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SNOW HOLING: You want ice with that?

Want to head for the great outdoors but don't fancy sleeping in a drafty tent? Then try bedding down under snow instead. Mountain Innovations, tel: (44-1479) 831 331, a small trekking company based in Inverness-shire, Scotland, runs "snow-holing" holidays — where your bed is literally gouged out of the permafrost. Groups are kept to a maximum of eight people and, after a compulsory day of winter-skills training, embark upon a two-day expedition over the Cairngorm and Cairn [an error occurred while processing this directive] Lochan mountains to the Ben Macdui plateau, where your accommodation is constructed.

A hole takes about three hours...

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