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Articles: Shelter
1Basic Skills: Sandbags
Any person who has spent any time in the military knows all about sandbags. They are heavy, awkward, and a tremendous amount of work to use. But, they work and work very well. Most civilian uses for sandbags consist of holding back some errant body of water from entering your home.
Also in:   Basic SkillsDisaster PreparednessHow ToSafetyTents
2Clan of the Cave Turtle: Basic Shelter
The first in a new series focused on wilderness shelters, this article examines some of the rudimentary techniques for building a rough shelter with minimal materials.
Also in:   Basic SkillsCampingDisaster PreparednessTents
3Clan of the Cave Turtle: Cold Weather Shelters
The second in my series on weather-sensitive shelters. This article focuses on shelters that protect you from dangerous cold conditions.
Also in:   Basic SkillsHow ToPopular
4Clan of the Cave Turtle: Hot Weather Shelters
Weather conditions effect many of the decisions that are made in an emergency. In this week's Clan, I discuss shelter choices and considerations for warm to hot climates.
Also in:   Bug OutCamping
5Clan of the Cave Turtle: More Shelters
Expanding on the basic emergency shelters from last week, I present several new shelters that require a bit more preparation and will be a bit more permanent.
Also in:   CampingTents
6Clan of the Cave Turtle: Native American Shelters
While the ingenuity of civilization may make improvements upon the wick-up, arbors, huts and shelters of the Native Americans, we must not forget that these native shelters have been used with success for centuries.
Also in:   History
7Clan of the Cave Turtle: Tents
This week I look at some tents that may or may not be appropriate for survival situations. Also, a brief discussion on tent safety and site selection.
Also in:   CampingDisaster PreparednessSafetyTents
8Opinion: Outdoor Survival Philosophy
The ability to use nature's bounty to our own advantage, for both food AND shelter is what separates us from lower forms of life. If you don't know how to live without all the modern computer-chip-based accessories we own, then you are in danger of losing skills basic to our instinct. That instinct is survival.
Also in:   Basic SkillsDisaster PreparednessOpinions
9Outdoor Living: The Outhouse
I don't want to talk about it either. As my daughter says, "It's nasty." But, it's a fact of life we cannot avoid. We have to use the bathroom sometimes, better indoors than outdoors.
Also in:   Basic SkillsCamping
10Power Camping: Tent Pegs
You probably haven't seen a tent peg quite like this one. This special "RogueTurtle" edition was constructed by the old RogueTurtle in his back yard workshop. I dug out that welder again just to prove to myself, once and for all, that I am a terrible welder. But, it works.
Also in:   Basic SkillsCampingTents
11Roughing It: Tent Hammocks
There are a growing number of campers who choose to sleep in hammocks. The problem with most hammocks is that you are exposed to the elements, both rain and bugs. Now, new gear has been developed to take that problem away. The Tent-Hammock is a combination of both the tent (with bug screens) and a hammock.
Also in:   Bug OutCampingTents
12When You Gotta Go
Outdoor living requires special attention to sanitation details. Major diseases such as e-coli poisoning can occur if done incorrectly or not done at all.
Also in:   Basic SkillsCampingHow To
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