So you’ve gone off and lost yourself in the woods again eh? No worries! Survival Stan is here to help!
The first thing you want to do upon realizing you’re lost is to establish a base camp. this area should be an elevated location, for water to drain away in case of rain. The area should also have a relatively flat landscape free of rocks and roots that could be a hazard or make sleeping difficult. Upon choosing your location, you need to decide on the type of shelter you are going to construct. One of the most simple shelters to build is the lean-to. To begin building your lean-to, you must first find a tree or other sturdy object on which to base your shelter on. The next step is to find a large limb or small fallen tree to use as the “lean” on your lean to. Use this limb and lay one end in a fork in your tree, wand the other end pressed firmly against the ground. The limb should form roughly a 45 degree angle with the ground. Next, you will need to find sticks of all sizes to form your walls. These sticks you will lean against your limb, and press into the ground to assure that they do not get blown away in a storm. You will want a lot of sticks to take up as much room as possible on the walls, and to leave the fewest amount of gaps as possible. Once your “walls” are up, it is time to install the “roof”. Your roof should be branches from trees that have lots of leaves to them. Preferably big leaves to cover more space with less branches. These branches you will lay out on top of your sticks that make up your walls to keep out the rain and hold in heat when you sleep that night. If possible, try to use vines as rope to tie your walls and roof down to your lean to provide more support.
Now that your shelter is built, it is time to add the comforts of home! clear out sticks and stones from under the tent and pile up dead leaves to create a makeshift bed for the night. Collect firewood and get a small fire going by the mouth of your shelter to keep away insects and animals throughout the night. be sure to keep your fire a good 4 feet away from the entrance however to avoid your shelter catching on fire. you can use a shirt on 4 sticks with a stone in the middle and can underneath to collect rainwater to drink too!
now that you know how to make your own lean to shelter, you can make it alone in the woods for the night, leaving more time for help to come and rescue you! check back again for more Survival Stan!