Pine tree shelter

by Dave Naylor

Pine tree

Pine tree

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

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by: Mason

The idea of making use of a pine tree as a shelter is an awesome one. The needle bed of the pine tree can offer great bedding and you will be much comfortable underneath a pine tree. Thanks for sharing.

Yes, pine area is good
by: dodger4

Pines grow in drier areas, vertically-drained sandy soil; they are good safe places. However they tend to be out in the open. To make a bed worth sleeping on, lop off many branches and collect the tips of branches - with all the green needles. Cut off the tips so the stems are no more than about 3 mm wide, and stick them close-spaced in the ground at about 60° and work forward so the needles lay over the previous stems. They will need to be only a few inches from each other, so it's a long, tedious job and you need LOTS of pine branches. The bed will be soft and springy, and if you've prepared enough, you won't feel any twigs or stems when you lie down. You will get about 2 nights maybe 3 out of this bed, but what else do you have to do. You'll probably decide to change locations after 2 days anyway!

Another night in the woods
by: I dont like cold

I have gone out to test ideas. Im not sharing them cause they worked for me and may not for you. Its amazing the human survival skills that kick in when your freezing your butt off.

I carry plastic like you lay down when painting.A mylar blanket for a refector. Plastics ties are a assett for limbs branches tied together. Fire starter a 100 percent life saver. Magnesium cotton balls steel wool great. Small tarp dont hurt.

Everything I brought up weights hardly nothing by the way. Pine needles are wonderful things by the way. I like burning them and sleeping on them plus they smell good.

Pretty good
by: Anonymous

It's not a bad idea, but wind may be a bit of a problem. You also need to take in consideration that you are sleeping underneath a tree (or two or three), and any large, dead limbs ("widow-makers" in survival slang,) may come crashing down on you in the night.
On the flip side, if you are in a protected valley and are having weather that is at least somewhat decent, you really wouldn't have to do much at all to make a pine tree shelter, saving precious calories.
All in all, not bad for a summer shelter.

how handy!
by: Kenz

How handy! I just got the Survival issue of this magazine called Yes Mag.

I've always wanted to stick myself out in a forest for a couple days to see how I fare.

'course, I'd bring the essentials like a bit of food and water, or what have you. :D

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