TYPES OF wilderness SURVIVAL SHELTERS AND HOW TO BUILD THEM
A great thing is that regardless of your location, there are many wilderness survival shelters you can build with whatever resources you have around you. The types include:
THE TARP SHELTER
Most survivalists carry a tarp with them just because of situations like these, when they need to build a survival shelter in the wilderness. When you have a tarp, sheet of plastic or any type of blanket, you only need a rope and two trees that are close enough to each other and you can make a shelter for yourself.
HOW TO BUILD IT:
Tie the rope low to the ground with enough room for you to lie beneath. “The lower the better” is the rule you should practice here, as you will be more comfortable, cozy and warm. As soon as you tie the rope to the trees at both ends, stretch the tarp over its line and place large rocks or logs on its ends to hold it with the edges close to the ground.
It is important you know that if it’s raining or snowing, one end of the rope should be tied higher – just because that way, it is steeper and will shed snow better. This is by far one of the best wilderness shelters you can build out there, obviously, if you are prepared with a tarp beforehand.
THE A-FRAME SHELTER
An A-frame shelter is basically a shelter that resembles the letter ‘A’ and one that demands limbs or sticks that are four to five feet long. It is important that they are in equal or close to equal height so that they can form the perfect A and be able to withstand wind or rain.
HOW TO BUILD IT:
As we said, you need two limbs that measure 4ft to 5ft in length and one stick that is 10ft to 12ft long. The shorter sticks need to be propped up in the shape of the letter ‘A’. The longest one should be stuck up at the top at the letter, only in a more leaning position so that it protects your body well.
As you connect the limbs, it is important to tie them where they meet. The end of the foundation your laying the sticks upon will be collapsed against the ground on one side and work as the backbone of your shelter. You should then take any dry leaves or debris located around the area and pile it upon the sides to provide insulation.