scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Snow caves
Don Schmidt (DonaldS812@AOL.COM
Thu Mar 23 2000 - 20:12:46 CST
A comment about snow piles. During the winter of 1996-97 here in Fargo the
snow pile in the high school/civic arena lot across the street was about 70'
long and 18 - 20 ft high at the peak. Others may have snow piles that dwarf
>From reading about snow cave/quincies(sic), first pile your equipment in a
mound big enough to make a comforatable size cave, and cover with a tarp or
sheet of plastic. This will make far less snow to remove for your snow cave.
Bury the covered mound with snow at least, I would think 24 inches thick.
Find several twigs and stick them into the pile of snow at least 12 inches as
markers when you are hollowing that the wall of your cave is 12 inches where
these twigs are. Put in enough twigs to make the cave walls as evenly thick
as possible. Let the pile of snow settle several hours. Dig into the
downwind side until you find your buried equipment and carefully pull it out.
Hollow out the remainder of the snow until you reach the 12 inch twigs you
left in the outside surface. Snow is a fairly efficient insulation and the
inside of your cave will be comfortable. Just be sure to isolate your self
physically and thermally from the frozen ground or you will suffer.
I have never done this personally, but have seen my boys do it and read other
posts when this thread was being spun some time ago.
Don Schmidt, SM