Shelter building was one of the first things I started to practice as I became interested in bushcraft and survival. On this page I will share some of the shelters I have built and talk about different types of shelters and their uses.
Building a Quinzhee
When life gives you snow, build a Quinzhee! I cheated a little bit on this construction by taking a trashcan and throwing snow over it, then packing it down. In a survival situation a great way to construct a snow fort shelter is to begin by packing snow over piled clothing or a backpack. You can then go in the entryway and start digging out the area formed by the items you packed snow over.
This simple and easy to construct wickiup was made by leaning tall branches together and then adding debris to the frame. I still needed to add a bit more debris it to waterproof it. A wickiup is a great shelter to construct if you are in a time crunch.If you want to truly waterproof it I recommend adding 2 to 3 feet of debris on top. This makes it more like a debris hut.
Ash Trees for Shelter
Another simple Shelter to build is the well known lean to. They generally require less time to construct and have a steep roof that helps in providing a waterproof fortress. I recommend finding sturdy polls to create the foundation.
Notice how I started out with the frame, added leaves and other debris, and then finished this shelter by piling on loads of dry grass as I found out in an open field.
This platform Shelter did not work out as well as I had intended it to. The sticks that are used for the foundation were not strong enough at some parts and the flat roof made it very leaky during heavy rains.It was constructed from the dead ash trees and interwoven with grape vines.
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