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Icebird last won the day on August 15 2016

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  1. Snowkiting VIC 2017

    Bogong: Feathertop: Spion Kopje:
  2. 'vintage' snowkiting pics and video

    Thanks for the great old pics! I started out on a PL ARC 840 in 2003. Terrifying. 13 years ago now, been exploring the mountains with a kite every season since and never looked back. Australia's season may be short and the access not always easy but it has great mountains for snowkiting. Here are some pics from the summit ridges of Feathertop and Bogong a couple of weeks ago: ..and top of Kos in the mid noughties: ..and an early season vid from last year:
  3. Ozone Manta II - 8m

  4. Peter Lynn Venom 2 19m

    Kite was SOLD - to Alex Sanz of all people!
  5. Ozone Manta II - 8m

    Bump - make an offer and get out snowkiting this winter!
  6. Ozone Manta II - 8m

    Still here boss! (still shaking the bush boss!)
  7. Carrying an extra set of lines?

    Hi, good question. My 10 cents: Unless you are on super hard snow or ice your lines will probably come out OK after being run over. I used to break lines by snagging them on rocks when looping up a slope, now I just keep the lines crossed like in this vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFpwmaGfZ3s&feature=youtu.be I haven't broken a line in years. I am an explorer, rather than a sessioner, so I always carry 2 kites, each with bar and lines. Worst case scenario I can cannibalise the lines off the kite you are not using. I also carry a set of 10m extender lines for the really light days. 4 of these are sown and one is knotted (for 5th line), I have previously used these to replace a back line when my mate was using my other kite. There is a bit of measuring, joining and knotting to do but as it's a backline it's not as big a deal (and you can make adjustments down at the bar leader lines) If it's cold and your hands are suffering do the work inside your down jacket (you take one of those don't you?). I have re-sleeved kite lines in the field in blizzard conditions but I put up the tent to make a decent little workspace (and have a hot drink) It is always worth having something small and pointy handy in the snow, you may need this for de-icing bindings or even getting the ice off your bridles when kiting in cloud Is it just me or do Flysurfer peaks come with short lines! In my opinion you need at least 27m in the Australian mountains (very featured terrain with lots of windshadows here). I can often climb a mountain with a 5m Frenzy on 30m lines while others are underpowered with bigger kites/shorter lines. God I love snowkiting, so much it hurts.
  8. Ozone Manta II - 8m

    I haven't used my 8m Ozone Manta 2 for a long long time so it has to go. (plus I need some $ get a new water kite) This kite is basically brand new, barely even bedded in. It was purchased brand new and has been used only twice: - In 2012 for a couple of days in the Cock's harbour area. (trip info with photos here) - In 2013 for half a day on Carruthers East ridge in Spring. Why so little use? Well, I am not a freestyle/lawn-mowing sort of snowkiter, I tend to go out exploring and for this I prefer a two-kite system of a 5m Frenzy and either 11m Frenzy or 15m Summit. Includes, backpack, leash, bar/lines, spares etc Gum-nuts sold a 10m Manta 2 recently for $450 and by the looks of it, that kite had had a little more use than mine. I am pricing this one to sell: Price: $400 Located in Ryde, Sydney
  9. Greenland Crossing Challenge

    This trip gets done every other year, Nik Norman and team pioneered it in 2005. (though Siorapaluk is a few kms further up the coast I suppose) good luck to them, Wish I was there. Hope they take some kites that have better upwind ability - they will only get the katabatics behind them in the last few hundred km or so
  10. Kosi Kiters -Get on it!!!

    Nice work Marty. Counting down the days - want to head further out on the crags this year.
  11. Check out "Flyoming" an amazing video!!

    Agh - you lucky bugger! I know exactly what I would be doing in your situation - hope you can link up with the right locals to get some gold. I expect some flying tips from you next winter OK? Cheers, P.
  12. First kite: What size?

    I have been kiting the NSW backcountry for many years. These days I take a 4.5m Smartkite and an 11m Frenzy, both on 30m lines. The Smartkite is a brilliant kite for NSW. Ozone Access quality is not what it used to be. Small Frenzies are good, tough kites - think they come in a 5m size. One thing us for sure - NSW high country conditions are unique - a kite that feels good when flown elsewhere is no guarantee of performance and safety out in the hills - just get something 4-6m and get out there next season. I'll be there.
  13. Aussie Snowkiting Lessons???

    Good one, The terrain between North Ramshead and Ramshead is world class kiting when the conditions are good and the cornices are formed.
  14. Single skin kite?

    Yeh, that new FS kite looks to be the goods for lightweight backcountry snowkite touring. That said, I reckon wait a few months and see how they go for durability before trying one. Lots of ice, shrubs, granite and snowgums to negotiate if you want to go snowkite touring in Australia.
  15. Great set up for spring kiting!!!

    Got any nice pics from the season just gone Marty?