Out of all the physical survival skills, knowing how to build a survival shelter is top of the list.
If you’re familiar with the Rule of 3’s, then you know that maintaining core body temperature is second only to breathing. In extreme cold or heat, you can become hypothermic (too cold) or hyperthermic (too hot) in a few hours or less.
Before looking at building a survival shelter, I’d like to expand our definition of what shelter means.
5 definitions of shelter
- a place giving temporary protection from bad weather or danger
- a shielded or safe condition
- to find refuge or take cover
- to prevent someone from having to do or face something difficult or unpleasant
- to protect
What’s the opposite of protection? Exposure.
Exposure is the general term for how people die when they can’t maintain their core body temperature.
Now that we know the main danger that we are facing, let’s look at how to deal with it.