The ice on Lake Menona is 12 inches plus. The ice is hard with no
honeycombing at all. Which means this type of ice is very strong. There
is no snow on the lake. The color of the lake ice is black and white
mixed. This means the white areas were melted snow which is easier to
get an edge into. The black ice is smoother and harder. The nights have
brought temperatures below freezing which refreezes any water which may
fall earlier this week. Even though the weather report calls for milder
temps above freezing during the day, the nights will refreeze any melted
spots, thereby making the surface smoother yet. There has been no los of
ice thickness. For kiteskiers, this type of surface is ideal. The ice
will be fast. For people walking on this ice, this may be difficult
without ice cleats or spikes on the shoes.
Today while kiteskiing, I found somone using small chains mounted on the
boot using ***. The cost of these easy to use boot ice cleats was
$10.00. If the conditions persist so that the ice is hard and difficult
to walk on and keep a firm grip on, I will located a supplier of ice
cleats on consignment if anyone should happen to need them. I'll also
look into the Madison telephone book for them. They can be found at
hunting, ice fishing, fishing, sporting goods dealers. I'll report back
these suppliers if need be closer to the date of KITES ON ICE.
You must remember, in Wisconsin the weather motto is: 'Wait five
minutes, the weather might change.'