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Old 01-04-2013, 04:07 AM   #11
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A cheap tarp or a space blanket would go a long way in keeping you dry. The snow is 32 F. The snow will help keep you warm, if you stay dry. If you have adequate clothing and a dry spot you will live through the night.


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The very old "Long Fire" is still used in the Rocky Mtns. A long shallow pit is dug filled with wood. The pit is fired for cooking the meals. The bed of coals are buried with dirt. A canvas tarp and a down bag is placed over the fire pit. It predates the electric blanket by 1,000 years. You will be warm until sun up.


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It's important to note that you should not dig DOWN into snow for survival. You want to dig laterally. If you dig straight down into a snowback, all your body heat escapes straight up out of the hole. Dig horizontally into the bank and your heat stays in your "tube" longer and keeps you warmer.

I'mnot sure if it's available online anwhere, but the Military channel shows two documentaries on the Marine Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, CA. I was stuck on armory guard for my trip up there, so I never got to see the hands-on stuff, but the two documentaries show some of the exercises and techniques.
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I got cold just reading this one. Luckily I don't have to worry too much about snow, but I would be putting together some sort of structure if I were out in it. That and maybe slicing open a ton ton.
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I got cold just reading this one. Luckily I don't have to worry too much about snow, but I would be putting together some sort of structure if I were out in it. That and maybe slicing open a ton ton.
The only problem is that ton ton's are endangered and so there arent many around but if I see one I will do
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OK- pay attention now. Have slept in some form of each of these-

Snow may be much colder than 32- but the air in snow keeps it from pulling heat away like moving air will do. Secret to shelter- block wind, create pocket of still air- smaller the better. As low as possible.

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Branches, tarp, poncho, parachute, covered with snow- keep fires OUTSIDE and away from evergreen branches, which burn like lighter fluid.

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Building a TRUE snow block igloo is a learned skill, takes a lot of time. But you can scoop a trench to get depth, and roof it with snow blocks, and get a one man shelter pretty quickly. Handy for out on tundra where there are no trees. Orient it so opening is downwind, use your pack to close door.
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Take a couple of these with you. They will keep you so warm you will look forward to dark.
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OK- pay attention now. Have slept in some form of each of these-

Snow may be much colder than 32- but the air in snow keeps it from pulling heat away like moving air will do. Secret to shelter- block wind, create pocket of still air- smaller the better. As low as possible.

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Branches, tarp, poncho, parachute, covered with snow- keep fires OUTSIDE and away from evergreen branches, which burn like lighter fluid.

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Building a TRUE snow block igloo is a learned skill, takes a lot of time. But you can scoop a trench to get depth, and roof it with snow blocks, and get a one man shelter pretty quickly. Handy for out on tundra where there are no trees. Orient it so opening is downwind, use your pack to close door.
I'm sorry c3 ... but none of those shelters are code complaint


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Stalker- In Northern Alaska, you want one with a bit more flesh on her- nights are MUCH longer!

When I was stationed there, was a bachelor, dated a young lady that was an Athabascan Indian, nursing student at U of Alaska- looked a lot like this young lady.

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