Types of Survival Shelter Poncho Lean-To
When thinking about building survival shelter there are a few things to keep in mind.
How much time and effort you need to build the shelter, will the shelter adequately protect you from the elements, do you have the tools to build that survival shelter and do you have the type and amount of materials need to build it?
These are the most important questions you need to ask before you start and survival shelter. Here is a list and description of different survival shelters.
This type of survival shelter is a very quick shelter to build. It requires minimal equipment to build as well.
All you need for this shelter is a poncho, 2-3 meters of rope or parachute cord, three stakes about 30 cm long and 2 trees or pole about 2-3 meters apart. Before you pick your trees out or put your poles in make sure to check the wind direction.
Make sure the back of your lean-to will be into the wind.
To make the Survival shelter lean to:
- Tie off the hood of the poncho, pull the drawstrings tight, roll the hood long ways, fold it into thirds and tie it off with the drawstrings.
- Cut the rope in halt. On the long side of the poncho , tie half of the rope to the corner grommet. Tie the other half to the other corner grommet.
- Attach a drip stick (about a 10-centimeter stick) to each rope about 2.5 centimeters from the grommet. These drip sticks will keep rainwater from running down the ropes into the lean-to. Tying strings (about 10 centimeters long) to each grommet along the poncho’s top edge will allow the water to run to and down the line without dripping into the shelter.
- Tie the ropes about waist high on the trees (uprights). Use a round turn and two half hitches with a quick-release knot.
- Spread the poncho and anchor it to the ground, putting sharpened sticks through the grommets and into the ground.
For extra protection and safety form the elements place some brush or your other gear and the sides of the lean-to.
Also remember you lose 80% of your body heat to the ground while you sleep so put some type of insulating material like leaves or pine needles in your lean-to.
To create a more secure and low profile lean-to make tow easy changes, This will lower your silhouette and help camouflage your survival shelter from enemies.
Secure the support line to the trees at knee height using two knee-high sticks in the two center grommets, then angel the poncho to the ground securing it with sharp sticks and now you have a great survival shelter.
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