Survival Winter Shelter: How To Build A Debris Hut

Learn how to build a survival winter shelter, called a debris hut. It can keep you dry and warm and get you through the night.

Survival Winter Shelter To Get You Through The Night

No matter what the season is, exposure to nature is great for the soul. However, it can also be fatal if you are unprepared. In survival, building an efficient shelter is the main priority. This could mean saving your life!

With shelters, a key thing to remember is to shield yourself from the elements above, chilly, and wet. Likewise, it is essential to protect yourself from freezing. As it shows in the infographic below – ensure to lay in six – ten inches of dry leaves, grass, and pine boughs on the floor of the shelter to protect yourself from the cold floor. The debris hut is an extremely flexible survival shelter. You can build it in almost any environment and will not need tools or any special equipment.

And special thanks to the great guys of Willow Haven Outdoor who have come up with the impressive infographic below on building a survival shelter, debris hut.

Survival Winter Shelter: Debris Hut

How To Build A Cold Weather Survival Debris Hut

Forest Debris = Dried Leaves, Pine Needles and Dried Grasses

Step 1

Step 1: Build A Framework | Survival Winter Shelter: Debris HutStep 1: Build A Framework | Survival Winter Shelter: Debris Hut
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Build the framework using 2 “Y” sticks and a long ridge pole. Use only solid sticks. Make sure the inside is long enough for you to lay inside.

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Step 2

Step 2: Cover The Ground | Survival Winter Shelter: Debris HutStep 2: Cover The Ground | Survival Winter Shelter: Debris Hut
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Cover the ground inside with 6-10 inches of dry forest debris such as leaves, pine needles, and dried grasses. This layer insulates your body from the cold ground.

Step 3

Step 3: Create A Rib-Cage | Survival Winter Shelter: Debris HutStep 3: Create A Rib-Cage | Survival Winter Shelter: Debris Hut
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Lean solid sticks up against the ridge pole at 45-degree angle to create a “RIB-CAGE” framework. The sticks should not protrude beyond the ridgepole.

Step 4

Step 4: Cover With Layer Of Branches | Survival Winter Shelter: Debris HutStep 4: Cover With Layer Of Branches | Survival Winter Shelter: Debris Hut
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Cover the entire structure with a layer of branches. These do not have to be strong. This is to create a framework so that the DEBRIS does not fall through.

Step 5

Step 5: Pile Forest Debris | Survival Winter Shelter: Debris HutStep 5: Pile Forest Debris | Survival Winter Shelter: Debris Hut
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Starting from the BOTTOM. Pile forest debris onto your shelter framework. This will act as insulation to keep cold air out and body heat inside. Pile 2-4 feet thick.

Step 6

Step 6: Crawl Inside | Survival Winter Shelter: Debris HutStep 6: Crawl Inside | Survival Winter Shelter: Debris Hut
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Crawl into your hut and stuff more forest debris inside to fill the cavity around your body. Then, use more debris to plug the opening in the front. Good luck!

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Want to see how to build a survival winter shelter for two persons? Check out this video from Coyote Works:

Building a completely functional winter shelter debris hut may take some practice but it doesn’t mean that you cannot do it. Until you are able to construct and sleep in it during the cold winter night without any blanket, it is difficult to know the volume of debris necessary to stay warm. Likewise, it is a great experience to be able to sleep the night inside a comfortable and warm shelter built with nothing but your bare hands and the raw materials you’ll find in nature. Once you master this skill, you will have the confidence to travel backcountry.

Did you find building a winter shelter debris hut helpful and interesting? Will you give a try? Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments section below.

Want to know how you can prepare for the winter months? Check out winterizing your home 101 and have helpful tips to prepare your home this winter!

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