Maybe it was because he’d just come back from donating blood that made him consider his mortality, but building a snow grave, what’s that all about?
Googling ‘build a snow grave’ is not necessarily the most helpful either. There seems to be snow falling over the desecrated grave of some chap who’s ‘lived by the knife and died by the knife’, snow grave novels, making snow angels in a grave yard, Grave digger videos and so on. None of them particularly reassuring, particularly given their associations with death.
Thankfully, the BBC came the rescue with their h2g2 web page. Fortunately ‘snow shelters’, as they are more affectionately known, are just a mear substitute for a night on the piste without your tent. Or are they?As you read on they go onto say ‘the snow grave is strictly for emergency only.’ Ah, so back to the death association then.
I then found his ‘Winter Skills, Essential Walking and Climbing Techniques’ book by Andy Cunningham and Allen Fyffe. Page 223 was creased. I must admit I briefly scanned it and wondered why you’d want to put yourself in that situation, but at the end of the day it’s better to know that stuff, than not, if being an aspiring mountaineer is your thing.
So I’m glad he’s learnt about it, but I’m hoping he’s not going to come back with photos of one too soon.