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Backpacker Magazine – November 2012

Survival Lab: Gimme Shelter

Losing daylight and don't have a tent? Don't panic: We tested three shelter-making techniques that will help you survive the night. Plus: Three bomber bivies.

by: Ted Alvarez

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Emergency Only
Building a shelter with natural materials isn’t always Leave No Trace. Practice these techniques in your own backyard, but only gather boughs, branches, mosses, and leaves in the backcountry if you’re in a true crisis. Even then, try to use dead or downed wood.

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