scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Collapsed Snow Cave
Marc Godbout (marcgodbout@LANCAST.COM
Mon Mar 20 2000 - 09:53:54 CST
This past weekend, two young men died when their snow cave collapsed during
the night in Stratford Vt. Since I regularly take boys out for a "Winter
Trek", which sometimes involves camping in snow caves, I was a bit concerned
when I read the story. Mostly, I'm looking for an answer when, in the
future, some parents who also heard this story ask why it happened and how
do I keep it from happening to their sons.
I've never heard of snow caves collapsing and have always felt they were
pretty safe structures. There's even a story about a snow-mobile
inadvertently driving over a quinzee overnight, with neither occupants nor
rider being aware of it until the next morning when the occupants saw the
tracks. This might be an urban (or backcountry?) legend, though.
Anyway, all I know about the Stratford incident is that they built the cave
into a snowplow bank. If anyone has any more info on why this particular
cave collapsed, I'd appreciate hearing about it. Did they cut too deep, too
wide an opening, ...?
SMA - Venture, Troop 98