Survival Shelter Building Skills

by Winyan Staz Wakien
(Arlington, WA, USA)

When you add your material to sleep on. Put it in about 1 foot or so thick. Then get inside your shelter and lay around on your material to mash it down firmly.

Get back out and do the same thing two more times at the very least. 1 foot is not thick enough unless you are already warmly dressed and have blankets etc.

If you have no blankets etc. You will want to add even more to the outside as well as inside, and just leave enough room to burrow into the pile.

When you add your outside layers. Place them from the bottom up. Like shingles so that the rain etc will run off better.

As mentioned...don't forget to add a few small branches to hold your shingles in place so the wind doesn't blow them off. Also,be sure your support log will be strong enough for all the weight. Especially if it is going to snow.

Be a wilderness survivor, not a wilderness victim.

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One Hard House
by: Alex Wiser

Many people use debris shelter. These are extremely good shelters however, sometimes it is best to have something a little harder. The shelter that I will explain will be warm and strong because you can put a fire in it!

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#1-To begin with, find your location. At this location it should be flat, dry, and you should be close enough to a stream that you can get a lot of mud.

#2-Start the frame the same way you would do a debris shelter, just DO NOT put any leaves in or on the shelter.

#3-Now that you have a good solid frame, start to pile mud from the nearby stream or other body of water. Be careful because the mud could be too heavy for the frame or it may not dry into a hard substance. Just be careful and think ahead and check all of these things.

In the end, your shelter SHOULD be hard, strong and warm if you can put some sort of small fire in it. If the shelter is big enough you may be able to fit you and a small self feeding fire .(see my other article on the self feeding fire)

Hope it works for you!!

A half-built shelter
by: Lilly

Sometimes you can find two rocks next to each other. This is handy, as a rock blocks the wind easily.

You can build up a roof (I would suggest after you build it, you should pile on debris) and prop up sticks on that. You could also do this with a rock and a large log, but two rocks are better. Slanted walls work well, as you can pile debris on that too.

I made one of these once (with help) and even when it snowed it held up. (I was on vacation, it had about two feet of snow) Snow also insulates it somewhat, if it's built properly. If it isn't, snow will come in and you might get hypothermia. Fill all cracks before it snows.

build these shelters small
plenty of debris
stumps can work well to hold up shorter sticks, just don't allow it to have holes
make smaller entrances, especially if it's cold where you are

Natural shelter
by: Ryan

One of the best shelters is a natural shelter. If you cant find that, dont waste time making a lean-to. Make one that will stand the weather and keep you safe so if you have to stay for a long time you will have a good shelter.

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