Pine tree shelter
by Dave Naylor
It amazes me that all the so-called survival specialists over look the already made shelter - the pine tree! Many already have your bedding piled up for you underneath the tree - the needles. The dried needles also are handy for that needed fire.
In many places, the ground is soft enough to dig up with a stick, making for a shallow impression that you can line with the needles thus providing you with more protection from whatever. Some of you will state that this would be unsafe during a storm, to that I say use you brain! - That’s what survival is all about.
Pines are usually found close to others, simply find the shortest one that will provide you with what you are needing. I personally worry more about the bugs biting me that the very, very slim chance of lightning striking the tree I happen to be under.
In areas with heavy snow, the snow sometimes piles up around the bottom the tree and can act as an almost-igloo. Also if you happen to have a pesky critter bothering you, you`ll have a quick