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Video TR from an ice skate trip to Evolution this November

Postby John Dittli » Wed Nov 28, 2012 1:02 pm

Finally a rainy day and time to put this video together. Not much snow over Lamarck Col last week, but pretty nice ice on the lakes.

Hope you enjoy the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoimVpRH ... e=youtu.be
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Re: Video TR from an ice skate trip to Evolution this November

Postby Fly Guy Dave » Wed Nov 28, 2012 1:40 pm

VERY cool! Looks like a ton of fun. Thanks for posting this. :)
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Re: Video TR from an ice skate trip to Evolution this November

Postby balzaccom » Wed Nov 28, 2012 3:48 pm

Beautiful stuff. Thanks for posting it.
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Re: Video TR from an ice skate trip to Evolution this November

Postby Herm » Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:15 pm

Very nice, just awesome footage. Thanks for sharing!
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Re: Video TR from an ice skate trip to Evolution this November

Postby LMBSGV » Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:25 pm

Wonderful. Thank you.
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Re: Video TR from an ice skate trip to Evolution this November

Postby kpeter » Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:36 pm

Very nice! What a nice job setting up the shots with the sunset colors. I especially enjoyed the pull back shots with the skater not in the foreground. Really well done.
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Re: Video TR from an ice skate trip to Evolution this November

Postby riverwalker » Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:31 pm

Excellent! Thank you.
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Re: Video TR from an ice skate trip to Evolution this November

Postby papasequoia » Thu Nov 29, 2012 1:47 am

That was great! Loved it - thanks! Jon
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Re: Video TR from an ice skate trip to Evolution this November

Postby East Side Hiker » Thu Nov 29, 2012 9:36 am

A truly amazing video. My friend in Minnesota, whose farm abuts the Red River, skates the Red River for miles and miles, maybe +/- a 100 miles. And he and I have been through Evolution Valley together twice. We've done the John Muir Trial (we've started at Horseshoe Mdw and finished at Sonora Pass both times) together twice.

Since my retirement, although I now work for a Hydrologist on-call (like last night), it seems hard to plan and execute back country trips. But this video has given me inspiration. Wonderful art.
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Re: Video TR from an ice skate trip to Evolution this November

Postby sierraholic » Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:07 am

Some of the most amazing outdoor footage that I have ever seen! Absolutely beautiful! Looks like fun! I love the panoramas and straight down shots of the lake below the ice.

How do you know if the ice is thick enough on the other side of the lake from where you start, or in the middle for that matter (I saw the rock throwing, but that only tells you right where you are trying to enter)? This is a question from someone raised in Southern CA that has ice skated twice (around Christmas time at a mall). :o
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Re: Video TR from an ice skate trip to Evolution this November

Postby John Dittli » Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:09 am

East Side Hiker wrote:A truly amazing video. My friend in Minnesota, whose farm abuts the Red River, skates the Red River for miles and miles, maybe +/- a 100 miles.


Thank you. I'll probably never get it together to do so, but skating some long rivers has been a dream of mine. So far just the Tuolumne thru the Meadows and its Lyell Fork; short but spectacular.
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Re: Video TR from an ice skate trip to Evolution this November

Postby John Dittli » Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:33 am

sierraholic wrote:How do you know if the ice is thick enough on the other side of the lake from where you start, or in the middle for that matter (I saw the rock throwing, but that only tells you right where you are trying to enter)?


The rock throwing was mostly for the camera, we actually HATE when people throw rocks on the ice as if the don't go through (which is most of the time) they freeze into the ice making serious hazards.

Ice thickness is an important factor and there are many clues that one learns over the years. When I first started skating I wouldn't venture on to anything less than 4-5 inches, thought not recommended, I have now skated on 1.5...

When we first approach the ice we look for tell tale signs like expansion cracks and bubbles, the give a very accurate indication of thickness. Is the ice a consistant surface across the entire lake, if so, it probably "went off" all at once and will be very consistant in thickness. If there are seams or variable surfaces we look at those too. We measure ice thickness with an ice screw as seen in the video. We do a somewhat careful skate of the lake looking for weaknesses. We carry self rescue equipment and dry cloths on shore (except when skating with full packs).

Even so, we all have gone in for one reason or another- skating too close to rocks, open water, thin ice near shore, etc. After enough skating it comes with the territory. My biggest fear is dunking $4k in camera equipment!
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