Dave, Dave P, Alan and Ryan hit the ice!
Early start and up to look at Butchers Dam near Alex - a coverage of ice but not skating not possible. On down to the Lower Manorburn. Good ice cover in the Central Basin and good skating. Thinned out when going to either of the other basins. A few frosts and the ice will thicken. Lots of debris in Rush Cutter's corner so protect your edges when getting on.
On up to Poolburn and a better day than yesterday. Ice thickness similar and locked in over the whole lake. Able to skate anywhere on smooth ice in bright sunshine. Ice weakened in the thinner areas as the day warmer up. Fabulous black ice around the cliffs next to the dam -
glassy smooth and dry. A fair few kilometres skated - and loving every minute.
Down to Idaburn to finish with a late afternoon skate on thick ice - with some rough areas. Dave P finished of with an ice rescue practice - a planned break through to test the effectiveness of ice-claws. Successful and entertaining as well as sobering for the watchers.
At the local Hotel they informed us a Bonspeil is planned for Wed/Thurs so if you are in the area stop by for a look.