RDC Ice Harvest Video February 2013 on Squam Lake, NH. GoPro Video by Eric Morse and William Morse. Ice Harvest Crew: Norman Lyford, John Jurczynski, Bill Sharkey, Jon Spence, Doug Adams, Eric Morse, Scott Hale, Keith Hosking, Mac McComas, Norm Spencer, David & CC White, Bruce Whitemore, Wayne Thompson and Ron Reynolds. Delicious food prepared by Kathy Wheeler and Becky Frost.
Meet the 86-year-old master of the Ice Harvest
HOLDERNESS, NH. —A master of a fading art, Norman Lyford, 86, is still cutting huge blocks of ice on Big Squam Lake for summer ice boxes after 68 years on the job.
Here is a time lapse video of the RDC Ice Harvest on February 10, 2013. It is fun to see the ice blocks move to the channel at high speed. Filmed with a GoPro Hero 2 taking a photo every 2 seconds for 41 minutes = 1,236 photos and 41 seconds of video. We put up 2,020 blocks in Rockywold and 1,590 in Deephaven for a total of 3,610 blocks. At 120 pounds per block that comes out to 216 tons of lake ice!
Ice Harvest to begin Thursday, February 7th
HOLDERNESS — After several postponements and much uncertainty, the annual Ice Harvest at Rockywold Deephaven Camps will begin on Thursday morning and go until Saturday.
John Jurczynski, Rockywold Deephaven co-general manager, said, Tuesday, that the ice conditions are finally at the point they needed for the ice harvest, a tradition that has taken place at Rockywold Deephaven Camps for over 100 years. He explained that, if conditions hold, and the ice and equipment cooperate, the entire operation should take three full days to complete.
“The ice looks good and we will be starting everything on Thursday morning,” Jurczynski said. “If all goes right it should be done by Saturday.”
For those interested in the event, Jurczynski said that people should come by the winter office called Roswell. At the office, staff will warn ice truck drivers that people will be on the roads, as well as give directions for parking. They will also explain the best ways to walk to the ice field or the ices houses.
“This operation normally takes place mid-week making it difficult for working folks and school aged children to observe the harvest,” Jurczynski wrote in an e-mail to those interested in the Ice Harvest. “A Saturday ice harvest at RDC is a rare opportunity.”
He recommends that those who go to the event wear some form of crampons and dress warm. While various aspects of the operation take place from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the best times to view the operation are from 9 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Jurczynski said that in his 23 years at RDC, this year has turned out to be one of the later ice harvests that he has been a part of. This was due to the recent wild weather that involved rain, warm temperatures and wind. It caused the ice to decrease and thickness significantly, but recent cold weather has made the conditions favorable.
As of Feb. 4, Jurczynski said there were 12 inches of poor quality ice at Squaw Cove and 10-and-a-quarter to 11 inches of beautiful black ice at Deep End. Eight of the 12 locations measured at Deep End were at 11 inches. He added that the weather may get close to 50 degrees on Monday, and the potential for this made it clear that the harvest needs to happen over the weekend.
Jurczynski said that each year about 14 people participate in the ice harvest. Many involved have done this for years. He said there are plenty of local residents and media outlets that come to view the event, as well as a fourth grade class from Holderness Central School.
Dear RDC Icing Enthusiasts, Conditions are finally right for us to begin our 2013 ice harvest. This annual tradition has taken place at Rockywold-Deephaven Camps for more than a century. If conditions hold and the ice and our equipment cooperate, the operation should take three full days to complete. That means we should be harvesting ice this Thursday, Friday and Saturday (February 7 – 9, 2013).
For those that are interested in checking out this unique tradition, stop by our winter office (called Roswell) before heading down to the lake. At the office, our staff will warn the ice truck drivers that you will be on the roads. They will also give you some direction on where to park your vehicle and the best way to walk to the ice field (or to the ice houses).
This operation normally takes place mid-week making it difficult for working folks and school aged children to observe the harvest. A Saturday ice harvest at RDC is a rare opportunity. If you do visit us, it is a good idea to wear some form of crampons (e.g. Microspikes, Yaks, Stabilizers, etc.) and dress warm. FYI, while various aspects of the operation take place from 7am to 4:30pm, the best times to see all aspects of the operation are from 9am to noon and 12:30pm to 2:30pm.