First off, before we could begin to complain, the organizers apologized for the rotten ice-filled blocks at our meeting last night. Their lame excuse was based on some vague rumor that it had rained for three days prior to the event.
The temperature earlier this morning was a chilly -30c with the wind chill. Allow me to say that the -30c seemed a lot colder than what we were used to because of the moisture in the air. After all, we were beside the St. Lawrence Seaway. I can honestly say, give me Saskatchewan’s -30c with our dry cold.
Our block was very consistent. In fact, it was like carving concrete on the outside. Once we got through the Snice on the outside we did find some soft snow. What is Snice you ask? Snice is snow and ice combined to make a inconsistent combination of hard sections of ice and areas of soft snow. As a result, you never know how it might react.
Despite the reverberating, jarring shockwaves when we landed a chisel we continued to feel optimistic that we would complete the sculpture by Sunday at 9:00 am. We are not looking forward to the all-nighter tomorrow with the block being so hard and unforgiving plus the weather being so brutal. We were encouraged by lots of Saskatchewan people who came by to cheer us on, even with the temperature at -30C.