Tree Root Shelter

by Jon Tack
(Louisville, Ohio)

Nephew enjoying the backwall

Nephew enjoying the backwall

Winter season brings forth winter storms. Often, you can find huge trees knocked over due to the winds. The large root base provides a good shelter once reinforced by pine bowels resting on it like a lean-to. Once the limbs fully cover around the root base, you can reinforce with snow around the bottom edges and concentrate on laying pines or brush that isn't wet into your newly constructed home for bedding. 8 inches off the ground is sufficient. Leave a small opening like a tee-pee top for your fire.

I have a small pouch I carry with 4 basic essential tools anytime I travel to the woods.

1. A Swiss "Scout" sparking tool
2. A Gerber Utility tool.
3. A metal canteen/holder for drinking.
4. A bunch of sanitizer hand wipes! they contain alcohol and once hit by sparks, light up and maintain a good fire!

Add some spruce or pine needles to your cup with water and enjoy the tea. Pine needles contain 8 times the amount of vitamin C as your average orange. Drink right before sleeping for added warmth.

Preparation, Adaptation, Overcome!

Signed,

JT

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Cold weather survival

by Justin
(US)

Here are some basic tips and recommendations how to best handle a survival situation in cold weather:

#1:when building a debris hut or any other hut build a bed inside 12 inches of the ground.





#2:when building a fire make sure you build a reflector behind it to push the fire back at you.

#3:most of your body heat comes from your head so keep it warm.

#4:try not to sweat when it drys you will get cold chills.

#5:try to ration your food.

#6:dont wear cotton shirts when they get wet they never dry causing you to freeze.

#8:instead heat the cotton to form a great tinder for fire.

#9:melt snow to form water.

#10:when no snow is present dig a hole about 5 feet away from a stream the water will filter over night making drinkable water.

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