By Andrew Liszewski
Though I was never involved in the Boy Scouts (my parents trusted I could make friends on my own) I do like their simple motto; Be Prepared. So here’s a hypothetical scenario for you. What if on one snowy day you decide to do a little tobogganing at the local hill, and all of a sudden a blizzard comes out of nowhere making it impossible for you to traverse the 5 blocks home? I guarantee there won’t be any Ton-tons around to cut open and climb inside, so it probably wouldn’t hurt to leave home with one of these ICEBOX Igloo tools.
Now I’ve never had to build an igloo myself (my family used to raise Ton-tons, so there were always plenty around) but looking at the how-to photos on the Grand Shelters website, I think I could pull it off with the help of the ICEBOX kit. It’s essentially a simple snow block mold that features a telescoping pole which you attach to the ground as your center point. As you then build up the walls of your igloo, you simply adjust the length of the pole which ensures you end up with a perfectly shaped and secure structure. And when you’re done, the ICEBOX folds down flat making it easy to stash in a backpack or dog sled.
You can order an ICEBOX from the Grand Shelters website for $179.95, and while you might scoff at the price now, I’m sure it would have seemed quite reasonable if one day you find yourself freezing to death in a snowstorm.