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Old 12-17-2007, 09:17 AM
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Igloo Winter Camping

Does anyone have experience with the Grand Shelters Icebox igloo maker? I have been eyeing this product for a couple of years and it is still around and gaining acceptance. I am planning to try My Marcy, NY in the winter this year (may be even Wright Peak as well) and I like what I am reading about this product.

Here are the specks:

Weights 4- 5 pounds
Take 3-4 hours to make an igloo
Any snow condition fine.
Adjustable pole size accommodates a 7’ dia. 1 person to 11’ dia. 5 person igloo
Inside the igloo it is a toasty 45 degree with 2 candles burning even if it’s -20 degree outside.

The 3-4 hour set up time seems like a drawback, but for what I am doing… Hike into a zone, set up base camp, and do 2 or 3 day trips to backcountry ski locations, it looks ideal.

I would like to hear any experiences with the product, or insightful winter camping comments as it would apply to this approach.

Thanks
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Old 12-30-2007, 06:01 PM
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I used one for the first time last winter. It was great. The 4 hour estimate is about right for a two person igloo with two people building it. Make sure you compact the snow before shoveling it into the box part. It was 8 F outside of the igloo and a balmy 30 F inside of the igloo.

I highly recommend it. Before you bring it as your only shelter though you really should practice building some igloo's or bring a backup shelter with you.

Jason
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Old 01-01-2008, 02:12 PM
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I highly recommend it. Before you bring it as your only shelter though you really should practice building some igloo's or bring a backup shelter with you.

Jason

Good advice Jason. I'd also recommend bringing a tarp to cover an unfished igloo with until one knows they have mastered the temperature gradiant snow (sugar snow). We have had customers use it for a couple years and then finally run into some sugar snow and get stumped.

Igloo Ed

This is my first post so, Hi Everyone.
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Old 02-25-2008, 10:01 AM
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The Tarp saved my A**!!

Well, Ed just got back from Mt Marcy and I have quite a bit to write about the Igloo maker. I look forward to your comments when I am finished. I will start a New thread in the shelters section called "Grand Shelters Icebox Igloo". Look for it soon.
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Old 03-11-2008, 01:34 PM
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Well, Ed just got back from Mt Marcy and I have quite a bit to write about the Igloo maker. I look forward to your comments when I am finished. I will start a New thread in the shelters section called "Grand Shelters Icebox Igloo". Look for it soon.
Mt. Marcy would mean some pretty cold sugar snow, at least that is what I would expect. I keep checking to see if you've wrote anything.
Take care,
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