One-Man Shelter

A one-man shelter you can easily make using material, a tree and three poles. One pole should be about 4.5 meters (15 feet) long and the other two about 3 meters (10 feet) long.

One-Man shelter using tree, pole, and covering

To make this shelter, you should:

  1. Secure the 4.5-meter (15-foot) pole to the tree at about waist height.
  2. Lay the two 3-meter (10-foot) poles on the ground on either side of and in the same direction as the 4.5-meter (15-foot) pole.
  3. Lay the folded canopy over the 4.5-meter (15-foot) pole so that about the same amount of material hangs on both sides.
  4. Tuck the excess material under the 3-meter (10-foot) poles and spread it on the ground inside to serve as a floor.
  5. Stake down or put a spreader between the two 3-meter (10-foot) poles at the shelter’s entrance so they will not slide inward.
  6. Use any excess material to cover the entrance.

The shelter is small enough that it is easily warmed. A candle, used carefully, can keep the inside temperature comfortable. However, this shelter is unsatisfactory when snow is falling, as even a light snowfall will cave it in.

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