Dugout Shelter

To build a dugout shelter, you will need to dig a trench about 8 to 10 feet long (depending on your height) and about 3 feet deep. Try not to dig it in a wet area.

Lay logs or large branches over the trench, and try to cover it completely, but leave an extra 3 feet or so at the end completely uncovered. Lay leaves and debris over the logs, try to coat it in a 1.5 to 2 foot layer (the more the better), or lay down a tarp (if you have one) instead, although this minimizes insulation.

After the debris, add ferns and/or tree boughs over the shelter. Finish it off by covering it with the dirt you excavated from the trench. Add additional dirt if you like. The gap at the end can serve as an entrance/exit, and is also a strategic place to put a fireplace, but make sure it isn't blocking your access.

Remember when building to be versatile and flexible with your design! Simply lay down in the covered trench, gazing up, with a warm fire behind you, and you are ready to spend the night!


Start to prepare your trip before you head for the trails!



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by: Trekker

Well, it is an easy way to make a shelter for yourselves, if you don’t have any resources or stuffs to make a tent or shelter for yourselves. But it can’t be used in situations where there is rain or the climate is cold.

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:)
by: Anonymous

It wouldn't be too well in cold climates if it was actually cold out because of frost!

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Good Idea
by: Anonymous

I believe this would be a great idea for leisure camping, however because you are digging into the ground it is not easily visible so, on the random chance you ever get lost in the middle of no-where this probably would be hard to spot. Sounds practical and easy for those camping for fun however.

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Good Idea
by: Anonymous

I believe this would be a great idea for leisure camping, however because you are digging into the ground it is not easily visible so, on the random chance you ever get lost in the middle of no-where this probably would be hard to spot. Sounds practical and easy for those camping for fun however.

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Use What nature Gives You
by: Anonymous

If you have nothing to dig with, find a natural indention/trench in the ground. As long as it's not gonna fill up with water, your golden.

Great idea!

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Looks awesome
by: Will

That looks like a perfect shelter in colder areas!

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Smart-looking method, but energy-consuming.
by: Anonymous

That looks like an excellent shelter design, great in cold areas, but with just one problem: without a digging tool, it would be a lot of work to dig a trench that big. It would be a grand shelter if you had the time to build one, though.

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