How to Build an Igloo: And Other Snow Shelters

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How are the ice blocks of igloos so perfectly formed and fitted, and able, it’s been said, to withstand the weight of a polar bear?
How can you determine if the fresh snow that’s fallen outside your front door is as good for making a slab shelter as a snowman? What is a slab shelter, anyway? For that matter, what are drift caves, spruce traps, snow block walls, and bivy bag shelters, and how would you go about building them, whether for winter ...

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Overview

How are the ice blocks of igloos so perfectly formed and fitted, and able, it’s been said, to withstand the weight of a polar bear?
How can you determine if the fresh snow that’s fallen outside your front door is as good for making a slab shelter as a snowman? What is a slab shelter, anyway? For that matter, what are drift caves, spruce traps, snow block walls, and bivy bag shelters, and how would you go about building them, whether for winter fun or protection from the weather?
In this instructive, whimsical, illustrated manual, Norbert E. Yankielun, a seasoned cold-regions explorer and researcher, takes readers step-by-step through the process of constructing and inhabiting a range of useful snow structures—from the most basic to the more complex. Whether you’re a veteran backcountry skier or a backyard builder, this is one book you won’t want to be without.

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In your wildest adventure fantasies, you dreamed of dogsledding across the Arctic and then settling down just beyond the melting ice cap for a well-deserved rest. But where would you sleep? Norbert Yankielum's How to Build an Igloo not only proffers an answer; this illustrated guidebook provides detailed instructions on constructing shelters from igloo and quinzees to snow trenches and spruce traps. Even if you don't plan to become an igloo dweller, this book will warm your winter nights with its captivating discussions of ice habitations, igloo physics, ventilation, and fueling.
Passport
“Feeling stuck in the house this winter? Or are you taking advantage of the colder months for outdoor adventure? In either case, you'll get a kick out of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers researcher Norbert Yankielun's How to Build an Igloo - and Other Snow Shleters.”
The Week
“If you've ever built a backyard snow fort, said The Salt Lake Tribune, here's your chance to improve your game. Norbert Yankielun is a research engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and his 'well-written' how-to shares the pile of knowledge he's accumulated in 15 years of building igloos, drift caves, quinzes, and other snow shelters.”
Architect
“[T]he must-have book of the season on building snow domes.”
Ready Made
Touching on everything from snow science to structural physics…[E]qually suited to the serious explorer and the backyard builder.— Mike Chino
Science News
“[W]himsical illustrated guide.”
Desert Living
“[T]his fun instruction book seems fit for both armchair travelers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.”
This Old House
“[E]xplains how to 'make' snow blocks and even lists the shovels, axes, and saws you'll need to help shape them.”
The Salt Lake Tribune
“[W]ell written with useful illustrations.”
Minneapolis Star-Tribune
My favorite tip: Start by making a snow angel for an idea of the minimum diameter needed for your igloo.— Jarrett Smith
The California Bookwatch
“Any collection located in an area that gets winter snow will relish this fun, appealing title!”
The Washington Post Book World
[T]his expert's guide, enlivened by Amelia Bauer's witty illustrations, will ensure that you impress the neighbors.— Christopher Schopps
Mike Chino - Ready Made
“Touching on everything from snow science to structural physics…[E]qually suited to the serious explorer and the backyard builder.”
Jarrett Smith - Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“My favorite tip: Start by making a snow angel for an idea of the minimum diameter needed for your igloo.”
Christopher Schopps - The Washington Post Book World
“[T]his expert's guide, enlivened by Amelia Bauer's witty illustrations, will ensure that you impress the neighbors.”
CoolTools
“A wonderfully illustrated guide to making snow shelters. How to build with snow, how to work with snow rather than against it, and what not to do. Amazingly informative, succinct and fun. This book is the kind of expert you dream of.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393732153
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/26/2007
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 407,239
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Norbert E. Yankielun, PhD, is a former research engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Cold Regions Laboratory in New Hampshire. In his spare time, he conducts igloo-building workshops, which draw hundreds. His Web site is www.DoctorWhy.com.

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