Sunday, November 23, 2008

A Frame Shelter

Well I finally got out in the woods for a weekend. What a blast. We took Troop 242 out to the hills for a little R&R. We really had no big plans or objectives for the boys, which makes for a really great experience for them. The get to run wild, explore, play games, and be on their own for a while with no parents or teachers breathing down their necks. Any way, while they were harassing the environment, I decided it was time to make sure I still have a few skills. So, I made this shelter. I did not use an axe, saw, or knife to build it. Like I said skill check.

I found a nice location, cleared the ground and started to build.
As you can see it's not real complicated. Set you ridge pole, and place your support sticks.
Here in IA we are losing all of our Elm trees, so the bark comes off really easy. Use what you have.
The last thing I did was put leaves on the bark. The more the better.
And, here is the inside. I slept pretty good. It only got down to 25 degrees or so. Not to bad. The whole project took about 2 hours. I'm a little rusty.


Albert A Rasch said...


Thanks for stopping by at The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles, much obliged.

All your posts are great, and the one on the wire saw makes great sense! Never thought of making a buck saw frame for one, maybe that's why I thought they were only good for garroting.

On another note, if you know a guitarist, you can get great snare wire from them when they change out their guitar strings. One end has a small brass ring that makes for a great sliding loop.

Again thanks for stopping by! I'll be back to look at your archives.

Albert A Rasch
The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles

Anonymous said...

Did you use a sleeping pad, or debris under you for insulation?

barnislavia said...

I must admit, a sleeping pad. I bought a Thermorest about 2 years ago, and I love it. I paid my dues,about 20 years with no pad.

Anonymous said...

I could never begrudge someone for using a sleeping pad. I remember when I was at the B-Dub shop in Ely getting issued my gear and they handed me my sleeping pad. I was all tough saying i wouldn't need it. Now I consider it VITAL equipment. How quickly we turn soft...

DanT said...

A very tidy bit of work there.

Tim Noble said...

Great shelter.

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