Setting up camp: Survival Techniques and Tips

Major Shelter Considerations

– The easiest and initial approach to constructing a refuge is to use what’s already provided in nature. It might be any of the following: a cave or rock overhang, a deadfall of branches beside a tree, a clump of boulders.. Once you’ve scouted out some existing features, all you need do nows is scavenge some materials to enhance it. These include logs, branches, palm fronds, vines etc. You can build walls, a roof or ground cover for insulation and comfort. Be sure to investigate for insect and animal activity (e.g. the cave may be a bear’s den) before finalizing your decision to stay. -Make sure your location isn’t on a game trail. -Look for other signs of trouble, such as stream grooves (indicating water run-off or flash flooding), tide lines (if you’re on a beach) rodent holes, fresh animal dung, ant mounds, etc. -If you’re within 100 yards of an alligator habitat, or in a jungle where snakes, reptiles or poisonous insects are common, it’s mandatory that you construct your shelter several feet off the ground. -Where animal or human predators are a problem, construct a thorn bush fence around your perimeter. -Be sure to scan the surrounding terrain for a potential avalanche, flooding, rockfall or falling tree limbs in the event of a storm. -Where rain is an issue, ditch the shelter (i.e. dig a trench) so that the water flows around it. Trenched pathways should also be dug directly below your roof to catch the run-off. To avoid a twisted ankle, fill the trench with rocks wherever foot traffic is likely to cross it. -For waterproofing, use bark (especially birch), low spruce and fir branches. Try to interlock everything lattice-style. Remember to extend each higher thatched roof layer over the next lower layer.

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A-frame structure if you don’t have much time to prepare

-When using brush and leaves for bed matting, roofs or walls, keep in mind that insects may be lurking within the material. To get around this problem, light a torch or use your campfire to heat and smoke them out. Obviously, you want to do this away from the shelter site. Never burn gas in a tent or other shelter without adequate ventilation. -Never hunker down for the night inside a vehicle with the engine running and the windows shut. Carbon monoxide is odorless and its effects may be undetectable until after you’ve passed out. -Elevating your bed is essential to avoiding poisonous insects and reptiles. It also adds insulation from the cold air and damp rising up from the ground. In the tropics, or in wooded areas during the spring, mosquitoes make rest difficult and can cause malaria or another illness. If you don’t have access to mosquito netting, look for alternative ways to minimize bites, such as rubbing mud on your skin or wearing double layers. The insects are attracted to body heat, standing pools, and the color blue. They also tend to avoid breezy areas. In the desert or snow, you may need to dig down into the ground or snow in order to keep cool (in the case of high heat) or warm (in the case of extreme cold). Look for the softest ground and dig with stones or other tools to prevent cuts and scrapes on your hands, which might get infected.

If you’re in deep snow and have large evergreen trees around, build a tree-pit snow shelter

-Find a thick evergreen tree with low-hanging branches. -Dig down into the snow to your preferred depth and diameter — the cozier the better. -Pack the interior snow well. -Use the natural branches above and add additional boughs for your cover. -Use boughs as insulators on the interior floor. -Always turn off your stove or lantern inside your shelter — dangerous carbon monoxide gas can kill you.

The easiest and initial approach to constructing a refuge is to use what’s already provided in nature. It might be any of the following: a cave or rock overhang, a deadfall of branches beside a tree, a clump of boulders.. Once you’ve scouted out some existing features, all you need do nows is scavenge some materials to enhance it. These include logs, branches, palm fronds, vines etc. You can build walls, a roof or ground cover for insulation and comfort. Be sure to investigate for insect and animal activity (e.g. the cave may be a bear’s den) before finalizing your decision to stay ().


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1 Comment

  1. Randall Hermanson

    You are forgetting some things. When in the wild and there is no immediate help the most important thing is your vital needs. You immediately need to be concerned about hydration, shelter and warmth then food. Food will give energy which will also help you stay warm. If the weather is a concern the first thing to be considered is to find a place to get out of the weather and stay dry. Then if you will be there for a while longer staying warm or cool is the next consideration.

    These ideas of building a shelter and a platform bed should be considered if you are likely to remain out there for awhile. Then moving to a better location should be considered. These steps are taken as time goes on. Yes wildlife should be a consideration or you may become prey. then there is the consideration if you intend to be discovered by rescuers or if you need to hide from hostile forces. It also must be considered how much energy you expel in doing these things. building a rock path may take a lot of work and you may have to dig them up from someplace which means labor and getting dirty. Getting dirty may not be a concern if you can get clean soon after or you expect to be rescued soon but if not then hygiene can be an issue.

    when i was a teenager i thought it would be paradise to be stranded on a remote island and have all these adventures and get to make all these cool things for survival. As i gained more knowledge and experience, some from combat training i realize i am better off to start out simple and address my immediate needs. If i plan on staying out there for awhile without rescue then i should consider things like platform beds, thatched roofs and setting out snares to catch dinner. i must have wanted to that because i could use my creativity.

    I still love your suggestions for long term survival.

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