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  1. I've paddled the tunnel - it's reasonably...

    I've paddled the tunnel - it's reasonably straight so you can check it's clear before entering. A bright torch is essential so on-coming narrowboats can see you. There is no towpath, so portage is...
  2. I have used a platypus 4l filter system for...

    I have used a platypus 4l filter system for several years now, and always rated it highly. But this system looks to have an advantage in that the filter is integral to the bag/bottle giving a much...
  3. Thread: What3Words

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    Currently I am in (a) daring.lion.race - while...

    Currently I am in (a) daring.lion.race - while sat at my desk! Which I have to say sounds a lot more fun than the 8-figure grid reference, but is much less useful to navigate by.
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    Ewan: If the centre is open, they have a carpark...

    Ewan: If the centre is open, they have a carpark near the water (approx 50yards), and it is sometimes possible to drive to their slipway right at the water's edge. Later in the year water is often...
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    If the activity centre is open they will charge a...

    If the activity centre is open they will charge a launch fee, but you can then use their showers and changing room.
    When they're shut, I just launch anyway, never had a problem.
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    Summer Solstice Sunset

    Earlier this week I saw an invite to go paddling on the summer solstice. Unfortunately it was for a trip at the other end of the country, but it got me thinking I should get on the water for...
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    The camping doesn't fit as it is 'wild', but I...

    The camping doesn't fit as it is 'wild', but I have had some delightful overnight trips to Derwentwater. Blogs of 2 of them here:...
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    Brilliantly written and inspiring Graham. I've...

    Brilliantly written and inspiring Graham. I've been across Loch Ba as a day-trip before, and just last week was idly looking at a circular packrafting route from Bridge of Orchy via Ba Cottage, Loch...
  9. Thanks all. Glad you enjoyed the blog. The...

    Thanks all. Glad you enjoyed the blog.
    The route is plotted here for those interested in following it: https://www.plotaroute.com/route/834871?units=km The pub at the top of Ferry Bridge Lane has...
  10. A windy day on the water - Martin's Mexborough Meet

    One of the many things I like about SOTP is its sense of community. A few weeks ago, I collected the Swift Raven from Matt, and was entrusted some paddles to transport onwards to Bren. It turned out...
  11. The 15 will have more than enough carrying...

    The 15 will have more than enough carrying capacity, but if buying new have you considered the Apache Trekk 15 CIX. Its a carbon/innegra lay-up, so plenty strong enough for your intended use, is...
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    Thanks again Martin, and all for sharing a great...

    Thanks again Martin, and all for sharing a great day out. Blog pending - sorting through the photos...
  13. Thread: Advice needed

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    The nimrod 14 is the same hull as the Hou 14...

    The nimrod 14 is the same hull as the Hou 14 suggested above, under different branding. I don't know if the materials used are the same.
    I've not paddled it myself, but plenty of people on here...
  14. Thread: Advice needed

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    A few questions to help us help you. What sort of...

    A few questions to help us help you. What sort of load will the boat be carrying (including you +/- paddling partner)? Is the river flat/easy flowing water, or are you looking at regularly paddling...
  15. Sorry, I meant 'very stable'. It has a flat hull...

    Sorry, I meant 'very stable'. It has a flat hull with excellent primary stability.
    I have two boats with shallow arched hulls, which give reasonable primary stability, good secondary stability and...
  16. For your proposed use I'd personally stay away...

    For your proposed use I'd personally stay away from prospector variants. They have lots of windage which can spoil an open water trip, especially with a bow paddler who isn't paddling.
    Have a look...
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    I had a glass Apache 15 as my first composite...

    I had a glass Apache 15 as my first composite canoe, and have a mega outlander in glass too which is really quite old. I keep finding out about more previous owners...
    Both have been great boats,...
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    In the water rescue world we use this form...

    In the water rescue world we use this form primarily for assessing and stratifying the risk posed by weirs as part of a pre-plan to help with a speedy response to incidents. Fire services will have...
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    Maybe something by Handel or Gluck then, intended...

    Maybe something by Handel or Gluck then, intended for castrati?
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    Looking at paddlepoints and Google earth Bangor...

    Looking at paddlepoints and Google earth Bangor looks like the next obvious access point. It will more than double the trip - the river is very wiggly between Bangor and Farndon.
    I haven't paddled...
  21. I guess it could be done by grounding on a rock...

    I guess it could be done by grounding on a rock in flat water then trying to bunny- hop clear. In my case that would give a 100kg+ load concentrated in a small area. Scraping free sounds horrible in...
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    I did this trip one afternoon a couple of years...

    I did this trip one afternoon a couple of years ago - blog here: http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/forum/showthread.php/54252-Dee-Day
    Its a lovely easy river trip but I don't think it would stretch...
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    I'd agree with you mostly. But there can be a lot...

    I'd agree with you mostly. But there can be a lot of visitor pressure even in 'wild' places over here, so if it's practical to do so I prefer to bag up in compostable bags and take it away,...
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    I have used a bucket with a loo seat on it in the...

    I have used a bucket with a loo seat on it in the past - various models available commercially. But that doesn't fold flat, so I found a 'Bivvy loo portable camping toilet' on amazon, that does. It...
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    If you're after a long solo boat why not think...

    If you're after a long solo boat why not think about boatsthat are designed for solo paddling like the wnn prism? 16'6" long...
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