Winter Snow Cabin Buried

(gun shots ricochet) (tapping glass) (wind swooshing) (snow crunching) – That's what you call postholing campers.

It's much worse without snowshoes on.

(groans) Afternoon campers and welcome to Tin Hut, partially buried.

This could be the perfect opportunity to show you some snow craftskills that I've wanted to test out myself for awhile, and that is how to dig into a hut when you don't have a snow shovel.

We'll just come back around here I thinkthe door is over this way.

(wind swooshing) Well there she is.

So she's only a little bit buried, only what, below knee height.

But even if this door wasburied all the way up, it is possible to dig in there.

Even if it's hardened snow, almost ice, using your bushcraft saw.

(wind swooshing) Two items campers,bushcraft saw for cutting through ice and snow and a digging trowel.

(metal scraping) (heavy breathing) I actually wish thiswas buried even deeper so we could really test this theory out.

(banging) (heavy breathing) (metal scraping) Very easy to cut through ice and snow with the bushcraft saw.

(metal scraping) If you were going tostay the night in there, you'd wanna just digdown as low as possible and that's to allow for a draftof air to come underneath, because you don't want tosuffocate inside the hut.

You can get quite a bit ofair flow coming underneath.

And even, there's plenty of cracks in these huts for air flow.

(metal scraping) (chain clanking) (creaking) Looks like, looks like there's a bitof spindrift, blocking the entrance as well.

(laughing) – [Christina] Good now? (ice scraping) – Let me see if we can get through here.

(heavy breathing) Come in, come in.

Oh yeah, paradise, woo! (wood creaking) – [Christina] Mm good hut.

– [Grayson] Tin hut.

– [Christina] It's good tin hut.

– Fantastic little pot-belly stove.

(metal squeaking) So that's that.

Before we leave today we'll just, just dig out this area inhere so next time someone has to open the door itwill be easy to get in.

(metal scraping) That is frozen ground.

(creaking) (thudding) And there's usually ashovel inside the hut, but unfortunately thisshovel doesn't have a handle.

(laughing) Still usable.

(metal banging and scraping) Camera's back on, back again campers.

Actually just crossing a creek right now, something you really want tobe careful of in the snow.

Not sure if the camera is picking it up, but you see that patchof melting snow there.

There's a creek directly under this spot.

(wind swooshing) Another reason to absolutelyhave snowshoes or skis.

The trekking pole reallycomes in handy too.

Helps to spread your weightout as you cross the creek.

It's probably about.

Three-quarters of a meter of hardened snow on top of that creek,allowing us to cross it.

Check out Christina'sjacket all covered in ice.

(heavy breathing) How you feel sweety? – [Christina] Good.

– Feel good? Strong lady.

Superwoman, Superlady.

(snow crunching) (exhales) (snow crunching) (thud) (snow crunching) (thud) (snow crunching) (wind swooshing) (snow crunching) (thudding) (sighing) Together me and Christina have just been cutting all the wood up.

Another thing you can do in these huts is just stack all the dampwood on top of the fire, on top of the pot-belly stove.

That will dry in probably one hour.

Be completely dry then we'llstart re-stacking it over here.

(banging) This is the dry wood.

I don't normally bring a machete when I'm snow camping like this, but just this once Idecided to 'cause I thought we might have a bit of troublegetting the fire going.

The machete can be usefulfor splitting up logs to get to the dry woodinside when the outer shell of the log is wet.

Great clothes hanging system in here.

(laughing) (snow crunching) Good morning campers.

We've patiently been waiting two days for nice blue skies like this.

One of the best things about staying in the huts is also the people you meet.

We've met Sam and his wife Elaine who've been out here for two weeks.

In the snow.

Sam and Elaine, they'renow in the 13th day of a 180 kilometer hike.

They started in Canberra two weeks ago.

How do you feel mate,your body sore at all? – [Sam] No not really.

– [Elaine] Something you get used to.

– Yeah, I'm enjoying it,it's been really good fun.

– [Grayson] What advicewould you give to people who wanna do longexpeditions like yourself? – Take some like over-shoes or, or fishing boots.

(laughing)- [Sam] Yeah.

– Yeah because when youhave to do creek crossings and you gotta get nude,it's not very nice.

(laughing) – [Grayson] And the deepestcreek crossing you've done through the snow was whatwaist height I think you said? – [Sam] Um just sort of,- Um up to my, yeah well you did do deeper.

– Yeah about just up tothe bottom of my underwear.

But that was pretty cold.

(snow crunching) – My life's been made a littlebit easier this morning.

I'm actually just followingSam's snowshoe footprints.

(snow crunching) (heavy wind swooshing) (snow crunching) Afternoon campers, day four.

We're just walking back home right now, in the tracks of a coupleof cross-country skiers.

You can see their tracksthere in front of us.

So they must have passedthrough here yesterday.

Just hardens the snow a bit, makes it a little biteasier for us to walk on it.

Otherwise we'd bepostholing most of the way.

Christina's behind me, she's walking in my tracks.

So if you were out here alone and you had to break the snow yourself, the going can be a lot harder.

A lot slower.

And sometimes when you're in a group, you just take it inturns to walk in front, to break the snow forthe people behind you.

And I think it's probablyadvisable in a lot of cases if the lightest person walks in front, because if the heaviestperson is in front, they'll make very deep holesfor everyone else behind them.

It's been a great tripcampers, hope you enjoyed.

And as always, happy camping.