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Spyderco Spydersaw – First Look

We’ve had this Spyderco Spydersaw in for a while at Unsponsored HQ. We love sharp things at Unsponsored HQ and sharp things arriving from the guys at Spyderco are always very welcome. We’ve been using various Spyderco knives both on and off the water for years and have found them to be top performers.

Spyderco Spydersaw

However this new arrival is a departure from the norm. It’s not a knife that has multiple uses, quite simply put it’s a monster of a saw with the prime purpose of cutting through tough material really quickly. Think boats, trees/branches etc.

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Legend Of The Falls

Legend of the Falls is a Corran Addisons’ video which aims to be “the definitive manual for anyone interested in either learning the basics of river running, or improving their creek boat skills”.

Legend Of The Falls

Legend of the falls proved to be a sound investment. The video is split into a number of chapters, they are; River Communication with Arnd Schaeftlein, River Grading, Safety, Equipment, Understanding Rapids, Running technique – boofing etc and a section titled Dr Throwline.

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Whetman Equipment Python 5m Uses

Rescue tapes are super useful pieces of gear and I would recommend everyone who paddles has one and knows how to use it.

Whetman Equipment Python 5m Uses

This particular one (Python 5m) is from Whetman Equipment who have taken the concept a couple of steps further. This video is also useful for those who use other brands are have made their own as it shows a multitude of ways a tape can be used.

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Don’t Leave Home Without It

Don’t Leave Home Without It – that is your breakdown (split) paddle.

Don't Leave Home Without It

Chris Wing from H20 Dreams shows us a great way to store your breakdown paddle system within your kayak. It’s pretty neat.

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Whetman Equipment – The Krab Stick

Another nifty invention from Steve Whetman.

The Krab Stick

The Krab Stick is a simple rescue device. It converts certain karabiners into hooks to enable a reach contact.

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MRT And Coastguard Rescue

Over the course of the weekend a paddler got into difficulty on the Kisdon Force section of the River Swale, resulting in a need for medical help and helicopter extraction.

Thankfully here in the UK we have volunteers and paid professionals who can help us get out of sticky situations.

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Whetman Equipment Python And Ring Pull Prussiks

In the many years that I’ve been dabbling in whitewater kayaking technical rope work has always been the hardest thing for me to grasp – I’ve got it nailed now but not after constant repetition of reading the amazing Ww safety books and practice, practice, practice. I’m all for making things easy and I just wish all those decades ago the whetman equipment system was available. It take the mystique out of the black art of ropes and knots. Takes the worry away from do I have the correct kit and skills.

Whetman Equipment Anaconda And Ring Pull Prussiks

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Rescue Essentials

Rescue Essentials – The collection of gear and equipment that you carry to aid in a whitewater rescue is pretty crucial. It is a compromise between having enough gear, space available and the weight it involves.

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My gear shifts, changes and evolves over time but the basic core of gear always remains.

Within my paddling group there will be several variations of this gear, it is important that the group is not reliant on one persons gear as it may be that person or that person’s boat that is in need of assistance. Do you know what emergency gear your paddling buddies carry? Should you?

It is also important that you know how to use the gear effectively. This is particularly the case with those items that carry an element of risk when used, e.g. ropes. If you are not sure book yourself on a good course.

Breakdown Paddle (Splits):

Two piece or four piece. What ever you choose is should fit in your boat and be capable of handling the types of water that you venture onto. For my money I’d go with a four piece Vertical Element or Werner setup (in that order!). My own personal set up is below.

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Palm Equipment Bolt Throw Bag

We love the Lightning throw bag from Palm Equipment and got a the heads up that the older bags were ready to to redesigned earlier this year. So we are really glad to see that we know have the 20m 11mm Palm Equipment Bolt throw bag in the line up for 2017.

Palm Equipment Bolt Throw Bag

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Chile Whitewater Rescue: Whitewater Leadership Series

Chile Whitewater Rescue: Whitewater Leadership Series

Analysis of one of many drops we lead folks down in Chile every year. See what it takes to operate safely and execute a seamless rescue when things don’t go according to plan. Thanks to the safety team of Chris Baer and Chris Wing, and Rose Wall for allowing her footage of the rescue to be used for educational purposes.

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Top Tips – Swimming In Whitewater

Jake shows us just what to do if you end up in the swimming in whitewater without your craft of choice.

Top Tips - Swimming In Whitewater

Whitewater kayakers have a saying, ‘We’re all between swims’. Whether you’re a whitewater paddler or not, everybody should know what to do if you end up in a fast moving river.

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Yak High Back 60N – First Look

We first saw the Yak High Back 60N last year at Paddle Expo 2015, since then the initial concept has been developed and has gone into production.

Yak High Back 60N

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