Shelter is anything that protects someone from the environmental elements and hazards. The environment dictates the type of shelter to construct with five basic considerations. The considerations are: TIME, WEATHER, LIFE FORMS, TERRAIN and LOCATION.
1. TIME; do not let time get away from you. Waiting to the last minute to construct your shelter could be disastrous depending on the conditions. Always be thinking about shelter and what you will need for the night ahead. I always give myself approximately 2-3 hours for shelter construction and camp preparation in good weather.
2. WEATHER; is the KEY CONSIDERATION in site selection. The weather also dictates the site selection, choice of shelter type along with the temperature, wind and precipitation. Continue reading “Where and Where Not to Build a Shelter”