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M Igloo Building for Fun and Shelter, Part 1 - Technique

by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl

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Article Summary:

Think of the possibilities - you can build an igloo for fun in your back yard with your family (or your Scout troop), or you can build a hidden igloo for a warming hut in the backcountry where you like to ski or snowshoe. If you're feeling more ambitious, you can winter camp using an igloo as a backcountry base camp, or you could even build your own hut system.

In Part 1 of this article, we cover the technique of igloo building using the Grand Shelters Icebox Igloo Building Tool, and focus on doing it just for fun - recreational igloo building.

In Part 2 we explore the options for using an igloo as a backcountry shelter, and provide some data on living conditions in an "ice palace."


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