I made a small one room log cabin in the BlueRidge Mountains when I was younger, armed only with a hatchet. I stayed there through the winter and was pretty comfortable once I made an oven out of riverbed stones. I would love to do it again, but preferably in the spring this time haha
For a cold weather situation there are 2 thing you can do to vastly upgrade that shelter.
1. on the inside of the roof place a reflecting survival blanket on the slope. This will reflect the heat of the fire directly onto your bed. Added bonus is an small leaks in the roof will be channeled away from you.
2. Use a clear tarp or piece of Clear Plastic to make a “door” hanging down the front. This will help protect you from the wind, rain, blowing snow and hold in the heat reflected from the fire. (I prefer clear tarps v.s. the blue ones so I can see what is going on outside, they are also easier to camouflage or make visible by using the orange side of an emergency blanket.)
Just make sure your fire is far enough away so you do not melt your sheeting.
well had he made the shelter with less of a steep slant he could have easily used a smaller fire. i guess he knew exactly which direction the rain would be coming from? because at that steep of a slant it sure didn’t give much protection over head, the front or either side. a lower slant to the roof would have given better protection for wind/rain direction change. plus you could close off the ends. having a lower, deeper shelter he could have a smaller fire which would have meant that he could have actually had the fire under cover too, to protect it from rain.
This shelter offers protection from one direction…up. What about the sides and front. In the wilderness setting you would definately have to surround yourself better, especially if you plan to be there a while! The idea of putting the reflective material on the entire roof is a good one…his roof will definately leak and it would not last very long. However if it’s for a night that isn’t too windy, with lots of rain or snow I guess it would be ok. Heavy snow would melt on the roof and I guarantee you would be very cold and wet! Capturing more of the heat from the fire with at least two sides built like the roof would be a good idea.
i can see allot wrong with his shelter for one thing you don’t cut the limbs off the out side it gives you a good place to help holed the other limbs you have gotten off allot of other trees we live in the northweast and see allot of rain and snow so knowing how to build a shelter if you hike or ride is life saving don’t get me wrong his idea is sound but it would take a hell of allot more limbs to thatch that shelter as for fire putting it in the rain would be the worst idea it would go out and you would be screwed at 2 am trying to get it going agen
been there done that…..mears ant got shit on me…I practice this same technique three months out of the year during hunting season…going on thirty years now …..practice practice practice …then practice some more …..hone your skills at finding water making fire building shelter…OR DIE
A 4-hour plus process cut down into a 4-minute video makes it look simpler than it is. Also, previous statements of needing as a more semi-permanent shelter echoed… modifications would be needed for a longer period durations, but it is a good start and gets the thought processes flowing. The raised bed/floor also allows for gear storage underneath and other insulation items.
Ray Mears is awesome he shows good practical survival skills. He in Vermont with cold winters a basic debris hut works good for temporary shelter but to have something more permanent an earth lodge type shelter can not be beat it allows a indoor fire and the snow only adds insulation.