Wilderness Survival Skills: Constructing Advanced Survival Shelters

Tom Brown Jr. shares his wilderness survival skills with MOTHER readers. This issue covers how to construct two advanced survival shelters, including the thatched hut and the mud hut, plan before you build and shelter diagrams.



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A thatch "shingle" made from a bundle of long-stemmed grass wrapped together at the root ends with cordage.
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A tipi-shaped thatched hut such as this can be built in a day and can accommodate an elevated sleeping loft and provide two adults with spacious three-season shelter.
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The author calls mud huts like these "the finest survival shelters I know of". His favorite style is a lean-to with a roof that slopes down to the ground at the rear.
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Thatched bundles are installed from the bottom up in overlapping rows, much like roofing shingles.
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When constructed properly, a mud hut can be a reliable year- round dwelling in any climate. Cool in summer and warm in winter, the structure will withstand rain, wind, and heavy snow. This "earth shelter" hut provides survival living at its finest.
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The basic framework for a thatched hut.
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Figure 1: Thatched hut.
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Figure 2: Mud hut.
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