If you have a group of people and a fair bit of time, you can move up from debris shelters to a more advanced, permanent shelter. We spent about 8 hours constructing a 10 x 8 shelter that would easily sleep 6. We used double, stacked debris walls and a ridge of about 6 feet. We were very fortunate to have a lot of available resources both from a previous shelter and some trees that were recently felled. Even though there was a huge supply of goldenrod stalks for thatching, we were really surprised at how much was needed. We only got it half thatched, and had to resort to a tarp.
The boys ended up sleeping in ot in about 0 degree weather. Without a little more work on the roof, it didn’t do much for keeping in heat. We have to tweak the design a little.
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