scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Snow cave deaths
Marc Godbout (marcgodbout@LANCAST.COM
Tue Mar 21 2000 - 10:32:18 CST
When building a quinzee, the snow packs itself. We basically shovel all the
snow in the area to make a big dome. Then we wait a few hours, usually we
take off and go skiing or hiking. When we get back, the snow's weight
should have caused it to pack enough. Then we hollow it out, keeping the
walls 8 - 12" thick. FYI, we plunge 12" sticks in several places from the
outside of the mound and dig from the inside until we reach the sticks.
There's more that goes into it, but that's the gist.
Anyway the things have always been strong enough to support our own weight
when hollowed out. As far as snowplow scrapings, I would expect lots of
inconsistency and air pockets.
This tragedy reinforces the advice to not let kids build snowforts in
snowpiles by the side of the road (or parking lot).
SMA - Venture, Troop 98
> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Wm. Unger [mailto:junger@ALPHA1.NET]
> For my information, isn't a quinzee supposed to be built
> in packed snow?
> Is the snow from a snow-plow really "packed"?