Our Crazy Experience Building & Sleeping in an Igloo! – Winter Camping Snow Fort

Our Crazy Experience Building & Sleeping in an Igloo! – Winter Camping Snow Fort

>>MAT: Alright, in this video we’re going
to show you how we built this igloo and we’re going to sleep in it for a night
to see how it feels. [MUSIC PLAYING]>>DANIELLE: It took us three days to build
this igloo not three full days but we built the blocks the snow blocks one day then yesterday we built the whole thing and today we just put the finishing touches
on it. And we’re pretty wrecked. It was way more work than we thought it was. We also picked some pretty bad timing to build
it. It turned out that it was above zero, above
freezing so we were really racing against the clock
to get this thing built before the snow started getting too soft.>>MAT: Once we started building it, we want
to get to the point where we put the last blocks because if the last blocks aren’t in, the structure can collapse. [MUSIC PLAYING]>>DANIELLE: I thought we were going to be
able to build this in just a few hours but with everything we do it always takes
at least double [the time]. We’re going to spend the whole day just making
these snow bricks and then I think tomorrow we’ll actually build
the igloo, I guess. [MUSIC PLAYING]>>MAT: So we’re using this plastic box here and we just tap it [the snow] down as compact
as we can and the tricky part is taking it out of the
mold so you’ve just gotta hope it doesn’t crack and that one looks good! and that’s it. That’s how we’re making our building blocks.>>DANIELLE: It’s day two. We made all of our blocks yesterday. And today we woke up the sun is shining…a little bit and we’re going to start building this igloo. We’re a bit nervous. I have no idea what we’re doing.>>MAT: No idea!>>DANIELLE: So we’ll see if this works! [MUSIC PLAYING]>>DANIELLE: That was awesome! Not only are we running against the clock
but also we ran out of blocks a little while ago so I’m making them and
trying to make them as fast as Mat can put them up and we’re just running like maniacs. The sun’s going to go down in maybe two hours and it’s 4 degrees Celsius out here so wish
us luck. I don’t know if we’ll be able to sleep in
this without it caving in on our heads. This may be a failed igloo attempt.>>MAT: Alright, clock is ticking. It’s not getting much colder and this stuff is getting really brittle. Every brick that Danielle makes, we break
like half of them.>>DANIELLE: awwwwwwwww! That’s so annoying!!!>>MAT: ahhhh noooooo! argggggg!!! Uh…I don’t know how the roof is going to…is
going to hold itself. I don’t know how I’ll be able to put those
last few pieces. They’re really like on a crazy incline right
now. So we’re going to try to close this off soon and hopefully it won’t collapse. [MUSIC PLAYING]>>DANIELLE: you look like you’re being born
ha ha ha.>>MAT: no, just kind of yeah…sort of limited
in my movements. So maybe two, three more blocks and then I
think it’ll be done?>>DANIELLE: ok, I’ll go make another one. [MUSIC PLAYING] That’s pretty good! I cannot believe we finished this.>>MAT: oh man. So much more work than I thought it was going
to be. [MUSIC PLAYING]>>DANIELLE: We’re just setting up the inside
of the igloo with our sleeping bags. So we’ve got a tarp as the base layer to keep
the water out. And then we put two camping mattresses, like
one of those foam ones, and then kind of a semi-inflatable, and then a fleece blanket and we’ve got sleeping
bags and more blankets. [MUSIC PLAYING]>>MAT: Alright! We’re all set up in here. It’s actually quite cozy. It finally got below freezing outside so it’s pretty cold outside and in here it’s above
zero. It’s actually really comfortable I think we’re…we might actually have a good
night’s sleep! [MUSIC PLAYING]>>DANIELLE: We slept in the igloo!>>MAT: We survived the night. Yeah, it was pretty comfortable. A bit chilly at times but pretty comfy.>>DANIELLE: Yeah. I guess chilly-ness is to be expected, sleeping in a ball of snow. It was really cozy when we came in here last
night and set up and it’s really cozy right now but in the
middle of the night I started feeling really claustrophobic and I felt really closed in and I wanted to
bust out of here at three in the morning but I calmed myself down and stayed around
so that Mat didn’t have to get up in the middle of the night.>>MAT: But yeah, surprisingly hot in here
considering it’s at least 7 degrees hotter in here than it is outside
because it’s freezing outside right now. So it [the snow] insulates pretty well but
we’re still…yeah still cold. We’re in a snow ball. [MUSIC PLAYING]

100 thoughts on “Our Crazy Experience Building & Sleeping in an Igloo! – Winter Camping Snow Fort

  1. keep a few lit candles in there,temp will rise a couple degrees and give a nice ambiant light,no worries for the structure….!!!

  2. Zip your sleeping bags together,for sure …and polar blanket on your pillows,these never get icy cold,and can't believe you guys didn't get down to warm it up……

  3. Very well done! Using forms makes the igloo look much nicer. All the igloos I built, I compacted the snow around, and cut out the blocks with a hand saw.

    It is a lot of work, indeed! The top being the hardest part. I just built one in my front yard yesterday, and still need to put some finishing touches to it. The sad thing is the the snow will be around only for a few days, and then it will all melt away.

    I don't know where you are, or if you have any higher elevations around there, but what we done is go to a snow park, hike (ski) out a mile or so, build an igloo, and stay overnight in it. There is a lot of challenges involved, including finishing the igloo before nightfall. That would be a challenge to take on! If things fail, you can always return to the car and get out of there.

  4. Awesome video! There's also a video on You-Tube of two real Eskimos building a real igloo ( no disrespect to your igloo!) Well, stay warm!

  5. I'm here because I just built a one person igloo. I thought it would be easy, ha! Took me all day. Nice work on yours!

  6. Getting a better sleeping bag would help with your sleep.. 40F rated would be more for fall camping I believe. If you had something rated for 0F, you could've slept in it with just base layers. A sleeping bag's function is to radiate your own heat back to you, wearing a bunch of clothing impedes that function. So try it again this way, you'll sleep through the night for sure!

  7. If you make the entrance go under instead of through the walls, you will be able to trap heat inside and it will be nice and cozy.

  8. maybe was better to close the entrance with a curtain or something, but amazing job! Thanks for all your videos 💎

  9. no joke i went from the top to the bottom of the comments saying something to the people who didn't get why they called it e-gloo i pasted this( People call it different stuff in different places..and anyway if nobody says it that way in the world (which is unlikely) then they can call it whatever..no hate or saying you're mean but im only saying in different places people say stuff different)…only one guy was rude he said oh my f god so he needs to understand so thats why I posted this…also the vid is epic..supposedly its hot idk why you were cold

  10. @exploring Alternatives I'v watched a few of your video's and i love matt's sunglasses. please could you tell me what brand they are and where you bought them. thank you

  11. wow , i wanna make one , when i get back home in canada in maybe about 4 more years , i dont wanna leave my friends yet , at the 4th year , the school dont have anymore place so i have to leave my friends anyways , thats why i just say to my self , my self why not go to the place where u were born , we never actually have full memory at that age , and sry i am a little crazy talking to my self , i thought i can maybe make an underground snow place , where i will sleep for the night , and trying it out , now i know what igloo is , i want to make one , sry for me talking to much , i am sorry i just love talking a lot , and yes i am using a phone but i am still typing quickly people so , yea , hope u guys enjoy the talk and imma try my best to reply to the people that replied to me , and maybe we can have a tiny talking time , imma go to my bed now , Good night everyone , its so late in the night its almost mid night , good night sleep everybody , ^-^

  12. If you make a trench around you inside the igloo it would give someplace for the cold air to fall. It will help keep you warmer in the middle of the night.

  13. Not sure what part of the world you built this in, but I've read that real igloos really can't be built anywhere except the far north – basically parts of Alaska, northern Canada, Greenland, and Siberia, and then only during the coldest months of winter – because the snow never gets to the right consistency anywhere else; it's just not cold enough. The traditional way that Inuit people make them I think is basically to carve snow bricks out of already very hard-packed and dense snow. It's that denseness that provides the insulation and keeps them stable. Almost no Inuit actually make them anymore, of course. It would be a fun project I guess, but I' worry about it caving in on me in the middle of the night.

  14. Nice experiment. The reason you guys were chilled is because you packed the snow yourself. The way Eskimos do it is they cut their blocks out of naturally packed snow, and they do this with snow knives. The reason why it insulates better that way is because the blocks have air pockets in them which help to insulate and keep in heat. You packed you snow really tight, leaving virtually no air pockets. But awesome experiment!

  15. If you dug a lower level by the door all of the cold air would have left and the heat from your bodies would have insulated the top level where you guys slept

  16. Real Inuit/Eskimo’s can build an Igloo in an hour and a half
    Don’t worry they live there they’re entire life so they have much more experience

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