I'll probably cross post this on telemarktips and TGR but wanted to float it here. So, a TGR post on igloo building got me curious last year. I ended up getting an IceBox igloo maker for xmas from the kids. I ended up building a 10 footer in the backyard here in the Butte and the damn thing was bulletproof. Like bomb shelter like. I built it in the sun (mistake) and had the measurements off a bit so the curve wasn't right. But it lasted a good two months before it started to sag. I was worried about it collapsing on my kids so one day I went out to destroy it. I climbed on top, jumped up and down and the thing didn't budge. I used my avy shovel to chop the thing in half and then repeated my Samsonite commercial routine. Again, even though it was cut in half the thing refused to fall. Crazy....
As an aside: I slept in the thing and it was pretty cool. Warmed up nicely, you can stand up in it. Uber quiet and comfortable.
So that got me thinking about planning for this winter. If you build a 9 footer (stronger curve) and you build it in a protected area the damn thing will easily last the winter. A few Crested Buttians and I were sitting around this summer contemplating building one of these at the base of Coney's as a little backcountry "hut". It is totally legit on US Forest land (I checked with a ranger) as it isn't a permanent structure. One beer lead to another and soon we were lamenting the lack of huts in this area of Colorado. You have some good ones over towards Aspen with the 10th but not a whole lot except for the Friends Hut on this side. So we decided to start putting up some igloos around CB this winter. We'll probably put a few up the Oh Be Joyful drainage so you could do a 2 or 3 day traverse from CB to Irwin eventually. The same could be said for a CB - Marble traverse via Washington Gultch and Paradise Divide.
Has anyone had experiences putting one of these things together? It has to have been done before - just too good of an idea. Any locals with IceBoxes interested in participating?