Catamount Hardware

Out on Crystal Lake in Enfield NH right now. Very thick gray ice. The spots we’ve tested (with sticks and ice screws) have been too thick to get through, so 6”+. Ice fishing holes near the island on the west side are 10-12” deep.

A couple of pressure ridges (markers and yellow lines on the map) bisect the lake but are well healed and not a problem.

A large area of black ice and refrozen slush and chunks in the middle of the lake (black on the map) is thinner; the southern edge of it was 8cm. It’s easily seen.

Inlets along the north shore are messy but easily seen and avoided.

Our launch is marked with a green dot. Snow drifts indicated with white.


— Christopher Boone