Gene17's Adventure Paddler's Weekend 3/4 December at RDCP

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Gene17's Adventure Paddler's Weekend 3/4 December at RDCP

Post by Simon Westgarth » Thu Dec 01, 2005 9:19 am

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This Saturday G17 is happy to present an evening of film premiere's, expedition lectures and presentations from some of the UK's leading Paddlers.

Starting at 1830
1830 John Miles Dart Photos
10 images or so from River Dart Local

1845 Rob Coffey Live Once Media
The Premiere Kayaking Lifestyle Kayaking Film from North Norway focusing on Rosie Cripps and her take on this paddling life

1900 Tim Maud Palm Equipment
Technical Lecture on the design of the modern PFD from one of the industries leading contributors

1930 Bob Campbell Pyranha
The story of a boats birth, from Plug to Production an insight into how a market leader produces a new toy

2000 Open Forum
Questions from the floor about any thing to doing with white water kayaking and adventure paddling, hosted by Olli Grau with Ed Cornfield, Tom Parker, Rob Coffey & Dave Carroll

2030 Mark Rainsley UKRGB
Bolivia, the Tibet of Latin America, Mark's the ultimate adventure paddler finally presents one of his numerous paddler trips

2115 Andy Phillips River Kore
For the first time in the UK, Teigdal, a short film from one of the boldest runs in Norway

2130 KAYAKSTAN
The UK's most talked about trip of the year, the British Universities Expedition to KYRGYZSTAN

See you there, in addition we have some rain for paddling booked and as it appears delivered

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Post by Chas C » Sun Dec 04, 2005 5:50 pm

A superb weekend - with mucho water - and great saturday evening entertainment (crazy Dave organising everyone together with some excellant presentations).

Even better than last year, and that was good too.

Well done Simon and all the crew.

Chas

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Post by stella » Sun Dec 04, 2005 6:35 pm

Year it was a great weekend.
water was good as well

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Post by Mark R » Sun Dec 04, 2005 8:55 pm

Nice weekend, good work Mr Westgarth. Special thanks for conjuring some water out of nowhere.

A couple of really sociable days, everyone and anyone was enjoying the rivers...on both days and on two different rivers, I was asked who exactly and how many were in my group...and realised I had no idea. Paddlers everywhere you looked!

How long can I leave it before it is polite to start naming swimmers?


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PS To the person who stole a small pile of T-shirts from the back of the hall at the end of the evening...good effort, you got yourself some t-shirts for free (although I have no idea why you didn't steal the laptop that was with them too, that was also fair game). However, they were actually my t-shirts, not yours, specially ordered and put aside to be given to the group of people who handle the technical side of this site in their own free time. But don't worry about it, you got some free t-shirts after all...nice work!

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Excellent evening

Post by Andy_L » Sun Dec 04, 2005 9:15 pm

It was an excellent evening of talks and socialising. I was amazed by the number of people who turned up. There must have been well over 100.

I could not get accommodation at the Dart Country Park and ended up staying at Exeter youth hostel (which is more expensive).

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Post by PhilG » Sun Dec 04, 2005 10:05 pm

The evening was entertaining, informative and thought provoking. Well done to Simon and all who presented.

Thanks as well to Cheese and Ollie for a great session on the loop today.

Happy days
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Post by Poke » Mon Dec 05, 2005 12:32 am

Yep, definately worth the long drive - and good to have some water around aswell.

Thanks to all involved in the organisation...
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Post by neilfarmer » Mon Dec 05, 2005 1:20 am

Indeed a great weekend, well worth the drive!
Loved the Erme and the UDart, now tired and satisfied!
Look forward to the next time there.....
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Re: Excellent evening

Post by James F » Mon Dec 05, 2005 7:27 am

Andy_L wrote:There must have been well over 100.
Just in the bar. I would put the number present for the evening at around 300. Well done to all concerned.

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Post by David Fairweather » Mon Dec 05, 2005 9:11 am

A fantastic weekend with great paddling. The Erme on Saturday was pure comedy, there must have been about 50 people geting on at once!

Cheers to all innvolved with the orginisation of the evening.

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Post by marv_mcd » Mon Dec 05, 2005 9:27 am

Yep, great weekend. I can hardly believe that Cheese & Olli spent three hours with us on the loop, how cool is that?
Nice to meet you Phil.

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Post by Zoe Newsam » Mon Dec 05, 2005 9:53 am

Yep, what a fantastic weekend. Thanks to Simon and everyone else who obviously worked so hard to organise it, and gave it to us for free.

One often unsaid thankyou too- to the two chaps who seem to look after catering and accommodation 24 hours a day at the Dart Park(yes, they cooked your breakfast, served you tea when you got off the river and poured your beer in the bar at night, then got up at silly-o'clock on sunday morning to do it all over again!). Thanks chaps-a friendly service with nowhere near enough staff.

To all who gave lectures etc, thanks! What a funny, informative, humbling evening. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and learned some stuff, too.

2 great river trips- a girly trip on the Loop (with one honourary girl!) on Saturday, and with Mrs Rainsley and the honourary girl on the lower Walkham on Sunday. Top stuff!

Zoe

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Post by Randy Fandango » Mon Dec 05, 2005 3:37 pm

Yeah thanks for a great weekend everyone. Excellent talks from all and a very funny compering turn from Dave Carroll.
Nice levels for the Erme and Upper on Saturday, then a less water but still fun run of the Upper on Sunday followed by a dash across to Watersmeet and a 50 minute blast down the East Lyn chasing the last of the daylight.
Great weekend.
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Post by Mark R » Mon Dec 05, 2005 3:51 pm

I was impressed to see 4-man rafts enjoying the upper Dart on Sunday, including Mark Simpson among them. Despite the low level, rafting seemed to work very well on the upper...I want a go at it!
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Post by Mark R » Mon Dec 05, 2005 3:53 pm

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Post by Randy Fandango » Mon Dec 05, 2005 4:08 pm

"With what seemed like more than 300 paddlers on each river.............. whether there has been a de facto abandonment of the access agreements on Dartmoor. If so, good; well done all concerned.
James F"

I have to admit that I had an access ticket for the Upper Dart on me. I found it in my BA pocket, dated some time in early 2003.
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Post by cswalker » Mon Dec 05, 2005 4:29 pm

Have the lines on the river changed since then? Or was that just me and TBoy?

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Post by Randy Fandango » Mon Dec 05, 2005 4:35 pm

cswalker wrote:Have the lines on the river changed since then? Or was that just me and TBoy?
I suspect you and Tom's problem is poor hearing. Probably all that loud music you youngsters like to listen too.
Dave understood my suggested line perfectly!

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Post by cswalker » Mon Dec 05, 2005 4:39 pm

Was that line option number 8 you gave us for that rapid, or the 'I know lets see what happens if I send TBoy and Walker that way?' line?

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Post by rach » Mon Dec 05, 2005 4:43 pm

Looks like a pic of me in the background!
I reconise those orange paddles and blue boat and helmet.

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Post by Mark R » Mon Dec 05, 2005 4:59 pm

A disturbing aspect of the weekend was the amount of people I met who turned out to be denizens of this website. I don't know about anyone else, but I find this unsettling...I find it much easier to continue believing that these people exist purely on my computer.
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Post by cswalker » Mon Dec 05, 2005 5:04 pm

That was my body double - I'm not that foolish to come in person! :)

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Post by Poke » Mon Dec 05, 2005 5:12 pm

guidebook wrote:A disturbing aspect of the weekend was the amount of people I met who turned out to be denizens of this website. I don't know about anyone else, but I find this unsettling...I find it much easier to continue believing that these people exist purely on my computer.
It was entertaining to see how different people looked to how I imagined them looking from what they say in their posts...
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Post by buck197 » Mon Dec 05, 2005 7:33 pm

To the person who stole the T shirts you have put a doubt in the organisers minds as to whether it is worth doing sometning like this. One paddler has let the whole side down, shame on you and may your river run dry.

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Post by neilfarmer » Mon Dec 05, 2005 7:45 pm

Randy Fandango wrote: dated some time in early 2003.
Mr Maud may have something to say about 'pfd replacement time'!
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Post by Mark R » Mon Dec 05, 2005 8:14 pm

neilfarmer wrote:'pfd replacement time'!
If I understood Tim Maud's talk, pfd replacement time is precisely the same length as a piece of string.


Good effort from Tim and Bob Campbell, both demystified things I knew virtually nothing about.


Revelation of the evening for me, was about the famous Pyranha Attak - from concept to production took a grand total of ten days!
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Post by James F » Mon Dec 05, 2005 9:41 pm

Rafting on the Upper...

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Post by kevinf » Mon Dec 05, 2005 9:50 pm

It was good to put some faces to names on the weekend

Chris Walker - Somehow I thought you would have been taller!


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Post by Patrick Clissold » Mon Dec 05, 2005 9:55 pm

guidebook wrote: Revelation of the evening for me, was about the famous Pyranha Attak - from concept to production took a grand total of ten days!
That explains a lot about the attack.

Good weekend all round, well done Simon & everybody else involved, especially Mr Carol, aka New Rory Bremner!

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Post by adam_harmer » Mon Dec 05, 2005 10:19 pm

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That was my body double - I'm not that foolish to come in person! :)

I didnt realise you could get body doubles of the cuddly flump, were they from Toys R Us

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