View Full Version : he he! I slept in a snow shelter last night!

30-11-2010, 10:09
I made a Quinzee/Quinzhee last night (piled up, then hollowed out snow).
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because of the limited amount of snow, I couldn't make it very big, the inside is roughly about 3ftx3ft x8ft (or coffin sized;) )

I was warm comfy and loved it.:cool:

30-11-2010, 10:16
Lol - awesome. Enough snow round these parts for a shrew sized igloo :(

30-11-2010, 10:23
lucky bugger! st albans in herts has had a small smattering of snow overnight but like calibanzwei has said not nearly enough for making something interesting.

30-11-2010, 10:33
I went out last night but didn't have enough snow to build anything so had to settle for a debris shelter

30-11-2010, 10:34
Snap! I must have been the only person in Manchester praying for snow last night. We got approx half an inch oh well maybe we'll get a bit more towards weekend

I'm determined to sleep in a snow shelter this year! lol


30-11-2010, 10:40
well we have six inches and the rents wont let me cos they reckon i will freese to death so no can do

30-11-2010, 10:47
I may have to do the same tonight I am off to my works xmass do , and I have no clue how I am going to get home later:)

30-11-2010, 10:53
Go for it mate!
we only had about 2" of snow so the garden looks a bit green.
just make sure if you can make it taller and wider (Igloo shaped) mine was quite cramped, there's no way I could sit up, or heat water in there.

30-11-2010, 11:20
your soo lucky atm we only have about an inch or so of snow, but if it keep going im going to try to make a snow group shelter with some mates

Mikey P
30-11-2010, 17:29
You can have some of ours. We got shed-loads.

30-11-2010, 17:32
Good stuff Rich

Did you sleep right through ?

Never had a go but I'd love to try in one day

30-11-2010, 17:37
Excellent...hoping to try that myself soon. Not enough snow here though yet.


30-11-2010, 18:18
Good work that man.

30-11-2010, 19:16
Brilliant! What temperature rating sleeping bag did you have?

30-11-2010, 19:21
nice one i hope we get enough snow down here so i can do the same, was you a bit paranoid it might of collapsed and if it did do you think you would of been able to bust out of it

30-11-2010, 19:24
Buffalo bags?

30-11-2010, 19:42
Nice 1 mate ... its on ma want to do list bud ... cheers

30-11-2010, 19:52
Good lad, we've tons of snow, but i'm just off back out to work in it on the roads.
Ive got to make a quinzee this week, which will make up for not being able to make it back to the arctic this year.

30-11-2010, 23:57
Fingers crossed that it lasts till the weekend all round then. Might give it a go if we get enough, but as it only started this morning, might be a tall order.

01-12-2010, 10:13
Good for you Rap goodjob

01-12-2010, 10:44
Nice Buff Bag, regret the day I sold mine!

Did you pull your bergan into the mouth or was the wind not strong enough to need it?

02-12-2010, 10:47
In answer to the questions:

was you a bit paranoid it might of collapsed and if it did do you think you would of been able to bust out of it
yes, but how often do we get the chance to try it?
I made sure my head was at the entrance end and had 2 short shovels inside and a pole sticking out I could make an air hole with.
I was more concerned that some oik would come and jump on it, lol. today there are 2 "foot sized holes" in the side of it, but the rest is still standing and quite safe to sleep in.

What was the sleeping gear?

British Army roll mat
British Army Goretex bivi bag (I didn't really need the bivibag in hindsight).
Inner and Outer buffalo sleeping bags (link below)
(None of the bags were done up completely so I could escape if I needed to).

I was wearing: (yes, I was too hot)
Buffalo jacket and trousers
Magnum leather boots (I kept them on but loose)

Other kit in the shelter:
Charged phone.
2 torches.
1 wind up LED lantern (that has an emergency alarm)
1 58" pat shovel.
1 folding shovel/pick.

Did you pull your bergan into the mouth or was the wind not strong enough to need it?
The wind wasn't strong at all that night and there were only a few light snow flurries, it was used mostly as a pillow.

Buffalo sleeping system link: