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I may get a bit of criticism for this, but I've decided to set up a website dedicated to soloing. Here's the address:
http://worldkayakblogs.com/robinsolos/

Water is pretty scarce in Italy at the moment, so I won't be able to update it regularly for a month or two. But I hope you get an impression of what I'm trying to create.

Please make suggestions and leave comments, whether they're positive or negative. I'll approve anything unless it's vulgar or irrelevant.

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Thank you. In these times we have so many taboos about solo paddling.

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Interesting read Robin and nice videos, I look forward to your updates. Soloing white water is an aspect of kayaking I really enjoy as well as group paddling and it's rare to see anything other than criticism about it.

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I see no reason why soloing a river is any less dangerous than soloing while rock climbing.

Most of us are adult enough to live accepting the extra risks that may arise.

An interesting website, I shall keep an eye on it.
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In reality anybody who has become really enthusatic about this sport has found themselves soloing. Probably for one major reason its not always easy to find partners to go with. Its a good ideal Dr Robin.

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Great!!
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Nice work Robin!

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Jim_MWX wrote:I see no reason why soloing a river is any less dangerous than soloing while rock climbing.

Most of us are adult enough to live accepting the extra risks that may arise.

An interesting website, I shall keep an eye on it.
Huh, a fall from a height is almost always going to cause damage. Taking a swim is a far less definite?
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Yep.Get it.Not done much, but certainly the best times.I never felt alone strangely,i was with the water.

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I think maybe the comment comapring the risks with solo climbing is that climbing solo is a lot more common place and generally less frowned upon, being active with both communities that's the impression that I get.

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Dave T wrote: it's rare to see anything other than criticism about it.
Such as? I can't think of any I've seen, offhand...?
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Mark R wrote:
Dave T wrote: it's rare to see anything other than criticism about it.
Such as? I can't think of any I've seen, offhand...?
Really? Never heard of "less than 3 there never should be"? Sometimes people react almost aggressively when they catch me soloing. Sometimes people just stare at me and shake their heads. There was even some mild criticism of Daz Clarkson's current solo trip on this message board.

I'm pretty surprised by how positive everyone has been so far.

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Well done Robin, there is a sense of personal calm and a purity of purpose in soloing that is totally different to group paddling. I look forward to reading and watching your updates.

Mark R - I can think of two occasions I have been criticised on my decisions to solo. But on both occasions I was criticised by third parties, in discussions with friends of mine. Never face to face.

I have never soloed anything that I consider to be 'out there', and I struggle to see how my list of solos would be 'out there'. So the criticism must be partially due to perceived dogma.

I love reading about other paddlers 'out there' solo's though, stuff of legends.

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Dr Robin wrote:Never heard of "less than 3 there never should be"?
That's a mantra, that's not a criticism. I think it's generally agreed that those who choose to bypass it should do so with extreme care, and the knowhow to do so...few would suggest that paddling alone in itself invites criticism.
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Dr Robin wrote:Really? Never heard of "less than 3 there never should be"?
That phrase always tickles me, especially in the dogmatic way it is held by some. People can be of the mind-set - 'It rimes, so it must be true'. I understand that it must be a very spiritual, peaceful and invigorating experience to be in such awesome places alone.

I find that whilst you can often effect a more effective rescue the more people that you have, my observation is that the fewer people, to my point of experience, the less likely you are to need it.

I almost never solo but have paddled lots in a pairs. For me paddling is about sharing new places with other people, I also like to know if I mess up, I'm not on my own. Personally, I like a small group of 4ish for a new river, sharing the love and feeling like I have a safety net. I tend to dislike paddling in big groups of more than 6. I would roll my eyes at a huge group snaking down a rapid in a long line, not a solo boater within his grade.
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I quite like the idea of soloing,the only reason i dont solo is because i am too lazy to walk the shuttle.

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5 Things to do before i die.

1-Multiday Solo on a warm world river

2-Win lottery

3-Marry Beyonce

4-Climb Everest

5-Another multiday solo on some other world river

Great idea Robin

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I've only ever solo paddled two rivers, interestingly I found that it didn't feel that different until I turned off my gopro at which point I felt I had the river to myself.

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Have added some mindless rambling onto the website, but really don't mind if you choose to bin it. PS: it is vaguely in support of soloing!
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meatballs wrote:
Jim_MWX wrote:I see no reason why soloing a river is any less dangerous than soloing while rock climbing.

Most of us are adult enough to live accepting the extra risks that may arise.

An interesting website, I shall keep an eye on it.
Huh, a fall from a height is almost always going to cause damage. Taking a swim is a far less definite?

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Good for you, Robin! A subject I've debated before in CKUK. Hope you won't mind but I've mentioned your blog in my column for issue 134 (out beginning April). Check it out next month and keep the blogs flowing.

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therealfloater wrote:Good for you, Robin! A subject I've debated before in CKUK. Hope you won't mind but I've mentioned your blog in my column for issue 134 (out beginning April). Check it out next month and keep the blogs flowing.

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Of course I'm very pleased that you'll mention my blog. Hopefully it'll be more active in April, at the moment I have to keep waiting for Italy to warm up...

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Strange that N. Italy isn't working yet - we've been getting some meltwater in the Valais Alps, Chamonix region and Jura for the last 2 weeks.
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There's nothing in Trentino yet. It rained last night in Trento but it all fell as snow in the hills so the Noce didn't come up. It rained in Liguria yesterday but I'm stuck at work and I'm guessing the water will be gone by the weekend...

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nice one robin,

keep up the good work and the fitness training!

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