Minggu, 26 November 2017

Survival Shelters

If you ever find yourself in a survival situation, or perhaps you have a weekend to yourself to spend in the woods, a good value for your time is the construction of a primitive shelter. It won’t be a hotel room, but the satisfaction and enjoyment of building your own shelter will help you sleep soundly at night. You also won’t have to battle the elements while you catch those essential Zs. And if you’re curious as to what type of shelter is right for you, check out the following 10 videos of different primitive survival shelters you can build yourself :

1.Thatched Hut
A thatched hut is a great option for your primitive shelter based on the fact that, if done properly, it can be waterproof, stand up to high winds, and you can utilize an internal fireplace to keep you warm. Although this isn’t a 5-minute shelter, based on the final product, it won’t take you as long as you think for as good as it looks. An essential element of this shelter, as with most shelters, is finding the appropriate materials to build your new abode.

At the top of your priority list for any winter survival situation should be retaining warmth, and there are a few snow shelter designs out there, but the Quinzee is one of the fastest and most effective shelters around. Akin to an igloo but built from the inside out, the Quinzee provides you a block from the wind, a place to retain some heat, and, if built correctly, a cold sink to zap out any cold air you might encounter.

 3.Dugout Shelter
A dugout shelter utilizes the thermal activity of a big hole to create a warm and safe place for you to lay your head down at night. And not only is the dugout shelter an effective shelter in a pinch, but its construction is simple and when broken down, it contains only 3 steps: dig a hole, reinforce the walls and build a roof.

4.Alpine Debris Bed
Not a shelter itself, an alpine debris bed is a great addition to whatever shelter you find yourself in. Easy to construct and more comfortable than the ground, the alpine debris bed has a lot of advantages including warmth and protection from critters by being above-ground. Add to that the potential comfort that comes from this backcountry bed, and you’ll be set in your new alpine debris bed.

5.Lean-To Shelter
Perhaps the first thing that comes to mind when considering survival shelters, the lean-to is one of the easiest ways to get a roof over your head. And while it may seem a bit exposed considering the open wall structure, a lean-to with the right amount of time put in and materials used can be a great way to protect you from the elements in a long-term survival situation.

6.Debris Hut
A great way to retain some warmth in the backcountry, the debris hut is just what it sounds like: a shelter made from the debris beneath your feet. An easy to construct shelter, the final product looks a lot like a one-person tent and is a great way to make a quick shelter.

Similar to the thatched hut, the wickiup shelter is a great option for long-term survival, and although the construction can be a bit time-consuming, the final product has the potential to be more spacious than some inner-city studio apartments. And with options to customize this amazing shelter, this could either be a fun project to undergo on the weekend or the perfect way to spend an extended amount of time away from civilization.

8.Survival Fireplace
A great addition to any shelter, a survival fireplace seems simple at first, but by using the right techniques and tips, you can create something to keep you warm all night long without worrying about burning your shelter to the ground. An important aspect to any shelter in most conditions, a fireplace can turn your wilderness experience from a frigid nightmare to a relaxing time in the woods.

Another classic primitive shelter, the A-frame, for a lack of a better definition, is a double lean-to, providing a full protection shelter from the elements. Easy to construct in a pinch, if you have the time, you can make this shelter into a full-blown abode that can withstand all the elements and can even include a built-in fireplace to keep your space warm and toasty.

10.Wattle and Daub Hut
Perhaps the ultimate primitive shelter out there (although, by the finished product, it’s hard to call this shelter primitive), the wattle and daub hut consists of wooden strips (wattle) that is lined and coated with sticky material for insulation (daub), and provides some serious protection and warmth from the elements. This isn’t an overnight shelter, and would take some serious work and energy to create, but master this shelter and you will master the wilderness.

from : http://blog.mountainkhakis.com/from-mk/10-survival-shelters-can-build/

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