I spent today helping arctic explorer Will Steger fill his ice house with lake ice. His homestead is off the grid, on the edge of the BWCA.

A whole crew of folks assembled to help cut, buck and stack these clear, over-sized ice cubes. We used a team of horses pulling a sleigh to haul the ice up from the lake to the ice house.

This is a brief video slideshow from today, with narration about this custom that hails from a bygone era.


  1. Wow, this looks like both hard work and dangerous! (What keeps people from falling into the holes as you pull out the ice?)

  2. Careful footing is a must! It helps that there are a lot of people pulling, so the chunks pull out relatively easily.

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