People kept asking us to make a perfect snow fluke and so we did making it the premier snow tool. The Brooks-Range Snow Flute has a peerless strength-to-weight ratio, as well as unmatched practical design. The Brooks-Range Snow Flute doubles as an emergency digging tool or tent anchor making it the perfect shelter accessory. Available in three sizes. The Brooks-Range version is the best compromise between holding power and size. It is color anodized to both protect the snow fluke and make it easier to find in the snow. The Brooks-Range Snow Fluke has a stainless steel striker plate to take hammering abuse of an ice axe and a 3.26 mm galvanized 7 by 19 wrap steel wire cable. It is imperative that the Brooks-Range Snow Fluke is placed correctly to ensure maximum holding power. A well placed snow fluke will dig itself deeper under load, while a poorly placed device will pull out very easily. Small 7.6oz (215.5g) 6.5" x 3.5" (16.5 x 8.9cm) Medium 9.2oz (260.8g) 7.5 x 4.25" (19 x 10.8cm) Large 10.5oz (297.7g) 8.5" x 5" (21.6 x 12.7cm) Cable length is 43" for all sizes
Small 7.6oz (215.5g) 6.5" x 3.5" (16.5 x 8.9cm)
Medium 9.2oz (260.8g) 7.5 x 4.25" (19 x 10.8cm)
Large 10.5oz (297.7g) 8.5" x 5" (21.6 x 12.7cm)
Snow flukes (aka deadmen) have been around for ages, but most mountaineers today seem to prefer carrying pickets for snow anchors. The new Brooks Range Deadman will challenge alpinist to add this gear back into the mix. These flukes feature a single-cable design- unique in the fluke market- which makes placement faster and stronger in firm snow, especially in the smallest size, since the cable readily slices in the snow. The medium and large sizes are great year-round in heavy and moist snow due to the large surface area, while the smallest size is ideal for late-season névé. The cable wraps around the fluke, tucking into small notches on the sides for hassle-free carrying on your harness while moving, unlike unwieldy pickets. An added striking surface atop the fluke reduces mushrooming and burrs from bashing them into fir snow and eliminates shredded gloves- KURT HICKS
User Instructions for Brooks-Range Snow Fluke
The Brooks-Range Snow Fluke is a galvanized aluminum plate with holes cut to both lighten the weight of the anchor and also provide a good bite on the snow. The cable harness attachment angle enables the anchor to dive deeper when loaded.
A snow flute is probably the best option in wet snow where a picket might just rip out. Because a snow fluke anchor slows a fall rather than stops a fall, a snow fluke anchor should only be used on pitches where slowing a fall is adequate protection.
The snow flute is designed to travel deep into the snow pack when pressure is exerted. At times it is quite a chore to retrieve these anchors once they are set. This movement, moving deeper into the snow pack when force is applied, theoretically makes the snow fluke anchor stronger. However, this movement may cause the snow fluke to shear through the snow if the load is applied from the side or if there are variations in snow layers. Layers of dense snow or ice can cause snow flukes to deflect or stake along the layer rather than digging deeper, compromising the strength of the snow flute anchor.
To properly set the Brooks-Range Snow Fluke, cut a “T” in the snow using an ice axe. The vertical cut is for the cable, which should be placed along the direction of pull. The top of the “T” is for the fluke plate. Drop the fluke into the “T” and align at a 40° - 45° negative angle then hammer or push into the snow pack. Then pull the cable in the direction of the expected load. For less dense snow, a webbing extension of the cable will be necessary to set the anchor. Compacting loose snow in front of the snow flute anchor will improve its holding ability. The cable should run freely though the snow and should not lie over obstructions or hard layers which might cause the cable to lever the snow fluke upwards. A long sling is recommended to minimize any outward or upward pull.
Pull on the fluke until the anchor feels solid. If the anchor fails to catch, it will travel under the snow and will be easily retrieved. If failure occurs, reset the initial placement to try a new location. It is sometimes beneficial to force the fluke deeper into the snow pack using the top of an ice axe prior to pulling on it.
Snow flukes are not as effective in extremely dense or thick snow and ice conditions. The type of snow pack has a great effect on the strength of a snow fluke anchor. You can never have too much protection in unpredictable or changing conditions. Pretesting and experience is paramount in placing snow flukes.
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