What I look for in determining if the ice is safe enough for me is pickups, fishing shacks, snow machines and atv's. If any of them are not on the ice then I'm not on the ice Very simple method.RickI wrote:Just brought an old thread up on this topic, viewtopic.php?f=6&t=2297761&p=643567#p643567 . What do you look for in deciding when to stay off the ice? Also, what precautions do you take on the ice earlier in the season before the melt?
It would have to be a really big sign and above it would have to say "FREE BEER - Details below"pdkite wrote:
well when it's 18 degrees celsius out for the 5th day in a row, the ice fishers are not out, the park rangers tell you the ice is not safe, maybe placing a sign that says, "ICE NOT SAFE DUMBASSES" would really help.
Don Monnot wrote:Laughingman,
My point was that if you're going out on potentially unsafe ice, is it still really unsafe if you're wearing gear designed for ice-cold water? I stay toasty warm in my drysuit, mittens, booties and cold water hood for hours when the water temp is 1 or 2 degrees C. There's no shock when you hit the water (which I did yesterday many times in open water that was just a few degrees C).
Now if you're going out on potentially unsafe ice wearing clothes, that would be in the category of suicide. Not a good idea.
I've ridden on thick, safe ice that had lots of deep puddles on the ice from melted snow. I used skis, and it was tons of fun. When I hit deeper puddles, it was obvious that the skis were not touching the ice anymore, but riding just on the water. A friend has done that with a snowboard, and also had a great time. He said that with a snowboard, with bigger surface area, he'd plane out on the water puddles at a much slower speed. His only problem was that his feet got cold.
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