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Snow Shelters

Could you survive a night in the Winter using little more than your hands and body heat?

In this course, you’ll learn how.

Spend the day with us learning to construct a variety of emergency and long-term snow shelters.  We’ll also look at non-snow wintertime emergency shelters (for when it’s just plain cold outside, without snow), what it takes to keep warm, and how to select proper gear and equipment for the winter.

Take the Deep Winter Dive in our Snow Shelters course.

What You’ll Learn/Do in This Field Course

  • Quinzhee & Snow Cave Shelter
  • Snow Trench & Dog House Emergency Shelter (for when the minutes count)
  • Quarrying Snow Slabs for Building (e.g. Igloo)
  • Snow Science & Types of Snow (and how it determines the type of shelter you should build)
  • Kochanski’s Super Shelter & the Harlton Hacienda
  • Cold-Weather Skills/Knowledge:
    • Keeping Warm in Winter
    • Methods of Heat Loss/Gain (and why sweating is bad in Winter)
    • Clothing/Gear Selection for Winter
  • Time permitting:  A demo of emergency fire-lighting techniques for snowy conditions

Location Of The Course

Gone Feral’s Field School – North of Ward, Colorado – Local driving directions provided upon registration.

2019 Course Details:

Time/Date:  8am to ~4pm, Saturday, February 16th

Price:  $95

Plan to Bring:

  • Clothing and Footwear appropriate to the weather (keep an eye on the weather for Ward, Colorado in advance of your course) – expect snow and temperatures averaging around freezing
  • Snowshoes (you can rent a pair for around $10/day at The Mountain Man in Nederland, CO; any REI co-op; or Jax Outdoor Gear in Lafayette and Fort Collins, CO)
  • An emergency avalanche (“avy”) shovel – Avoid the cheap $20 shovels that are unreliable; A good shovel retails for around $60 to $120, but you can rent these as well – this is a good option if you’re looking to buy
  • At least 2 liters of water
  • Lunch and plenty of high-calorie snacks (we burn a lot of calories in this course)
  • (Optional:  A small tarp (6×8 to 8×10 is a good size) — like this one)
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