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3 Great Shelter Options for Surviving Unexpected Situations

3 Great Shelter Options for Surviving Unexpected Situations

The idea of surviving in the wilderness has become a more mainstream idea thanks, in part, to reality TV.  Most often, people who don’t make it in emergency situations often perish from exposure, not from dehydration or starvation. Hypothermia and Hyperthermia are both deadly conditions that should be a number one issue to address when faced with a survival scenario. A reliable shelter will go a long way when facing the elements.  Here are some good ways to accomplish this important survival skill. First, Find the Right Spot Your shelter should be in the driest area available.  If temperatures allow, […]

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Why You Should Sleep When You’re Trying to Survive

Why You Should Sleep When You’re Trying to Survive

This might be a very confusing title. Sleep while you’re trying to survive, how could that possibly be a good thing? Well, consider this. If you find yourself caught up in a situation in which you will need to fight for your survival, you do need to try to get rest, especially your first night. If you have just been in a plane crash, found yourself lost and stranded in the wilderness with no way to call for help, driven out of your home or community by a disaster, terrorism, or war, etc., you will most likely be exhausted. Either from the […]

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Sheltering Indoors in a Thunderstorm

Sheltering Indoors in a Thunderstorm

When you think of natural disasters that can pose a threat to your life, you probably think of hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, etc. But regular old thunderstorms can also be quite dangerous. When a dangerous thunderstorm is headed towards your area, it will most likely be announced in your local weather alert system. You’ll want to get yourself indoors, to safety, and follow these basic steps for sheltering indoors. 1. Keep a weather app on your phone While these days, very severe weather warnings will often be broadcasted on all mobile devices in a given area, you still want to  make […]

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Finding Shelter: The Time Factor

Finding Shelter: The Time Factor

When you are stranded in the wilderness or in some other survival situation, one of the most crucial components of finding adequate shelter is time.  You need to base your decision on how much effort to put into your shelter on whether or not you have enough time to seek out shelter or build one. Here are some crucial components of the time factor when determining how to pursue shelter. Time of Day One of the most obvious time constraints to your need for shelter is going to be the time of day. If you have most of the day left for […]

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Fastest Snow Cave Build (Video)

Fastest Snow Cave Build (Video)

This is the fastest I have ever seen anyone construct a snow cave.  There is some editing in the video so I’m sure it took longer than the run time of the video, but it gives you a good idea of the speed that this tool makes constructing a snow shelter possible.  I’m not getting any compensation for “endorsing” this tool, so I don’t have any problem saying that something of comparable functionality could probably be manufactured cheaper than it retails for.  But if you live in an area that receives a lot of snowfall, this is a tool to […]

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Debris Shelter

Debris Shelter

  In most cases of wilderness survival shelter will be your number one concern since hypothermia can kill you much faster than starvation or even dehydration.  One of the easiest and fastest shelters that can be built in the wilderness is the debris shelter.  One person, with no equipment, can put one together in less than two hours with the material that is available in most forested areas.  If you find yourself stranded in the woods facing a cold night, before thinking about a fire, get a quick debris shelter built, here’s how.   Locate a health tree that doesn’t […]

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How to Build an Arctic Survival Shelter

How to Build an Arctic Survival Shelter

When most people think of arctic shelter they probably think of an igloo.  Igloos are great shelters for arctic conditions, but they require just the right snow, tools, and specified skills to build.  An easier survival shelter that can be built with only a shovel, and without any prior experience is a quinzhee.  A quinzhee is basically a hollowed out mound of snow.  Here are the basic instructions on how to build one.   First select a location that has deep snow for building material. Start shoveling the snow into a round pile until it is about 8 feet high. […]

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