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    I have had an Alpkit stove since it came out and...

    I have had an Alpkit stove since it came out and have found it great, no significant difference from the Jetboils my mates have in terms of performance. Sometimes cheap is as good, but it varies....
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    DIY Replacement Tent Pole

    I have a single person tent with one pole missing from the low end and required to be bent quite tightly. I checked on-line and in the local store and could not find a replacement. I came up with...
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    I had this problem and solved it by using two...

    I had this problem and solved it by using two vertical bars on the roof rack and then putting the bottom of the vertical canoe against these bars. The bars had loops at the top which helped secure...
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    For me speed is essential after a hard day's...

    For me speed is essential after a hard day's paddling, so I don't do fancy.

    My standard main meals are-

    Stir Fry - takes about ten minutes in two pans
    fresh stir fry vegitable pack from...
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    I take a five litre bottle from a supermarket...

    I take a five litre bottle from a supermarket almost no matter how long the trip is. I have sterlising tablets and neutralising ones to kill the taste when I refill it while away - tablets weight...
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    Avon Skin So Soft and other weapons

    Watch potions that others recommend from foreign experience - be sure it works on midges, ideally in the area you are going to visit. As a general rule in Scotland I found Avon Skin So Soft is the...
  7. Just use vertical bars!

    I have a Passat with VW bars which are not that wide, well under the roof width. When I have to do this sort of load carrying I just bolt on vertical bars a little off centre, I put the canoe on its...
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    Just been booted off as too many users

    The site is getting too popular!

    I got a message saying Chat full and I got booted out. I clicked on the popup and it gave me a web page saying Evolve chat - chat full if you are the owner...
  9. All UK Marine Charts for 60 - brief review

    I have spent over 200 on paper charts over the last few years, with each chart costing over 20 - a lot of money. Mapyx have recently released all the UK Admiralty charts for UK and Ireland for just...
  10. Thread: GPS Question

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    Update on Mapyx

    They have recently released all, yes all, the Admiralty charts for Uk and Ireland for 60. I have bought a copy and am most impressed. The Mapxy software is free. I have spend 200 in the last few...
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    Alpkit again, internal drybags and check the dive shops

    I have had two small rucksacks from Aplkit for about three years. They are good day bags as they have a vision panel which lets you see what is inside or you can use as to see the map. I have no...
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    New launch site map

    Mainly USA sites to date, but only just launched!

    http://www.paddling.net/launches/

    It is map orientated using Google maps.

    :)
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    Presumeably you use the Gorilla tape like this!

    http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj86/sixbacon/temp_5.jpg
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    If the OS offer has finished, try this

    http://www.dash4it.co.uk/store/

    25% off OS maps all the time. I don't know how they do it. The maps are up to date and I have had excellent service for over two years now. They do the ordinary...
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    Alternative source ( cheaper too)

    I use both the winter and summer Kiwi trousers a lot and possibly luckily have had no problems. I do however only buy them when they are on offer in Go Outdoors. About 18 for summer ones and 24 for...
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    Another vote for the Delta Ranger

    I have knife in one pocket, just sticking out for easy but inconspicuous access. Compact camera in an Aquapac in another, whistle and compass in the last one on the front. In the back I have my hat...
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    Can you throw very far from a canoe?

    I use the 'throw line' as others indicate above, when I fall in. As for using it as a throw line from a canoe, and even more from a low down kayak, I am not convinced. I can probably paddle quicker ...
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    LED is the way

    LED torches are so much better now as said above. Forget the ones with multiple llittle 5 mm diam leds go for those with single 1W leds. Don't beleive me! Try the Aplkit one www.alpkit.com , the last...
  19. Thread: Tarp Clips.

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    Magic Pebbles

    Overlap tarps. Place roundish pebbles ,not too small or not big, at intervals, grab pebbles through both tarps and crush tarps on, secure with thin rope or bailer twine using clove hitchs and pull...
  20. Thread: Tarp Clips.

    by sixbacon
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    Some of us use builders tarps!

    SMnonoDon't knock them, they are dirt cheap. Bit noisy though!

    And also use a pebble to achieve what this cunning piece of plastic does.:)
  21. Another endorsement

    I have had a pair for a couple of years. My standard winter wear! I picked them up from Go Outdoors, but I notice the price varies quite a bit. So if in no rush just wait till they come down again....
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    Triple S

    That's what the military call skin so soft. It is the best midge repellent out. Also used by the Forestry Commission and MR teams. Trouble is you cannot buy it in the shops only from the Avon person....
  23. Kicking the addiction

    I moved over to a fire steel, small steel frame heater that burns small bits of wood and pine cones, as recommended on this site, to try to get rid of of my fossil fuel addiction. So lighters and...
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    Hassle the dealer

    I have a Passat and a Bora and got the VW bars thrown in on each case. The rep has lots of scope, car sales are slow so hassle him. The list price is ridiculous as is the 15% off.

    The only issue...
  25. Thread: tent advice

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    Vango Beta 350

    I have one of these as shown in the review above. I use it when the wife and I are camping as you can sit in two cheap 'garage' folding chairs in the front section without touching the roof so great...
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