One of the three essentials in any survival situation is the construction of a shelter. Most of us have never been much further than a few hours away from a building and while most know the basics of finding food and water the knowledge of how to build a shelter while you’re out in the woods isn’t so common. A survival shelter can be a lifesaver however, and it’s not as complicated as you might think.
Shelter isn’t just a matter of comfort, exposure can be just as dangerous as dehydration if you’re lost away from civilization. In extreme climates, your life expectancy can become hours to minutes, even if things were going fine before a sudden turn in the weather.
Of course, there’s less serious reasons to learn to build a decent shelter as well. Even if you’re just on a day hike it might be convenient to hunker down for a couple of hours if a storm blows in, or if you’re hunting in the desert you might just need some shade to rest for a while.
Either way, you’ll be using the same basic principles in order to make sure that you can stay safe. You’ll need to understand some basic concepts in order to make sure that your shelter is as efficient as possible, of course.
Understanding the how’s and why’s of your shelter working properly is extremely important when it comes to troubleshooting things during your stay in the woods.
Your body will automatically lose heat to the atmosphere around you when it gets super cold out. Essentially, anytime there is a temperature differential in different items or materials, there’s going to be quite a bit of heat lost as the thermal system seeks to reach equilibrium.
For instance, if you touch something cold it will heat up. This is because both you and the item you’re in contact with are of differing temperatures and the kinetic energy contained in both will change in both in order to reach a state where both are equal.
Put simply: when you touch something cold, you’re heating it up and it’s cooling you down. Without your metabolism operating it would eventually reach a point somewhere in the middle.
There are a variety of different ways that this can play out.
If you don’t have a degree in physics, it might seem confusing so let’s break it down a bit further for the laymen.
You need to put all of this knowledge together as well as possible to have a viable, comfortable shelter. Depending on the gear you have in your pack, the materials available in the area around you, and your own skills you can maximize your shelter’s effectiveness by extorting the above qualities.
Whether it’s twigs and leaves, having to make do with a natural outcropping in the rocks, or actually having the right gear to make a shelter in your bag you’re still just taking advantage of these properties. Even dressing warm and layering properly is just a form of managing heat transfer at the end of the day.
Knowing the basics of thermal effects, or how heat moves, is the cornerstone of building a shelter after all.If you can master these you’ll be surprised at what you can come up with.
You’ll need to pick up a few skills in order to make sure that you’re able to build a shelter in a pinch, and like most things it’s always a good idea to practice before your neck is on the line.
Working with rope is a skill which pretty much any outdoorsman will find comes in handy more often than you’d think, and it should be developed to a decent level in order to have the best shots at building a shelter that will stand up to winds and other inclement conditions while you’re out there.
There are two primary forms of ropework you’ll need to get down: knotting and lashing.
Knotting is exactly what it sounds like, while lashing is used to join pieces through specific winding patterns. Everything starts and ends with a knot, however, to keep things in place.
The clove hitch is one of the most important knots you’ll ever learn, especially when it comes to building shelters. It’s the fundamental start of almost every variety of lashing, which means that you’ll need to be able to use it anytime you’re planning on building a frame for a shelter.
Since it’s so important, this is one knot that you should practice constantly until you pretty much have it down. While it might seem complicated if you’re not familiar with ropework in the first place, most people will be able to get it down pretty quickly.
It isn’t the most secure of the various hitches, but it’s basic and most people will be able to remember how to perform it even under stress. It’s the basic of any more advanced hitch as well, so learn it and learn it well.
The taut line hitch is another indispensable knot when you’re building your shelter. In this case it will allow you an adjustable loop which can help to maintain tension on whatever you happen to be tying off on.
This can be used to pull a tarp or other immediate shelter extremely tight but also allow you to relax the tension if desired. Think of it as something of a more advanced slip knot and you’re on the right track.
Even with something fairly slippery like paracord it has a tendency to give you a good enough bite to withstand inclement conditions, making it the ideal knot for anchoring things no matter what the weather or terrain may look like.
While not quite as essential as the other knots on this list, the sheet bend does have a very specific use when your resources are limited: it allows you to pair up two ropes or cords of differing diameters.
Do not use a square knot for tying ropes together. Even with the same diameter it’s not super secure and with differing diameters the thinner one is going to slip out of the grasp of the larger one and cause problems, particularly if you’re working on making sure that things stay together under tension.
It’s a little bit more complex, but you’ll be thankful you’ve learned it.
There are a ton of different knots out there. Try tying each of them a few times in the morning or evening until you can do it automatically and make sure you know the uses and you’re off to a good start.
Once you’ve mastered the above you can work with other knots if you so choose, but as long as you know the four above knots by heart you’re qualified for the basics of building a shelter in an emergency situation.
Lashing is the second major part of being able to work with ropes, and it’s pretty much the essential part of being able to build a frame. For the most part, you can start learning how to do it as soon as you can tie a decent clove hitch to get started with.
Lashing is actually extremely simple, especially if you stick with the basics, but you’ll need to know when to use each type of lashing. Just grab a couple of sticks and tie each one a few times and you’ll see what we mean. This is more of an art, as opposed to the science of knotting, but a bit of practice and you’ll be at it like a professional.
There are several different types of lashing that you can learn, but we’ll cover the quickest to learn and the most essential for building a frame here.
Your basic square lashing will allow you to join two pieces of wood, or whatever material you’re using, at a ninety degree angle. Basically, if you need to make a cross shape, particularly one that will bear a load, then this is a solid choice.
It’s one of the most secure, and easiest, ways to attach your supports or other structure at a 90° angle. You can also use it at the ends of timbers and tie all of them off in order to make a roughly square frame which can come in handly.
Diagonal lashings usually aren’t quite as secure as a square lashing but they work very well for things which need to be placed at a 45° angle. While it starts with a “timber hitch” don’t worry too much if it wasn’t in your knotting practice, a timber hitch is just an overhand knot with a bunch of wraps before you finally tighten the knot.
This is best used when the load wants to push the pieces of structure away from each other.
Shear lashing is used primarily in A-frame style constructions and a couple of them can give you a pretty impressive amount of support for your cover. You can “fix” the angles that you want the sticks to be held at and if you keep everything tight you won’t have to worry about them migrating.
You can also use this technique to tie poles end to end by keeping everything in line and keeping them parallel but it’s not quite essential for building a shelter and if you have some practice you’ll find that improvising this technique isn’t an issue.
Tripods will have two main uses when it comes down to making your shelter more comfortable. They can be used to suspend a cooking pot or other vessel over a fire, but for your structure itself they can also be used as a solid support for a beam when framing.
This lashing looks complex, but you’ll find it’s actually quite easy one you’ve done it a few times, just remember to practice when the chips aren’t on the line yet and you’ll be fine.
Lashing is quite a bit simpler than learning knots for most people, as long as your clove hitch is solid you’re in good hands. To get a good looking, solid lashing takes a little bit of practice and like all of these skills we recommend that you get in some practice. Try out each once a day or so for a week and you’ll be good to go.
Even if you don’t have spare staves lying around you can learn the basics with a couple of pencils or pens and some twine, paracord is a bit thick for this application but it’ll work if it’s all you have.
Building a frame for a survival shelter is, by its very nature, an improvised affair. This means that a lot of the times you’ll have to figure out what works with what you have on hand.
Knowing a few basic concepts can mean the difference between a shoddy shelter that collapses on your head during a gust of wind and something solid that can stand up to anything short of a hurricane however.
A-Frames are an integral part of shelters in many situations, but they’ll have to be combined with solid lashing in order to truly be effective for maintaining a structure under any kind of wind or rain.
A shear lashing combined with square lashing for the cross beam is a pretty good way to replicate a structure similar to a pup tent and using longer bars on the bottom and square lashing them to the base of the “A” shapes a few inches above the ground will render it structurally sound for the most part.
Tripods can be used to make solid structures as well, however they are harder to move in and out of if you use them as the exits for your temporary structure. They should mostly be used if you’re having trouble getting something to stick.
For instance, if you’re having trouble finding sticks which can support a weighty lean-to made of brush which will hold steady, you can use tripods to increase the stability around the corner since they’ll inherently be more stable.
As long as your lashing technique is solid and you have enough cording or rope, you can always add more structure to a frame as long as the weight doesn’t crash the supports. This is a good idea if you’re stranded and need to make a shelter in an area for more than just a few hours or a single night.
Since you shouldn’t plan on moving around too much if you’re lost, it’s a good idea to make sure your structure is well thought out if you don’t know how long it’ll be until someone finds you.
You might even want to try out any shelters you’re planning on building once or twice on an outing just to make sure your ideas hold up. If time is of the essence, then you may not get a second and third shot at making sure everything stands up well.
Shelters aren’t always something that you’re planning on having to use, but if you keep a few small items in your bag whenever you go camping or hiking you should be able to handle most situations with ease.
A fixed bladed, sturdy knife is something no one outdoors should be without. They’re useful no matter what the situation is. Really, the best knife is one you’re familiar with but if you don’t yet have a favorite blade most people will suggest a Morakniv Companion.
Smaller folders are also useful, but they have a tendency to break easily when a lot of force is needed due to their moving parts and lighter construction.
Your survival knife needs to be sturdy, not necessarily large. A four inch blade you can hammer on is a lot more useful than a sixteen inch blade which will bend or break when the chips are down.
Serrations are something else to look for, since they make sawing wood a whole lot easier while you’re out there. If you can’t find a knife that completely fits the bill for what you’re looking for, a small folding saw is also a good addition to your bag.
Even if you’ve mastered the art of turning yucca or dogwood into viable, awesome cording having some cord in your bag is a pretty good idea.
Most people favor paracord, it’s cheap, strong and versatile. There’s no need to go digging around for the really expensive stuff with a whole lot of extras, although it’s certainly viable if you care for it, but cheap 550 line can be had for a couple of dollars for thirty feet.
Some people weave it into bracelets or braids, others find it much easier to just stick a roll in their pack. Many survival minded people keep a ten to fifteen foot length just rolled up in their pocket.
There are two basic types of cordage that you’ll need to be aware of:
This is why paracord is a natural for those in the wilderness. The complete strands can act effectively as rope while still being thin enough to keep in even a small pack, while the inner strands can be pulled out and used as twine or string.
If you’re trying to pack a bit more primitively, then you’d also be well served with jute twine. Keep in mind that the lighter weights may need to be braided in order to be effective for lashing or other heavier uses however.
While it’s definitely possible to make quick shelters using leaves and branches, most people will find themselves far more comfortable using something they know is waterproof right from the outset.
Survival tarps and blankets are a good idea, and they won’t take up much room in your pack. Even if you’re competent at constructing an impenetrable overhead shelter using one to keep yourself warm definitely isn’t a bad idea.
For emergencies, you might want something brightly colored while for general use camouflage works quite well. It’s really up to you, but don’t discount the utility exchanged for the small amount of space taken up by one of these.
You might never need it, but they’re something you should definitely have around.
It’s an even better idea to carry a good tarp in your bag if you can make room for it. A good tarp will have a lot of solid grommets around the edges which makes tying things off a whole lot easier.
They’ll also stand up better to water and the heavier weight will help a little bit if you choose to use one as a shelter instead of just something to lie on inside a more complex shelter.
The above are enough to get you through most situations as long as your survival skills are up to par, but if you’re planning on building a shelter the following may be of use to you:
If you have all of the above, then you’ll definitely be able to make a good shelter as long as you have a little bit of forethought and practice. Don’t panic if it’s a bad situation, however, the first three items are definitely the most important and the rest can be improvised pretty easily.
There’s more to think of than just what kind of shelter you’re going to set up. Thanks to the improvised nature of a shelter these considerations can often be more important than the actual type of shelter you build.
Before you begin building your shelter, it’s important to make sure that you’re in the right area to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the shelter. You should keep an eye out for the following hazards when you’re setting things up.
Where you settle in for the night will depend a lot on the area you’re in. For the most part you need to find an area that is dry, reasonably flat, and not infested with all kinds of bugs. You’ll also want to stay away from poisonous plants if they happen to be in the area you’re in.
In forests there are some major hazards which are overlooked by some people. The biggest of these is deadfalls. Don’t settle anywhere near a dead tree or a tree with dead branches,even if the weather is fairly still. They’re called widowmakers for a reason.
Areas which are too low can result in you sleeping in water if rain suddenly comes in, even if you’re not expecting it at the time you should try to make sure you’re not in an area where sudden rains will be a problem.
Depending on how the weather is, you’ll want to carefully place the facing on your shelter. Placing it in the sun when the weather is cold is a great idea, since the thermal transfer from the sun’s energy can help to keep you warm. Place it in the shade in areas where it’s hot to make sure you don’t overheat, hyperthermia can be just as deadly as the opposite in extreme conditions.
Desert areas add some different hazards in addition to the temperature. In most areas venomous critters aren’t generally sitting around in woodlands, but deserts host a variety of creepy crawlies you don’t want an encounter with.
Check under any rocks that are near the shelter for scorpions and snakes. While a scorpion sting in most areas will merely prove painful, a snake bite can turn a bad situation into a fatal one when you’re far from medical help.
In general it’s a good idea to stay away from standing water in most climates as well, in addition to the flooding risk they also harbor mosquitos and other biting pests.
Overall, you’ll just want to be careful when deciding on a place to set up. There are some factors that aren’t exactly common sense however and you need to be aware of them as well.
Even if it seems safe, there are certain areas where it’s just a bad idea to build a shelter. Don’t build on exposed ridges or outcroppings. You’ll lose a ton of heat to any breeze that happens by and this can be disastrous.
Even in a desert region the cold nights will make you extremely uncomfortable, but in wet areas you can be looking at serious problems.
Likewise, you don’t want to settle into the bottom of a valley either, since the cold winds can channel through and heat radiation from the sun won’t build up to any appreciable quantity if there’s a ton of growth in it.
Keep an eye out for large amounts of mold as well. Mildew and mold can ruin gear and possibly harm you if you’re out for more than a few days. It’s also an indicator that the area may be to damp to be ideal for preventing heat loss at night.
If there are large clumps of white in the upper parts of the foliage where you’re at then it’s a good sign you should find somewhere a bit drier.
Trees can still look fairly healthy and drop a branch unexpectedly. If you choose to settle under a tree, then take a look at the leaves before you make a final decision. If there’re a ton of holes in them then the tree may be infested.
In addition to falls, some insects can cause a lot of problems if they get in the shelter so try to actively avoid infestations while you’re planning a shelter.
If it seems to be the only reasonable option, then grab some branches and pull on them, hard. If nothing breaks off you’re probably safe from a fall, but plan on moving in the morning to avoid getting a bunch of crawlies in your sleeping bag or shelter.
While animal trails can allow for a good spot of progress when you’re not on a regular trail, you might want to avoid setting up your shelter too close to them. Most fauna is fairly harmless, but some can be provoked fairly easily.
In most US areas the only animal to really worry about are pigs, but in some areas wolves, cougar, and bears can be a concern. You definitely want to avoid an unplanned encounter with anything that weighs more than you do.
Another thing to watch for are rat nests and animal dens. Rats will get into your food and some burrowing animals aren’t going to be happy with your intrusion on their space. Try not to set up too close to any large holes which look they can be inhabited or piles of branches which might host smaller pests.
Remember to hang up your food regardless. It’s not necessarily foolproof, a lot of backwoods hikers have stories about particularly crafty raccoon or squirrels, but it’ll keep a bear from surprising you when you wake up in the morning.
You don’t just need to make sure that an area is safe in order to have the ideal way to set up your shelter. You’ll also want to take some of the basics into account in order to make sure that you’re in good hands.
Keep all of the following in mind:
Of course, even with all the skills and planning in the world it’s good to have some idea of effective shelters that other people have built. Keep in mind that often you’ll want to improvise as suits your situation and equipment, but we’ve outlined a number of effective shelters in depth to give you an idea of what’s possible while you’re out there.
These shelters are well suited for forested areas and flat terrain where you can access a considerable amount of wood. Your placement will depend largely on the weather, but each of these will offer you a fairly comfortable place to lay your head when the day is done.
A simple, three sided tarp shelter can be constructed without having to use much, if any, wood. It’s amazingly simple and will work quite well in a temperate woodland environment. Pretty much any tarp shelter is going to be the same layout, but this is a particularly easy way to set one up.
The variations in the above video are designed to keep you hidden from view while you’re using the shelter. This has some obvious advantages in certain situations, but in a survival situation where you’re hoping for a rescue they’re probably not the best idea.
If it’s rainy, but not particularly cold then suspending your tarp higher up in this manner can be super useful. It will provide you with shade as well in hotter climates, but finding a way to use this particular configuration in a desert might be a bit hard without trees to tie off on.
By rolling your tarp over so that the seams are contained within it, in a similar manner to making a burrito, and sliding a sleeping bag inside you can actually keep yourself fairly safe for a single night when conditions aren’t too bad. You’re definitely going to have to deal with soaked clothing and sleeping bag in the morning.
Only utilize this shelter if you really don’t have time for anything else.
A tarp tipi can be made by using tripod lashing over more than three poles then spreading them out and wrapping the tarp around them. Tie the tarp off in whichever manner you can manage, and try to size the poles so the tarp goes down to the ground and can be weighted with debris or staked for a windproof shelter.
It’ll take a little bit more time than many other tarp shelters, but with some manipulations it might be your best bet for a long term shelter without having to gather a lot of extra materials.
As you can see, there’s a lot you can do with a tarp but they all suffer in high winds and actually building a shelter might be a better option if you’re going to be out for more than a single night. They can definitely be a life saver if you just have to utilize one overnight, however, so don’t discount keeping one in your bag.
A debris shelter is a handy way to stay warm and dry even in the most inclement conditions, but it’ll require more work than just using a tarp. Since it requires a large amount of work they’re best if you’re planning on staying outdoors for more than just a night and they can form a good medium-term shelter.
This design can actually be made with minimal tools and if you get the right materials together you can even get away with not having to lash anything together although it might be wise to dish out some lashing if you’re planning on using it for more than a single night.
If your skills are up to par you can do a lot with one, but to cover the basics you’ll want to do the following:
This design is very nice, but it does take a long time to get it together. It’s best suited for colder climates and with several feet of debris over it you can even make things comfortable in particularly cold climates.
Your body heat will warm the relatively small area quickly and it can keep you warm. Remember that the thicker the debris is the warmer you’ll end up being, but you can overdo it in some situations.
A spider shelter is quite similar to a debris shelter but allows for a more spacious interior at the cost of some insulation. This allows you to easily bring in all your tools out of the cold as well as giving you some room to cook or do whatever else you might need to do so long as you’re careful.
It takes a good amount of time to set one up, but no longer than a standard debris shelter and might be a better choice in more temperate climates since you it will protect you from the wind and rain while allowing you room to move and preventing claustrophobia.
Since this shelter has room to move around in, you can improve it quite a bit once everything is in place. Some quick ideas for those who are using one for a medium or long term shelter would include the following:
As with any shelter, the only limits are your needs, skills, and imagination. The spider shelter in particular is well suited to allow you to make modifications to improve your comfort levels however.
The wickiup is a traditional shelter which is larger and will require quite a bit of time to put together. This one is better if you’re planning on spend an extended amount of time in the woods and perhaps not quite as useful as most of the others on this list when it comes to an emergency shelter.
If you’re willing to put in the time, however, it’s a solid choice and remarkably easy to build and improve in order to have a comfortable, self-built living space for a trip that’s bound to last a couple of weeks.
The wickiup makes for a true example of just how comfortable you can get with bushcraft, but it’s not something most people will be able to pull off alone in one afternoon.
A wikiup provides a lot of space, and with that space comes a huge amount of customizability. Since the roof is much higher than many shelters and the base so large, you’ll be able to conduct a lot of activities within it which you wouldn’t want to try with other shelters.
They do take a lot of time to set up, however, and they aren’t always the best choice for truly inclement weather. If you’re willing to put in the work to make something which will stand for a couple of weeks or more, you’re in good hands with this design however.
Lean-To are one of the easiest to construct shelters around and they’re perfect to utilize in temperate climates if you already have a sleeping bag. The construction of one of these is quite easy, and pretty much anyone should be able to pull it off with some cordage.
As you can see, this is one of the simplest structures you can conduct. There’s also a lot of customizability available. For instance, if you know for a fact that you’re going to be able to get through the night without rain, you can raise the back at a steeper angle and use the lean-to itself as an additional reflecting wall for your fire.
Snowy climates can limit the amount of materials you’ll be able to gather for your shelters. The weather is also inclined to be colder, of course, which means that you absolutely must be able to create a warm structure. Snow can result in frost burn and hypothermia if you’re not careful.
Fortunately, people have been living in the snow since time immemorial, which means that you’re going to be able to figure something out. Read on and we’ll show you some of the most common structures which can aid in survival in even the coldest of climes.
The Igloo is associated with the indigineous people of North America and it’s definitely one of the best structures you can use to make sure you don’t freeze to death. They’re actually fairly simple to create, the problem is that it can also use up a lot of time which you may not have if you weren’t adequately prepared in the first place.
Creating one can give you a fighting chance, though, as the temperature begins to creep lower.
Constructing an Igloo shouldn’t be done for the first time while you’re out in the wilds, but if you’re proficient it can make a very good shelter. Keep in mind that this is a very time consuming process and you should really only bother if you know you’ll be in the area for awhile.
Otherwise a snow cave is generally a better option for short stays.
A quinzhee functions much the same way as an igloo with the bonus effect of it being much easier to construct and a lot quicker. For someone without a lot of practice in building shelters they can be quite easily put together in a couple of hours.
Of course, you should always practice before you need it, but following some simple steps will get you a nicely insulated shelter.
This is a quick and easy way to get a fairly effective shelter. It’s not quite as sturdy as an igloo, but it will definitely last at least a few days.
It’s very important to dig the initial chamber downwards, being directly in front of the entrance can mean that you’ve just wasted your valuable time without much warmth being able to be gained.
In the desert, it’s generally the heat and exposure to the sun which is an issue instead of having to worry about rains and the cold. You’ll also need some insulation at night since the radiation part of thermal transfer can lead to very cold nights and hot days.
This means that you’ll generally be using differing tactics when you’re in the desert, so here’s some good examples which can help make sure you walk out of there alive.
In many places in America, even the most desolate deserts will still allow you to find juniper trees. These trees can be used similarly to the pines found in boreal and temperate forests in order to make sure that you have the shelter you need to survive.
Look for fallen trees to save yourself time in the sun and keep from expending too many calories. This is a serious risk in the desert, since food and water tend to be scarcer in this environment than in many others. Don’t spend too much time looking, however, and use a live tree for materials if you have to.
This is an improvised shelter which can really help out if you’re in a pinch. It’s not the best, but it’s enough to get out of the sun or allow you to spend a warm night if you use a reflective wall and a fire.
While somewhat time consuming to construct, a dug out shelter can be a great option if you find yourself in the desert. By lowering where your shelter is constructed you can take advantage of the insulating qualities of the soil.
This can help to nullify the extreme temperatures you’re likely to run into in a desert survival situation. They make a great medium to long term shelter in these situations and can be built in a wide variety of ways. A simple one can be built as follows:
As you can see it’s a simple process but it will definitely take a considerable amount of time to get things done properly. It can also expend a lot of energy, especially if you don’t have a shovel, which is a large concern when food and water is scarce.
If you have access to a tarp or poncho, you can use this instead of the branch and foliage frame. This poncho shelter can be anchored around the edges with a good amount of sand and offers pretty much the same protection while making the second part of the set up much quicker.
Using a tarp you can create a simple shade shelter to get you out of direct sunlight during the day. It’s most likely not suitable for an overnight stay in most desert areas, unless the weather is overcast and will prevent a cold night, but it’s quick and easy.
You may even want to consider throwing one up if you’re building a more involved shelter type, to allow you to rest and keep your body’s loss of moisture down without having to sit in the blistering sun.
This is a very field-expedient method of setting up an effective shelter. Most people will be able to set one of these up in less time than it will take them to find an area where it can be done, and this can make all the difference if you’re beginning to suffer from hyperthermia of any sort.
Since time is always of the essence when it comes time to set up a survival shelter, sometimes it can be a much better idea to find somewhere which is naturally occurring and offers protection.
There are a few different places that you should keep an eye out for, especially if you frequent an area for hiking or hunting on a regular basis:
All of the above can either help you build a faster improvised shelter, or even act as a complete shelter on their own.
Caves are pretty much ideal, but you do need to keep an eye out for inhabitants which might already be in the shelter. Depending on the area this can range from bears to bats to just assorted spiders and arthropods which can make your night unpleasant.
Fallen trees, likewise, tend to host a lot of insects or arachnids. If you’ve been spending some time practicing, then you’re less likely to be bothered by an errant beetle or harmless spider but you should definitely know what is and isn’t venomous in the area you’ve chosen.
For the most part, however, you’ll find that many of these natural formations are merely aids rather than complete shelters in and of themselves. Use outcroppings and formations as supports in order to speed up a shelter building process and you’re on the right track. It’s really a skill that can only be learned through practice.
Once you’ve mastered the art of being able to build a shelter in the woods, you’ll quickly find that you’re able to make a solid home pretty much anywhere. The basics are right in front of you, but it’s only with time and real fieldwork that you’ll be able to master this vital skill.
Have fun doing it, in addition to being a great skill for survival building shelters can be a great test of both physical skill and mental creativity and it’s definitely one of the most fun things you’ll ever do in the wild.
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