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Ice Safety- A CHILLING reminder

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BFTSkunkedAgain:
Thanks Trent, that is so good to get a heads up... I'm complacent after the ice gets over 6" I don't check like I should... And the gorge is scary juju ice... Last year we camped on the ice with 10-12" of ice and had a big wind storm all night... Woke up in the morning with 3" of water on the floor in my tent, looked outside and Joe's gear tent had sagged over night as well and he had 10" of water in that tent... I guess the wind buckled and bent the ice so some areas were high spots and other areas were low and if you had a hole to fish the water would flow out or leave a gap of air at the top... wind and ice do some strange things, good to be aware of that and be prepared...  Thanks Later J

POk3s:

--- Quote from: BFTSkunkedAgain on Nov 16, 2021, 09:21 AM ---Thanks Trent, that is so good to get a heads up... I'm complacent after the ice gets over 6" I don't check like I should... And the gorge is scary juju ice... Last year we camped on the ice with 10-12" of ice and had a big wind storm all night... Woke up in the morning with 3" of water on the floor in my tent, looked outside and Joe's gear tent had sagged over night as well and he had 10" of water in that tent... I guess the wind buckled and bent the ice so some areas were high spots and other areas were low and if you had a hole to fish the water would flow out or leave a gap of air at the top... wind and ice do some strange things, good to be aware of that and be prepared...  Thanks Later J

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I remember hearing of and watching that trip on YouTube  ;D .Some crazy stuff definitely happens out there, and for seemingly no reason at all. The bad part is a lot of these western reservoirs are the same way. They all have warm springs, they all have current, and most do them have wind!

Iím complacent too. I think we all are and sometimes thereís no need to be TOO crazy cautious. But when the slightest thing changes, you can bet Iíll be checking the ice!

BFTSkunkedAgain:
Hey Trent are you looking at the Henryís trip this year?  I guess Iíve got a family wedding the first weekend, but if it bumps to the second weekend, Iíll be there. Might go up early if it happens on first weekend. If not I hope to see ya on a gorge trip. Looking forward to a fun ice season. Got ice on my pond this morning, first this year so I hope thatís a sign of things to come. Later Jeff

POk3s:
Yes I am but donít know if Iíll make it with the group. Iím either going the 11-13 or 18-20. Weather pending on both weekends of course!

BFTSkunkedAgain:
Sounds good, if you do the 11th and the crew moves later by a weekend we may overlap a bit.. If so you'll have to show us how to do it again this year... Good luck on getting there... and I'm kind of hoping for the bump to that 11th weekend myself... Later Jeff

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