building snow caves?

9:18 p.m. on January 16, 2002 (EST)
Joe Billy Bob

We're interested in building snow caves as a scout troop. We would like to know what equipment is needed? Is there a minimal amount of snow for it? any other helpful hint would on this subject would be nice.

Scout Troop 211

9:54 p.m. on January 16, 2002 (EST)


All you need are shovels, a ski pole or 4 foot stick, and dry clothes to change into when done.

Stick the pole or stick into the snow. Then just shovel snow into a mound with the pole in the middle. You can pile the snow 3-4 feet high and and 12 feet in diameter. If you don't have at least 12 inches of snow on the ground, bring sleds to help you get snow to the cave site.

After you build the moound, let the snow settle for an hour. 2 hours is better.

Then dig your entrance out of the prevailing wind. Dig to the center. When you hit the pole, work out in equal distance. Leave 2 feet or so for walls.

Have fun.

11:05 p.m. on January 16, 2002 (EST)

wall thickness...

Its hard to estimate how thick the wall is when digging out the cave so it is best to use sticks. Place them into the mound to the desired wall thickness Before you start to dig it out. This way when you begin to dig towards the walls you will know to stop when you hit one of your sticks that you inserted 1.5 or 2 feet into the mound, however thick you want your walls to be. Try to practice this before you go out, snow caves are secure but they take some time and 4 times as much effort to dig out! Kids'll love it though!

12:29 p.m. on January 17, 2002 (EST)

Just scroll down to this thread: Info on building snow shelters - Chris 12:47:47 11/27/01 (10) :-))

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