Construction of snow survey shelter cabins

TitleConstruction of snow survey shelter cabins
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1939
AuthorsWork, R. A., and Parshall R. L.
Conference Name7th Annual Western Interstate Snow Survey Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 7th Annual Western Interstate Snow Survey Conference
Date PublishedDecember 1938
PublisherAmerican Geophysical Union, Transactions, Part I:
Conference LocationSpokane, Washington
KeywordsSnow survey shelter cabins

The details of construction of a Snow Surveyors Shelter Cabin is presented. The need for such a structure is explained, featuring safety to men from storm or bitter cold weather fatigue. A food supply is stored in compartments to prevent freezing, sleeping bags and utensils are also available. Dimensions and roof structure are shown taking into consideration snow loads. A Santa Claus chimney is also constructed above the house to allow for access if the cabin is completely buried. This does away with much shoveling of snow at the end of a hard day’s travel. Also a lower access is made available through the attic on the gable end. A log cabin is shown for use where no access road is available in the dry season, as well as a frame construction cabin. All miscellaneous parts are pre-cut and marked for assembly. Cost figures for 1927-39 are included and a list of materials. Discussion by Dr. J.E. Church is included.