This time, Tyson, Brendan, Naama, Christine, Carleton and I went up to Hidden Lake, Mt Seymour Provincial Park to build
our second igloo. The snow on Hidden Lake was deep, but different sections of the lake have different snow desnity. At first,
we scouted the area and locate a relatively flat sport beside a tree. But later we found out that the snow wasn't packed enough
for making blocks out of it.
We moved to another spot where it was closer to an old dug-up trench. The old trench provided us a solid firm snow quarry. The top
layer from there was almost solid ice. Tyson and Naama laid out the base layer, while the rest of us started cutting blocks.
For 4 hours straight, we cut many many blocks, most of them are good. We had our moments of frustration after a while, as we ran out of
solid packed snow, we had to excavate a new section to find better snow to make blocks.
Circling blocks up to the 5 layers, the igloo slowly show itself in shape. We kept cutting and transferring blocks inside the base
before we stacked them up too high, becoming impossible to bring blocks in.
Anya arrived late at about 2:30pm, and she helped dug out a tunnel connecting the entrance of the igloo. Brendan was inside the igloo
most of the time stacking the blocks up. I joined to complete the last 4 blocks to close up the roof. It was a success.
Leveling the first site.
Cutting and removing snow blocks.
Found out the snow wasn't packed enough, abandoning this site
Picked the second site next to an old snowcave trench.
Digging hard into the hard layer.
Laying down the foundation layer.
Spiraling the 2nd layer.
Some of those blocks are pretty heavy.
Slowly seeing the igloo in shape.
You can see we have to open up another section for better snow blocks.
Christine & Carleton ....low-paid quarry workers.
Igloo engineers ...Tyson & Brendan
Accumulating more blocks from inside ...
Wow, high enough ....close it up please
Cut, Cut and Cut .."May I take a toilet break?"
Naama, ready to cut this block?
Tunnel through to make into the igloo.
"I m happy that I came out from inside ...."
"Yeah .., but I dont know what I am yeahing about " =P .
Do I look mean in this picture ?
Freshly cut blocks were lifted into the igloo.
Wow, ... it looks like a deep well more than like a doorway ?.
Nice snow blocks, .. proud products of the no-pay quarry crew..
Glimpse of sunshine ....
Trust me, it won't fall.
You want a piece of me ?
Closing in ..
Oh oo, what's wrong ?
Cut a little here, .. then here ... then there ....I think !!
Knives down ....finished ...
Putting in the keystone ...(24.7 MB).
Actually this is the keystone moment (31.2 MB file).