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I promised myself more adventures – and I do plan to deliver – but the truth is that Cottager is the adventurous one, having climbed mountains in far away lands, canoed into the Arctic circle and (recently) ridden the Chemin de St. Jacques in France. Here are his pictures of a recent snow camping trip which he undertook with our littlest urchin (Lu) and about twenty other lovely people whom he really didn’t know at all. 

The setting is Seymour Mountain and the group is the Ecospirit Adventure Club Meet-Up group, which anyone wishing to experience a variety of outdoor adventures – and pub nights – can sign on with.  The goal was to build a few big snow caves and sleep in them. Cottager – having spent quite a few nights in snow caves over the years – took a tent, and it was a good thing, since it takes a lot of time to dig out snow caves to accomodate such a large number of people.

Making 3 snow caves to sleep 20 people

The group began by digging a trench to a depth above their heads, and then they started burrowing into the exposed bank and removing snow. Another group nearby was excavating a giant cave in order to host a Snow Cave Cabaret – a sort of rave party – note the Zebra! – to which the Ecospirit group was invited. 

Inside - At the Snow Cave Cabaret

Advantages of a Snow Cave Cottage:  It’s free, and a bit of a lark.

Disadvantages:  Cold, wet, highly seasonal, claustrophobic, potentially perilous….etc. 

Fergus the dog was not enamoured of the conditions

And where was I while all these snowy revels were taking place?  Sometimes I was in the tub, sometimes reading in bed, sometimes sipping a glass of red.  But at all times, I was warm and dry at home:  My adventurous spirit is carefully timed to coincide with the arrival of spring.

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