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HomeSurvivalShelterDebris Hut

Debris Hut in the Colorado Mountains

by Dustin North

Photos on this page Copyright by Dustin North 2006.

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 entrance.
The shelter from behind.
Another pic of the shelter from behind.

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 3 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 blowing away.

 
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 the landscape.
Fall 2007 Update...

Dustin has added more debris in order to show the proper amount of debris needed for a good debris shelter.

Another view, from the rear.
Photos on this page Copyright by Dustin North 2006. Used with permission.