Wilderness Survival Shelters: Stay Alive – and Maybe Comfortable!
Developing a good survival shelter is among the most crucial primitive skills there are. If you are going outdoor camping in the cold and damp with no gear then you need to know how to stay alive and comfortable. I have slept in enough cold, wet shelters to determine the best ways to construct some warm, dry ones.
Learning to construct great shelters totally changed my experience of primitive outdoor camping. For years it appeared that I was unpleasant every time I headed out, simply too persistent to give up. So it was a genuine adventure the very first time I slept warm and comfortable without even a blanket. The more that I learned to think for myself and style shelters to satisfy the conditions at hand, the better my outdoor camping experiences ended up being.
The type of shelter you construct, and the area you pick for it, will differ greatly depending on the time, the location, and your goals. Instead of teaching you exclusively "shelters," I wish to teach you about the separate components of shelter. Those components are: shingling, fire, insulation, and air-proofing. In a nutshell, shingles assist to keep you dry. Fire is utilized straight and indirectly in many different ways for heating. Insulation is used to trap the readily available heat inside, and air-proofing is like weather-stripping to stop cold drafts of air. Each of these components enter consideration in every shelter you develop. Once you understand each of these aspects of shelter then you can assemble them into the proper shelters to fulfill the needs of your particular times, locations, and goals. You will be able to forecast how a brand-new structure will carry out, based on the elements of shelter, although you have actually never ever developed one rather like it previously. Text and images adapted from Taking part in Nature: Wilderness Survival and Primitive Living Skills, readily available from www.HOPSPress.com