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  1. Very kind of you to say so, Old Man. Hope to...

    Very kind of you to say so, Old Man.
    Hope to finish off Bow Creek early one morning when the tide is high.

    Fyi: there is an interesting exhibition: Secret Rivers - at the Docklands Museum on...
  2. Thanks MB. The Viktor Wynd Museum is near...

    Thanks MB.
    The Viktor Wynd Museum is near there, just where the Regents takes an odd curve towards the gasometers. Could be worth a visit too.
  3. Starting where I finished last week, we set off...

    Starting where I finished last week, we set off early from the Basin in the IK to explore the Bow Back Rivers and return down tidal Bow Creek back to the Thames. Only two locks so should be fun, even...
  4. Loads of fascinating canal history online; Jack...

    Loads of fascinating canal history online; Jack Whitehead is good.
    But seeing as it's SotP, I wrote about my blow up boat instead.



    Thanks.
    There are plenty of longer-than-normal doubles as...
  5. At the tunnel's eastern portal, a gentrified...

    At the tunnel's eastern portal, a gentrified corner of Islington.
    https://apaddleinmypack.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/rkk-45.jpg?w=999

    Just on a bit, at City Road Lock there's a waterside cafe....
  6. Kings Cross is unrecognisable from the sleazy...

    Kings Cross is unrecognisable from the sleazy commuter hub I knew when I lived there in the 1980s.
    North of the station was a semi-derelict goods yard, and the famous gasometres and cobbled streets...
  7. Regents Canal Page 2

    Will sure be good exercise with a canoe ;-)

    So, from Bromfield road over the A5 and along Aberdeen Terrace above the canal should have been a 10-minute walk.
    But at the path by the power station...
  8. Urban Packrafting: Paddington to Limehouse

    After a bit of a wash-out weatherwise in NW Scotland this year, back in London it was high time to tick off the Regents Canal.
    As a bike messenger in the 80s I must have criss-crossed the canal...
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    FS: Alpacka Yak packraft - 470

    Been offered a deal on something similar so time to sell my brilliant Alpacka Yak.
    Very rare chance to buy a used US-made Alpacka in the UK.
    Pics from Iceland, Turkey, France, NW Scotland and back...
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    Sticky: Been watching a lot of MD's amazing archive which...

    Been watching a lot of MD's amazing archive which has appeared on YT lately (mostly 4WD and motorboats - one similar area with kayaks).
    You won't see docs made like that anymore. Some of it...
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    Sticky: Aussie adventurer Malcolm Douglas and 2...

    Aussie adventurer Malcolm Douglas and 2 aboriginal pals haul canoes down the remote Charnley river and then outrigger down the Kimberley Coast.
    Lots of portage and bushtucker, sharks and crocs. (In...
  12. Great report and pics. Pretty brave to tackle it...

    Great report and pics. Pretty brave to tackle it in those conditions.
    Found it while planning a return to the Allier after 12 years, but with a packraft this time, which I just did.

    Skipped the...
  13. Didn't know of the gauge at Montbrun but one at...

    Didn't know of the gauge at Montbrun but one at Pont du Tarn, Florac was minus something - 0.6?
    Didn't pay it much mind as I assumed I was in for mid-summer low water and that was that.
    Lot of...
  14. Just reading your 2016 article in Paddler. …...

    Just reading your 2016 article in Paddler.


    … down the initial slope the acceleration was alarming…


    Tell me about it! Didn’t remember that one near Ispagnac or the other steep drop just...
  15. Just back from Florac to Millau with my old copy....

    Just back from Florac to Millau with my old copy.
    Looking forward to the update; had some great paddling adventures down there thanks to edition 1.

    Did Tarn in 2007 and caught a few surprises...
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    Can't post a new thread in Reviews so I'll...

    Can't post a new thread in Reviews so I'll mention here we recently tried out a Longshore EX280 double.
    First UK brand of packrafts (sourced from China).

    Short version:
    • 4.5kg
    • Need to cross...
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    Home-made Pontoon Kayak Camper

    A 7-kilo home-made pontoon kayak or catayak camper.
    This guy is big into making packboats from very light and strong cuben fibre.


    https://youtu.be/qvqcgK4UO-o

    ...
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    I ran a Sunny...

    I ran a Sunny for years but in the end outgrew it once I accepted that at sea or on WW it tended to flex and swamp easily, especially with my weight (95kg). OK if not alone or on a warm French river,...
  19. Canoeing banned in southern Morocco

    ... a sorry state of affairs ;-0


    https://apaddleinmypack.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/noc.jpg
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    IMO another reason to avoid bladdered IKs and...

    IMO another reason to avoid bladdered IKs and canoes in our less than arid Brit climate is that water tends to get in between the bladder and shell which can take ages to dry unless you take the...
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    Just did a day on the Tarn in my packraft and a...

    Just did a day on the Tarn in my packraft and a mate in his new (2015 model) Twist 2 with full coat Nitrilon Light.
    Looked like a handy IK that could make a light solo travel boat once you sort out...
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    New Alpacka Gnu 'canoe' Just heard today...

    New Alpacka Gnu 'canoe'


    Just heard today there's a new Alpacka packraft that's especially canoe-able and so may interest SotP-ers.

    Three metres long, 3.7kg, 300-kilo payload. About 1000+
    ...
  23. I stand corrected Mr Inflator. To get metric:...

    I stand corrected Mr Inflator. To get metric: Gumo 0.2 bar, Grabner 0.3 bar. Others 0.1 bar, barely more pressure than a slackraft!
    It just underlines what great boats Gumotex make, certainly the...
  24. I think you may mean Grabner runs nearby double...

    I think you may mean Grabner runs nearby double the pressure of most other inflatables: Gumotex 3psi; Grabner 5psi (don't know if this applies to every single model). Can't believe others run only...
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    The debate may have run its course but this is a...

    The debate may have run its course but this is a point worth quoting (+ I want to get my numbers up).
    It's a bit like MTBs; you can buy a full-sus for 100 off ebay too. Or you can get a decent...
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