For - Doomsday Preppers, Hunters, Fisherman, Survivalist, Hikers, Campers, Fisherman, Boyscouts, and Nature Lovers.
Anyone can get lost in the woods and have to survive. The elements are one factor that must be considered to insure survival. Weather can be a killer. This simple to construct Emergency Shelter can save your life.
Instructions of how to build this shelter are:
Step 1 ....
What you'll need
1. Twine (Tree Vines will do in a pinch if available, if close to water mud can be used for the base).
2. A Knife (for cutting twine, clearing small brush, etc.).
3. Lots of sticks of various sizes and logs.
4. A Large Pile of Dead Leaves and some plants with dirt and roots.
5. A Rake (You can use a stick with a 'Y' branch).
6. Desire to stay alive.
Step 2 ....
Clear and area and level off the best you can.
Step 3 ....
Gather various size sticks and place in a pile close to where you will build your shelter.
Step 4 ....
1. Find 2 fairly straight support sticks about 20-feet long and 2-inches in diameter for the structural base.
2. Find some small tree logs about 4-inches in diameter.
Step 5 ....
1. Find 2 sticks about 5-feet long.
2. Sharpen one end of the two sticks.
3. Dig 2 holes approximately 3-feet apart and about 10-inches deep using your knife and a stick.
4. Place the pointed end of the stick into the hole and fill back with dirt, tamp so dirt is firm.
Step 6 ....
Using the twine, rope, or tree vines lash the supports to the uprights so one end of the support just touches the ground, make sure it is straight. This is the beginning of a lein-to.
Step 7 ....
1. Find 2 straight sticks about 10-foot long for the shelter support.
2. Now tie the support sticks to uprights facing out to the side. These will give the shelter lateral support from the wind.
3. Now tie or lash the logs evenly spaced to the supports from top of shelter to ground.
Step 8 ....
Now begin to add the sticks to the sides and back of the shelter. These must be placed closely together because you will add leaves later and you don't want the leaves falling through.
Step 9 ....
Now add the leaves to the top of the shelter.
Step 10 ....
Pack the fresh rooted plants with dirt between the sides of the sticks and cover with leaves.
Step 11 ....
On the top of the shelter add small branches to hold the leaves in place and some brush laid on the sides to keep everything in place.
This is not the most comfortable shelter but it will keep you dry in the rain and prevent you from freezing at night.
NOTE : Before I get a lot of emails I know there are lots of variations to this concept, but this was the one with a picture that was sent to me.