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#21 RevWizard

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 10:49 PM

SNOW!
I grew up with snow around me every winter in Indiana, Illinois and Oklahoma. I learned to drive on snow and ice and found out how easy it was later to drive on dry roads.
Over 90% of my life I have lived in areas where it is normal to snow in the winter covering several USA states and several countries.
I learned how to downhill snow ski quite successfully and even once had a dual line kite pulling me on skis. I have broken a few bone skiing and spent a week in the hospital once with a damaged knee ligament.
I even broke my right arm flying a REV II on a snowy surface when I slipped and fell.
At two of my residences I lived through snow higher then I am tall. The first in North Hampton, New Hampshire in 1969 and the next at Feldkirchen-Westerham in Germany(SE of Munich near the Alps) in 1978.
I enjoy driving a snow but fear the other drivers who don't understand it. I fear driving on ice under all circumstances.
SNOW I enjoy it and I miss it. I am now in my third winter without it which is the longest in my life.
However, I really enjoy the warmth of the sun in the southwest where I am now. Unfortunately today it was cold and rainy.
Oh yes! Snow Avalanches! I have lived through them being trapped for a few days on two occasions. Once in Austria and another time in Italy.
The coldest I ever lived through was Grand Prarie, Alberta, Canada in 1970 where it got to minus 35 several times in December 1970.
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#22 Aerochic

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 05:30 AM

i hope i did this picture thing right.... the day after our wckfg dinner and steve's drive home ... gerald a flyer from vancouver ... mario and myself spent a couple of hrs flying at the point
full vent and mid vent (my vented is offically dead)... 90lb and 150lb ... 120ft lines and a ton of layered clothing ... wind was slightly less than ballistic and lumpy as porridge


Verrry Cool Pics, Terry! Especially that last one! I have yet to fly with/in snow (don't know that I really care to as I can't stand the cold tbh), but I love how the colors of the Rev pop out against a winter landscape. :artist:

Ok, so a question for our Artic Flyers then... Since the ground is generally frozen in those kinds of temps. How do you stake your kites? Or do you just let them lie flat and coax them upright?

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 09:38 AM

Ok, so a question for our Artic Flyers then... Since the ground is generally frozen in those kinds of temps. How do you stake your kites? Or do you just let them lie flat and coax them upright?


Don't need a stake with quadsticks :ani_whistling:
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Posted 16 December 2008 - 09:46 AM

Don't need a stake with quadsticks :ani_whistling:


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Posted 16 December 2008 - 09:53 AM

I'll either kick a little snow along the leading edge or just stick the stake in the snow.

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 10:45 AM

aerochic
regarding your question about setting up a stake in frozen ground... fortunately here in Victoria being on a island at sea level and on the 49th parallel we only see snow for maybe 2 or 3 weeks a year B) and the temp never sinks to those of prairies or further north... so the ground doesn't seize up and it is easy to stake out
that being said i have no idea how flyers in really cold climates accomplish it ... i am sure they must have some very creative solutions and have to be made of sterner stuff than i to carry on flying in winter ...
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Posted 16 December 2008 - 11:50 AM

Great pics, Terry!
You Clover Pointers are HARDCORE! :o

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 05:29 PM

I hope that I don't get banned for posting a pic of a dual line kite,
but there was not a breath of wind this afternoon and my standard sail B-Series was still hooked up in the stack,
so I flew an Indoor dual line kite. :blushing:

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