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How to build a wilderness shelter

Maine Primitive Skills School said the walls of the shelter should be about 2-feet thick -- good enough to withstand a mild night.
Maine Primitive Skills School says the walls of the shelter should be about 2-feet thick -- good enough to for a mild night.

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(CNN) -- Knowing how to put together a simple protective structure could save your life in an emergency, even in a day hike gone bad in a forest or national park.

The Maine Primitive Skills School provides these instructions on the creation of a debris hut:

• Find a high dry area to avoid water problems during a storm.

• Locate a strong ridge pole as an anchor for the hut.

• Place sticks as ribbing along both sides of the ridge pole.

• Pile dry debris inside to lift the camper off the cold or damp ground.

• Make walls steep for shedding water.

• Four forked sticks can roof off the entryway.

• Additional debris should be piled on thick and high for protection.

• The finished hut should have walls about 2 feet thick, good for a mild fall night.

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