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Save Outdoor Ed

Dear Paddlesport Community, help us #SaveOutdoorEd 

Many of you will probably have had your first taste of kayaking or canoeing at an outdoor education centre with school, at a summer camp or with organisations such as the Scouts or Cadets. Indeed, you’ll never forget the late night dormitory giggles, writing postcards home, the skirmish for the hot showers or the smell of festering wetsuits in the drying room! Right now though, outdoor education centres across the UK are facing permanent closure due to COVID-19 restrictions on overnight visits and sporting activities. This article scratches the surface of the outcomes of outdoor education for young people with the insights of professionals from around the UK and concludes with some suggestions on how you can kindly help the fight to #SaveOutdoorEd.

Little imaginations running wild in the snowy Lake District. Did someone see a yeti!?

Since March, there has been no outdoor education residentials in the UK, with tens of thousands of children missing out on the opportunity to experience activities such as canoeing, rock climbing, archery, gorge walking, mountaineering and sailing, all whilst living away from home. Other adventures whilst on residential may include trying new food, helping with chores, cleaning boots and making a bed (this one’s often particularly traumatic!). Behind the activities, there is a whole range of benefits and developmental skills to be gained, most of which cannot be fully exercised in a classroom: problem solving in ‘real’ situations, developing resilience to new and challenging situations, following a routine or instructions, identifying and mitigating hazards and risks, environmental awareness, self-confidence and self-esteem, physical activity, communication skills, teamworking, timekeeping, independent living, resolving conflict, raising aspirations… the list goes on!

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Wahoo Kickr AXIS Action Feet Upgrade

Today I upgraded my 2018 Wahoo Kickr with the new AXIS Action Feet pack.

Wahoo Kickr AXIS Action Feet Upgrade

Whether mashing or spinning, riding in the saddle or out, KICKR AXIS feet let cyclists of all types customize the ride feel, enhance feedback, and experience a more realistic training setup by providing up to 5 degrees of side-to-side movement. KICKR AXIS feet enhance natural movement on the bike by minimizing pressure touchpoints, thus reducing fatigue and allowing you to train longer. KICKR AXIS comes with three stiffness options – easy, medium, and hard – so cyclists are able to to match their unique riding style and preferences.

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Yak Horizon Drysuit – Review

This is the Yak Horizon Drysuit it is available only in red/black. The Horizon is made from hard wearing 3-layer breathable material with Cordura re-enforcement on the knee and bum.

We received a large drysuit just after lockdown here in UK began, but despite the restrictions have managed to get some time on the water using the suit.

Yak Horizon Drysuit – Review

At 6ft 2″ with a 42″ chest, and size 10 (UK) feet the large Horizon drysuit fits well both whilst standing and probably more importantly whilst sitting in a boat. I tend to wear large drysuits or drytops from pretty much any manufacturer and the sizing here is bang on.

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Made It Back – Great Falls

Made It Back

Great Falls has some of my earliest kayaking memories, but it had been WAY too long since I made it back. I decided to make the long rally up for the race, but also because levels were looking good and the joy kayaking was gonna be great. The levels worked out where I was able to get all the lines I hadn’t done in so many years, and then some more. It was actually an epic day, and I’m so stoked I made the rally.

Dane Jackson
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New Dagger Kayak

It looks like Dagger may have a new boat out in the wild.

New Dagger Kayak

Other than the Dagger name no other decals can be seen.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CEUdR0igSzR/?igshid=1gd848zyycb3w

Although the rear of this boat looms similar to the Phantom the boat is much smaller. May be this could be the replacement for the long serving Dagger Mamba or a smaller version of the Phantom.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CESOGTElbzq/?igshid=ivt2ava8g1ni

This one is being paddled by Dagger’s new team paddler Sage Donnelly.

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Jackson’s New Kayak – Antix 2.0

We’ve seen a few little bits and bobs on the new Jackson Kayak over the last week or so. Well here it is.

Jackson’s New Kayak

The Antix 2.0 is the name given to this new kayak.

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Zamora

Zamora
Zamora

Eddied out in a remote Ecuadorian village, politics and local beliefs force a group of kayakers to desert their hopes of a first descent on the Rio Mulatos and Rio Coangos. Unwilling to simply go home, Team NRS paddlers Todd Wells and Galen Volckhausen set their sights on the Rio Zamora instead. ZAMORA is a story about cultural barriers, personality barriers and physical barriers between paddlers and kayaking expeditions. And it offers a rare look into the gritty aspects of a first descent and what happens when plans fall through.

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Ticks And Lyme Disease

It really important that we are aware about Ticks and the potential issues when one of the little *********** lock on. This info image from NHS Scotland is pretty good and not just for Scotland!

Ticks And Lyme Disease
Ticks And Lyme Disease

I now keep one of the tick removers in my first aid kit that I carry with me and another one in the car. Well worth the few £s.

Adidas Five Ten Trail Cross LT – First Look

The newest addition to the flat pedal mountain bike range is the Five Ten Trail Cross LT. The version we have here is the LT version which is more trainer like that the Mid Pro we reviewed on the site a couple of months back.

Adidas Five Ten Trail Cross LT - First Look
Adidas Five Ten Trail Cross LT – First Look

Size wise I still think that these run a little large. I usually wear Five Ten or Salomon in a UK size 10 and did originally order a pair of Trail Cross Mid in that size. However I found that the shoe is super long. I sent them straight back and now have a pair of UK 9.5s which after my first ride out fit great. So these LT versions are also 9.5 and as expected fit well.

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Stikine Canyon Access

Stikine Canyon Access
Stikine Canyon Access

BCWW has been in contact with the Tahltan Nation regarding access for paddling the Stikine Canyon. Unfortunately kayakers are not welcome this year. This is understandable, the health of their community and their elders is the priority. Kayakers who ignore this message could jeopardize access for years to come.

As a group, we should consider not travelling to remote communities this summer.

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Wahoo Kickr 18 And Kickr Core Repair

Wahoo Kickr 18 Repair
Wahoo Kickr Core Repair

I have had Wahoo turbo trainers for the last few years. The first being the Kickr Snap which worked well but its resistance would fluctuate quite a bit depending on tyre pressure and air temperature.

I decided in January 2019 to get a wheel off Kickr 18 as I really like riding on Zwift and the wheel off meant that I could almost fit and forget. 

Within a couple of weeks the unit began to display the clunking and clicking that many units had suffered. The flywheel was also running with a bit of a wobble. A replacement arrived a few days after raising a support ticket and submitting a short video of the issue.

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Wahoo Kickr 18 Repair

Wahoo Kickr 18 Repair
Wahoo Kickr 18 Repair

I have had Wahoo turbo trainers for the last few years. The first being the Kickr Snap which worked well but its resistance would fluctuate quite a bit depending on tyre pressure and air temperature.

I decided in January 2019 to get a wheel off Kickr 18 as I really like riding on Zwift and the wheel off meant that I could almost fit and forget.

Within a couple of weeks the unit began to display the clunking and clicking that many units had suffered. The flywheel was also running with a bit of a wobble. A replacement arrived a few days after raising a support ticket and submitting a short video of the issue.

I have been using that replacement ever since and have covered almost 2000km on it for almost the last year and a half.

Last week it started to make a few slight noises that I didn’t like the sound of and a vibration could be detected through the pedals. The noise was a slight click and a rubbing/squeal from the belt drive. The squeal was noticeable when the flywheel was coming to a stop.

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