Being able to build your own make-do shelter out of the resources available in your immediate surroundings is a critical skill in bushcraft and outdoor living.
This multi part video series shows the build of a typical lean-to shelter first and then upgraded to a Kochanski super shelter, it gives you a good idea of the structure and how it works.This is a complete Bug out Camp Build Instruction series from start to finish.
The materials you’ll need to build this shelter are Rope – To secure the frame of your shelter together.Support Poles – These will serve as the skeleton of the shelter and bed frame,Large Tarp – To use as your roof.V-Shaped Branches – These will be used to raise your bed off the ground,Saw and Hatchet – For cutting the wood.
The steps mentioned in the video :
The first step to building your survivors shelter is to create the shelter itself. Start with a standing tree and use that as a support point for your shelter. Gather large support poles from fallen down trees to use as your frame for the shelter.
Rest two large support poles against the tree and secure them together using your rope. From there, begin adding cross support poles vertically and horizontally. When you are finished, you should be left with a rectangle that stands at a 45° angle from the ground to leaning against the tree.
You can also start by building the frame on the ground and looking it up to rest in against the tree at the end. Just make sure will be strong enough to do this if you are alone.
Once the frame of the shelter is complete, lay your tarp over it. If you don’t have a tarp, look for different types of debris that you can layer over top of it. Start with tree branches and pile on smaller debris to cover in all of the holes.
If you use the tarp, you may want to add debris on top of it to use as camouflage. The debris will also help keep heat in at night because it will make it more difficult for heat to escape through the top of it.
Next, it is time to build your bed. Start by finding V-shaped branches. You can usually find these types of branches on large tree limbs that have fallen off. Cut out four of these branches and push them into the ground. Take two large support poles and secure them on top of the V-shaped branches to create the frame of the raised bed. Next, begin laying smaller support branches perpendicular to the main support beams that you will lay on top of. Secure each beam with rope so that it does not move around when you lay on it.
These are the basics of creating your very own survival shelter. This is a great shelter to use when it gets cold at night. You can build a fire towards the opening of the shelter and the roof will reflect heat back towards you. It’s easy to build on your own and it is a great way to stay warm and off the ground when you sleep.