Build a Wilderness Shelter

In the first of a series, a Native American wilderness survival expert describes how to build a warm, secure, and dry wilderness shelter.



071 wilderness shelter 2 ridgepole
Setting up a ridgepole is the first step is creating a leaf hut shelter.
JOE MCDONALD
071 wilderness shelter 1 leaf hut
Tom Brown's leaf hut can keep even a naked inhabitant warm in the dead of winter. A finished leaf hut wilderness shelter might look something like this. 
PHOTO: JOE MCDONALD
071 wilderness shelter 5 adding leaves
Cover the brush with leaves.
JOE MCDONALD
071 wilderness shelter 4 adding brush
Cover the framing sticks with brush.
JOE MCDONALD
071 wilderness shelter 3 framing the hut
Next frame out the hut's sides by leaning sticks against the ridgepole at a 45° angle.
JOE MCDONALD
071 wilderness shelter 6 securing the walls
Then secure the walls with more branches.
JOE MCDONALD

















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