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by PMB
Mon Dec 08, 2014 7:44 pm
Forum: England - Northwest
Topic: RIVER RAWTHEY
Replies: 28
Views: 10533

Re: RIVER RAWTHEY

Paddled from Rawthey Bridge to the Lune confluence yesterday at 1.5-1.6 on the gauge at Brigflats. I'm not sure to what extent this gave an accurate reading given it is below the confluence with the Clough - the lower stretch felt medium, the upper medium/low. Have to say I felt a little short chang...
by PMB
Fri Nov 14, 2014 11:51 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Old School-O-rama
Replies: 16
Views: 1879

Re: Old School-O-rama

dave_walton wrote: I still paddle my super ego on a regular basis, in fact it's my current playboat and it has a certain character newer boats don't have. It's just so much fun to pull out into the current and tail squirt a section of river. I paddle my Ego (owned since new!) on practically everyth...
by PMB
Tue Nov 04, 2014 6:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: North Wales River Recommendations Please
Replies: 11
Views: 1223

Re: North Wales River Recommendations Please

There is hassle on the Seiont still. I paddled it on the weekend in a small group, and we had hassle just above the first set of weir (where there is a CCTV camera) next to an outhouse river left, and further down where two lads were filming us with camera phones. We initially thought this was becau...
by PMB
Mon Nov 03, 2014 5:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: North Wales River Recommendations Please
Replies: 11
Views: 1223

Re: North Wales River Recommendations Please

The Seiont is fairly continuous grade III at points plus has what some might call a grade IV- feature about 10 minutes from the get-on, so I'm not sure that meets your criteria.
by PMB
Sat Oct 18, 2014 3:58 pm
Forum: Wales - North
Topic: River Wnion - Bridge off A494 to Bont Newydd
Replies: 9
Views: 5490

Re: River Wnion - Bridge off A494 to Bont Newydd

Per my post in January, there's still a large tree across the gorge at the bottom which can be manoeuvered around at medium flows. A couple of other trees to watch out for in the gorge, but nothing you can't paddle around on sight if you're cautious. Also, the local angling club seems to have put up...
by PMB
Wed Jun 11, 2014 11:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sanna Dam Proposal
Replies: 0
Views: 327

Sanna Dam Proposal

Having just done some research on the internet, I've noticed there is an intention to dam the Sanna. There's an online petition against this, which summarises the proposal better than I could. See https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Prevent_the_destruction_of_the_Sanna/?pv=2 . Does anyone know much...
by PMB
Wed Jun 11, 2014 11:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Alps- Water Levels
Replies: 49
Views: 8650

Re: Alps- Water Levels

Hey guys, I'm heading out to Austria in 12 days and thought I'd have a quick look online at levels around Landeck. Having checked online the Oetz looks to be pretty full at the moment, showing a reading of just below 300 on the gauge in Tumpen (online guides I've read suggest high water on the Upper...
by PMB
Mon May 26, 2014 9:07 pm
Forum: Scotland - Far North
Topic: River Conan
Replies: 5
Views: 3863

Re: River Conan

Did this with a mate on Sunday evening late in the day with the light fading. We went up to run the Meig Gorge, and turned down to check out whether the dam was releasing. To our complete surprise it was and the river was well into the trees and flowing at a considerable pace! Walking up from the br...
by PMB
Fri May 02, 2014 9:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley - assessments
Replies: 58
Views: 5760

Re: Lee Valley - assessments

the web site states that if you have your 5 star or level 3 coach certificate and can supply either of these as proof then you can bypass the Legacy course assessment and go straight for the Olympic one Surely if you have 5 Star or L3 that's a reasonable requirement for getting on the longer course...
by PMB
Fri May 02, 2014 8:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: RODEO!! Old school throwback on Green
Replies: 10
Views: 1245

Re: RODEO!! Old school throwback on Green

Looks like my normal day on the river. Still paddle a 13 year old playboat on everything I can huck it down and love every day of it. Doesn't get much better than throwing a ma-hoo-sive wavewheel on your way down some chunky water. Have to say, I never got on with Ina Zones - I always found them slo...
by PMB
Tue Apr 15, 2014 10:41 pm
Forum: Dates and Events
Topic: Demo Boat Days
Replies: 0
Views: 772

Demo Boat Days

After 10 years of boating I'm looking at finally getting myself something bigger than a playboat to huck my meat in. With the summer fast approaching, does anyone know of any demo boat days in N England or N Wales scheduled between now and the end of June? I'd also consider going to HPP for a demo d...
by PMB
Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:32 pm
Forum: England - Northwest
Topic: RIVER SPRINT (Near S Bends to River Kent Confluence)
Replies: 36
Views: 13340

Re: RIVER SPRINT (Near S Bends to River Kent Confluence)

Ran this today with no mandatory portages. Looks as if the tree mentioned above has washed ashore river left further down. Quite a few overhanging branches to watch out for on the way down but certainly nothing terminal!
by PMB
Mon Mar 31, 2014 12:57 pm
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: Alps June 2014
Replies: 6
Views: 1173

Re: Alps June 2014

Gents, not sure if you've seen my post elsewhere but I'm looking for paddling buddies to go to the Alps with. Am flexible on dates. http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=110073 Have been to both France and Austria before. Also, speak German which comes in handy. Am based in Gr...
by PMB
Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:22 pm
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: Anyone fancy meeting up at HPP?
Replies: 2
Views: 865

Re: Anyone fancy meeting up at HPP?

Am game whenever there's no water around on the weekend. Potentially includes this coming Sunday!
by PMB
Mon Mar 24, 2014 1:17 pm
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: Austria 2014
Replies: 3
Views: 1014

Re: Austria 2014

Anyone interested?
by PMB
Sat Mar 08, 2014 7:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tree still in Abberglaslyn gorge lower section ..?
Replies: 2
Views: 519

Re: Tree still in Abberglaslyn gorge lower section ..?

Nope, no longer there. There is a humongous tree mid-river at the get-on which I'd imagine will get swept down when levels are up.
by PMB
Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:58 pm
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: Austria 2014
Replies: 3
Views: 1014

Austria 2014

Hi everyone, Is anyone planning a mates trip to Landeck who wouldn't mind an experienced alpine boater coming along? I'm a confident IV+ paddler, but unfortunately my paddling mates can't get time off in June/July to go although I'm quite flexible with holidays and I don't want to miss this season. ...
by PMB
Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:51 am
Forum: Wales - North
Topic: Ogwen Trees
Replies: 2
Views: 2125

Ogwen Trees

Trees down in the Ogwen where the river breaks into channels past the A5 bridge. As of yesterday it was possible to get down, but it is definitely worth getting out for a brief scout from the bank.

Also make sure you keep your eyes peeled for the sofa mid-stream in Bethesda!
by PMB
Sat Jan 25, 2014 4:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Inflatable roof rack
Replies: 5
Views: 435

Re: Inflatable roof rack

As mentioned above, I've used them for foreign trips before but never as a long term solution. I remember when we had 3 or 4 boats on a tiny hire car in Slovenia, it started raining hard, and we went around a hairpin bend at moderate speed. The whole set of boats plus roofrack came off, skidded acro...
by PMB
Fri Jan 24, 2014 12:03 pm
Forum: Dates and Events
Topic: Safety & Rescue volunteers needed: BUCS Slalom 15-16 Feb '14
Replies: 2
Views: 870

Re: Safety & Rescue volunteers needed: BUCS Slalom 15-16 Feb

Should be able to make both days. Will confirm within the next week or so. Phil
by PMB
Sun Jan 19, 2014 9:12 pm
Forum: Wales - North
Topic: River Wnion - Bridge off A494 to Bont Newydd
Replies: 9
Views: 5490

Re: River Wnion - Bridge off A494 to Bont Newydd

Ran this today. Beware that there's a large tree down at the bottom of the gorge under the road bridge which doesn't look like its going anywhere anytime soon. Can be paddled under in medium flows. A good, little blast.
by PMB
Sun Jan 12, 2014 5:40 pm
Forum: England - Northwest
Topic: RIVER LEVEN
Replies: 89
Views: 26539

Re: RIVER LEVEN

Tree in the far left chute of the first weir ater the pipe bridge. Beware as it cannot easily be seen from upstream or the bank on river right.
by PMB
Sun Dec 08, 2013 4:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Prussik identification?
Replies: 90
Views: 7257

Re: Prussik identification?

Just to spark this whole conversation off again, what diameter cord is ideal for whitewater use? I went into the climbing shop yesterday and they had a variety ranging from 3mm(!!!) upto 8mm though I'm not quite sure what the consensus is on diameters for use with wet rope. Does anyone have any sugg...
by PMB
Sun Nov 24, 2013 8:25 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Lost Throwline BUCS River Race - Washburn, 23/11/13
Replies: 0
Views: 290

Lost Throwline BUCS River Race - Washburn, 23/11/13

After having lost a line on the Kent a couple of weeks ago during a rescue, I've had my replacement line go walkies at the BUCS River Race on the Washburn this weekend. It was being used for safety at the main drop and had to be let go by one of the guys. Its a HF Weasel line with my name on it (Phi...
by PMB
Wed Nov 13, 2013 8:58 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Overthruster
Replies: 3
Views: 455

Re: Overthruster

I've a Pyranha 4:20.
by PMB
Tue Nov 12, 2013 1:41 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Overthruster
Replies: 3
Views: 455

Overthruster

DIY isn't my strength and I don't want to use a beach ball for safety reasons, so does anyone know where I can buy an overthruster? I know IR make them but can't seem to find any for sale in the UK and am not too keen on the Jackson products.
by PMB
Wed Oct 30, 2013 8:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Has anyone 'Never' swum?
Replies: 43
Views: 6819

Re: Has anyone 'Never' swum?

I once met this German guy in the Alps (possibly called Hans the mighty Zoechensclakenbauer) who claimed he'd never taken a swim. He was huge, looked like a Viking, had arms bigger than my legs, Sounds like Techno Viking but in kayaking apparel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PozbCdtvixQ Could it ...
by PMB
Mon Oct 28, 2013 3:20 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Yellow boat in the Kent
Replies: 2
Views: 620

Re: Yellow boat in the Kent

Thanks a lot Dave. One of our group took a swim yesterday on the Kent and lost his boat. Think he's heading back up to look for it today.
by PMB
Sun Oct 27, 2013 11:08 pm
Forum: England - Northwest
Topic: RIVER CALDEW (Grainsgill Beck to Mosedale)
Replies: 9
Views: 6175

Re: RIVER CALDEW (Grainsgill Beck to Mosedale)

Ran this today so it would have been about 1.00 on the gauge. Was a bit rocky, would have liked to have more water in it. Presume anything above 1.10-1.20 would be a good level.
by PMB
Sun Oct 27, 2013 9:18 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Throwline on Kent
Replies: 0
Views: 339

Throwline on Kent

Throwline lost on the Kent around the L-shaped weir this afternoon. It's a 15m Boulder line with 'Phil B' on the label in the bag.

If you find it could you let me know. Cheers.