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by John K
Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn
Replies: 91
Views: 5501

Re: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn

The Dart gets overcrowded in season with lots of anti social parking on local roads because people don't want to pay to use the Country Park. The River Dart Country Park doesn't charge paddlers to access the river across its land like Canolfan Tryweryn does. The only charge is for car parking. Just...
by John K
Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn
Replies: 91
Views: 5501

Re: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn

There appears to be one school of thought that says we have a right to park wherever we want to and access rivers across other people's property without ever having to pay anything. I don't think we do have that right, and unless we get land reform similar to Scotland that's unlikely to change. The ...
by John K
Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn
Replies: 91
Views: 5501

Re: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn

In which case it would appear that the Chair of Canoe Wales may be attempting to exercise powers that he does not hold.

Is there a general rule that all NGBs are required to be crap at this sort of stuff?
by John K
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn
Replies: 91
Views: 5501

Re: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn

On WCA website it does say (which was posted on 11th Aug): "Any member of Canoe Wales can also submit a motion to be included on the agenda at the AGM. As per the Canoe Wales Articles of Association, these motions must be submitted within 42 days of the meeting and will be accepted at the discretio...
by John K
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn
Replies: 91
Views: 5501

Re: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn

It couldn't lead to that, because law-abiding paddlers only launch from public rights of way, which landowners can't charge to use. There are many places where we access across private land with permission without any fee being charged. In fact I can only think of two places where a fee is charged ...
by John K
Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn
Replies: 91
Views: 5501

Re: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn

As suggested in CW's letter and Adrian Cooper's post above it may not actually be as cut and dried as that though. Granted it would be simpler if it was, but if this was any other land owner claiming that the only access was across his land for which a charge was payable, you can be sure that we wou...
by John K
Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn
Replies: 91
Views: 5501

Re: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn

Indeed - but they are using the "facilities" & not being charged for it. Which gives the impression that the £7/£14 is a launch fee not a facilities fee. The "facilities" fee clearly includes a launch fee, and it's perfectly legitimate to charge paddlers to use private land to access a river. I thi...
by John K
Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn
Replies: 91
Views: 5501

Re: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn

or does all access require use of private land for which a fee might be reasonable? Yes. Check out the OS map. The whole thing is a non-issue. CTWWC is a great facility, with changing rooms, toilets, a first aid room, and shuttle buses every half hour to the top of the run. It offers equivalent ame...
by John K
Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn
Replies: 91
Views: 5501

Re: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn

I guess it will depend on the wording of the constitution but I would expect any member to be able to get their proposal onto the AGM agenda if they follow the correct procedure. I wouldn't expect it to be at the Chair's discretion. I am also very uncomfortable with the situation at the Treweryn as ...
by John K
Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Cag maintenance advice
Replies: 15
Views: 1131

Re: Cag maintenance advice

Online sales isn't a bad thing by any means, but a company needs to have the product knowledge and after sales support to back it up. I'm not sure Wetsuit Outlet can provide this for white water kayaking. In my experience Wetsuit Outlet provide absolutely excellent customer service. Their website h...
by John K
Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaking watches?
Replies: 45
Views: 9191

Re: Kayaking watches?

+1 for the five quid watches from Decathlon. I've had them on my BA's for a couple of years now and haven't managed to kill them despite trying quite hard.
by John K
Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Woodmill Sluice - Please vote for a new WW course in Southampton
Replies: 21
Views: 2054

Re: Woodmill Sluice - Please vote for a new WW course in Southampton

On a road trip last week we stumbled across the Parc des eaux vives at Huningue in France. They have a really nice grade two whitewater course which might make a good model for Woodmill. The course has been built alongside the feeder canal between the River Loire and the Loire Canal, and has a much ...
by John K
Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Marking paddles
Replies: 11
Views: 1395

Re: Marking paddles

I've been using Toughtags for a few months now and they still look like they did on day 1. Super sticky, super tough.

https://toughtags.co.uk
by John K
Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Boat suggestions for tall and lanky teenager please
Replies: 13
Views: 852

Re: Boat suggestions for tall and lanky teenager please

I'd be interested in a demo sometime to see if he can scrunch himself into it! I'm not around much for the next few weeks, but maybe LV in September?
by John K
Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Boat suggestions for tall and lanky teenager please
Replies: 13
Views: 852

Re: Boat suggestions for tall and lanky teenager please

Thanks for all the suggestions, I'll get him to try some of them for size. If all else fails he can have my Axiom 9 and a couple of paving slabs :)
by John K
Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sports hypnotherapy
Replies: 12
Views: 769

Re: Sports hypnotherapy

Those Glenmore Lodge videos break it down very well. Can you persuade someone to come and stand in the water to help you?
by John K
Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Boat suggestions for tall and lanky teenager please
Replies: 13
Views: 852

Boat suggestions for tall and lanky teenager please

My son has just about outgrown his Axiom 8.5 and we're looking for ideas for something suitable to replace it with. He's 6'5", size 10 feet, and weighs 70kg. An Axiom 9 would fit, but he'd be a good 10kg below the minimum suggested weight so it wouldn't set his world on fire. Any suggestions of simi...
by John K
Tue Jul 04, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Hypothetically
Replies: 11
Views: 1094

Re: Hypothetically

Indeed. It doesn't seem to have stopped people making these "agreements" in the past though.
by John K
Sun Jul 02, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Hypothetically
Replies: 11
Views: 1094

Re: Hypothetically

If you've got a land owner who is interested in improving access across his land to the river then that would be a good thing.

If this involves any sort of restriction of paddling on the river then this would be less good.
by John K
Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tall Skinny drysuit, advice or sales.
Replies: 5
Views: 828

Re: Tall Skinny drysuit, advice or sales.

GeorgeButler wrote:From looking at the palm suits it will be a L or XL which will just be too baggy.
My son is a bit taller than you and a bit skinnier, and a Palm medium fits him pretty well. It's definitely worth trying a couple of different sizes if you have the chance.
by John K
Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Woodmill Sluice - Please vote for a new WW course in Southampton
Replies: 21
Views: 2054

Re: Woodmill Sluice - Please vote for a new WW course in Southampton

According to the Lee Valley web site the Legacy has a total drop of 1.6m but that figure seems rather low to me.

https://www.gowhitewater.co.uk/faqs

I can't find any figures for the Nene which I guess would probably be a nearer comparison.
by John K
Fri Jun 16, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Woodmill Sluice - Please vote for a new WW course in Southampton
Replies: 21
Views: 2054

Woodmill Sluice removal. Consultation, please participate.

Done. Let's hope they have enough imagination to make the most of what could be a really good facility for the area.
by John K
Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Family Sea Kayaking
Replies: 10
Views: 948

Re: Family Sea Kayaking

We started off with a Malibu 2 XL which is a bit of a barge, but very versatile and can be used solo, as a tandem, or a triple. I'm very tall and found it surprisingly usable on my own and did some good day trips on it, small people may struggle a bit though. If you're OK handling it solo then you c...
by John K
Sun Jun 11, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Family Sea Kayaking
Replies: 10
Views: 948

Re: Family Sea Kayaking

I'd be looking at starting off by mucking about with a sit on top or two, not actually going anywhere and incorporating lots of swimming. Get them used to the idea that it's fun. Take them out for a little bimble one at a time. Pick your conditions carefully. Make sure you're really confident at sel...
by John K
Wed May 17, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: What do you wear when surf kayaking???
Replies: 17
Views: 2128

Re: What do you wear when surf kayaking???

Drysuit in the winter. Neoprene shorts and a dry cag when it warms up a bit. Thermal layers depending on conditions.
by John K
Fri May 05, 2017 7:44 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best whitewater course in the land
Replies: 27
Views: 3133

Re: Best whitewater course in the land

It's not just the on-water experience though, I love Lee Valley, but my God - it's a pain in the arse to get food & drink afterwards. The cafe area just doesn't work, slow service & illogical clumps of people hanging around waiting for coffee, food etc... This season they have completely redesigned...
by John K
Mon May 01, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Crabs
Replies: 4
Views: 796

Re: Crabs

I like the DMM Aero HMS Screwgate

http://dmmclimbing.com/products/aero-hms/
by John K
Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Vehicle for boats and bikes
Replies: 16
Views: 1278

Re: Vehicle for boats and bikes

Peter Brown wrote:I would go van if it wasn't for the speed limit.
You just need the right van :)