a winter shelter

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Well it might not be a stable with a manger but this shelter will be your friend on a cold winter night. Based on the Arctic Lean-to this kind of shelter has been used by travellers in the boreal north for generations. Easy to construct out of conifer at a steep enough angle (60-70 degrees) to shed the weather. Pair it with a raised bed of soft fir boughs for insulation, a long log fire and a fire reflector and you are good to go down well into the minuses.

Below is a step-by-step pictoral guide for this lean-to. It was done in a several hours by with spruce cross-beam, uprights and thatching and with bracken thatch that was close to hand. The bed has a retaining log to keep the soft fir boughs in place. Over the coming days it will be improved with more thatching layers, a better raised bed and a fire reflector for a long log fire. The overhanging uprights will also be trimmed to discourage rainwater travelling down them and into the shelter

If you need more inspiration on what you could build then how about buying a book on shelters such as this book I have reviewed or this one.

basic frame at 70 degrees

basic frame at 70 degrees

under thatch with spruce to stop finer stuff falling through

under thatch with spruce to stop finer stuff falling through

thatch with finer material between forearm and arm length depth

thatch with finer material between forearm and arm lengths depth

thatch to top

thatch to top

weigh down thatch

weigh down thatch

continue to add depth

continue to add depth

add raised bed of soft fir boughs

add a raised bed of soft douglas fir

add a raised bed of soft douglas fir

 

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