Natural Hollow

You can take shelter in a natural hollow. Whether it be a cave, or a depression in the ground that you cover with boughs, a natural hollow can save you a lot of time and effort in constructing a shelter. Even a relatively small hollow can provide some measure of comfort and protection.

Pup Tent

A pup tent is a small, triangular structure used for shelter that is made with some sort of durable material, such as canvas, and two poles. One pole holds up the front, and one pole is placed in the back, giving the tent an A-Frame appearance. The pup tent is characterized by its small size, thus the name ‘pup …

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Quinzee Shelter

A Quinzee a hollowed out pyramid of snow. The secret to a quinzee’s warmth is natural, thick insulation. There’s almost none better than snow. You can stay warm and snug in a quinzee even when air temperatures plunge well below freezing. Pick a spot to build your Quinzee. Don’t make a quinzee under a tree …

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Rock Shelter

A rock shelter is also called a rock house or crepuscular cave. It is a shallow cave-like opening at the base of a bluff or cliff. Many rock shelters are found under waterfalls. They form natural shelters from the weather. If you have found a rock shelter and have decided to stay in it, building a small fire in the mouth of the shelter and a reflector behind …

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Sapling Shelter

A sapling shelter can be easily built provided you are in an area where woodland is still young. (If there are no suitable saplings available you can make a shelter like this by driving pliable branches into the ground). You will need to find an area with at least 4 to 6 saplings growing at least an arms length …

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Scout Pit

A Scout Pit is a shelter made by digging a trench or hole into the earth. The Scout Pit is an insulated shelter, remaining warmer in winter and cooler in warmer months. To Construct a Scout Pit: STEP 1: Find a place that doesn’t have a lot of tree roots to start digging. Make your trench about …

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Snow Walls

Snow walls provide wind-free areas. A snow wall should be built around your shelter.You can make a pile of snow to act as a wall, or you can make snow blocks as you would use for an igloo shelter. Snow wall blocks should all be the same size, and each block should overlap the gaps in the …

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Sod shelter

A sod shelter (or turf house) is strong and fireproof. A framework covered with sod provides a shelter that is warm in cold weather, and one that is easily made waterproof and insect -proof in the summer. The framework for a sod shelter must be very strong, and it can be made of logs, driftwood, poles, etc. …

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Swamp Bed

In a marsh or swamp, or any area with standing water or continually wet or muddy ground, the swamp bed keeps you dry and off the ground. Location: When selecting a site, consider the available materials. You may be able to use trees if they are in the right position for building this structure. STEP 1:Look for four trees positioned …

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Tarp Shelter

Tarp shelters are simple shelters that are easy to construct. They are flimsy shelters however and not meant to use to ride out a storm. You can construct them for shade in warm weather or to provide the barrier to the elements in cold, rain or snow. There are many ways to construct this shelter, below are …

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