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Neptune Show - The Mountaineer’s Igloo
Submitted By: Frances Fierst on Nov 13, 2007

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Scheduled on Nov 15, 2007

The Mountaineer’s Igloo - presented by Tony Delany
The igloo, traditional winter shelter of the Inupiaq, Inuit and Inu peoples, is well known and appreciated by all those who work and live in the Arctic. However, the use of igloos and other snow shelters has been rather ignored by mountaineers and skiers traveling in the rather similar winter Alpine environment. There is an assumption that high altitude mountain snow, especially Colorado snow, is just not suitable. There is also a belief that the building technique is too complex and that construction just takes too long. There are specific sorts of locations where Alpine snow conditions can be relied upon to mimic those of Arctic snow, readily utilized for the construction of igloos, and these can be easily recognized. Tony will show slides and discuss how to locate suitable snow and construct snow shelters in the winter Colorado Alpine country.

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