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Self launching/landing with a pet ground anchor

Postby Luke Palin » Sun Oct 16, 2011 8:48 am

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?

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Re: Self launching/landing with a pet ground anchor

Postby Nectar » Sun Oct 16, 2011 8:53 am

I read that as you were using a pet as the anchor. :thumb:

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Re: Self launching/landing with a pet ground anchor

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Re: Self launching/landing with a pet ground anchor

Postby Luke Palin » Sun Oct 16, 2011 1:28 pm

Thanks- The video convinced me not to try!

I think I've found a solution...

http://www.spyrabase.co.uk/index.php?p= ... oductid=41

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Re: Self launching/landing with a pet ground anchor

Postby TheJoe » Sun Oct 16, 2011 1:37 pm

I used to use a pet anchor. They make one that is for big dogs and sand. Now I never used mine in the sand but on the grass and it worked fine. As long as the anchor is all the way in the ground and wind is not way too strong for the kite it should work.

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Re: Self launching/landing with a pet ground anchor

Postby Peter_Frank » Sun Oct 16, 2011 6:00 pm

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?

Thanks,

Luke
It works perfect for grass/mud :thumb:

Assume you are talking about the "classic" dog stake like this:

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We have been using those for years now, every single session when out 8)

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 :naughty:

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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 :wink:

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 :rollgrin:

:D Peter

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Re: Self launching/landing with a pet ground anchor

Postby 2tall » Sun Oct 16, 2011 10:55 pm

I have a "kite buddy" that is specifically made for sand and works great.

I use the dog stake method in grass/dirt, but I have a huge, heavy duty dog stake that hold down a lion. I've self launched in 30 + mph winds without a problem. It's also very nice to self land if there is no one around and the wind is strong.

Two points though, and the video illustrates this:
1. The kite should sit quietly on the edge of the wind window without bouncing around, jelly fishing. I usually stand there for a second making sure my kite doesn't try to zenith like in the video. If it's gusty, it's just not safe. You should not have to run back to your bar.

2. Make sure the kite is fully depowered. That's true for any launch/land situation. If the wind is strong and you bring the kite up to zenith fast, you will fly.

Good luck and be safe. If it doesn't feel right or safe, it probably isn't.

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Re: Self launching/landing with a pet ground anchor

Postby Balloonboy » Sun Oct 16, 2011 11:58 pm

Where do you get those sand stakes State-side?

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Re: Self launching/landing with a pet ground anchor

Postby HAMLINDP » Mon Oct 17, 2011 12:21 am

Here's a couple of pictures of a new fangled kite anchor that's all the craze in Eqypt now:

Self launching with anchors is very unwise.

The best way I found to self launch, is to lay the kite on its back and weigh down one tip. Make sure the kite is not going to tumble away in the strongest gust, then run to your bar and wah-lah.

This should only be done when no one else is there to help you (when you shouldn't be kiting anyway) ;)

Also anchors are great items to bust an ankle on :(
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Re: Self launching/landing with a pet ground anchor

Postby poools81 » Mon Oct 17, 2011 12:50 am

bought a anchor that was sold specifically for kiteboarding and it worked great for two years......Then one day it was in the mud as usual and a gust came through kite shot up to twelve and there went the anchor ripping out of the ground. That incident cost me new bar and lines and three patches on my leading edge luckily no one was hurt!!!! That specific anchor is only 18" tops might have been closer to 12". I ended up buying a 4 foot epoxy coated tree anchor and screwed it into the mud at my local spot problem solved it's not going anywhere.


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