How to Build an Igloo: And Other Snow Shelters

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W. W. Norton & Company, Nov 17, 2007 - Sports & Recreation - 208 pages
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How are the ice blocks of igloos so perfectly formed and fitted, and able, it’s been said, to withstand the weight of a polar bear?

How can you determine if the fresh snow that’s fallen outside your front door is as good for making a slab shelter as a snowman? What is a slab shelter, anyway? For that matter, what are drift caves, spruce traps, snow block walls, and bivy bag shelters, and how would you go about building them, whether for winter fun or protection from the weather?

In this instructive, whimsical, illustrated manual, Norbert E. Yankielun, a seasoned cold-regions explorer and researcher, takes readers step-by-step through the process of constructing and inhabiting a range of useful snow structures—from the most basic to the more complex. Whether you’re a veteran backcountry skier or a backyard builder, this is one book you won’t want to be without.
 

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This is a fun little book which has not only detailed instructions on how to build snow structures but also explains the scientific principles by which they work (e.g. why an igloo can be warm inside). Read full review

Contents

Preparation Before Building
20
Igloos
38
Quinzees
66
Slab Shelters
80
Drift Caves
94
Spruce Traps
104
Expedient Shelters
112
Camping Out
132
References and Resources
142
Index
146
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Norbert E. Yankielun, PhD, is a former research engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Cold Regions Laboratory in New Hampshire. In his spare time, he conducts igloo-building workshops, which draw hundreds. His Web site is www.DoctorWhy.com.

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