The idea came to me from an experience I had in 2010, while ice fishing on “The Bay” in Green Bay, WI. I began my two mile hike across the 4” of ice, surrounded by open water spots, and ice cracks with flowing water. My equipment was in a large sled that I was pulling behind me, and with no snow it made it even more difficult to walk.
I reached my spot using my phone as a GPS to set up the shack, but soon after getting situated, the wind picked up and a storm started rolling in. Thinking my portable shack would protect me, I continued fishing and waiting it out. Unfortunately, the wind became so intense my shack wasn’t able to stay up and I couldn’t safely keep my heater going; forcing me to pack up and head to shore before freezing to death.