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snow hole

n
(Mountaineering) mountaineering a shelter dug in deep usually drifted snow. Also called: snow cave
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Tim Turner, who heads Public Services at Loughborough College said: "Knowing how to dig snow holes and build shelters is crucial to keeping you warm in extreme conditions.
Imagine what would have happened if they hadn't been properly equipped and had the knowledge which enabled them to make snow holes in which to shelter until the conditions improved.
Two walkers from Norfolk missing 3,000ft up in the Cairngorms overnight were yesterday found safe after digging snow holes to shelter in.
Other episodes have seen Grylls dropped by parachute into jungles and deserts, surviving for days by eating snakes, sleeping in snow holes and wrapping a urine-soaked T-shirt around his head to combat dehydration.
About 800 people a year stay overnight in snow holes dug from the frozen snow in Cairngorm National Park.
Dispel thoughts of frozen Norwegians packed into snow holes, patiently waiting for a shaft of sunlight before they can defrost their herring.
During their first week the reservists had to learn to ski, build shelters such as snow holes and endure the sub-zero temperatures.
They will sleep in mountain tents and igloos and will be trained to survive in snow holes.
I will be sleeping in snow holes, snow-shoe walking, ice climbing and practising my fall and arrest techniques," he said.