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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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Tree Pit Shelter

In a wooded area in deep snow conditions, this type of shelter can offer excellent protection from the elements. Location:You should begin by looking for a natural feature to help build your structure. In this case, scout out a large tree in deep snow surroundings, with thick lower branches. When constructing this shelter these branches will provide …

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Tree Root Shelter

Make the most of what you find. You can utilize a fallen trees root formation to make quick structures. Look for a tree root formation which you can crawl under. It can be roofed over with smaller fallen trees with branches and evergreen boughs on top to help keep you dry. Alternatively, If its a …

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Wickiup Shelter

A wickiup or wigwam is a domed, cone-shaped shelter covered with some sort of roofing materials. These roofing materials can include brush, bark, boughs, grass, hides, tarps, etc. The structures are formed with a frame of flexible poles, or saplings (about 5 or 6) that are driven into the ground in a half-oval or semi-circular …

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