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Current issues and topics that are relevant to the classes we teach
I got out of sequence with the last entry, but since water was fresh on my mind, it seemed like the thing to do.
Humans have a pretty narrow range of temperatures that we can survival in, and we are much better with hot temperatures than cold. We can get hypothermic easier than hyperthermic because we have very little insulation (fur) and we can dissipate heat better than conserve heat.
Having some type of shelter allows us to stay dry and out of the wind, both of which promote heat loss.
The first rule of shelters is safety. If you are creating one in the wild, be sure no danger lurks nearby, underneath or overhead. In the city, watch out for other people, animals and chemicals.
Shelters should be created based on the expected weather conditions, length of time you plan to stay there, available materials and your level of competence in shelter creation. It could be a quinzee, tarp shelter, debris shelter or maybe a cave.
If you are in a town, you have to find a suitable, uninhabited and possibly defensible location.
The main purpose of a shelter is to keep you dry and out of the wind. In our Wilderness Survival course, we teach several types of shelter construction. June 16th. Come and learn with us!
But staying warm in your shelter (and sometimes disinfecting water) requires fire. That is the topic of the next installment.