Saturday, March 3, 2012

Ice diving day 1

This was so much fun today. Especially since we woke up to a snow storm! I wasn't too sure what to expect, but I have to say, this was one of my most fun dives to date - and tomorrow we get to go again twice and for longer! Exhausted and it's another long day tomorrow, so headed to the hot tub and bed....

Getting the gear out onto the ice using sleds and an ATV with ice tyres! 

Cutting a triangular hole in the ice with chainsaws. 

Phoebe next to some of the blocks we cut out of the ice. We stand them on end as tomorrow we have to get them back into the hole to freeze back up after we're done. 

Getting ready to get in! It was overcast today, but tomorrow it's supposed to be better. We had lots of snow this morning, but luckily by the time we were supposed to get in, it had cleared and was pretty warm. 

Getting tethered and ready to go. 

The tethers were a pain in the butt to deal with, but essential. Tomorrow we'll move mine around a little to see if there's a better spot for it - it was in the way of my inflator - not a major issue, just not a great spot. 

Coming up after an awesome dive playing with bubbles under the ice and exploring the 40ft below. 

The rather ungraceful exit from the hole in the ice.....

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