M Igloo Building for Fun and Shelter, Part 2 - Using an Igloo as a Backcountry Shelter

by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl

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You have several options for a winter shelter - tent, snow cave, quinzhee, or igloo. Of course a tent is the easiest, and a good four-season model can provide excellent winter shelter, but somehow a tent doesn't have the charisma of a snow shelter (and it's also much colder at night). If you have made a snow cave or quinzhee before, you already know you'll be soaking wet and that you may feel claustrophobic while sleeping. Building a traditional igloo by cutting and assembling snow blocks is an art, and can also be very wet and laborious. Not everyone is up to the taskā€¦

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