ICE REPORT FOR KITES ON ICE

ICE REPORT FOR KITES ON ICE

Post by Steve Shapso » Mon, 01 Feb 1999 04:00:00


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.'

Steve Shapson

 
 
 

ICE REPORT FOR KITES ON ICE

Post by Rod Thral » Mon, 01 Feb 1999 04:00:00

  For people walking on this ice, this may be difficult

Quote:
> 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.  
> Steve Shapson

Another thing I have seen used for a quick easy traction device on ice
is a set of nylon knee high stockings.  Slip them on over the tops of
your boots and you will be amazed at how much gripping power they will
give you.  Not sure how long they would last out on the lake....might be
cheaper to buy the ice cleats Steve is talking about.

Rod

 
 
 

ICE REPORT FOR KITES ON ICE

Post by Craig Wilso » Tue, 02 Feb 1999 04:00:00

KITES ON ICE will have ice cleats for sale for around $5 a pair. they
are very nice *** thingies that go over any type of footware that you
are sporting from tevas (like Shapson wears for ice fishing) to big ol'
Sorels.

11 days and counting

Craig

Quote:


>   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.

> > Steve Shapson

> Another thing I have seen used for a quick easy traction device on ice
> is a set of nylon knee high stockings.  Slip them on over the tops of
> your boots and you will be amazed at how much gripping power they will
> give you.  Not sure how long they would last out on the lake....might be
> cheaper to buy the ice cleats Steve is talking about.

> Rod


 
 
 

ICE REPORT FOR KITES ON ICE

Post by Jerry Hou » Tue, 02 Feb 1999 04:00:00

Craig,
Thanks for posting that information.  Now we can leave that trailer full of
kitty litter at home, more room for kites.  ;-)
From The Land of 10,000 Kite Flying Fields,
       (Frosty Fingers Fly this Sunday)
                       Jerry Houk
Quote:

> KITES ON ICE will have ice cleats for sale for around $5 a pair. they
> are very nice *** thingies that go over any type of footware that you
> are sporting from tevas (like Shapson wears for ice fishing) to big ol'
> Sorels.

> 11 days and counting

> Craig



> >   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.

> > > Steve Shapson

> > Another thing I have seen used for a quick easy traction device on ice
> > is a set of nylon knee high stockings.  Slip them on over the tops of
> > your boots and you will be amazed at how much gripping power they will
> > give you.  Not sure how long they would last out on the lake....might be
> > cheaper to buy the ice cleats Steve is talking about.

> > Rod