For Sale: L/XL Delta Ranger Buoyancy Aid – £25

For Sale: L/XL Delta Ranger Buoyancy Aid – £25  Now Sold – Thanks

120cm/47″ 100kg/220lb 55N
Hardly used – really excellent clean condition.
Description below from website (check prices!):

Bar-tacked Cordura shell, Nylon lining
2 bellow front pockets
Zipped mesh ID/permit pocket
Large back pocket (takes hydration system)
Adjustable shoulder straps(with hydration pouch straw locating loop)
40mm waist cinch for security
Lash tab, D-rings & key points
Retro-reflective piping
CE EN393 Certification

Keith: 07544 726 045 or keithtraverse@yahoo.co.uk

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River Dee by John Allerton

Was very very cold on hands today on the River Dee Level 0.86m –

Neil superb well done such improvement and also Aaron, John excellent.
Ian looked confident – not best weather but hey beats sitting on the couch.

Thanks all – the suns coming out in May finally Im sure! Thanks All.

Posted by Neil Jones on Sunday, 1 April 2018

Weaver Navigation 31/03/18 by John Fay

Saturday morning at 10:30am a small group of six LCC members met at the Runcorn Rowing Club to paddle the stretch of the Weaver Navigation up to the Dutton Locks. It was a hive of activity at the rowing club as boats were loaded onto trailers for an away meeting.

We weaved our way through the group carrying our kayaks to the launching pontoon with greetings being exchanged.  It was a leisurely two hour trip to the locks so with a stop for lunch we were looking at returning at around 4pm. With everyone safely on the water we were off.  Three sea kayaks, and three crossover kayaks made the two hour trip in decent weather. We had no rain and little wind. Arriving at the little landing point Phil tied all the boats together and we left them floating in a colourful little group on the water whilst we all headed to the picnic tables up ahead.The table was soon covered with sandwiches, biscuits, chocolate fudge cake and jam and “dirty custard  donuts.” It was a welcome break.

The weather had turned quite chilly now and so the group headed back. We usually make a trip around to the sluice gates before heading back but today we gave them a miss.  The return trip was done at the same leisurely pace although we did encounter some strong wind in places which made it a little longer than the two hours.  Despite our little group being a bit out of practice having not padded much distance over the winter months we managed the 10 mile trip quite comfortably.

Paddlers:-
Irene Jackson, Jim Duffy, Phil Edwards, Bob & Sue Hamilton and John Fay

For Sale Thule Kayak & Canoe Roof Bars £20

Thule Kayak & Canoe Roof Bars

Roof bars are for Opel / Vauxhall cars & vans with fixpoint mounting. (Corsa D Hatchback 2006 onwards, Combo Van 2002 onwards, Combo Tour 2002 onwards, Meriva MPV 2003 onwards, Sigma Estate 2003 onwards or Vectra Sedan & GTS 2002 onwards)

I have changed my car from Vauxhall to Ford and, therefore, the roof bars do not fit my new car. Roof bars are in good condition and are sold with fitting instructions, allen key and keys for locks, to lock onto the fixpoint mounting and also 2 canoe / kayak straps.

Price :
If you are interested in buying them, please call me on 01704 573 147.

Many thanks,
Andrew

First two days in Scotland with low water on the middle Orchy and Spean Gorge by Clark Lawless

First two days in Scotland with low water on the middle orchy and spean gorge

Posted by Clark Lawless on Sunday, 1 April 2018

Sun Koshi Early April Kit List for 8 days on the river/road

You’ll have 1 soft stuff bag that goes in a dry bag for everything to go in. Valuables or crushables (e.g. sun glasses / bottles of Deet …) go in the Peli-case

 

Paddling clothes for warm water:

  • Helmet
  • BA
  • Spray deck, remember to check yours will fit choice A and B from the hire list
  • Quick drying long sleeve top (and legs if on raft) to protect from sun (rash vest or base layer)
  • Cag for the afternoon wind, short sleeve fine but if back to back storms it can get cool so still take long sleeve
  • Shorts
  • 3 sets of undies – on, off & a spare in case evening rain prevents a wash drying
  • River shoes that have grip to portage on boulders
  • Consider gloves (socks if rafting) to protect against the sun
  • Factor 50 sunscreen
  • Contact lenses not ideal with water quality and silt after rain or big water splashes
  • Bug repellent (mainly last 2 days) maybe for lunch stops
  • Dry bag to take bits in the boat – you can’t access kit between camps
  • Airbags, check if required before going, there were some with a bit of life in them provided
  • Personal safety kit
  • Throwline? Probably not going to use due to river width and the fact the group don’t stop to set up safety
  • Water bottle, they provide clean water and squash
  • Lots of food at breakfast, lunch and dinner no need for extra snacks

 

Camping kit:

  • Tents provided but the fine sand got in. You may want to have a bag to protect valuables
  • Summer sleeping bag, they will provide but you may like to use your own
  • Camping pillow or pillowcase to stuff with clothes
  • Roll mat can be provided, taking a thermarest recommended
  • 1 set of shorts, t-shirt, long sleeve warm top, waterproof jacket, trousers if susceptible to insect bites
  • Pyjamas – it was super hot
  • Travel towel (also needed for some hotels)
  • Wash stuff for a dip in the river
  • You might want shoes (flip flops fine) when it goes dark as there are some rocks, possible glass in places and insects towards the end of the trip
  • Sunglasses and/or hat
  • 1st aid kit, guides do carry one but you might want some personal bits
  • Insect bite cream might be handy
  • Imodium and hydrolyte, just in case
  • Head torch – a red light doesn’t attract midges if you have one
  • Aftersun or moisturiser in case of sunburn
  • A mosquito net could be hung in the tent if desired, but not required
  • Alarm clock if good at sleeping
  • Power bank or solar charger
  • Camera
  • Limited phone signal on the river
  • Camp was packed up before breakfast so if you need anything after eating you need to carry it in your boat

 

Other bits:

  • Hand sanitiser for bus ride and days before/after river trip
  • A bag for walking round town before and after trip
  • A sarong might be useful when changing at the get in/out for the girls
  • They provide plenty of loo roll, but take a little for the bus ride. The stops won’t have any
  • 1 set of clothes for a day after the river to be left in luggage bag at hotel if you want a clean outfit. Holdalls rather than suitcases are easier to back down to leave at hotel
  • A sheet sleeper may be desirable for some hotels or for the hot nights in the tent, but not essential
  • £50-100 to change there for meals and goodies. Can do this at some hotel receptions and there are loads of exchange shops in the streets
  • Most currency accepted at money exchange. US dollars also accepted in some shops
  • Leave passport at hotel reception. It’s advisable to have a photo copy with you on the river
  • Kit and paddle bags could be left on the bus
  • Hotels had Wi-Fi
  • If bothered about smog and dust a face mask might be handy around Kathmandu
  • Paddle Nepal t-shirts 1000 rupees (Sizes come up small)-
  • If you wear flight socks or get swollen ankles on long hot journeys you might want to have your socks to hand for the 10+ hour bus ride

 

Travel info:

  • Dollars for 15 day visa, approx $20
  • Keep hold of used boarding pass they are recollected during transfer
  • Fill in visa application online before travel and take a printed copy otherwise take 2 passport photos http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa
  • Should fill in a landing card
  • Have a pen for arrival and departure
  • Fill in an immigration card on departure
  • Beware girls and boys go through separate queues for security, keep your passport and boarding card with you not in bag as they are checked when you are. Bags went through the boys queue.
  • Take a copy of travel insurance info with you on the river
  • Could take the contact info for the British Embassy in Kathmandu.
  • Probably worth a visit to the travel nurse to check vaccinations. The route can be downloaded from the Paddle Nepal website

Day 2 on the Sun Koshi

We were up for tea and coffee at 6am followed by a massive breakfast at 7am – fruit salad with granola, scrambled, egg, fried veg, toast and a selection of peanut butter, jam and marmalade (which also came out every lunch time with salt, pepper, ketchup and chilli sauce). Drinking water had been prepared over night for us to fill our water bottles with a choice of squash. With the camp packed up and the rafts loaded by 8.30am we were told the line as we went straight into the first named rapid of the trip. The big holes were relatively easy to avoid and we were soon all safely down and playing in the bottom wave while waiting for the rafts to catch up. Then, while the vultures circled overhead we set off down the river. The scenery was great and the water was getting bigger as we paddled up to a new rapid formed by a recent avalanche which will now be known as ‘Keep Right or Get Munched’. We paddled for about 3.5hrs until lunch – plenty of biscuits, bread, beans, coleslaw, spaghetti in a dressing and oranges. We continued for another couple of hours before setting up camp and tucking into prawn crackers and hot drinks. Just before dinner (veg curry) was a rain storm so the guides quickly assembled shelters from oars and tarps. After dinner we sat out by the campfire used to burn the rubbish from the last 2 days before heading off to bed. While collecting wood the guides also put rocks on our tent pegs, they could tell a few squalls might pass us while the odd rumble of thunder could be heard some distance away. With more rain overnight the river lived up to its name and was turned gold by morning with the runoff soil from upstream. After the first full day on the river we'd covered nearly 20 miles and had an introduction to the friendly local villagers, some big water (along with the first few swims) and it was big smiles all round.

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Day 1 on the Sun Koshi

We were off at 5.30am in 3 taxis racing through Kathmandu to the Paddle Nepal bus. Slightly over shooting our driver doubled back straight into the on coming traffic with a honk of the horn…pretty standard driving for Kathmandu! The bus was quickly loaded and then we were off on the first bouncy ride of the holiday, climbing out of Kathmandu past the Buddha on the hill. After about 3hrs we made a breakfast stop. Sugary coffee/spicy tea, boiled egg and a spicy chickpea mix self assembled in a wrap. Finished off with a sugary donut – yum! On we went through little villages to the get in, which required some off roading by the bus down a rather steep makeshift slope. The kit was unloaded and the rafts assembled with the bus’ roof racks suddenly turning into the centre pieces to take the oars. While we changed the driver took the opportunity to wash the bus in the river, where he parked to keep the tyres cool. We paddled off and were soon through a couple of wave trains, which at this point in the holiday felt quite big. After an hour we stopped for lunch and had our lesson in the rigorous hand and dish washing procedure. Biscuits went round while the loaves were sliced, coleslaw was freshly prepared and beans were served with bananas and the choice of orange or lemon squash to follow. We had a few more hours paddling through tiny villages and bouncy wave trains where we saw monkeys on the bank and vultures in the air, before arriving at camp – nicely positioned at the top of what looked like quite an intimidating rapid known as Meat Grinder. We were shown how to put up our tents while dinner was prepared. A spicy popcorn starter followed by mountains of spag bol was very welcome. Soon after sunset at 7pm we had an early night falling asleep to the sound of the rapid that awaited us in the morning.

River Mersey Estuary Paddle by Robin Emley

I wasn’t able to join Kris’s Mersey trip last month so decided to do my own on Easter Day. Having checked with Mersey VTS before starting to cross the channel, an incoming vessel bound for Gladston Dock raised an objection so I had to return to the East side.  With a Spring Tide in full flow, staying put wasn’t going to be easy but there was a convenient eddy just by the big red cranes.  Eventually I made it across to the Wirral side but it was a frustating 15 minutes with all that free energy being wasted.
My target was the cafe at Eastham Ferry but there was no easy exit there so I continued to Eastham Lock where the Ship Canal starts.  The entrance lock is huge, I’ve never seen anything like it.  Lunch was taken on some stepped banking nearby.
With the tide having turned, it was a quick ride home.  I followed the Eastham markers first then crossed to the Garston side for a different perpective on our familiar stamping ground.  Drifting along with the tide is a great way to see Liverpool seafront close up.
Mersey VTS was working well; it was reassuring to hear my presence being announced to any relevant traffic. On returning to Blundellsands, the shoreline had turned to gooey silt. Fine for the birds but it was a messy process for me to gain firm ground.  Crosby Lifeguards were patrolling nearby so I called them for guidance as to the best route up the beach.
As Kris said, this estuary needs to be paddled more 🙂