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    Default Ice Angel tie downs

    Anyone have experience with these? I talked with the fellow that makes them and he said they have been tested to 500 pounds dead lift with out failure. I use Black Diamond ice screws in clear dense ice. I would think these would be an alternative for a temporary tie down.



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    The only problem is how are you going to get that hole in the ice?
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    I use the Black Diamond long screws also. You need to cover them with snow, they will melt out in the sun.

    I also can't tell how the angel works from the picture.

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    Ice Angels fit into auger holes. I'll pass.

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    I carry a sharp sharp hatchet and could make a hole several inches down in short order. In order to collapse the unit you will need some space below it to do so. Push down on unit and the wings streamline,grasp it and remove.


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    The only problem is how are you going to get that hole in the ice?
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    Just set the unit in a hole any shape up to ten inches diameter, pull up holding down on the center of the unit allowing the saw teeth unfold like wings and grab the ice. Push down on center of unit to disengage. Pretty slick!

    I carry some pieces of Reflectex insulation that I cut a slit in and slip around the tie down and cover with snow. Leaves are a great insulator if available. Look at the pillars of leaves on the lakes in late spring when the sun is doing its thing. All about air gap insulation.

    I do not think you can beat the ice screws if they are protected from the sun and are used only in dense ice.


    Quote Originally Posted by pipercub View Post
    I use the Black Diamond long screws also. You need to cover them with snow, they will melt out in the sun.

    I also can't tell how the angel works from the picture.

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    The flight school I work for has two ski planes on cottonwood Lake. We auger holes for the tie down points, then drop a length of rope with a knot at the bottom into the hole, allow them to freeze in place, then tie onto the free running ends. Easy, cheap and very, very strong.

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