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Old 01-04-2013, 02:47 AM   #1
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How would you guys recommend making a shelter or area to sleep in the snow, what would be good gear to have?



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Old 01-04-2013, 03:13 AM   #2
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How would you guys recommend making a shelter or area to sleep in the snow, what would be good gear to have?
I've seen on dual survival, one of them make a shelter just out of snow. Getting out of the wind increases your chance of survival drastically. And he also made a fire, if possible, and the heat reflected off of the shelter and warmed him up even more.

As for gear, a shovel would be most helpful. For building, moving the snow and also for foraging for food and wood buried under the snow.


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I was thinking that possibly digging a foxhole in the snow could work, the snow being cold still worked me a bit, a water proof sheet may work, may try and see if that works this weekend, just going to see if it prevents some cold not going to sleep out there unless I have to I'll tell you MA is cold as hell in winter

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Sorry, bro- did 2 winters in Fairbanks Alaska with the Army. You have not gotten into the outskirts of hell yet!

Yes, you can use snow as a windbreak, and to limit heat loss. You do not want your body or sleeping gear to be in CONTACT with snow- it melts, you get wet, you get cold.

We would dig a snow cave, ensolite pad under us. Air temp in the cave might be zero, but OUTSIDE the air temp would be -60F. Spend some time reading on military cold weather survival.

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Sorry, bro- did 2 winters in Fairbanks Alaska with the Army. You have not gotten into the outskirts of hell yet!

Yes, you can use snow as a windbreak, and to limit heat loss. You do not want your body or sleeping gear to be in CONTACT with snow- it melts, you get wet, you get cold.

We would dig a snow cave, ensolite pad under us. Air temp in the cave might be zero, but OUTSIDE the air temp would be -60F. Spend some time reading on military cold weather survival.
Well I'm sorry if I'm not hard core enough!
I think trash bags may work
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I think trash bags are a good idea for a regular bob. I am going to add some when I get home.

Now what kind of trash bags are the best?!

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That's a good idea, try town bags, hefty bags and regular ones
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That's a good idea, try town bags, hefty bags and regular ones
Lawn bags? Hmmm

Also take a look at the Mil's. For instance, a standard trash bag can range from 0.5 to 1.1 mil. The thicker ones range from 2.5 to 3 or so. Thicker, sturdier the better. But not necessarily enormous ones.
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Lawn bags? Hmmm

Also take a look at the Mil's. For instance, a standard trash bag can range from 0.5 to 1.1 mil. The thicker ones range from 2.5 to 3 or so. Thicker, sturdier the better. But not necessarily enormous ones.
Thicker and more surface area to cover your whole body
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True.

That reminds me, I have to add some sort of compact blanket to my bag also lol.



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