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what is the best kind of shelter for a snowy environment?

Question by chndlr333. Uploaded on October 25, 2009

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from bigjake wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

Man made snow cave or improvized igloo.So much as a candle inside either and its quite comfortable(poke vent holes)

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from jordjohn44 wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

If you have enough snow make a quinzee.

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from mcdlacrosse9 wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

I prefer to make a lean-to structure. The snow falls right off.

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from 86Ram wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

snow cave... and a candle... it doesn't need to be big just big enough to conserve body heat... with the aid of a candle. If possible lined with spruce bow or cedar... warmth and keeps you off the ground.

In a hurry you can use a dugout or lean too. Once adain spruce or cedar bow. ...

If you find snow covered conifers with low hanging branches ... instant shelter with minimum snow underneath. You can make a small fire beneath as well.

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from 86Ram wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

conifers(pine, spruce, cedar, fir)

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from charlie elk wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

Snow Coffin
He is a link to a site for further explplaintion and building instructions.

http://www.pwiin.org/pwiinholt/snowcoffin.html

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from tourneyking734 wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

use a debris hut

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from FETTY wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

alean to or asnow shelter should do the trick

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from jestr1 wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

I would do a lean to. Use the snow as an insulator and build the walls with it. Line the inside with pine bows for a little comfort. make a small fire pit and have some ventilation

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from dennis benedict wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

i'd say care a 10x12 plastic tarp you could make a good shelter with it build a small fire to keep you dry and warm

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from Cheap Shot wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

You didn't say whether this was an emergency or not. And that makes a difference to my answer. If this is for fun in the back yard do whatever strikes your fancy and suits the material and conditions. However if it's an emergency, the shelter you should build is the one you had success with in the back yard!

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from jeffisutherland wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

If you have a conifer tree with snow on the low hanging branches, you have a shelter essentially pre-made for you. What you will need to make the night bearable is some conifer boughs from another tree to use as bedding. Whatever you do, make sure you are not sleeping directly on the ground, as it will steal all of your body heat. You will also need a fire or some sort of heat generating device.

If you can't find a conifer, try a snow cave. The snow is a natural insulator, but if you are going to light a candle to provide heat inside, make sure that you have vent holes.

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from huntingkid95 wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

A snow cave would be the best in my opinion.

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from huntingkid95 wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

A snow cave would be the best in my opinion.

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from BeardogRed wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

I carry may 4 season tent along!

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from BeardogRed wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

Oops!
I actually use a 3 season tent with a vestibule for gear, Plus a GORE-TEX Bivy Bag with my -30F sleeping bag.
I get icing inside the tent usually.
I snow camp on a regular basis when spelunking or cross country skiing, or hunting!

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from Cheap Shot wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

I wonder just home many responses there would be here if the only folk to give advise were ones telling what they had ACTUALLY DONE rather than read about or watched on TV?!?!

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from ricochet wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

A house

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from ricochet wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

And Iv'e done it and didn't just read about it or watch it on tv either

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

The critical part of any shelter in the snow is ample insulation to keep your body off the frozen ground or it will suck the warmth right out of you.

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from chrismerrill wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

a snow cave is great. i have slept many nights in them. you can get guideline to making them on line

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from cjqga1 wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

a snow cave or an igloo

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from BrookieBuster101 wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Id have to say, hands down, a nice five star ski resort haha

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from DR angler wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

In the US Army Survival Manual the tree pit shelter is proble the best because it puts the snow to your advantage and is a perfect wind blocker. You should look up the manual it's free to download

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from KyleKortright wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

If the snow is deep enogh i would make a snow trench.

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from churro73 wrote 3 years 48 weeks ago

agreed w/ most of you. hunker down in the snow. its a real good insulator.

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from outdoorsman10 wrote 3 years 46 weeks ago

a snow cave or den

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from coydogger wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

For emergencys, I always carry a poncho with liner and a few body warmer heat packets in my pack.Assuming you are clothed in seasonal garb, put the poncho on, sit down with the pancho under your butt and your back against a tree, ledge, stump etc. preferably out of the wind. Curl your legs up with feet inside the pancho. Activate a couple of heat packets and you will be reasonably comfortable. As an extra, I personally also pack a very compact 6'x8' nylon tarp (about 1 lb., a 2 sided space blanket is good too))and a length of para cord, to construct a more substantial shelter. I go by the rule "plan to spend the nite" when assembling survival gear, as I have experienced it in sub zero temps.

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from william E. wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

anything that will keep u dry and if u have a fire to hold the heat

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from Jared LaMarche wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Skip a snow cave or sleeping under a tree. The best kind of shelter for a snowy environment is a cabin with a woodstove!

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from bigjake wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

Man made snow cave or improvized igloo.So much as a candle inside either and its quite comfortable(poke vent holes)

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from jordjohn44 wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

If you have enough snow make a quinzee.

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from mcdlacrosse9 wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

I prefer to make a lean-to structure. The snow falls right off.

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from 86Ram wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

snow cave... and a candle... it doesn't need to be big just big enough to conserve body heat... with the aid of a candle. If possible lined with spruce bow or cedar... warmth and keeps you off the ground.

In a hurry you can use a dugout or lean too. Once adain spruce or cedar bow. ...

If you find snow covered conifers with low hanging branches ... instant shelter with minimum snow underneath. You can make a small fire beneath as well.

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from tourneyking734 wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

use a debris hut

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from FETTY wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

alean to or asnow shelter should do the trick

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from jestr1 wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

I would do a lean to. Use the snow as an insulator and build the walls with it. Line the inside with pine bows for a little comfort. make a small fire pit and have some ventilation

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from 86Ram wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

conifers(pine, spruce, cedar, fir)

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from charlie elk wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

Snow Coffin
He is a link to a site for further explplaintion and building instructions.

http://www.pwiin.org/pwiinholt/snowcoffin.html

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from jeffisutherland wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

If you have a conifer tree with snow on the low hanging branches, you have a shelter essentially pre-made for you. What you will need to make the night bearable is some conifer boughs from another tree to use as bedding. Whatever you do, make sure you are not sleeping directly on the ground, as it will steal all of your body heat. You will also need a fire or some sort of heat generating device.

If you can't find a conifer, try a snow cave. The snow is a natural insulator, but if you are going to light a candle to provide heat inside, make sure that you have vent holes.

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from chrismerrill wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

a snow cave is great. i have slept many nights in them. you can get guideline to making them on line

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from cjqga1 wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

a snow cave or an igloo

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from BrookieBuster101 wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Id have to say, hands down, a nice five star ski resort haha

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from KyleKortright wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

If the snow is deep enogh i would make a snow trench.

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from churro73 wrote 3 years 48 weeks ago

agreed w/ most of you. hunker down in the snow. its a real good insulator.

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from outdoorsman10 wrote 3 years 46 weeks ago

a snow cave or den

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from dennis benedict wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

i'd say care a 10x12 plastic tarp you could make a good shelter with it build a small fire to keep you dry and warm

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from Cheap Shot wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

You didn't say whether this was an emergency or not. And that makes a difference to my answer. If this is for fun in the back yard do whatever strikes your fancy and suits the material and conditions. However if it's an emergency, the shelter you should build is the one you had success with in the back yard!

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from huntingkid95 wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

A snow cave would be the best in my opinion.

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from huntingkid95 wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

A snow cave would be the best in my opinion.

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from BeardogRed wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

I carry may 4 season tent along!

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from BeardogRed wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

Oops!
I actually use a 3 season tent with a vestibule for gear, Plus a GORE-TEX Bivy Bag with my -30F sleeping bag.
I get icing inside the tent usually.
I snow camp on a regular basis when spelunking or cross country skiing, or hunting!

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from Cheap Shot wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

I wonder just home many responses there would be here if the only folk to give advise were ones telling what they had ACTUALLY DONE rather than read about or watched on TV?!?!

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from ricochet wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

And Iv'e done it and didn't just read about it or watch it on tv either

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

The critical part of any shelter in the snow is ample insulation to keep your body off the frozen ground or it will suck the warmth right out of you.

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from DR angler wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

In the US Army Survival Manual the tree pit shelter is proble the best because it puts the snow to your advantage and is a perfect wind blocker. You should look up the manual it's free to download

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from coydogger wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

For emergencys, I always carry a poncho with liner and a few body warmer heat packets in my pack.Assuming you are clothed in seasonal garb, put the poncho on, sit down with the pancho under your butt and your back against a tree, ledge, stump etc. preferably out of the wind. Curl your legs up with feet inside the pancho. Activate a couple of heat packets and you will be reasonably comfortable. As an extra, I personally also pack a very compact 6'x8' nylon tarp (about 1 lb., a 2 sided space blanket is good too))and a length of para cord, to construct a more substantial shelter. I go by the rule "plan to spend the nite" when assembling survival gear, as I have experienced it in sub zero temps.

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from william E. wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

anything that will keep u dry and if u have a fire to hold the heat

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from Jared LaMarche wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Skip a snow cave or sleeping under a tree. The best kind of shelter for a snowy environment is a cabin with a woodstove!

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from ricochet wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

A house

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