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We finally got some snow accumulation in Minneapolis last week, so I decided to build a quinzie (snow cave) in my back yard. I'd built them as a kid, but never slept in one. So, I decided to try it Saturday night. As I expected, it was quite pleasant. The snow is great insulation from the noise and wind outside. It's roomy…the size of a 2-3 person tent, so I didn't feel claustrophobic in the least. After, I dragged all my overnight gear inside, I blew up my insulated sleeping pad and got my sleeping bag and bivy sack situated as to create a warm place to sit and recline. Then, I prepared some food with my butane canister stove, brewed some tea, and laid back with a copy of ‘Let my people go surfing' by Yvon Chouinard, the founder and owner of Patagonia. A good bowl of chowder, a cup of hot red rooibos, and some relaxing reading by candlelight made for a satisfying end to my day. I awoke, well-rested, to the faint glow of the sun coming through a couple thin spots in my shelter. To my surprise and delight, everything inside was relatively dry. From some articles I've read, I expected there to be a bit more humidity inside my cave. That simply wasn't the case. Next year, I think I'll build a snow structure on a weekend camping trip further north, where I'm guaranteed to have a bit more snow base. That should be a good test of my winter survival skills. -----
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About Brother David Sunshine

Dave Gray is a product designer at Surly Bikes and was the second employee to be brought into the Surly fold. Dave is the brain behind such products as the Big Dummy, Pugsley, 24 Pack Rack, and numerous other cargo related items. Dave has a penchant for carrying things with his bike many people would have difficulty fitting into their car. To say Dave knows cargo would be a gross understatement. Dave is like the mist, briefly descending, only to disappear into the forest again, but if you need to find him, head to the deep slop and listen for the sounds of freestyling. That is where you’ll find him.

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