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Friday, February 24, 2012
The Ice Tent - Assembly
This turned out to be a lot more difficult than I expected. Having determined the proper location for assembling the tent... ...I dragged the collapsed tent out to a spot in the opening of the bay. First step was to clear the snow and cut a hole in the ice large enough to spear any pike passing by.
This turned out to be more difficult than expected. The ice was 18 - 20 inches thick at that location.
It took a pickaxe, shovel, chain saw, a borrowed power auger from a neighboring fisherman on the ice, axe, and crowbar to get through sufficiently.
After numerous trips back to the cabin to warm up, changes into dry clothes and to get beer, in about six hours I had enough of a hole to assemble the tent.
By sunset it was done.
I just hope the tent is still here in the morning, and the hole has not refrozen to the point I cannot reopen it.
I'll add video at some future date.