A Shelter to Keep You Warm!

Hey everybody!! Sorry for the delay on my blogging, but the next post is finally here!! And by the way…

HAPPY (late) EASTER!!!!!

Hope everyone had a wonderful easter and enjoyed themselves with friends and family.

So, a shelter is simply a small, or possibly medium-sized, insulated area that offers protection from the cold, rain, and animals. Insulation can be many things, such as leaves, ferns, moss, grass, and lots of other things.  A shelter can also technically be anything from a blanket to a house. Honestly, in my opinion, just about everything with a primitive shelter is better than a tent. Now, I apologize for the fact that I couldn’t make an original shelter to show y’all (ugh, how did my schedule fill up so quickly??? :/ ) but in future posts when I go camping I’ll be sure to take pics.

One of the best all-round shelters is the “Lean-to.” It offers very good protection from the cold and rain for one or two people and, when made properly, will be so warm, that you will be shedding layers before you know it!

The skeleton of a lean-to shelter. The center stick above the ground can be laid in the notch of the branches on two trees.

A properly built lean-to shelter. Notice how the inside of the shelter is diagonal. This reflects the warmth of the fire directly onto you.

A properly built lean-to shelter. Notice how the inside of the shelter is diagonal. This reflects the warmth of the fire directly onto you.

Another type of shelter is the “A-frame. It is fairly similiar to a tent with the exception of that it’s made with natural materials. It is simply 2 sticks lashed together on each side,sticks laid over the middle stick, and LOTS of insulation packed over, and preferably in, it.

An A-frame shelter.

The final type of shelter I will cover is called a debris hut. And no, it is not a large, circular hut with fires roaring inside.

A debris hut. First picture is the actual skeleton of the hut, second is the finished hut.

It is simply that 🙂 . Rather than room for storage containers and the like, you should only have enough room for you and you alone. Please note that the second picture looks like you should only have insulation covering the skeleton. Don’t ever do that. You should always fill the inside of the debris hut with LOTS of leaves. I mean so much that it would cover you. There should be lots of leaves below you, above you, and to the sides and ends of you. This shelter is extremely effective if you don’t plan on having a fire or if you don’t bring a tent.

Natural shelters have many benefits over tents. First, you can have a fire only 2 or 3 feet away reflecting heat onto you. Second, they are extremely waterproof if properly made. And lastly, you don’t have to haul anything out into the woods except a little bit of paracord or rope, your knife, and possibly a machete.

So, that’s what natural shelters are! To close, here’s a couple pics of some cool stuff I found.

Here's a VERY interesting tree I found in the woods. The trunk is literally like a shield.

Here’s a VERY interesting tree I found in the woods. The trunk is literally like a shield. Wish I could know how the heck that happened. My guess: disease.

Tracks of a

Tracks of a armadillo. The top track is the hind (left?) foot. Bottom is probably the front foot.

Tracks of a

Tracks of a red squirrel. The leftmost track is the left hind foot. The one to the bottom right of the left hind is the front left foot. I can’t make out the top right one. I cannot tell what type of gait this squirrel is using, as it doesn’t look like a bound. Ideas anyone?

Keep calm and keep tracking!