The A-Frame Shelter

We all know the good old rule of three, right? Well if you didn't it goes like this; 30 days without food, 3 days without water, and 3 hours without shelter. In severe conditions you need to know how to build a shelter that can protect you from the elements while also being easy to build.

Let's start with a checklist of all the things you need in a shelter:

  • Keeps you out of the elements
  • Keeps your body at a safe temperature
  • Easy to build

Now this may not be everything but in dire needs this should keep you breathing. Whether you are stuck in a blizzard, thunderstorm, or desert we have some help for you.

A Frame Shelter

The A frame shelter is a classic. When you look at one it all makes sense were the name comes from.

Building a A frame shelter is actually very easy. Simply take fallen branches and logs and lean them up towards each other. To make this easier you can often find a low lying tree branch to use as the roof frame. After that simply start placing branches over it to make a solid wall. Then you need to determine what kind of we
ather you will be staying in. A tarp can come inhandy if there is going to be rain in the forecast but if you want to keep it all natural you will want to start thatching. Thatching is using pine bows, moss, and leaves to cover your shelter. This will ensure that your shelter keeps you out of the rain, snow, and wind. One of the problems with a shelter like this is that its difficult to have a fire close to keep you warm. Along with the fact that this shelter will most likely not work in the long term.