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Re: Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Fri, Jan 16 2009, 10:25 PM
by Frodos Majik
and why am I NOT SURPRISED?!!! :kid: :roll: :kid:

way to go Mike. :up:

Re: Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Sat, Jan 17 2009, 04:45 PM
by DB Cooper
Mike -

You are definitely nuts. Those pictures are cool, pun intended. Congrats on the flight. So did you set up everything inside and walk out or do all the setting up outside? I must admit I stayed in the whole day didn't even venture out the get the mail. I figured the mail would still be there on a warmer day.

Jamie

Re: Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Mon, Jan 19 2009, 06:58 AM
by Babbman
Chris and I joined this club 2 years ago when we put up his newly created arch at the beginning of Feb when it read -1 on the thermometer.

It was so cold that we bent his spikes and the tails actually froze and broke off in our hands.

I only did it because I couldn't let him be the only idiot out there...lol

That was the last time that I will be flying in anything below freezing... I'm too old for that crap. And honestly, it's no fun... I'll just wait until spring...

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Re: Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Sun, Jan 05 2014, 02:41 PM
by goestoeleven
Impressive. Jeepster just referenced this thread a few days ago . . . . so who's going flying tomorrow? I believe the wind chills here are going to be down around -45F tomorrow morning (-18F with 20mph wind, gusts to 31). Vented kite weather.

Re: Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Sun, Jan 05 2014, 03:04 PM
by swannie
I'm worried the vents will clog up with snow.

Re: Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Sun, Jan 05 2014, 03:41 PM
by goestoeleven
So you're flying tomorrow?

Re: Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Sun, Jan 05 2014, 08:04 PM
by swannie
Nah, don't want to risk clogging the vents...

Re: Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Mon, Jan 06 2014, 05:26 PM
by goestoeleven
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Can I join the club now? Big Mike certainly has me beat on on air temp and his fashion sense . . . . hard to see in the phone app, but the wind chill was -44F . . . . and my wife refused to take a picture of me with no coat . . . .

8-) I was out there about 20-25 minutes, and wanted to keep flying, but the wife said I had to pack up so we could pick up our daughter (and she refused to leave me alone at the field). I was actually quite warm through layering.

Re: Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Mon, Jan 06 2014, 07:16 PM
by swannie
Okay, this looks like a challenge now. :)

Re: Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Mon, Jan 06 2014, 07:51 PM
by goestoeleven
swannie wrote:Okay, this looks like a challenge now. :)


You're next! You flying tomorrow? I might be able to break free for a bit . . . .

Re: Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Mon, Jan 06 2014, 09:15 PM
by Jynx
:bash: :?: = :mrv:

Re: Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Tue, Jan 07 2014, 09:43 AM
by Mike
Yup, Steve, you're a member of the club. But Big Mike is still the president.

Re: Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Tue, Jan 07 2014, 09:59 AM
by goestoeleven
Mike wrote:Yup, Steve, you're a member of the club. But Big Mike is still the president.


Oh good, 'cause I don't want all the responsibility that comes with a job like that! Not to mention the papparazzi!

Re: Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Tue, Jan 07 2014, 12:10 PM
by TMadz
I was outside shoveling the driveway yesterday and I was going to go fly in the park afterwards. I was going to try and take a picture myself since my wife called me some choice names gave me some sage advice and refused to help me. It was then I remembered Groucho Marx's immortal words...

Re: Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Tue, Jan 07 2014, 12:42 PM
by goestoeleven
TMadz wrote:my wife called me some choice names


That's funny. As you can see from the pictures, my wife stayed in the car. However, she was NOT very helpful when I suggested I needed a picture with just my IKE shirt on my back and no coat. . . . my wife had the same reaction, and she DID call me some choice words . . . . and that's when my flying time ended for the day.

C'mon, join the club. It has to be a good club with Big Mike as president for life!

Re: Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Tue, Jan 07 2014, 01:21 PM
by TMadz
goestoeleven wrote:
TMadz wrote:my wife called me some choice names


That's funny. As you can see from the pictures, my wife stayed in the car. However, she was NOT very helpful when I suggested I needed a picture with just my IKE shirt on my back and no coat. . . . my wife had the same reaction, and she DID call me some choice words . . . . and that's when my flying time ended for the day.

C'mon, join the club. It has to be a good club with Big Mike as president for life!



It wasn't the temperature actually, it was the snow devils I could see swirling across the field. Flying would have been easy, but once I thought about the time and tangled mess of lines in negative temps, I lost all desire.

Re: Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Tue, Jan 07 2014, 02:00 PM
by swannie
I agree with TMadz... it's not the flying I'm worried about, it's making a tangled mess of my lines that I want to avoid. :)

Re: Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Tue, Jan 07 2014, 02:22 PM
by goestoeleven
I didn't have any problems with the lines. I just took a little extra time when setting out and winding up. I put the lines on the kite and the handles before leaving the house, so all I had to do was unwind in the field, and I was ready to fly. The coldest part was getting the lines off the kite when I was leaving, although I probably could have wound up the lines from the handle end without taking the handles off the line set. Detaching the lines required taking my hands out of the mittens for a few minutes to get the lark's head knots undone. I planned ahead though and had a second pair of warm gloves in the car for winding the lines up.

Practically a heat wave today - the outdoor thermometer at the house is showing 7F.

Re: Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Tue, Jan 07 2014, 03:09 PM
by swannie
goestoeleven wrote:Practically a heat wave today - the outdoor thermometer at the house is showing 7F.


... ugh, hardly worth it now!

Re: Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Tue, Jan 07 2014, 03:44 PM
by TMadz
Yeah. I could have set everything up and just walked across the street, but at that point, meh. Cold is cold. I did get a new toy I've been longing for though to console myself.