Learn how to build an emergency spider shelter with what’s available around you using this guide so you can be the ultimate survivor!
Spider Shelter: Surviving the Wild Outdoors
How to Build Survival Shelters Using Debris
Building an emergency shelter is an essential survival skill. Essentially, the spider shelter is useful for people trying to survive the wild outdoors as well as for those who are traveling light. It’s a type of debris shelter that uses more posts for its framework, making it look like a spider web. It is also similar to a debris shelter, but only more spacious. More posts on its framework make it so, thus providing more space for your survival gear and equipment. Building a spider shelter is as easy as building a debris shelter, though. So scroll down to know how to build one to survive the wild outdoors.
1. Gathering the Materials
Your goal here is to find a branch that is at least a bit longer than your height. This will serve as the sloped beam that goes back like a spinal cord. Next, find four branches around two feet tall. These four branches will serve as the support for the long branch and will carry the weight of the structure. Lastly, gather debris as covering for your shelter.
2. Establishing The Framework
Using the four smaller branches, make a pyramid-like structure with the branches intertwined. Then, put one end of the longest branch on top of the structure. This will form a web-like structure becoming the framework of your spider shelter.
3. Filling the Gaps
On this step, you have to use some other branches to fill in the gaps to your framework. This will create a rib-like framework for your planned structure. Make sure the parts are in place to keep your shelter from collapsing as you put the debris to cover the spider shelter. Your shelter will now look like a combination of the debris and wickiup shelter.
4. Covering Materials
This is the part where you’ll be using the debris you’ve collected around you to cover the shelter. The cover will provide insulation for your shelter. You can also have it waterproofed. You can use dried leaves with twigs and sticks for this.
5. Finishing Touches
Finally, your shelter is up! To complete your shelter, you have to put some weight on the covering. This will prevent the heavy wind from blowing your shelter’s covering. It also serves as additional support to the structure. You can use small stones or branches but make sure they’re not too heavy to keep your shelter from collapsing.
You might also want to learn how to build a sleeping mat for your spider shelter in this video from David Canterbury:
At last, you now know how to keep warm and dry outdoors with a spider shelter. It can also protect you from extreme heat when the sun is up. It’s simple and easy to make, indeed. Now that you’ve learned how to put up a spider shelter, what are you waiting for? Pack your survival gear now and head into the wild outdoors!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on June 12, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.