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Other Ouch! Walking on Ice

Discussion in 'General' started by Houndofhell, 1 Feb 2012.

  1. Houndofhell

    Houndofhell One Particle to Rule Them All

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    So yeah you can probably guess from the title that where i'm living currently, its just snowed the other day and this morning there was an abundance of ice left over.

    Still quite pleased i only fell over twice as it was mostly sheet/black ice. Anyone got any horror stories or tips for walking in icy areas?
     
  2. longweight

    longweight Possibly Longbeard.

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    I cannot wait for the snow! Will hopefully disrupt the trains so much that I will have to work from home :)

    I can't offer any tips but I have seriously been considering buying some ice grip / snow shoes......
     
  3. LennyRhys

    LennyRhys Oink!

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    Cat litter is better than grit or salt. True story!
     
  4. Houndofhell

    Houndofhell One Particle to Rule Them All

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    I really don't know whether i should even ask how you discovered that!

    I love the snow itself i just hate the left over ice. I took it slow going to work today, its usually a 25 minute walk to my office building on site but today it took me 50 minutes.
     
  5. longweight

    longweight Possibly Longbeard.

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    It really isn't! Tried it once and it just absorbs the water, when the temperature goes above zero it dissolves into a mush and then refreezes giving you a nice shiny surface!
     
  6. Almightyrastus

    Almightyrastus Rule #9

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    Do a search for Yakk Trax and try and get some while you can.
     
  7. Throbbi

    Throbbi What's a Dremel?

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    Walk as normally as possible. The more you take extra care to not slip over the more you put yourself off your natural balance and therefore the more likely it is that you will fall. I can't provide any evidence for this other than my own personal experience though.

    tl;dr Ignore the ice, walk like a boss. :D
     
  8. Houndofhell

    Houndofhell One Particle to Rule Them All

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    ...Five minutes later...pick self up off ground

    Yeah i tried to walk as normally as possible, occasionaly testing the ground in front with one of my feet.
     
  9. Kiliv

    Kiliv What's a Dremel?

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    I second this there great in the snow
     
  10. Ending Credits

    Ending Credits Bunned

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    I almost had a nasty accident at christmas last year where I almost slipped over on my aunt's patio. Fortunately I seem to have aquired some catlike ability to stay on my feet from some combination of fencing and snowboarding as I managed to avoid the inevitable.

    If you're falling over then perhaps it might be a good idea to find some way of protecting yourself when you do as well as looking for methods to avoiding slipping in the first place.
     
  11. Throbbi

    Throbbi What's a Dremel?

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    Very good point. Hats are as much just in case protection as they are warmth.
     
  12. Comfyasabadger

    Comfyasabadger What's a Dremel?

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    I've had these for a number of years and they are awesome.
    No more landing on my arse!
     
  13. noizdaemon666

    noizdaemon666 I'm Od, Therefore I Pwn

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    Walk!? Screw that I ran to work one year, over sheet ice and through 1 foot thick snow. I then skidded for about 100M right through the door into the shop where I work. True story. lol
     
  14. Jester_612

    Jester_612 "Jammy..."

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    Walk like Jesus - with your arms out like you're going to hug something. The staying upright during slips key is keeping your center of gravity over the foot on the ground.
     
  15. samkiller42

    samkiller42 For i AM Cheesecake!!

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    I cycled to work in the snow and ice last year, So glad i have chunky tires and not road tires.

    Sam
     
  16. Splooshiba

    Splooshiba Minimodder

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    We had about 5 mins of light snow yesterday in Loughborough, then it was just cold :miffed:
     
  17. favst89

    favst89 What's a Dremel?

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    We had snow yesterday, had to clean the car off before leaving work, not what you want if your running late already.

    Definitely the way. Lean back slightly going up hill and forward down hill. (Much harder down hill). Had plenty of practice last week in Switzerland.
     
  18. casann

    casann What's a Dremel?

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    Get better shoes ! lol . I'm not looking forward to the ice . we live on top of a really steep hill so when it comes i'm sure they'll be a story for you all to laugh at , espcially with my fiance- Noizdaemon- running to work everyday haha

    Can't wait for the snow however - needs a kick up the backside not seen even a flake of it yet . I want to build a snow man already lol
     
  19. Jipa

    Jipa Avoiding the "I guess.." since 2004

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    Proper shoes and carefulness. Ice cleats are fine if you can actually use them, but frankly I rather take my chances than use any of those damn things.

    AND, the most important thing: When you DO fall, DO NOT USE YOUR WRISTS TO TAKE THE IMPACT! Butthurt is one thing, but broken bones a whole other.
     
  20. noizdaemon666

    noizdaemon666 I'm Od, Therefore I Pwn

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    Yeah, never use your wrists..........use your face, much safer ;) lol No, good advice from Jipa there :thumb: I've never attached anything to my shoes or worn special shoes, I feel much safer in my normal shoes which I know will react a certain way to certain ground types.
     

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