Igloo site selection parameters
Posted: Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:02 pm
I'm planning to build an igloo up near Cameron Pass so I can use it multiple times over the balance of the winter. I've built several igloos in the past generally on flat open ground since all I wanted to do was gain experience and they were for one-time use. Now I want to have an igloo that will be good for a longer period of time and comfortable at 11,000 ft. That has me asking some questions about siting:
- What's the best slope? Sketching this out I figure I can build an 8-foot igloo on a 20-25°slope with a 40" high doorway below the sleeping platform elevation without scraping dirt. I'm just concerned about the difficulty of packing the platform if I'm starting on a slope this steep.
- What's the best aspect? A north aspect will be the coldest which is good for the igloo but not so good for the campers when they are outside. East aspect would get the morning sunshine, still cold average temps. West aspect you would have late day sun, higher afternoon temps. South aspect, sunshine most of the day and warmer average temps so igloo useful life will be reduced.
- How about tree cover? Is it better to build an igloo below tree line? Do the trees help protect the igloo from wind and sun shine? Does it prevent drifting?