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Do you have the survival skills to build an emergency shelter?

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    Do you have the survival skills to build an emergency shelter?



    What if, for whatever reason, you had to build an emergency shelter in the woods, would you have the survival skills to do so?

    What if it was a scenario where you were just out for a day hike (so you have very few if any supplies or tools with you) and you got lost or injured and have no cell service? What could you put together?
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    The above pictured in my day we called them deer blinds. Use dead-fall and line the sides and roof with green pine branches. They shed water fairly well.
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    Absolutely! Have built many a shelter since I was a kid. Everyone should build at least one shelter in their lifetime. If you haven't built one put it on your bucket list.
    First you have to give up. First you have to know, not fear, know that someday you're going to die.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch View Post
    Absolutely! Have built many a shelter since I was a kid. Everyone should build at least one shelter in their lifetime. If you haven't built one put it on your bucket list.
    I have not. I need to practice this skill.
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    far more importantly, do you have the brains to not be out in the woods without proper clothing and gear? Many places lack the needed materials. you can lack the time, or be too sick or hurt to be doing anything but crawl into your bivvy and sleeping bag.
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    Best idea is to use a natural shelter, or most of one, like hawg mentioned.
    Surviving in the woods is about calorie management and staying put until you *know* where to find safety, or safety finds you.
    Use existing structure where possible. Don't go full "Primitive Technology", and construct an adobe hut with a pool on the roof.
    Block the wind, divert the rain, trap your heat. Conserve all the energy you can for that first day/night. You might need all of it the next day.
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    in the first place, why are you out there without proper clothing and shelter/sleep gear? Secondly, what's so hard about carrying a couple more lbs of sleeping bag and bivvy? You're lugging around 20-100 lbs of fat, so why can't you carry a few lbs of proper clothing and shelter/sleep gear? Why risk not having such, hmm? So you can cost the taxpayer 100k+ coming to rescue your sorry butt? The most likely true "emergency" scenario, is you get sick or hurt, and then you can't build a shelter, might well not even be able to gather wood for a fire. Crawl into your bivvy and bag, and you'll be ok, assuming that you also have the proper clothing to be out there. If you can't gather enough dry debris to pad/insulate you from the ground, then sometimes it's best to shed a bit of your clothing and put it under you (inside of your bag). Carrying another lb of gillnet hammock can make a world of difference, too. it can be suspended from one tree, as a sort of reclining chair, if you can't find or can't get to, 2 trees with the right spacing.

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    Made those when I was a kid, called them forts. Now I've built houses and pole barns so making a temp shelter wouldn't be a big deal.

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    No, I do not have all the skills. I worked one summer at The Master Lock Company in their carpenter shop, and the guys had to teach me how to swing a hammer all day. I was assigned to build skids, as they are hard to screw up. My right hand was deep red and I had many blisters working that first shift.

    I can use a drill press, use a circular saw, most hand tools. I just read a story in a survival magazine about a guy who built his own log cabin with hand tools. I cannot do that. Then again, that's why I'm here.
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    My favorite growing up was a simple lean to shelter. Build the frame and put pine all over it, there you go.

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