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PHOTOS: Harvesting ice on Squam Lake

  • Alan White of Wells, Maine uses an ice pike to guide blocks of ice harvested from Squam Lake at Rockywold and Deephaven Camps; Thursday, February 7, 2013. <br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

    Alan White of Wells, Maine uses an ice pike to guide blocks of ice harvested from Squam Lake at Rockywold and Deephaven Camps; Thursday, February 7, 2013.
    (ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

  • The ice crew uses a chainsaw to separate blocks already sawed into cubes. Staff and volunteers harvest ice from Squam Lake at Rockywold Deephaven Camps; Thursday, February 7, 2013. <br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

    The ice crew uses a chainsaw to separate blocks already sawed into cubes. Staff and volunteers harvest ice from Squam Lake at Rockywold Deephaven Camps; Thursday, February 7, 2013.
    (ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

  • Rockywold Deephaven Camps maintenance staffers Douglas Adams and James "Mac" MacComas move blocks of ice into the Rockywold ice house for use over the summer season; Thursday, February 7, 2013. The ice house holds 100 tons of blocks, stacked about ten layers tall. "On the third day , you wake up and can't move your shoulders," says fellow-staffer Keith Hosking.<br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

    Rockywold Deephaven Camps maintenance staffers Douglas Adams and James "Mac" MacComas move blocks of ice into the Rockywold ice house for use over the summer season; Thursday, February 7, 2013. The ice house holds 100 tons of blocks, stacked about ten layers tall. "On the third day , you wake up and can't move your shoulders," says fellow-staffer Keith Hosking.
    (ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

  • The harvest crew uses ice pikes to direct cut blocks to the waiting truck Rockywold Deephaven Camps; Thursday, February 7, 2013. The cliffs of West Rattlesnake Mountain can be seen over Bennett Cove, where the camps are located. <br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

    The harvest crew uses ice pikes to direct cut blocks to the waiting truck Rockywold Deephaven Camps; Thursday, February 7, 2013. The cliffs of West Rattlesnake Mountain can be seen over Bennett Cove, where the camps are located.
    (ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

  • A saw cuts through the foot-thick ice of Squam Lake<br/>Staff and volunteers harvest ice from Squam Lake at Rockywold Deephaven Camps on Bennett Cove for use in the camps ice houses in the summer; Thursday, February 7, 2013. 100 tons of ice is loaded into each of the two ice houses for use in ice boxes in the individual cabins.<br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

    A saw cuts through the foot-thick ice of Squam Lake
    Staff and volunteers harvest ice from Squam Lake at Rockywold Deephaven Camps on Bennett Cove for use in the camps ice houses in the summer; Thursday, February 7, 2013. 100 tons of ice is loaded into each of the two ice houses for use in ice boxes in the individual cabins.
    (ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

  • David White (left) works with Rockywold Deephaven Camps staff and volunteers to harvest ice from Bennett Cove on Squam Lake; Thursday, February 7, 2013. White uses eight tons of ice blocks in an ice house at his Sandwich home as refrigeration. <br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

    David White (left) works with Rockywold Deephaven Camps staff and volunteers to harvest ice from Bennett Cove on Squam Lake; Thursday, February 7, 2013. White uses eight tons of ice blocks in an ice house at his Sandwich home as refrigeration.
    (ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

  • Sunlight filters through a block of ice waiting to be loaded onto a truck at Rockywold Deephaven Camps; Thursday, February 7, 2013.  The camp uses 200 tons of ice blocks, harvested over three days for their cabins' ice boxes over the summer season.<br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

    Sunlight filters through a block of ice waiting to be loaded onto a truck at Rockywold Deephaven Camps; Thursday, February 7, 2013. The camp uses 200 tons of ice blocks, harvested over three days for their cabins' ice boxes over the summer season.
    (ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

  • Staff and volunteers harvest ice from Squam Lake at Rockywold and Deephaven Camps on Bennett cove; Thursday, February 7, 2013. <br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

    Staff and volunteers harvest ice from Squam Lake at Rockywold and Deephaven Camps on Bennett cove; Thursday, February 7, 2013.
    (ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

  • A truck takes a load of ice blocks to the Rockywold Ice house; Thursday, February 7, 2013. <br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

    A truck takes a load of ice blocks to the Rockywold Ice house; Thursday, February 7, 2013.
    (ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

  • Rockywold Deephaven Camps staffers, from left: Keith Hosking, Douglas Adams and James "Mac" McComas take a break in the Rockywold ice house between truck-loads of ice blocks; Thursday, February 7, 2013. The ice house holds 100 tons of blocks, stacked about ten layers tall. "On the third day , you wake up and can't move your shoulders," says Hosking.<br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

    Rockywold Deephaven Camps staffers, from left: Keith Hosking, Douglas Adams and James "Mac" McComas take a break in the Rockywold ice house between truck-loads of ice blocks; Thursday, February 7, 2013. The ice house holds 100 tons of blocks, stacked about ten layers tall. "On the third day , you wake up and can't move your shoulders," says Hosking.
    (ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

  • Sunlight filters through a block of ice waiting to be loaded onto a truck at Rockywold Deephaven Camps; Thursday, February 7, 2013.  The camp uses 200 tons of ice blocks, harvested over three days for their cabins' ice boxes over the summer season.<br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

    Sunlight filters through a block of ice waiting to be loaded onto a truck at Rockywold Deephaven Camps; Thursday, February 7, 2013. The camp uses 200 tons of ice blocks, harvested over three days for their cabins' ice boxes over the summer season.
    (ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

  • Alan White of Wells, Maine uses an ice pike to guide blocks of ice harvested from Squam Lake at Rockywold and Deephaven Camps; Thursday, February 7, 2013. <br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)
  • The ice crew uses a chainsaw to separate blocks already sawed into cubes. Staff and volunteers harvest ice from Squam Lake at Rockywold Deephaven Camps; Thursday, February 7, 2013. <br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)
  • Rockywold Deephaven Camps maintenance staffers Douglas Adams and James "Mac" MacComas move blocks of ice into the Rockywold ice house for use over the summer season; Thursday, February 7, 2013. The ice house holds 100 tons of blocks, stacked about ten layers tall. "On the third day , you wake up and can't move your shoulders," says fellow-staffer Keith Hosking.<br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)
  • The harvest crew uses ice pikes to direct cut blocks to the waiting truck Rockywold Deephaven Camps; Thursday, February 7, 2013. The cliffs of West Rattlesnake Mountain can be seen over Bennett Cove, where the camps are located. <br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)
  • A saw cuts through the foot-thick ice of Squam Lake<br/>Staff and volunteers harvest ice from Squam Lake at Rockywold Deephaven Camps on Bennett Cove for use in the camps ice houses in the summer; Thursday, February 7, 2013. 100 tons of ice is loaded into each of the two ice houses for use in ice boxes in the individual cabins.<br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)
  • David White (left) works with Rockywold Deephaven Camps staff and volunteers to harvest ice from Bennett Cove on Squam Lake; Thursday, February 7, 2013. White uses eight tons of ice blocks in an ice house at his Sandwich home as refrigeration. <br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)
  • Sunlight filters through a block of ice waiting to be loaded onto a truck at Rockywold Deephaven Camps; Thursday, February 7, 2013.  The camp uses 200 tons of ice blocks, harvested over three days for their cabins' ice boxes over the summer season.<br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)
  • Staff and volunteers harvest ice from Squam Lake at Rockywold and Deephaven Camps on Bennett cove; Thursday, February 7, 2013. <br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)
  • A truck takes a load of ice blocks to the Rockywold Ice house; Thursday, February 7, 2013. <br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)
  • Rockywold Deephaven Camps staffers, from left: Keith Hosking, Douglas Adams and James "Mac" McComas take a break in the Rockywold ice house between truck-loads of ice blocks; Thursday, February 7, 2013. The ice house holds 100 tons of blocks, stacked about ten layers tall. "On the third day , you wake up and can't move your shoulders," says Hosking.<br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)
  • Sunlight filters through a block of ice waiting to be loaded onto a truck at Rockywold Deephaven Camps; Thursday, February 7, 2013.  The camp uses 200 tons of ice blocks, harvested over three days for their cabins' ice boxes over the summer season.<br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

“I’ve been doing this for 68 years,” says Norman Lyford of Ashland as he pushes blocks of ice through a narrow channel in the foot-thick ice on Lake Winnipesaukee yesterday. The one-time staff member of Rockywold and Deephaven Camps on the northern shore of the lake returns every year to help with the three-day ice harvest, wielding a 10-foot-long ice pike. The summer destination does not use refrigerators in its cabins, but ice boxes instead.

Just wanted to make sure everyone reading this story understands that this unique and more than 100-year-old tradition occurs on Squam Lake not Winnipesaukee.

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