Luke Palin wrote:I am keen to self launch/ land using the 'tethered' method and was wondering if a pet ground anchor will be OK? I see from previous posts that they are dangerous to use in sand (as they pull loose too easily) BUT I will be launching and landing from a grassy area. Does anyone else have experience of using pet anchors in grass/mud? Or can anyone suggest better anchor alternatives that can be easily transported?
It works perfect for grass/mud
Assume you are talking about the "classic" dog stake like this:
We have been using those for years now, every single session when out
They dont work in sand though... Here you need something else.
I use a tent storm stake for sand, about 20-25inch/50-60cm and they work excellent
In fact I have both the dog stake and the huge tent stake at the end of the same line with a cleat, so I can use whatever works best for the "ground" conditions at the spot (or use both).
One important little detail: Put your kitebag next to your stake !
Doing this, will prevent you from forgetting the stake/cleat if someone take your kite down, so you dont use the stake for your final return to land.
I am not kidding - SOOO many expensive cleats and stakes has been forgotten, because you dont put something you wont forget, next to it - believe me
A simple solution, and it works perfect !
The other advantage is, that it wont get "nicked" by some who think it is a dog owner who has forgotten the stake - as there is a kitebag on top or next to it