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Month: December 2015 (page 2 of 3)

Chelan Gorge

The Chelan Gorge in Washington looks like a seriously fun run. Plenty of nice drops, rock slides and places to watch the carnage.

Chelan Gorge

The 0.4 mile long gorge is grade V-V+ with the crux move being Final Plunge at Entrance Exam.

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If It Ain’t Broke – Repair Kit

If it ain’t broke, make sure you have a repair kit handy for when it is.

Until recently, I’ve never carried a repair kit whilst on the river, under the assumption that if I broke any of my equipment I’d either just deal with it or get off the river.

As Chris Brain pointed out to me on a 4* White Water Leader Assessment though, it isn’t always that simple; the toolbox in your car might be incredibly comprehensive, but it’s no use when you’re miles away in a remote gorge with a loose seat and 6km of grade IV to negotiate before the nearest egress.

If It Ain’t Broke

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Eggy Highlights

Eggy Highlights

Storm Desmond hit the UK hard last weekend with an unprecedented amount of rain falling in a very short time. Many rivers in the North were simply too high to paddle. However some of the smaller burns and creeks came into play pretty quickly. Martin Butler and crew were on Eggleston Burn last weekend making the most of the bad weather.

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2015 SAS Hurley Classic Highlights

James Bebbington has created this just over 6 minutes masterpiece – SAS Hurley Classic Highlights. It is superb. Jame certainly has a knack for this sort of thing.

 2015 SAS Hurley Classic Highlights

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Present Ideas For Paddlers 2015

Here’s a run down of a few of the things that kayakers, canoeists and SUP paddlers may like as a pressie from Father Christmas. All could be useful and all are items that I either own or have tested.

Present Ideas For Paddlers 2015

I am assuming that other large bits of kit are already on the list!

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A Norwegian Summer Part 1

A Norwegian Summer Part 1

Presented by: Sweet Protection

Team Substantial spent another summer in the great land of the Midnight Sun. We were graced with perfect flows, amazing scenery, a great crew and too many rivers/waterfalls to count! In this episode watch as Evan Garcia runs the infamous “Matze’s Drop”, the boys paddle the Stor Ula slides, and a sunny day on the Skøli.

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#sTEESy

We have had some series rain over the last month here in the North East of England. The water table is topped up and it doesn’t take much to get the rivers flowing high.

#sTEESy

The River Tees from High Force to Low Force isn’t that #sTEESy at high levels. Mathew Wilkinson takes a dip and swims with a little help to safety.

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Movie Monday 7 December 2015

It’s Movie Monday 7 December 2015 already. The first Movie Monday of December, where has the year gone? We have numerous top class edits for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

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10 Best GoPro Accessories

Over the last few weeks I have been looking at the wide range of accessories that I own for use with the GoPro. I have whittled the list down to the 10 best GoPro accessories that I would buy again if I was starting out from scratch.

I have not included any items that are no longer widely available, such as the MountStar mount.

10 Best GoPro Accessories

The GoPro App:

It’s free and makes the setting up of any Wifi enabled GoPro super easy.

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Linville

Linville

Linville gorge ya’ll! Ya hear?

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Dagger Seat Tray Removal

The Contour outfitting system within Dagger kayaks is in my opinion the best system out there. However it does come with a weight penalty. The new Nomad for example no longer comes with the seat tray fitted for exactly this reason.

Dagger Seat Tray

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Site Zed Rapids – Stikine

The Stikine for years has been considered the pinnacle of big volume expedition kayaking, however for years the Site Zed rapids remained un-run. Now years later after Ben Marr broke the spell, finally taking on the beast, the worlds best paddlers have had it in their sights.

Site Zed Rapids

I had been lucky enough to witness 6 descents of the beast. It looked real good at these flows but still not been my time! one day!

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