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by Mal Grey
Tue Dec 23, 2014 4:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Vyrnwy water level advise please
Replies: 4
Views: 814

Re: Vyrnwy water level advise please

Hi

Yep, should be a nice level. We did it on 0.43, mostly open boats - see here for an idea of conditions that day; http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/forum/ ... ght=vyrnwy
by Mal Grey
Fri Dec 12, 2014 2:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Waterproof handheld cameras
Replies: 17
Views: 1209

Re: Waterproof handheld cameras

I have an Olympus TG2, and have been impressed with the quality of photos, until I got a DSLR too that is. However, whilst the video quality is good, the format is a real wide-screen letterbox, and this doesn't work well for paddling. There could be away to change this in settings, but I'm damned if...
by Mal Grey
Mon Dec 01, 2014 5:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Forum problem
Replies: 18
Views: 2794

Re: Forum problem

Mark Gawler wrote:
Having looked into the problem I am certain it will be effecting everyone. I know what is causing it but I don't know how to fix it at the moment.
Hammer? ;)

Fortunately its a relatively minor inconvenience.
by Mal Grey
Thu Nov 27, 2014 7:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Forum problem
Replies: 18
Views: 2794

Re: Forum problem

Same here (chrome), as not many threads make it past a page or two, I'd not got round to mentioning it. Been like that a while...
by Mal Grey
Wed Nov 26, 2014 10:56 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Reproofing Dry cag/ trousers
Replies: 10
Views: 1561

Re: Reproofing Dry cag/ trousers

There are two possible things here really. 1. Its got puncture holes in and is leaking through these. 2. The outer water repellency has worn off, thus the outer fabric becomes wetted out, and this affects the breathability, giving you worse condensation. The washing and re-proofing products from Gra...
by Mal Grey
Mon Nov 24, 2014 1:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bouyancy Aid advice
Replies: 7
Views: 1222

Re: Bouyancy Aid advice

I've recently bought a Yak Hallertau. I'd gone in to buy a Palm Extrem, but after trying on pretty much every whitewater BA that Whitewater Canoe Centre had, the Hallertau just felt more comfortable, and all the features well thought out. The pockets are pretty good. The only thing it doesn't have c...
by Mal Grey
Mon Nov 17, 2014 2:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Quotes from non kayakers :)
Replies: 30
Views: 4868

Re: Quotes from non kayakers :)

Happily, though, the most common comment, on still water anyway, is actually "that looks so relaxing, I've always meant to have a go at that".
by Mal Grey
Mon Nov 17, 2014 2:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Quotes from non kayakers :)
Replies: 30
Views: 4868

Re: Quotes from non kayakers :)

And of course, whenever I get out of the car in a supermarket car park, with the canoe on the roof (as it is 80% of the time!)..."Are you expecting rain?".
At least I can always find my car in such car parks!
by Mal Grey
Mon Nov 17, 2014 1:30 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Quotes from non kayakers :)
Replies: 30
Views: 4868

Re: Quotes from non kayakers :)

I never fail to be amused by the regular comments to me in my open canoe of "look out, there are crocodiles ahead", "watch out for bears" and far worse, "look, little Jimmy, there's a man rowing a kayak".
by Mal Grey
Sun Nov 16, 2014 9:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Steamed up glasses!
Replies: 29
Views: 2560

Re: Steamed up glasses!

I wear glasses too, so far haven't find anything totally reliable. Some help, will try to find the name of the one I've been using recently but left the bottle somewhere...works for a while and just about enough to mean I don't steam up just putting the helmet on. My biggest problem is that after/du...
by Mal Grey
Sun Nov 16, 2014 8:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Yorkshire Cali Burn
Replies: 16
Views: 2008

Re: Yorkshire Cali Burn

Brilliant! (daft bugger...)
by Mal Grey
Tue Nov 11, 2014 10:29 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ooops!
Replies: 8
Views: 1729

Re: Ooops!

MikeVeal wrote:I reckon that engine will be hydro-locked. Seats will need drying out too, there appears to be some damp in the cab.
Unless its a Toyota Hi-Lux, in which case it will start first time.
by Mal Grey
Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:30 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Ray Mears on the Thames
Replies: 3
Views: 1793

Re: Ray Mears on the Thames

We helped film the paddling parts of this, you can even see the bows of my canoe for nearly a second at one point :) . Pleased with how it came out, and a very enjoyable day with a genuinely nice man, and a great crew. Arguably the best part was having a go in that lovely cedar/canvas canoe of his.
by Mal Grey
Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:27 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sad news - Paddler death on Marsy - Nepal.
Replies: 3
Views: 1360

Re: Sad news - Paddler death on Marsy - Nepal.

Sounds like somebody who will be sorely missed. My thoughts are with the family and friends, especially those who were with him at the time. I never knew the man, nor ever heard of him, but I'm truly proud to be part of an international community that cares about its people and places, and can share...
by Mal Grey
Fri Nov 07, 2014 9:11 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Through the Dudley Tunnel
Replies: 2
Views: 1764

Re: Through the Dudley Tunnel

The Dudley tunnel is a great trip in a canoe, its fascinating. You have to have an escort boat, whihc they'll only sort out for a group and a few donations, but its an electric thing that follows you so you never really never know its there in the dark! Doing it again in a few weeks.
by Mal Grey
Fri Oct 31, 2014 10:50 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paisley Freight & TNT
Replies: 10
Views: 2370

Re: Paisley Freight & TNT

I'm hearing through a similar Facebook discussion that the change may simply be temporary during the run up to Christmas.
by Mal Grey
Wed Oct 29, 2014 4:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New to paddling and the forum! Based in Newcastle upon Tyne
Replies: 7
Views: 685

Re: New to paddling and the forum! Based in Newcastle upon T

Head for Prudhoe train station. Theres a car park between the railway and the river, it's called Prudhoe Riverside Park. There's a fairly obvious path to the river and a nice beach to put in on. Tyne Valley Canoe Club paddle there on a Friday evening. Here, I think: http://www.paddlepoints.net?PP=386
by Mal Grey
Tue Oct 28, 2014 11:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Family canoeing 1 or 2 day trip on the Wye
Replies: 4
Views: 674

Re: Family canoeing 1 or 2 day trip on the Wye

Agreed, Glasbury to Bycross Farm is lovely over a couple of days, and the latter is one of the nicest campsites in England. It really does feel "away from it all" at times, and there are lots of little easy riffles in low to medium levels. Anything higher and I would probably leave it for another ti...
by Mal Grey
Tue Oct 21, 2014 10:22 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Natural composite canoe
Replies: 2
Views: 1553

Re: Natural composite canoe

Yes, its a lovely little boat, I was lucky to have a go in it at Barton Turf a few weeks ago. Greg Spencer is the man in the know in the UK.
by Mal Grey
Wed Oct 15, 2014 10:44 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Day parking on the A303?
Replies: 4
Views: 964

Re: Day parking on the A303?

Not used it, but maybe drop into Micheldever Station? (village or station itself if parking free/cheap) Thought about doing this once mysel, but met elsewhere in the end.
by Mal Grey
Sun Oct 12, 2014 10:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Inflatable kayaks dangerous?
Replies: 22
Views: 7620

Re: Inflatable kayaks dangerous?

My car is inherently dangerous but I have the skills and experience to tame it. (Hopefully!) If I lacked those skills, I'd have a problem... I have wondered about "retailers/manufacturers responsibility for warning of dangers" before. A difficult one. I hate the idea of a nanny state, and the sticke...
by Mal Grey
Sun Sep 21, 2014 12:40 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: The River Wye
Replies: 1
Views: 1635

Re: The River Wye

Looks like a great trip. Paddling's not just about the adrenaline stuff...
by Mal Grey
Fri Aug 22, 2014 12:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Stills the new video
Replies: 15
Views: 1456

Re: Stills the new video

Whilst I enjoy many vids, I also never get round to watching the majority, thanks to download speeds, time etc. And I've always preferred a picture "blog" to a video. A couple from the Allier last week. http://i603.photobucket.com/albums/tt112/malgrey/France%20Summer%20214/IMG_3171_zps00c1f958.jpg h...
by Mal Grey
Wed Aug 06, 2014 11:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Circular routes, Cambs. area.
Replies: 6
Views: 1172

Re: Circular routes, Cambs. area.

I don't know the area personally, but there may be some info on Paddle Points that's useful for planning your own routes: http://www.paddlepoints.net/PaddlePoint ... ridgeshire


Also, http://www.canoedaysout.com/
by Mal Grey
Wed Aug 06, 2014 10:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Canoe & kayak Mag' to close ?
Replies: 48
Views: 8646

Re: Canoe & kayak Mag' to close ?

A shame, as I liked to buy it occasionally, but I'm afraid its that "occasionally" word that probably makes a difference - I know few paddlers who buy a magazine regularly now. I'm afraid its not even that most have gone to digital mags, its more that forums, blogs and internet generally have taken ...
by Mal Grey
Sat Jul 26, 2014 12:37 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Thames locks above Oxford
Replies: 11
Views: 1473

Re: Thames locks above Oxford

To add to this, I believe there's a dedicated canoe pass at Radcot lock (which I've never had the pleasure of trying out myself)... Might be fun! Yep, and it is indeed quite fun. http://i603.photobucket.com/albums/tt112/malgrey/Upper%20Thames%20Paddles/Cricklade%20to%20Eynsham/thameazon128_zps44c1f...
by Mal Grey
Fri Jul 25, 2014 4:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Thames locks above Oxford
Replies: 11
Views: 1473

Re: Thames locks above Oxford

Typically only the first couple of miles below Cricklade are shallow, and only in part, but as others say it can be quite vegetated (though I like this as an adventure). There have been more tree blockages this year than usual, though all but one were passable without getting out the canoe in late M...
by Mal Grey
Thu Jul 17, 2014 12:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Hi, I'm new
Replies: 3
Views: 680

Re: Hi, I'm new

Hi and Welcome!