Geek Survival- Shelter

You are driving along in a wooded area, on the prairies, in the mountains when all of a sudden there is a massive EMP explosion, you are trying to get to you bug out cabin and break down or you vehicle is totaled when you hit Bigfoot in a Sasquatch  Xing.  Whether you are  staying overnight till rescue comes or you are  trying to survive the Apocalypse, one thing remains the same.  You need shelter.

Having been in The Scouts and growing up in the mountains I have been able to use some of these shelters and I have to say if an 8 year old can build them then an adult can do it, Geek or not.

NOTE:  You don’t need  to be muscled bound or be Davy Crockett  to survive in the wild.  It requires knowledge the proper mind set and a bit of luck.

Why is shelter so important?  You need a place to escape the elements, protection and to help with moral.

 The Poncho Lean-To

This can be used with either a poncho or a tarp or some kind of water proof material.  This lean-to is good for an over night shelter.

    • Tie off the hood of the poncho. Pull the drawstring tight, roll the hood longways, fold it into thirds, and tie it off with the drawstring.


    • Cut the rope in half. On one long side of the poncho, tie half of the rope to the corner grommet. Tie the other half to the other corner grommet.


    • Attach a drip stick (about a 4 in stick) to each rope about 1 in from the grommet. These drip sticks will keep rainwater from running down the ropes into the lean-to. Tying strings (about 10 centimeters long) to each grommet along the poncho’s top edge will allow the water to run to and down the line without dripping into the shelter.


    • Tie the ropes about waist high on the trees (uprights). Use a round turn and two half hitches with a quick-release knot.


  • Spread the poncho and anchor it to the ground, putting sharpened sticks through the grommets and into the ground.  ( the poncho listed is a service poncho.  Dimensions are usually 4.5’x7.5′. Not too much room but enough to be OK for a night or so)


One Man Shelter

If it is just you stranded out there then this is the one for you.  This is a good structure to use w a tarp

    • Secure the 14′  pole to the tree at about waist height.


  •                 Lay the two 10′ poles on the ground on either side of and in the same direction as the 14′ pole.


    • Lay the folded canopy over the 14′ pole so that about the same amount of material hangs on both sides.


    • Tuck the excess material under the 10′ poles, and spread it on the ground inside to serve as a floor.


    • Stake down or put a spreader between the two 10′ poles at the shelter’s entrance so they will not slide inward.


  • Use any excess material to cover the entrance.

Debris Hut

If you are near trees then this a great shelter to use.  This is a nice and warm little hut that could be used in rain, snow or shine.

To make a debris hut:


    • Build it by making a tripod with two short stakes and a long ridgepole or by placing one end of a long ridgepole on top of a sturdy base.


    • Secure the ridgepole (pole running the length of the shelter) using the tripod method or by anchoring it to a tree at about waist height.


    • Prop large sticks along both sides of the ridgepole to create a wedge-shaped ribbing effect. Ensure the ribbing is wide enough to accommodate your body and steep enough to shed moisture.


    • Place finer sticks and brush crosswise on the ribbing. These form a latticework that will keep the insulating material (grass, pine needles, leaves) from falling through the ribbing into the sleeping area.


    • Add light, dry, if possible, soft debris over the ribbing until the insulating material is at least 1 meter thick–the thicker the better.


    • Place a 12″ layer of insulating material inside the shelter.


    • At the entrance, pile insulating material that you can drag to you once inside the shelter to close the entrance or build a door.


  • As a final step in constructing this shelter, add shingling material or branches on top of the debris layer to prevent the insulating material from blowing away in a storm.

*you loose over 70% of body heat through the ground when sleeping or resting.  It’s a good idea to lay down either some brush of some kind of insulation between you and the ground

These are just a few structures that could be used to survive the situation you are in.  There are a few things that are involved in these structures that many people don’t carry on a normal basis.  But to carry a service poncho, a tarp, a knife or paracord.  However these items are that are wise to keep in your vehicle and do not take up too much space.

Stay Geeky, Stay Alive


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