Welcome to this website
It's a site with information about how to camp out in the
snow. And also on what to do if you get stuck overnight when you
planned to go just for the day.
Being a snowshoer you are often rewarded with beautiful winter
scenery. But sometimes you will encounter
danger, this website will help you deal with some of these
Below you will find a list of items that you absolutely need to bring
with you anytime you snowshoe out into the frozen wilderness.
Winter can be very dangerous and cruel, it can kill you or cripple you
for life. But if you are prepared for what can (and will happen sooner or
later) to any snowshoer you will get through it with no problem.
If you bring all the items on the list you will
get through a cold winter night in the woods not just alive
but also in pretty good shape. If you decide to skip some items
you could very well die out there and they won't find your body until
the spring thaw.
I'll be adding more info as time allows so please bookmark my site and
check back once in a while.
WINTER SURVIVAL ITEMS:
Such as a swiss army knife or a Leatherman tool.
You will need this to fix broken equipment, cut branches for a shelter,
cut wood for a fire. This item will always be used and if you don't have
at least a knife you might not make it.
You will need this to suspend firewood in the air to have a fire to
keep you warm. If the snow is deep you cannot make a fire directly on the
snow. Bring at least 10 ft (or 3 meters) of wire, preferably
stainless but regular will do fine too. If you are snowshoeing in an
area that never has very deep snow you can skip this item.
screen with the wire and make sure it's anchored well on the snow or to
nearby vegetation or rocks and make you fire on top of it.
Perfect for fixing a broken snowshoe or to fix supports around a broken
leg. Even if you don't break your legs or your snowshoes duct tape
will still come in handy for fixing pretty much anything.
Perfect emergency food.
Very light weight and full of energy. In an emergency you just need lots
of energy, don't worry so much about vitamins. Bring about 3 cups of rice
per person per day you think you will spend in worst case.
||SMALL COOKING POT WITH
To boil water to keep you warm and to
cook rice to eat. If your pot has a lid it will
heat water more efficiently.
WOOD POWERED CAMP
You need to bring a stove, no question about it, your
best source of heat will be drinking plenty of hot water and you need
a stove to boil all that water, without a stove you're dead for sure. What
ever you do, don't bring a propane stove or any type of stove that runs
on gas or liquid fuel. Gas and liquid stoves work fast and efficiently
but they have a number of problems that only show up in cold temperatures,
propane stoves sometimes simply don't ignite if it gets too cold,
they also have moving parts and complex nozzles that can get jammed or
clogged by ice. Relying on a propane or liquid fuel stove in the
winter is suicide. You need a very simple wood stove with absolutely
no moving parts such as the Trailstove (click
for website). These types
of stoves are slower to cook on than propane stoves but they
The trailstove is also a perfect heat beacon in case you
need to be located by a rescue aircraft. Rescuers use infrared goggles
to look for people from airplanes or helicopters, they
look for heat emitting objects such as human bodies, if you have a burning
trailstove they will see it much easier than a human body and you
will have a better chance of getting rescued.
Bring plenty of lighters and
matches. Lighters are very small and light so bringing extra ones in
case one doesn't work is a very good idea. Without means to make fire you
will freeze to death. You can try to make fire like a caveman by spinning
a stick against a piece of wood but that is a skill that takes practice to
learn and if you don't already have that skill you'll freeze to death
before you have it figured out.
HOW TO MAKE AN IGLOO:
You should build your igloo on a level surface where
the snow is at least 3 feet deep. There should be enough hard snow
for your igloo, if the surface snow is powdery there's probably hard packed snow a
bit deeper. Large bumps on the surface of the snow it usually
means that there is a large object below the snow such as a boulder or a large stomp, they can get
in the way so it's better to pick as flat a spot as
possible. Don't make your igloo bigger than it needs to be. Mark out in the snow where you
plan to have the wall of your igloo.
out blocks from
the area which will be the inside of the igloo. The lower blocks should
be about 1 foot thick, 3 feet long and 1.5 feet high,
the higher blocks should be about 6 inches thick, 2 feet long, and 1
foot high. If you size the blocks as I have said above you will need
approximately the following number of blocks:
Sleeping 1 person, 6 feet inner diameter: 30 blocks
Sleeping 2 people, 7 feet inner diameter: 40 blocks
people, 9 feet inner diameter: 60 blocks
Don't worry if you think you'll have trouble fitting,
once the igloo is finished you can carve out a bit
of space for your feet from the inner
The hole resulting from your cutting will be the
floor in the igloo so you want a sleeping area for each person as high up
as possible, a general purpose area that
should be a bit lower to allow for mobility, and a deep entrance hole that extends outside
of the igloo. The entrance hole should be as narrow as possible while still allowing you to get in and out without too
much discomfort. The deep entrance hole will absorb the cold air
and release it to the outside while
the warm air
will rise and stay trapped inside the
BUILD A SPIRAL
Place your largest and widest blocks in a circle
around the hole where you have been cutting out your blocks, the blocks
should be tilted in towards the center. Start with the block that goes on
top of the entrance hole, the whole entrance hole must be traversed by one
single block with plenty of support on both sides. Cut the blocks so they
form a spiral, make sure that the block covering the entrance hole is the
Add blocks to the wall until you only have a small
opening in the roof. Before you get to the point that
it's hard to
get in and out of the dome move any blocks not yet used to the inside of the dome
so you can put them all up in one sweep from the
the blocks are in place cut the final top piece to the right size. If you
can wiggle it out from the inside and lower it down into position that's
great, but if your hole is very circular this won't be possible,
you'll have to put the block on top of the dome from the outside and then
lower it down from the
Fill any cracks with snow.
Make a little doorway over the entrance to keep snow out.
You have to make at least one air hole in the roof to ensure
proper ventilation. Without good ventilation you could run out
of oxygen, very dangerous.
Smoothen the inside of the dome to prevent water
Your igloo is now ready to be lived in, check your air hole
periodically to make sure it's not blocked. If you've done everything right you will be