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by Rasta
Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Shovel packing / snow shelter
Replies: 17
Views: 2563

Re: Shovel packing / snow shelter

I can't believe it! I have a lot of experience in the mountains and yesterday I got my first ever frostbite injury. I was stuck on a mountain - high altitude and extreme conditions of course - and the car wouldn't start. So I used cold start spray (ether?) in the air intake. I could feel my finger g...
by Rasta
Sat Mar 03, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Real world winter sub0 shoes reviews (or whatever!)
Replies: 6
Views: 628

Re: Real world winter sub0 shoes reviews (or whatever!)

For cold and snow I use ex-UK army Altberg boots, two sizes too big. With plastic flat pedals. Inefficient but warm.
If there is a big snow fall overnight, then I may have to hike out dragging the bike.
Otherwise neoprene over-shoes which are very warm but leave the feet sweaty.
by Rasta
Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Shovel packing / snow shelter
Replies: 17
Views: 2563

Re: Shovel packing / snow shelter

ImageOld Quinzhee feb18 by Hola Siesta, on Flickr


This is what it looked like 2 months later. Last week. The roof is still solid but the whole thing had sunk down about 1 1/2 metres. It would still be possible (and safe) to sleep in.
by Rasta
Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Shovel packing / snow shelter
Replies: 17
Views: 2563

Re: Shovel packing / snow shelter

ImageQuinzhee Dec17 by Hola Siesta, on Flickr


This is the quinzhee that I built in December. The one I went to check on, in my 1st post "Hello!".
by Rasta
Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Shovel packing / snow shelter
Replies: 17
Views: 2563

Re: Shovel packing / snow shelter

If it was -18°C outside, then in a tent it would be -16°C. A well made snow hole will be above 0°C. Gairym I made one around the corner from you in Cirque du Fer a Cheval. A top place for this. I usually make them in remote places, so I don't fill them in, but I do mark them with branches. If there ...
by Rasta
Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Shovel packing / snow shelter
Replies: 17
Views: 2563

Re: Shovel packing / snow shelter

A basic trench with a tarp roof can be made in 1/2 an hour. But the nights are long and cold. So I make them big and comfortable, with a thick snow roof for insulation. 2 hours ish. Any faster and you will sweat too much. If there isn't much snow, then you can build them from the ground up. A cross ...
by Rasta
Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hello!
Replies: 8
Views: 993

Re: Hello!

Okay. Strange. It is now working, so trip and pictures now posted.
The Flickr forum has lots of posts with the same issues as me. It seems the problem may not be Flickr but Chrome etc.
by Rasta
Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Shovel packing / snow shelter
Replies: 17
Views: 2563

Shovel packing / snow shelter

I have just been out on an overnight trip in the Ubaye region of the French Alps. https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4701/39762754414_5e5ddd1645.jpg Ubaye feb18 by Hola Siesta , on Flickr https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4612/40429735852_4f2aaa79c3.jpg Ubaye trench feb18 by Hola Siesta , on Flickr https:/...
by Rasta
Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hello!
Replies: 8
Views: 993

Re: Hello!

I guess my above reply may be interpreted a bit cocky. Snow shelters are warmer and quieter than tents or bivis. Inside they usually never go below freezing, regardless of how cold it is outside. And a shovel weighs less than 1/2kg. I have just been on another shovel packing trip. But Flickr is not ...
by Rasta
Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hello!
Replies: 8
Views: 993

Re: Hello!

Thanks. Foto was taken today. Near Col de Vars, France. I don't use a tent or bivi bag when the snow is deep. Just a shovel to build a quinzhee or snow trench. Today I went to see if an old quinzhee from 2 months ago was still standing. It was. The shovel was to dig out the entrance. Supposed to be ...
by Rasta
Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hello!
Replies: 8
Views: 993

Hello!

Hello!

First post. No idea what to say other than hello! So I will practice linking a picture as I have never done it before.

Hello!

ImageIMG_3057 by ant ant, on Flickr