The great opaww (and others) have been enjoying the dinner thread and has suggested other topics. One of which is Shelters. Well, being a fella that likes to have a roof over my head, I thought that was simply a capital idea. So, whats your idea of a good shelter? How would you make it? What do you think a good shelter should consist of? I am thinking it depends largely on how long you plan on staying there, it also depends on terrain and what supplies are available to you. I have a few shelters set up around my AO. Including the hunting property north of me. I have an old camper set up at the hunting property. It is hidden well and I have two burms on the north side and eastern side of the camper. They offer protection and concealment. To the south and west I am on the high ground and can overlook a washout and a natural revine. The entire area has excellent overhead protection thanks to a thick canopy of hemlock trees. On the same property I have my favorite style of primitive shelter, the lean to. I constructed the opening end out of 3 4x4 beams and have them connected w/ pole barn spikes. They are about 3.5' in the ground and held in place by quickcrete. The sides are made of many layers. The first layer is regular tarps, the second is straw, the third is cotton duck canvas, the fourth is branches. It is a large lean to at 14' x 30'. The roof layer consists of tarp, old steel roofing from the old barn roof, another layer of tarp and covered with a thick layer of light brush and sticks. It is very waterproof and works great. I have a large boxout in the back of it for the bed which consists of an old carpet, straw, and a top layer of all weather carpet. Toss on a bed roll and it is comfy. I have had a few winter camps set up there and the coldest night I spent there got down to -5. -17 with the WCF. I also have an old pot belly set up in there for heat and cooking. It is one of my backup bug out spots. I have a few items of interest buried in watertight containers near there as well. I am thinking of building a dug out shelter. I have a couple areas that have big hills with vertical faces that would be very easy to set up a dug out but I have never built one and would be nervous about cave in. Sooooooo, what would you build, or did build, or think of building?