Now that you know how to find an adequate site for your shelter we will go over the basics of size, style and construction.
When it comes to size of a shelter you should be aware of one of the basic laws of thermodynamics, although it sounds daunting it is really pretty basic. The Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics states that if two objects are in contact they will give and receive warmth/energy until they are balanced.
So if you weigh 160lbs and are 98.6 degrees, and you lay on the ground (billions of tons of mass) that is at 50 degrees, the ground will absorb your heat until balance is met. In other words you will slowly get colder, period.
In understanding the Zeroth Law we come to understand that basic principles of shelter construction are based on two ideas, small and insulated. If you have a small shelter that is well insulated your body will have an easier time heating it. If you have a large well insulated shelter your body has to give off more heat to heat the greater dead space. It is not always possible to build a fire so we have to think of our bodies as our primary heat source.
When considering style you should emulate the creatures that live in the wild. Think of their dens or shelters. What works for them? You should be thinking of burrows and dens that are almost cocoon like.
A few months ago I posted concerning the Leave No Trace Ethics, not only what they are but why they are valuable to adhere to. Well now you can take it a step forward.
Leave No Trace Master Educator Kristen Sherwood has began offering certification classes!! Whoo Hooo!! This is great news for all Front Rangers because we now have a new medium to get our information.
Please check out the Pikes Peak Leave No Trace homepage for more information.
When choosing a site for your shelter you need to take into account a few different things. Remember that you want the entrance of your shelter to be facing either east or south east (in the northern hemisphere). The coldest part of the day is usually just prior to dawn and that early morning sun will set you right. You also want to avoid due west facing due to the fact that the direction the predominate weather patterns travel in the U.S. is west to east. The last thing you want is to have a front blow through and your shelter to be turned into a wind tunnel!
You never want to set up your shelter in an area next to a water source. Place it a few hundred feet away. This will ensure you are out of the way should the area flood as well as keep you far a way from the heavy dew that usually settles on everything come early morning.
Make sure you find an area rich in shelter building materials. There is nothing worse than having to travel a great distance to find materials.
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It's actually one of the fastest growing sports in the US, and contrary to popular belief, it isn't just for dirty hippies.
Disc golf (known to many as Frisbee golf, although Frisbee is actually a bran
It has been quite a while since I have posted anything concerning survival so I am going to start a series on the subject. The series will cover various topics ranging from the mental aspect to firecraft, shelter building, food and water procurement, and others, as well as list some of the books on the subject I have utilized in the past.
Please feel free to ask questions if you have a particular question on survival.
Imagine a great night camping, you've had a nice hike in and enjoyed the sunset with a warm meal and you snuggle into your sleeping bag to snooze, your dreams shift from that pristine crystal clear alpine lake to wildfires and carnage, bunnies with singed fur and all. Suddenly you wake realizing it is your hair that is singed or your highly flammable sleeping bag!!!!
For years daredevil Eric Scott has been dreaming of flying, but not by plane, or hot air balloon or even catapult. Eric Scott has dreamed of flying using a thing of sci-fi legend, drum roll please...A Jet Pack!!
This weekend he realized his dream by piloting his hydrogen peroxide powered jet pack at a speed of over 75 mph.
I stole this off of Brownie's blog and thought it was UpaDowna worthy.
No shit, there I was (fantastic, incredible, tell us about it muthafucker!) down at the rock gym.
The problem with buying new gear is that although you may have tried it out in the shop you really only know if you truly like the gear by trying it out in the backcountry.