Tarps, Tents and Shelters


Tarps, Tents and Shelters


Sheltering is essential to your surviving at any time of year. However, sheltering and surviving in cold weather climates is in a league of its own and requires different skills because of the harsh environment.

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Description: Winter Shelter Building

Sheltering is essential to your survival in any time of year. Survival in a very cold, winter scenario is in a league of its own, and can require significantly different methods than surviving in a mild or warm environment.

Winter environments are generally far more difficult to survive in than mild ones. You need hotter fires, stronger shelters, and more calories. You must stay dry, avoid sweating, and guard against the cold. The number one cause of death in the outdoors is not dehydration or starvation, it is simply exposure to the cold elements.

There are some prevailing rules to surviving the cold, such as: Don't sweat! Don't sleep directly on the ground! Stay out of the wind! Stay dry! Rules like these become common sense once you've spent some time in a cold, winter.

We will begin to cover the following topics to consider when building a shelter, particularly in the winter.

  • Water source

  • Availability of firewood and materials for your long term wilderness survival shelter

  • Location of the sun

  • Direction of the wind

  • Potential hazards around your shelter

  • Mobility to and from your shelter

  • Food sources

  • Outhouse

Instructor: Tim “Primitim” Swanson


Tim has been involved with primitive skills for over 15 years. His teaching style accommodates any age due to his playful and light-hearted attitude along with an informative and in depth approach to the natural world. Tim has taught primitive skills all over the northeast including at Unity College, Bryant Pond 4H Camp, True North Wilderness Therapy Program, Belfast Community Outreach Program in Education, Wingate Wilderness Therapy, The Umbrella Community Arts Center, Nashua River Watershed Association, and Groton Wellness Holistic Healing Center. For more information on Tim’s work, visit his website at www.primitim.wixsite.com.


Cost: $55

Duration: 3 hours


What to Bring:

  1. Clothes to stay warm.

  2. A backpack

  3. Snacks

  4. Bottle of water

  5. Any emergency medical supplies you may need

  6. Notebook & Pencil