Spring Safety "reminder"

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Spring Safety "reminder"

Post by dmonn »

I had kind of a near miss yesterday in the warm and sunny conditions. I forgot what sun and warm temps do to your ice screw. The warmth and sun this time of year cause your ice screw to melt the ice around it pretty quickly. After my short session my ice screw was completely loose which I didn't realize until I was packing up. If there had been any upward pull at all while my kite was attached the screw would have pulled out. The sun and warm air had actually started to cause the ice screw to melt its way down farther into the ice. The top of the ice screw was actually below the level of the top of the ice.

Moral of the story: Don't expect an ice screw to remain as a solid anchor for very long in those conditions.
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