M Igloo Building for Fun and Shelter, Part 1 - Technique
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
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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."
- Some Igloo Trivia
- The Icebox Igloo Building Tool
- How it Works
- Snow Conditions
- How Strong is an Igloo?
- How Many People are Needed?
- How Long Does it Take to Build an Igloo?
- How Much Snow is Needed?
- What Size to Build?
- Igloo Sizes and Capacities
- Igloo Building for Fun
- Conclusion: Recreational Igloo Building
- Preview of Part 2
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