How to build a Canadian snow trench shelter. It’s similar to an igloo or quinzee but shaped differently. This is a cold weather sleeping shelter used for a …

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  1. Good video! Just having a way to escape the wind is a terrific resource. One comment though to make things a little better – you have to control the doorway to keep drafts from screwing up the temperature gradient in your cold well. When I made snow caves I would actually close the door with snow and use a stick to poke a small vent hole. You just need a trickle of fresh air going through.

  2. This is great with the mylar. I wouldn't make it will blocks of snow for the roof, because water will drip on you all night. Igloos have round smooth tops so the water will roll down the sides.

  3. like any igloo or quinzhee, don't you need to poke  a couple holes so you don't die of CO2 buildup inside? Especially since its even smaller than an igloo. I like this design better though. I stick built roof is much easier than a curved roof of snow! Thanks! Four girls are off on a winter survival adventure and we are going to try this one!

  4. The little yet critical detail of the cold sink just saved someone's life! More on the piling of snow to make a snow trench, and perhaps double wide for 2 people, or a dog? Did you pack the snow as you piled the snow? Could you make snow bricks out of the snow taken out for the trench? To be used for the entrance or other shoring up? That cold sink advice I did not know. Do Eskimos do this for their igloo?

  5. Great video, thanks Dale! It's good to see you on the list of Karamat Instructors this year, not sure if I can make it this year (I have a young business and young family that require most of my time and resources at the moment) but it's definitely on my list of things to do in the next couple years. All of your videos are very informative and well done, thanks again Dale.

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