Kookoomyer's Lean to

by Jordan "Kookoomyer"
(Edgewater, FL US)

Kook's Leanto

Kook's Leanto

This was my first ever shelter made completely out of things found in nature (bamboo, palmettos and vines.) My previous failed attempts had been in part because I was attempting to build a free standing shelter rather than use living trees to brace the shelter against.

I gave myself a time limit of 2 Hrs. as to not get too carried away and also to attempt other survival skills during my first full 24 Hr stint with min. supplies. If it had been a true life or death situation I would have spent a little time as needed to beef it up more and keep the elements out.

I guess if I had to say what I learned from the experience it is that...

LOCATION is EVERYTHING!




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Will
by: Anonymous

I apologize, but the roofing on your lean-to is terribly insufficient. You can see LOTS of daylight through it, and wherever you can see daylight, rain will get through. Sorry for nitpicking so much, this being your first lean-to, and for your first it's not so bad. but regardless, it would take at least 4 times that much roofing, if not more, to properly shed the rain. I trust you have ascended in experience since then.

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Geographic location matters too.
by: Anonymous

I live in the pacific northwest, and a shelter like that would never protect me properly here. But then again, it appears you were building it in Florida or some such area, and heat loss isn't as present in subtropical areas I suppose.

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Geographic location matters too.
by: Anonymous

I live in the pacific northwest, and a shelter like that would never protect me properly here. But then again, it appears you were building it in Florida or some such area, and heat loss isn't as present in subtropical areas I suppose.

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About the rotten bark
by: Richard

Thanks for the info I will make sure to remember that when I am camping next time.

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Buggy shelters
by: Anonymous

One summer I tried to build a lean-to shelter. While building I noticed all these dead trees on the ground. Seeing this gave me an idea, I could use the bark from the trees for a roof. That night I had NO sleep at all because of the mosqutos that were biting me. I learned then that you NEVER use rotten tree bark for roofing.

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NICE
by: Richard

I like that shelter. I built one in the woods two years ago but it was one off the ground in a gully. It is really nice cause it is right on a leadge which I had to put up braces to make sure I wouldnt fall down in to the gully cause it is about a 12 foot drop. I use the shelter every time I go back. It is very stout and still there. I used button twine to build it instead of nails. It held me and my Nephew up which is about 300 lbs. Only I never put up a roof.

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