully and responsibly. Most of these will be fields, so be aware of any livestock.
by Mal Grey
Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Are you better at kayaking if you do other adventure sports?
Replies: 36
Views: 2950

Re: Are you better at kayaking if you do other adventure sports?

I know several climbers who really don't like the lack of control they feel when they get in a boat - it is a different headgame... That describes exactly how I felt on my first whitewater, having come from a climbing/winter walking/mountain biking background. Took a while to adjust. OK, maybe I st...
by Mal Grey
Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: More sad news. UK and Irish kayakers involved in fatal incident in Ecuador
Replies: 4
Views: 1735

Re: More sad news. UK and Irish kayakers involved in fatal incident in Ecuador

Very sad news, my thoughts are with family and friends, and those out there trying to help. Found a little more info here: https://cuencahighlife.com/foreigner-killed-three-others-are-missing-following-saturday-kayak-accident-east-of-loja/ An Irishman and a Brit still missing, a local paddler and US...
by Mal Grey
Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddle van advice
Replies: 7
Views: 1333

Re: Paddle van advice

Can't speak from owner experience, but having spent a considerable amount of time sharing a mate's Renault Trafic camper on road trips, I'm pretty impressed, and with it being basically the same body shape as the Vivaro and Primastar, your options for getting a good one are higher. Build quality, en...
by Mal Grey
Thu Nov 16, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dudley Canal Tunnels
Replies: 2
Views: 560

Re: Dudley Canal Tunnels

It is indeed an excellent day out, especially through the tight and roughly hewn main Dudley tunnel (which the BC article somewhat underestimates the length of!). I've done it a couple of times with organised groups. This was the last trip: http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/forum/showthread.php/47424...
by Mal Grey
Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayaking app
Replies: 12
Views: 2342

Re: Sea Kayaking app

Sounds good, sadly not compatible with my Android phone (Samsung J5), even though its only 8 months old or so.
by Mal Grey
Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Video - Sea Kayaking from Above
Replies: 4
Views: 877

Re: Video - Sea Kayaking from Above

Very nice. And you clearly trust your drone flying enough over open water!
by Mal Grey
Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Inland Paddling in Northern Ireland
Replies: 7
Views: 704

Re: Inland Paddling in Northern Ireland

If you get little joy on here, there is a bit more of a Northern Ireland contingent over on Song of the Paddle, and they won't mind that you're not paddling an open canoe. The community over there is small but thriving, and I went to the Ulster Canoe Festival last weekend, my first visit over there....
by Mal Grey
Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Norwegian car/van rental - nabobil
Replies: 1
Views: 427

Re: Norwegian car/van rental - nabobil

What an excellent system. I wish I'd known about that when I needed to hire a car in Roros for a 100km shuttle run, and had to pay £154 for a 4 hour hire...

Thanks for sharing.
by Mal Grey
Mon Jul 03, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: New looking for advice
Replies: 4
Views: 1031

Re: New looking for advice

When you say "rivers" do you mean quiet slow moving water, or faster moving/white water? Open canoes bring peace, tranquility and a large capacity for carrying things like camping gear. Most are tandems. They're quite expensive, but hold their value very well and last for years. Superb for expeditio...
by Mal Grey
Sun Jun 25, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Soft Roof Bars, How many boats
Replies: 10
Views: 1671

Re: Soft Roof Bars, How many boats

I'm about to transport a 16ft fibreglass double kayak using for the first time, Streetwise soft roof bars. Also will use rope to tie down bow and stern to tow hooks in bumper. I have a Peogeut 207 that has a glass 'cielo' roof. Would it be better if I applied cling film under the rack and straps to...
by Mal Grey
Sun Jun 25, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access for All
Replies: 38
Views: 2557

Re: Access for All

Paddling on natural rivers is not trespass. Crossing land to get to them sometimes is. Got this one on Sunday. Didn't have the guts to ask him if he confronted all the dog owners who use the 'private beach' at Byfleet on the Wey! Just told him we were getting on anyway and walked off. Access been u...
by Mal Grey
Fri May 26, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ophion Paddles
Replies: 1
Views: 445

Re: Ophion Paddles

I can't help with the Katanas, but I had a single blade Ophion whitewater canoe paddle and it was superb, excellent quality, light and tough. Left on the Caledonian sleeper when the train separated and I forgot the paddles were in the guards van, to my huge regret... Blade was slowly wearing on the ...
by Mal Grey
Thu May 18, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Solo Circumnavigation of Skye May 2011
Replies: 23
Views: 3065

Re: Solo Circumnavigation of Skye May 2011

Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but has anyone landed on the boulder beach that Jim mentions (copied below) to the East of Waternish Point? Would it be possible to camp there? OS map looks very promising but I'd like the chance to land a group and scout the headland, and if they're not keen it'd ...
by Mal Grey
Mon May 15, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Thames camping
Replies: 3
Views: 638

Re: Thames camping

The Thames lock camps at Shifford, Pink Hill and Eynsham are particularly nice.
by Mal Grey
Tue May 09, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Skomer and Puffins
Replies: 1
Views: 620

Re: Skomer and Puffins

Love it, puffins are the best!
by Mal Grey
Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Norwegian Air - Kayak Friendly?
Replies: 10
Views: 2906

Re: Norwegian Air - Kayak Friendly?

Agreed, great airline. Taken my folding canoe (big feck off bag) through no problems, just under 20kg. Not overly bothered about dimensions, but did check weight. Not as long as a kayak in its bag, but still pretty huge... ...waiting for it on the conveyor is always a slightly "heart in mouth" momen...
by Mal Grey
Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: UK Source-to-sea, no bridges?
Replies: 11
Views: 1232

Re: UK Source-to-sea, no bridges?

Probably not rivers you'd particularly want to paddle, but they may or may not just about be big enough to do so:

River Carnach or Finiskaig down to Loch Nevis (Carnach has been lined up by a few folk doing cross Scotland trips)
Abhainn an t-Srathain down to Sandwood Bay
by Mal Grey
Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: Wales - South
Topic: Afon Tywi - Junction Pool to Dolauhirion
Replies: 21
Views: 6761

Re: Afon Tywi - Junction Pool to Dolauhirion

Update on tree blockages here: viewtopic.php?f=23&t=126012
by Mal Grey
Sun Feb 05, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: rain at last
Replies: 3
Views: 621

Re: rain at last

Chuckle. Didn't come up that much in the end, and already dropping away now, but had a great day on the Tywi yesterday (Burial Chamber - Llandovery), and the Usk today (Sennybridge-Aberbran). Saw utterly nobody on the water yesterday, utterly everybody on the water today!!!
by Mal Grey
Sun Feb 05, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Wales - South
Topic: Tree blockage on the Tywi
Replies: 1
Views: 845

Tree blockage on the Tywi

There is a fairly major blockage in the last of the gorges of the Gallt-y-Bere to Dolauhirion/Llandovery run. This is in a narrow section a few hundred metres before the end of the gorge, just upstream of where there has been a (usually) passable tree for some years. However, the new blockages were ...