By this day Jöns has covered in excess of 30 kilometer of ice. Some weak spots as well while there are fairly trustable ice too. As always it is important to test the ice one way or the other to avoid the weak spots. If it comes to swimming you need to be prepared with short spikes to get a grip on the ice to drag yourself up, and also to have change clothing, preferably in a rucksack that gives some boyancy at the same time.
All in all - it is time to connect and to join skating tours. The first tour for the season is planned for sunday morning 19th of January 2014 at 10am starting from Stallörsparken in Ekenäs. Any skates will do. If you do have spikes, a rycksack with spareclothes in a plastic bag, skating poles and nordic skates - all the better.
Yesterday tuesday morning was the first time this winter that I probed the ice. Generally I found ice from a few centimetres upto a maximum of 6 cm between Gullö and Ekenäs. The direction from Vedaberget or Paddlingsfabriken towards Källviken was not strong enough for safe journeying the the other shore. Today the 5th a couple of cm have been added and with proper probing and a skilled guide safe routes exists. I went to buy my forgotten butter from Vedaberget to Ekenäs by skating. Groups of 4 people would be safe, while bigger groups should spread out. The ice would have some cracking noice, but again, a guide can keep you safe. Please use the general map here on the website that marks generally weak spots and avoid those spots if you decide not to go guided.
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Best regards, Jöns Aschan
This winter has been different from previous winters. We had snow earlier than during the latest 10 years, and it has been colder. On top - the water has been frozen since before mid December. As it happens there is no skating ice yet. We are expecting some later on in the winter. However something we call double ice has developed.
Double ice is formed by one layer of ice against the see having a layer of water on top and then that layer has a second layer of ice. There is really water in between the two ice layers. Snow acts as insulation on top of the upper ice and prevents the water between the layers from freezing. Without the snow we would have had strong compact ice able to carry a car, but now we only posess two fairly weak layers of soft ice. It does however carry a human being in most places..... as always there are weak spots too.
Double ice is a benefit too. Using an ax or a saw we can cut out bricks of ice from the upper ice layer and build an igloo. It has in fact become a very strong construction and great fun and experience to do. Some people sleep in those and we might do so too some day.