Posted 19 June 2009 - 02:04 PM
I carry two 'stakes' with me, one is a 24inch, 6mm solid fibreglass rubber tipped rod, rescued from a now dead kite, and a smaller 12 inch *ABS PLASTIC with a slight mushroomed top.
The idea of the 24inch rod is to set it at about 60 degrees into the ground with tip facing WITH the wind. I use this rod for multiple uses. It's a bag anchor. It's a wind direction indicator (hole for cotton thread at top), it's a line length checker...hook loops over and unwind, pull on lines, result!! And last but not least, it's a place to test your control accuracy, rod directly between wings, extra pint next time out etc.
The shorter 'stake' is just a boring yet essential brake line anchor, perfect for a quick land, anchor, smoke break. I made a small belt hook to make it easy accessable.
* many years ago while out with a few mates and power kites, a friend used his steel stake and rammed it into the grass, he hit an electricity mains supply that hadn't been buried to the required depth. He suffered severe burns to his hand, arm and leg with irrepairable damage to his nerves resulting in him never flying again.
Mainly its this reason i insist on an ABS Plastic stake.
Finally getting my own back on the wind, after being pushed around by it for years.