The 5 W’s Of Shelter Building Examined

Posted on January 11 2015

Survival Shelter

Survival shelter, it’s usually the first thing that comes to mind when people talk about survival. You have to protect yourself from the elements. My favorite survivalist Les les Stround breaks it down into 5 key points. Of course we always have to remember that every survival situation is fluid and dynamic. Depending on the conditions, time of day, etc, you may not need a survival shelter built up. You may stick with a basha or tarp in the summer months.

Finally we can never forget that while reading and watching videos is great and useful, there is NO substitute for actual field practice. The old saying goes – “You don’t know, what you don’t know”. So get out there and train. Even if you’re practicing in your backyard, you can still learn the right kind of trees to use for your shelter, the best way to locate and clear a shelter site and more. You’ll never know unless you train.

In the meantime, check out this article I shameless poached from the crew at Survival at Home. It’s a good read and important to always remember the basics.

If you’re in a SHTF survival situation, one of the first things you will need to think about building a survival shelter.
There are certain factors you should take into consideration when building a shelter in the wilderness. Les Stroud (“Survivorman”) calls them “The Five W’s” — an easy way to remember the 5 most important factors
involved with choosing a good location for shelter building.

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