One morning while I was out for a paddle enjoying the early morning fog on the water when I found a great spot on top of a rock near the lake shore, so I decided to freshen up my survival shelter building skills. I pulled my canoe up to the bank and started surveying the area to see what I had for materials at hand.
After that I placed ribs along the length of the ridge pole, then piled on debris from the forest floor (leaves, sticks, moss, grass, pine needles, etc). I wasn't too concerned about making this one waterproof since we had a clear forecast. I only used dead materials because I didn't want to kill any of the vegetation just to build a temporary shelter for my entertainment. After that I simply stuffed the shelter full of leaves to make a mattress and to provide insulation.
I have now returned to civilization and back in the saddle working on planning and fundraising for our expedition to dive the world's highest lake atop Licancabur volcano. We have some really exciting things coming together for The Steep N' Deep Project, so even though I could have spent way more time in the bush, I'm happy to be back in action. Onward and Upward! - Zac