The Story of the Snow Igloo

Snowy Pano

Snowy Panorama

So.. you think I am crazy? Well no not really.. just have an enjoyment of getting out and doing things that not many others do! So i have a great friend Neil, and he has taken me canyoning and to some great parts of Australia I had never been before. He says to me, lets build an igloo and sleep in it overnight.. coming from him.. its a totally right thing to do!

Unfortunately, Australia isnt really known for it’s great snow seasons and this is the case this year.. well until we get home.. but ill save that for later.

Jumpin Jack

Jumpin Jack

We planned over a few weeks to head down on a Friday night to just south of Canberra to a place called Adaminaby. Where we would stay the night and get up at sparrow fart to head down to Dead Horse Gap near Thredbo, to hike up the hill and build an igloo to fit 4. Unfortunately the snow wasnt on our side, we didnt stay in Adaminaby and we ended up spending 2 nights in Canberra.

The friday we headed to Canberra and stayed with friends, getting up early and heading down to Thredbo. I had never been to the snow before, but having heard some good things i was really very excited. Before I knew it we were driving down the Alpine Way and past the slopes.. urgh.. are you sure? I asked.. as i see people skiing but the road was bare.. there was no snow on the road, near the markers and I could see most of the terrain around the village. Anywho we persevered along to Dead Horse Gap and much to our dismay the situation didnt get much better. Simply not enough snow, around 20cm or so? We needed around a min of 50cm so we could cut the blocks out to form the igloo. Anyway we decided to head up to the spot to see what it was like, albeit hiking up without our gear.

Snowcave Trooper

Snowcave Trooper

The hike up is around 1.1km and you climb up to about 1725m (from ~1500m). So it is a decent walk, we headed up and made a snowman, an ice cave for Stormy Stormtrooper and a good old snow ball fight before heading back down. We returned to Canberra via Cooma (to drop off gear) and then the back way through Adaminaby which was great it gave me a chance to take some photos. So.. an explore to a degree.. the Southern Highlands are a beautiful part of Australia and I think we scouted some spots to camp this coming summer.

Southern Highlands Panorama

Southern Highlands Panorama

Our luck shows that perhaps this weekend would have been more fruitful, with > 55cm of snow dropping in the last 24 hours.. the biggest fall of the season and one that would make for awesome igloo making!

Magic Hours

Magic Hours

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Till next time..

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