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Starting my survival shelter

Here is the start of my survival shelter. After hiking into the woods, we selected a nice fairly open area. This was my fist spot for a survival shelter. It looked flat and was between two trees. However on closer inspection, it was sloped and I would have been very uncomfortable with my feet down hill of my head. I found a better spot about 10 feet away. It was at the base of a birch tree and was flat. I looked over my head all around to make sure there we no "widow makers" hanging. A widow maker is any branch or dead tree that could fall in the middle of the night and make your husband or wife a widow. It was all clear.

I also changed the direction of my shelter based upon the wind. The wind was mostly coming from the north so I realized that the opening of my shelter should be pointed south.

First I shoveled the snow out of the area and then attached the ridge pole to the tree at an angle and draped the tarp over the pole. I laid branches across the edge of one side (I think from now on I will stake it down for more room inside the shelter) and then covered it with snow. Then I did the same to the other side and I had a shelter.

I then laid the survival blanket on the floor of my new shelter, out my sleeping pad on that and them my sleeping bag and I have a cozy new home for the weekend.

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