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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (November 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393732150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393732153
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #609,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A wonderfully illustrated guide to making snow shelters. How to build with snow, how to work with snow rather than against it, and what not to do. Amazingly informative, succinct and fun. This book is the kind of expert you dream of.” (CoolTools)

“Feeling stuck in the house this winter? Or are you taking advantage of the colder months for outdoor adventure? In either case, you'll get a kick out of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers researcher Norbert Yankielun's How to Build an Igloo - and Other Snow Shleters.” (Passport)

“If you've ever built a backyard snow fort, said The Salt Lake Tribune, here's your chance to improve your game. Norbert Yankielun is a research engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and his 'well-written' how-to shares the pile of knowledge he's accumulated in 15 years of building igloos, drift caves, quinzes, and other snow shelters.” (The Week)

“[T]he must-have book of the season on building snow domes.” (Architect)

“Touching on everything from snow science to structural physics…[E]qually suited to the serious explorer and the backyard builder.” (Mike Chino - Ready Made)

“[W]himsical illustrated guide.” (Science News)

“[T]his fun instruction book seems fit for both armchair travelers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.” (Desert Living)

“[E]xplains how to 'make' snow blocks and even lists the shovels, axes, and saws you'll need to help shape them.” (This Old House)

“[W]ell written with useful illustrations.” (The Salt Lake Tribune)

“My favorite tip: Start by making a snow angel for an idea of the minimum diameter needed for your igloo.” (Jarrett Smith - Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

“Any collection located in an area that gets winter snow will relish this fun, appealing title!” (The California Bookwatch)

“[T]his expert's guide, enlivened by Amelia Bauer's witty illustrations, will ensure that you impress the neighbors.” (Christopher Schopps - The Washington Post Book World)

About the Author

Norbert E. Yankielun, PhD, is a former research engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Cold Regions Laboratory in New Hampshire. In his spare time, he conducts igloo-building workshops, which draw hundreds. His Web site is www.DoctorWhy.com.

More About the Author

Dr. Norbert E. Yankielun, P.E. (Bert), is a former research electrical engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Cold Regions Laboratory. He has participated in many Arctic and Antarctic expeditions, developed, fielded, and patented many geophysical instrumentation devices and authored several technical journal articles..

"How to Build an Igloo" evolved through more than 20 years instructing snow shelter building workshops throughout New England and experience on expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctic and other cold, snowy places.

Bert is a consulting electrical engineer in private practice, Fellow of the Explorers Club, an Amateur Radio operator, and wilderness emergency technician (WEMT). He maintains an active interest in Arctic and Antarctic science and is eager to participate in research expeditions.

During the winter he conducts several igloo-building workshops, which draw hundreds of people, including family and scouting groups as well as serious outdoor adventurers..

Web site is www.DoctorWhy.com.

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I had fun building a few of the featured snow shelters this past winter in the upper Midwest.
Guanaqueando
My grandson and his parents can't wait to try this out, we just need the SNOW!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Greg J. Storey on January 12, 2008
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First of all my 5 and 6 year old started looking at this book and it was hard to get it back from them as they were so charmed by the pictures. They have been playing in the snow and hounding me to help ever since.

Second of All I lived in Nunavut for 9 years and took lessons in igloo building from Inuit elders. I also worked with elders and teachers to create a unit on igloo building for students and teachers. I learned to make a half presentable igloo in this process! I can say with a modicum of expertise that many books on the subject are complete flops but not this one.

This book is the real deal. The pictures are great and the text is as well. A fantastic and charming tutorial for playing in the snow. First rate.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Snow Lover on December 12, 2007
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What a truly delightful book describing both the science and the frivolity of snow structures. Dr. Why's excellent detail and evident excitement about the subject lend a depth to a subject all those exposed to the colder climes will enjoy. Make those NOT in a snow-filled area jealous... Great book for all ages and abilities!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 22, 2008
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"There are lots of reasons to build a snow shelter. A snow shelter can be a serious survival refuge for people who work or play in the winter backcountry. It can be a fun social experience shared by friends, or a wonderful educational and inexpensive afternoon family project." ~ pg. 9

If you have ever wondered what it would be like to build a snow shelter then this book has many creative ideas including:

Preparation Before Building
Igloos
Quinzees
Slab Shelters
Drift Caves
Spruce Traps
Expedient Shelters
Camping Out

Norbert E. Yankielun explains why snow on a roof helps keep a house warmer and how snow acts as an insulator to protect plant roots and even stops hibernating animals from freezing. He then gives safety tips and explains the importance of nutrition and hydration. He also discusses windchill, frostbite, claustrophobia, hypothermia and carbon monoxide poisoning.

"...it has been reported that polar bears occasionally climb on top of an abandoned igloo to better survey the surrounding flat terrain for prey." ~ pg. 39

The instructions for building an igloo are very detailed and there are some interesting ideas for making part of the igloo with a block of ice for a window to let some light in. In areas where there is less snow an igloo can still be made after making a "sheet cake" of snow. Making a quinzee looks easier than the igloo or you could try to make a slab shelter that looks like a "pup tent." For most of the shelters it seems better to have at least two people working on the project. The simplest project includes a spruce tree and snow packed around it to form a type of cave for two people.

Throughout the book safety is emphasized.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Guanaqueando on April 9, 2011
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This is a fun to read, informative book exactly about what the title says. It has great illustrations and easy to follow instructions for building snow shelters, as well as clear, basic advice for being safe when camping or doing outdoors activities in snowy environments. The author is clearly knowledgeable, knows how to explain things well, and has a nice understated sense of humor. I had fun building a few of the featured snow shelters this past winter in the upper Midwest. Just be aware that this activity may be a bit frustrating, for obvious reasons, in places that don't get much snow (if you only have 3-5 inches on the ground, it would be possible but frustrating and/or a lot of work).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Just a kid on December 12, 2010
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Thank you Dr. Why for that interesting book about snow shelters. I really enjoyed reading this book. I liked how you wrote about the right clothing, food and shelters for building. I also liked how you wrote a lot of good ideas about how to build an igloo like a pair of ski poles that can define the circular base of an igloo. Other kids my age will definitely enjoy the book too.

Sincerely, Jimmy
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By seapwc on November 12, 2008
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I had been looking for something exactly like this for a class that I help teach.
We wanted the "Other" Shelters, not igloos and not caves. This book has the
best treatment of any book that I have been able to find. The illustrations
are also outstanding. It would be great for kids too, although my students are
adults. We wanted to find the other shelters because the igloo/cave take too
much time to build when you are running out of day light. Most other books
have just lifted ideas from old Army manuals. This author is a distinguished
engineer and his work shows that. This is the best outdoor book that I have
read all year!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beatrice Izzey VINE VOICE on September 13, 2009
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This is not only a practical book - I would feel comfortable relying on it when I am in the tundra - it is a beautiful picture book - great, insightful illustrations! Some children and grownups will be entranced just by the pictures, even without prior interest in igloos.
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How are blocks of ice cut and fitted to create an igloo, how can one assess snow possibilities to build one, and what are other shelter options for snowy areas? Norbert Yankielun's How to Build an Igloo and Other Snow Shelters covers all the basics, offering step-by-step insights on how to construct - and inhabit - an igloo or other snow shelter. Any collection located in an area that gets winter snow will relish this fun, appealing title!

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
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