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Number of speakers: 1 (Shane)
Duration: 13 min 04 sec
Shane: Hey, welcome back YouTube. Another episode of Lonewolf Survival. And with me always are my partners in crime, Terry and Paul. And today we’re gonna be talking about improvised shelter making. And what we want… what we wanna really drill down on today is that it’s not difficult to slap something together, to get you through a night. Now, this isn’t long-term survival, this isn’t long term anything. What it is, it’s simply a hasty shelter that I can put together that can get me out of inclement weather, whether it being rain, whether it being cold, extreme heat. ‘Cause you know, even in a hot environment, as hot as it is today with the sun out, you know dehydration, heatstroke. A lot of different things come into play. So, you’ve gotta have some kind of shelter in order to help your chances of sustainability, and even a short-term environment.
So, we’ve picked three of our top choices and out of different building materials that you can throw together relatively fast. And I’ll talk about you know, as far as the time frame it takes to put these together. So, the first one I want to talk about is just a basic, simple lean-to. And that’s actually what is behind me right here. And all in all, roughly about 45 minutes to put this simple lean-to together. And understand that you can still add more to a system like this, but we’ve got a good setup. We’ve got a good set of coverage. You know, it’s actually, it’s a little cooler in here than it is out there. It’s gonna protect me from… it’s gonna protect me from wind, I’m gonna have a wind block. I’m also gonna have, if it starts raining, I’m gonna have a dry place to get out of the rain. You know, I can set my fire, I can set my fire pit area out here.
So this is a real, real simple system and what I wanna do is kinda talk to you about the construction of a system like this. And as you can see, you have your main support poles, between two trees. And we just got it lashed with cordage. We’ve got three ridgepoles here, here and here, that run down the backside of the lean-to. And then we simply, simply take in a green foliage and we packed it in and layered it and kind of woven it on top. So, if you walk around back with me…
And you can see right here we’ve already started on half of one side, we started laying pine straw in on top of this to lock this in to more waterproof this barrier. So, you can see overall for 45 minutes you know, is it something I’m gonna live in with the family? – probably not. Will it get me through a night? Absolutely. You know, I can bed it with pine straw, I can pull in the sides. A little more work on this and this is gonna be a good, sustainable shelter for one, two days, maybe three, depending on you know, how much work you wanna put into it. For 45 minutes, 30, is I got a dry place to sleep in at night? So, that’s the first one.
So, let’s step over here and we’re gonna talk about another system. And this is a system that is also a lean-to type, but what we’re using, we’re using two garbage bags, two contractor garbage bags that are slit. We take a piece of cordage, tie it between two trees. We weave the bag in on the top, and any water that we get is gonna run off the back. And we’ve got sharp end-up sticks on the backside of the bag to hold it down. Now, I’ve bedded mine with pine straw and I’ve still got a few sticks to pick out here. But in a pinch, it takes about… I had this up in about 20 minutes. In a pinch, this is gonna give me a decent dry place, it’s gonna protect me from any wind. I can fasten this in a little better. You know, this thing, this really is not bad you know. I might actually stay here tonight. I’m just kidding.
So, and then you look at location – what do I have around me? Well, there was a smaller hole in front of me so I went ahead and grabbed some rocks and made me… started a heat shield. And then I went ahead and put some wood in here so you can see, I can have a fire here tonight. I’ll get some more rocks and I’ll stack these up to kind of devote this heat back in on me. Yeah, I’m in a pretty good spot right now for myself. Real simple – two contractor’s garbage bags don’t take up a lot of real estate in a pack. They don’t weight anything, they also have multiple uses. Like, if I had another one I could take it and actually fill it full of pine straw and actually make an improvised sleeping mat out of it or sleeping bag that I can actually get down in. So, plastic bags have a lot of uses. And then when I’m done, I roll this up and I take it with me. You know, I can use it to carry materials and I can use it for storage, I can also use it as a water filtration system and we’ll be showing you… talk a little bit about that in a later episode. But all in all, this is a real super quick, real easy, it doesn’t… I don’t have to have a lot of materials, I don’t need machetes or hatchets or anything like that. I can do this, everything with working off of my side-knife. And you know, is it the most comfortable in the world? No, but you know, it’s not the Hilton.
Alright, so the next one we’re gonna do is we’re gonna walk back and we’re gonna talk about our third and our final shelter we’re talking to today. So, if you’ll follow me back here… I always like doing these, these are a lot of fun, too. And it’s a simple, simple pole system teepee. This is… takes about 15 minutes to put together. I’m using a canvas material that all in all weighs about 3 pounds, I carry one in my pack anyway. I can use this for a lot of different things, I can make a hammock out of this. I can use this type of material for a lot of different stuff. So, basic construction on this is, I’m just gonna go take and I’m gonna cut me some straight poles that are 6 foot, a little over 6 foot tall. I’m gonna lash them together, you can see I pulled the material down so you can see the cordage, where the poles are lashed together. And obviously I’ve wrapped my material around the teepee frame. And what that does is once again – is this long-term, is this long-term sustainability? Absolutely not. What it is, it’s gonna give me a dry place to sleep tonight, it’s gonna keep me out of the wind, it’s gonna keep me out of the rain. Also, if I got a fire pit right here and I got a small fire going, it’s gonna help in the summer with the bugs. So, this is you know… I’m 6 foot – and we were laughing about this earlier – but you know, it’s not the Ritz Carlton, but it’s not bad. And then you know, I bring in some pine straw and make me a good bed, and I fill these corners in. Can I sleep in here? Yeah, of course I can. Good wind break. In a downpour, is it gonna keep me completely dry? Probably not, but you gotta understand when you’re looking at these situations like this, it’s what I have available. It’s what materials I have on hand and what I can do with basically what nature provides me and then what I provide myself.
So, we’re gonna walk back over and we’re gonna talk a little bit about some of the tools that you might need and some of the things you need to pack out to bring, to make structures like this. So, we’ll be back in just one moment.
Welcome back, YouTube. So, we’ve looked at the structures that we put together today and I just wanted to talk about some of the… some of the tools that we used to actually build, the tools in today’s episode. You don’t need anything complex or anything complicated, everything today was constructed with a few simple things. A machete was the primary tool in building most of these different shapes, forms and fashions of these. These are some cheap ones that we use. If you’re gonna have a machete in your pack, if this is what you’re gonna carry with you, I would suggest that you do a little research and get a good one. Cold Steel makes a really good machete as well as Gerber. You know, you can find the… I call them the flea market bucket machetes, buy-five-get-one-free for two dollars. These are great for playing around and chopping just reck’er, having a good time. But am I really gonna put a six dollar machete in my pack and put my life on it? Probably not, but they’re good for utility stuff. We use stuff like this for constructing a lot of our demo shelters and doing a lot of our demos in the field – for that reason I don’t wanna use my good stuff. So, machete.
Also once again, this is a small, this is a small UST blade, paracord wrapped panel which is terribly done by the way, the paracord’s already coming off. I’ve got to rewrap this one. A machete this size is good to have for primary cutting and chopping, because I don’t wanna dull the blade of my primary and my hunting knife or my defense knife, as I call it. Remember, you have 3 types of blades. You have a utility or a general purpose knife, which is normally a pocket knife that’s used for cutting of sharpening, skinning things, like that. And then you have your general purpose, which is your general utility. General purpose is your machete, I’m gonna use this to chop limbs with. And then of course you have your primary, your hunting or your defense blade. I don’t want to take you know, my Wolf Creek and go out here and start beating on the back of it with a rock, because I keep a razor edge on this, I’m gonna use this for… I’m gonna use this for defense, I’m gonna use this, if I have to skin an animal. So, it’s good to have… it’s good to have a small, short blade for that reason.
And then, another good item to have with you, as before is a bowsaw. They don’t take up a lot of real estate, they go in the pack real nice. There are different versions, this is a large one. This is a 21 inch, one of the better ones. You know, a bowsaw can really help in taking fallen small trees. If I’m sitting here, I’m not wasting a lot, burning a lot of calories by hacking and chopping with a hatchet or a machete. I got a bowsaw.
And that’s some of the stuff that we used today. So, but I wanna show you the most primitive of tools that helped do a lot of construction today, which is… You may not see this, I have to go real far back now, which is the Ryobi cordless chainsaw. You should really carry one of these in your pack, I do. Actually, these are actually awesome. Good on the environment, it doesn’t take up a lot of real estate. I actually have a solar, a solar chargeable system wired up to AC/DC power inverter that I bring with me and I keep in the back of my vehicle, and I can charge my batteries up. And this thing is… this thing is phenomenal. I don’t go in the woods without my Ryobi. If I could just figure out a way to strap this to the bottom of my M4. Oh my God, I would be so on it.
So, these are just some of the tools that you can use when you’re looking at tooling for survival or camping, this is what you need to consider. Do a little research. Hatchets, machetes, axes, things like that. So you know, and make sure that you’re carrying quality stuff with you, and that’s gonna sum it up for this episode. I hope you’ve enjoyed it. There’s gonna be a lot more of these short episodes coming in. The next subject we’re gonna be talking on is water collection and purification.
So, until next time, I’m Shane from Lonewolf Survival and we’ll see you later!
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