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SURVIVE THIS! by josh pi v en Raise the Roof

When your day hike turns into an overnighter, you need an impromptu shelter. Here’s how to build one.

taut with no give. Place the tarp over the rope in an A-frame configuration; the rope serves as the peak of the roof. Pull the sides of the tarp down and away from the centerline, and then stake the corners. If you forgot to bring stakes, too, use sturdy sticks or rocks in their place. For more wind or rain protection, consider covering the openings at one or both ends with additional tarps, if available, or blankets. Keep in mind that anything unsecured may blow off in a storm. If you have no tarp, build a basic

EMERGENCY SITUATION: You’re out for what was supposed to be a day hike with a couple of fellow adults and a few Scouts. As evening approaches, you realize you’re not going to make it back to camp before dark. It would be dangerous to try to find your way, so you need to make shelter— fast. What do you do?


with the Boy Scout motto? Something about preparation? Anyway, that ship


has sailed, and you’re now faced with a night out in the elements. On the plus side, you’ve got a few options for building emergency shelter. Your first—and easiest—option is

no shelter at all. If you had a sleeping bag properly rated for warmth, you could enjoy a brisk sleep under the stars. But we’re guessing your nice mummy bag is back at camp. Plus, sleeping out in the open is just so, well, boring. Not to mention soggy if it starts to rain. The next best option, then, is a quick-and-dirty tarp-tent— assuming you have a tarp (if you don’t, you may deserve to sleep outside). First, run a sturdy rope between

two tree trunks that are about eight to 10 feet apart. Secure it to both trunks,

lean-to in about 30 minutes using boughs and dead tree limbs. First, locate a stump or tree with a decent- size branch that’s about four feet from the ground. Next, gather fallen tree branches. The pieces should be long enough to run from your branch to the ground, at a reasonably wide angle. Starting right next to the trunk, lean the sticks against the branch, adja- cent to one another. If you’ve got rope, you can tie them together and to the branch for added stability. Once you have a roof/wall large

enough to sleep under, place boughs on it to cover all spaces between branches. Live boughs are better than dead ones for preventing rain penetra- tion, but don’t cut off any branches from a living tree unless it’s an abso- lute emergency. If you really want to feel like a

Marine, you can build a dugout or “trench” shelter. (Use this approach only as a last resort, life-or-death option, as it violates Leave No Trace principles.)

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