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Sleeping in an igloo

Some would say crazy, others stupid but I say why not? Yes it was cold and I had a terrible sleep but now I’ve slept in an ice box and lived to tell the tale.

It was a little chilly outside, a crisp -16 (it was in the -20’s the night before). I never found out what the reading was inside but I’ll put it this way… even dressed like I was going skiing and in a double sleeping bag it was on the colder side of comfortable, “sleepable” though. I felt as if I was a caterpillar in a cocoon with the sleeping bag tightened around me.

I didn't have far to run back to the hostel in the morning
I didn’t have far to run back to the hostel in the morning

To be specific this is a quinzhee rather than an igloo. A quinzhee is built by hollowing out a pile of hardened snow whereas an igloo is made by cutting and assembling blocks. Quinzhee’s are more of a temporary shelter that might be used in survival situations and igloos are more permanent yet take more time and energy to build. This one was already built when I arrived, in the near future I plan on taking a shot at building an igloo!

Fortunately no bears, cougars or wolves had taken a fancy to my bed
Fortunately no bears, cougars or wolves had taken a fancy to my bed
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