American Survival Guide - - GEAR GUIDE -

What­ever type of shel­ter you build, it needs to stay in place. Heavy rains or a wind­storm can quickly de­stroy your shel­ter if it’s not con­structed cor­rectly.

The fol­low­ing are all quick and easy things to do, and you will see that they make a dif­fer­ence—but do it right the first time!

• Cut notches where your tim­bers meet to en­sure a strong, tight fit. • Use cordage to lash ma­te­ri­als to­gether.

• On a lean-to, weave smaller, more-sup­ple, branches hor­i­zon­tally be­tween your main poles to add strength.

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