Monday, July 11, 2011

Lean-to shelter in the wilderness

A shelter can protect you from the sun, insects, wind, rain, snow, hot or cold temperatures, and enemy observation. It can give you a feeling of well-being. It can help you maintain your will to survive. In some areas, your need for shelter may take precedence over your need for food and possibly even your need for water. Assess the situation. How long do you think you will need your lean-to? How urgently do you need to make a lean-to? Theses things will let you know how strong to make your shelter, or how much time you need to spend on it.  Scan the ground, find some sticks, about the size of two thumbs width. If you can't find the right size, make due with what you can find. If you have a pocket knife on hand, cut them off of short trees, preferably without leaves, branches are fine. You will need long limbs. Look around you. Find a few large trees, if you can find a particularly large one, that’s very good, if not, find a few that are very close together, perhaps a foot apart. Check the warning at the bottom of the page.  How to build a lean-to

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