Tim, Imagine this...Poke wrote:OK ok, I know you’re just trolling for a response to kick up an old argument but entertain me for a second...Dinoboy wrote:The Dart runs reasonably well right down to relatively low levels.
The Ogwen on the other hand doesn't, so to all you who jump on it in a boat when a bike would be more useful, please just go hill walking, climbing, biking....anything!
You’re a member of a club,
You book some accommodation weeks (perhaps months) in advance for your club Wales trip.
You only get a handful of these a year and the membership of your club depends on it.
Many of the club members do not have their own boating kit so are borrowing from the club.
Most don’t actually have walking boots and decent outdoor kit so going up on the hills is out. There is nowhere near enough space in the jampacked minibus for bikes.
Full of enthusiasm you rock up at your intended run.
The levels are pitifully low, but you’ve done it before at those levels, and know that despite a bit of rock bashing in places, you can get down and the lack of power in the water actually means that some of the weaker paddlers will actually get on better than they may have done if it was higher.
a) decide that as it’s at a level you wouldn’t want to paddle it yourself, therefore not get on and tell everyone to hit the tea-shops, even though the same happened on the last trip and some of these guys now haven't been on a proper river in 6 months.
b) get on, have a fun bimble down, and take pleasure in the enjoyment the less experienced members of your group are getting from the experience.
As for the original question, I’ve no idea – I’ve certainly done it very low.
Does anyone have an EA gauge calibration for 6” below the ledge?
- You live in a small town through which a river popular for both paddling and fishing flows; it's well known in the community that you're a paddler, indeed you've managed to convince some people that you'll be reasonable in your use of the natural resource such that people have given you permission to use their private land to access and egress partway down a section for coaching purposes, all this in spite of there being historical emnity between the two sporting interests in the area.
But every time other paddlers use the resource in low water or do so without consideration for fishermen you get to hear about it, because "you're one of them"; even though they are from all over the country and you don't even share their point of view.
The level of anger from some other members of the community is such that it's not worth using the land to which you've been allowed access because of the likelyhood of becoming embroiled in an argument.
Imagine how your blood would begin to boil the fifth, tenth, thirtieth etc time you had one of your neigbours wanting you to try to account for the behaviour of a group you don't know, doing something you yourself wouldn't do...
Or how about this...
- You've had heavy summer rain and decide to go out for a quick blast on your local run, it's been a while since you've had the water for it and it seems like you're going to have some fun in the sun.
You arrive at the put in to a really good level and start to get the boats off when someone comes up to you irate, shouting about a big group of kayakers from the previous week paddling when it was "totally empty" and running straight though the middle of the pool he was fishing without warning.
He threatens to damage the cars he knows you're going to leave at the top if you get on and it becomes apparent that this just isn't going to be fun, nor do you have the time to calm the fellow down or call the authorities; You drive back feeling defeated and quietly seethe whilst you set to with the things which prevented you from staying longer and trying to sort the issue out...