Igloos and LNT

The NWHikers discussion forum has a debate going about Leave No Trace (LNT) and the use of igloos as winter camping shelters. Should igloos be left up for subsequent use and/or natural decomposition? Or should they be destroyed as an effort to leave no trace? You can read the discussion here.

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Snow Shelter Comparisons

The Ontario Preppers Network believes that the ability to use snow effectively for shelter in the winter is the single most important skill anyone who spends time outdoors can posses. Their post compares the three main shelter designs that work well in winter and all require the use of snow.

Snow is a very good […]

Snow camping: Once you try building an ice shelter, you just may dig it

Karen Sykes wrote an article for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer entitled “Snow camping: Once you try building an ice shelter, you just may dig it”. The article consists of three parts; the beauty of winter camping, shelter options including snow caves, igloos and tents, and finally some general tips for getting started winter camping. Read the […]

Thanksgiving In An Igloo

Igloo Ed, founder of Grand Shelter and inventor of the Icebox Igloo Maker, spent Thanksgiving in an igloo. He has great pictures of his trip. I included four below.

Ed’s Thanksgiving Dinner – which looks a little different (and probably healthier) than mine.

His igloo shelter which he built a couple weeks earlier.

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Snow Shelter Comparison

Snow is a very good insulator that keeps heat in and the cold out. Snow also is a very effective windbreak – if your shelter is constructed so that the snow you use doesn’t blow away in the wind.

Quinzee: Fairly quick to build but does require a fair amount of energy to construct. Build […]