By March 27, 2012 Read More →

Snowcaves – How NOT to Build Them!

Let’s look at 8 real examples of how NOT to build a snow cave! The inhabitants of these poorly constructed shelters must have been freezing at night!

In this video, first we discuss how to properly build a snow cave: 1) at about a 30 degree incline so that the floor of your cave is above the top of the opening – so hot air is trapped and pushes cold air out 2)As small and low as you can so that you have less space to heat 3) With a raised sleeping platform – so that you are sleeping closer to the warmer air 4)Punching a ventilation hole in the roof and mostly blocking the entrance off once settled to control air flow 5) smoothing out the roof to prevent drippage. As we explore a system of snow caves poorly built by the boy scouts, I point out the problems I see with some of them and, when I find things well done, point out the correct things they did.

It’s always better to learn from someone else’s mistakes – and this chain of snow caves gives us plenty to learn!


About the Author:

Known online as Phil801, he is one of the co-owners of The APN and has been a professional software engineer for over 20 years. He was raised in a Preparedness Oriented family and lives a self-sustaining lifestyle as a third generation, LDS, Prepper. He grew up farming, canning and learning to live off the land in the forests, mountains, rivers, oceans and cities of Missouri, Tennessee, Hawaii and Utah. In early 2008, he co-founded as a blog to talk about and teach Prepping. Over the next couple years, they produced hundreds of articles about Preparedness. Prior to UtahPreppers, he had been actively blogging elsewhere about building his self-sustaining farm and raising his 8 children in a preparedness lifestyle. In 2011, Phil officially became a partner and Co-Owner of the APN and lead the technical restructing of the company.

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