This page features photos of a debris
hut built by Dustin North in the winter of 2005-2006, in the
mountains of Colorado.
Front entrance, and showing the hut as a
whole. Note that the entrance is to one side, and that it is formed
by a "V" of large sticks.
Close up view looking inside the
The shelter from behind.
Another pic of the shelter from
Please note that there is insufficient debris on this
shelter to really keep an occupant warm in a cold night. Dustin
realized this and heaped more debris onto it after these photos were
taken. Afterwards there was about 3½
feet of debris on the shelter.
He also placed sticks and large pieces of bark on top of the
leaves (the debris) to shed rain and help prevent the leaves from
A well-made debris hut can also
camouflage itself very well. With a little bit of care, and with
constructing it in the proper place, it can blend in very well with
Fall 2007 Update...
Dustin has added
more debris in order to show the proper amount of debris needed for
a good debris shelter.