How to Build An Igloo Snow Shelter

The traditional method of igloo building adds the blocks in a continuous upward sloping spiral. That works well, especially if you have an assistant helping you. But when I’m working alone I prefer the concentric ring method shown in this video.

Regardless of the method, I try for the igloo roof shape to be about half-way between a true hemisphere and a cone.

I believe the technical term for this shape might be a catenary arch or a parabolic arch. I use the string when teaching first-timers to cut blocks at the correct angles, but once you’ve made a couple of igloos you’ll be able to eyeball the cuts just fine without it.

NW Sisu Outdoors shows us how to build an Igloo snow shelter for overnight camping.

Building an igloo out of snow for overnight camping in the wilderness! This igloo building video shows how to make an igloo, which will be plenty warm to sleep in even on colder nights!

HOW TO BUILD AN IGLOO SNOW SHELTER
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