Update: Sorry, the Vimeo clip of our ice harvesting session dissappeared. I'm fairly certain a rival ice carving nation is behind it. I shall investigate the situation promptly. If you don't hear from me within 72 hours, please call Mikael Blomkvist.
Update: Found it, but I thought my first update was clever so I'm leaving it there.
Today was just an amazing day. Keith MacNeill and his crew of volunteers succesfully harvested nine GIGANTIC blocks of ice out of Great Slave Lake for De Beers Canada Inspired Ice - NWT Ice Carving Championships. The pictures below this post are from my phone, so the quality is poor, but you get the idea.
The noise you hear in the background is Don Finnamore's chainsaw. It malfunctioned last weekend and then had some trouble again this morning, so it was a pretty tense day until all the blocks were cut. I had been at the site at ten a.m and everyone was just patiently waiting for Don to get back from Ron's Auto where the chainsaw was being repaired (for free of course, Ron's has come through for us huge). Then Allison and I checked in again at noon, just as they were carrying the first block to the flatbed. We were absolutely ecstatic. Don was making some minor adjustments to the chainsaw in the back of his pickup and his floater suit was just completely covered in icicles and frozen spray.
The whole operation was seriously, seriously impressive. My hat is off to Keith MacNeill, the event organizer. Undoubtedly we will have many surprises as we get ready for the Long John Jamboree, but having this project in the bag is a colossal weight of everyone's minds. A huge thanks to all the volunteers who helped with the Ice Harvest and to Greg Short and Inder Kanwal who helped Cory and I transport thirty picnic tables to the site. That was some hard work. We owe you big time.