Introduction: Summit Snow Cone

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Weather you're hiking, backpacking, or climbing, when you get to the top of a pass or a peak, it's time to celebrate!  But how??? Streamers don't seem appropriate and no one wants to haul up a cake.  If you've made it up to a noteworthy elevation, you probably have two things: a water bottle in your pack and snow nearby.  If it's a warm sunny day, then it's time for a refreshing snow cone.

Step 1: Supplies

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Here's what you'll need:

A wide-mouth 1 liter water bottle
Around 12 oz of water (in said water bottle)
Powdered drink mix for 1 liter of water
Snow

Step 2: Check Your Water

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For a snow cone, you'll want about 10-12 oz of water.  I did 16 oz for a Sierra Slurpee.

Step 3: Flavor It Up

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Add your favorite powdered drink mix (enough to make 1 liter of deliciousness) and shake thoroughly.

Step 4: No Time Like Snow Time

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Dig down a bit to get to clean snow.  Make sure you're gathering from a deep pack at high elevation.  Dirty brown snow is NOT chocolate flavored.

Pack in the snow and shake it up!  Some will melt when shaken, so pack the bottle full.

Step 5: Enjoy

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Enjoy your tasty frozen treat!  Shake as needed to keep the snow from clumping, or use a spork.  Happy trails.

NOTE: I wouldn't recommend doing this with any old snow from your front yard if you're in a colder climate. This was done with snow from a mountain top at over 11,000 feet in an area of near pristine wilderness and next to no animal life. Always use your common sense and expertise. If you're worried about a little dirt in your drink, stick with delicious frozen treats from the freezer or tote along one of these nifty toys.

Comments

luvit (author)2010-08-09

insert one 5th of vodka or rum. this is important to keep warm. i'm part st. bernard.

rhkramer (author)luvit2011-01-31

That is bad advice--alcohol is dangerous in a cold weather survival situation. Google [alcohol "cold weather"]--here is the "blurb for one hit:

Effects of Alcohol in the Cold: Health Topics: University of Iowa ...
"Consumption of alcohol undoes many of the human body's healthy reflexes, one of which is keeping the core body temperature warm in cold weather,"

(The URL is http://www.uihealthcare.com/topics/medicaldepartments/pharmacy/alcoholandcold/index.html)

cjolmsted (author)rhkramer2011-02-01

*****************************WARNING*****************************
*** Snow Cone NOT Recommended for Cold Weather ***

For maximum intended delightfulness, please enjoy this frozen treat or variations thereof on pleasant sunny days only.

HyperNinja (author)luvit2011-01-05

lol your picture tells me different young padawan

ilpug (author)2011-01-05

the always standard advice in these situations is : DONT USE THE YELLOW SNOW.

awesomeman2468 (author)2010-12-26

i'm a boyscout and i think i might try this at our christmas campout

anibioman (author)2010-12-08

more of a summit slushy but still suppppeeer duppppeer cool

underc0v3rninja (author)2010-09-05

Hahaha you sure know how to have fun! this is very smart! xD

softballch1k99 (author)2010-08-17

man i live in tx i cant do stuff like that OUTSIDE

knex_mepalm (author)2010-08-05

Blacksn0w and yellowsn0w are bad for you and iphones keep away!

cjolmsted (author)knex_mepalm2010-08-06

I assure you, no iphones were taken on this trek!

thepelton (author)cjolmsted2010-08-06

I always thought one of the reasons for going mountain climbing was the absolute solitude, and the time to collect and arrange your thoughts WITHOUT interference. Bringing a portable phone defeats that whole idea! The last thing I need at the top of Pikes Peak is someone trying to sell me aluminum siding!

knex_mepalm (author)thepelton2010-08-07

That happened to me once but he was selling water, why would they sell water when there is so much snow.

knex_mepalm (author)cjolmsted2010-08-07

I would be happy if the iphone 4 was made into a seat for you and if you threw it off the mountain as a celebration.

bertus52x11 (author)2010-08-06

I wish I had thought of this when I still was an active climber....

godofal (author)2010-08-02

you might wanna add "don't eat the yellow snow" XD

Jur (author)godofal2010-08-04

You should always eat the yellow snow, it might be beer or punsch!

pyro1324 (author)godofal2010-08-02

Yellow is lemon...

cjolmsted (author)pyro13242010-08-03

...or banana. Can't know 'till you try!

godofal (author)cjolmsted2010-08-04

well, if you guys don't mind, il let you guys try it first :D

cjolmsted (author)2010-08-03

I wouldn't recommend doing this with any old snow from your front yard if you're in a colder climate. This was done with snow from a mountain top at over 11,000 feet in an area of near pristine wilderness and next to no animal life. Always use your common sense and expertise. If you're worried about a little dirt in your drink, stick with delicious frozen treats from the freezer or tote along one of these nifty toys.  

Thanks tqwerty, dla888, and Spokehedz for bringing this up.  I added this note to the instructable.

wardjm1 (author)2010-08-02

Just a tip...Drinking any liquid that has red food coloring while out in the wilderness is a bad idea...if something goes wrong and you are throwing up...it will be red...this could be mistaken for internal bleeding or the other way around...there are plenty of other flavors...skip the fruit punch.

cjolmsted (author)wardjm12010-08-03

That is one I honestly never thought of!

tqwerty (author)2010-08-02

actually i meant to say dla888 and spokehedz

tqwerty (author)2010-08-02

great instructable!! but, snow has many nasty things in it from air pollution and people and dirt just as dla888 said... so I wouldn't recommend eating more than a 1/4 cup of snow unless you were dying, but even then you should boil it first. other than that great explanation and pics. but of course i always carry around my trusty spork on my mountain climbing journeys :P

dla888 (author)2010-08-02

Just digging down in the snow doesn't mean it's clean, it just means that a bird may have pooped on it a long time ago. Aside from that great instructable.

Spokehedz (author)2010-08-02

I was always under the impression that the snow was full of all the bad stuff in the air that got stuck inside it when it came falling down. Is this thinking wrong? I know that it forms around a small dust particle (as does rain) but what I remember being told was that it was like scrubbing the air clean to get all the contaminants out of it.

blodefood (author)2010-08-02

But I want a snowcone in the summer!

noahh (author)2010-08-02

I've always wanted to make real snowcones, but never wanted to haul a bottle of syrup with me. This is an excellent solution.

Chowmix12 (author)2010-08-02

one word: GENIUS!

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