Building an Igloo

Updated: Nov 30, 2018

Over the last three days, we have built an Igloo! one of the most fulfilling activities you can do on a nice day in Antarctica.

We started on Sunday afternoon and went from mid morning until 5 pm, Monday after work from 6.30 pm until 11 pm, and yesterday from 6.30 pm until 11.30 pm, What a mission.

Our motto at the start was go big or go home, and we definitely went big enough.

The hundreds of blocks needed to build the igloo get cut from the surface nearby using a saw and a flat shovel, then we carried them increasingly further to the igloo. The bigger the blocks the heaver they are to carry, that size is about the limit. And less precision in laying them means fast progress but does not pay off later on when parts slide around.

We have a surprising amount of room inside now we are finished.

The "Movember" moustache is almost gone, not too bothered about that. :{)

The igloo at the finish of night two. 11pm long shadows.

We are planning to camp a night out in there tonight (Wednesday). Should be good fun and the thing probably wont last until the weekend as the 24 hour sun and wind ruins it.


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