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How to Keep Warm in the Wilderness

Do you cringe or feel a sudden sense of fear whenever you hear the words “wilderness survival”? However intimidating this topic may be for you, though, you can still prepare yourself with basic skills of survival to help you through any scenario in the great outdoors!

It doesn’t even matter where you have lived for the past decade, you will still be able to survive the most extreme conditions, as long as you are completely prepared for them.

In fact, a homeless woman wandered into the wilderness last winter and survived within those woods until somebody came to find her. The weather was -20 degrees!

Despite the extremely cold weather, she survived simply by huddling under a pine tree along with a small fire. The branches had fallen due to the heavy snow that year, giving her insulated shelter. She was even given warmth by the fire to prevent her from freezing.

Carrying around a shelter or having one inside your survival kits may be the easiest solution, but a wide array of other solutions exist to get emergency wilderness shelters from the surrounding areas.

If you ever fall into a situation where an emergency shelter is needed, various ways exist to do so. What a lot of people fail to realize when in snowy areas is that it is actually easier to make it in the cold compared to areas without snow.

This happens because snow makes for great insulation. If possible, dig out a cave from a huge snow drift to help prepare you for emergencies. You can even turn it into three levels for a fire area, a sleeping area and a storage area for a more pleasant, warm and comfortable shelter.

One other good shelter in the wilderness would be beneath an overhanging cliff or in an open cave. Ensure that there are no animals within the shelter first, though! If the open area doesn’t come with enough shelter against the wind, collect all of the things you can pile up to create a wind break to huddle behind.

If there is no rain, you may even huddle into ground depressions for warmth. Do not do this when there is rain, though, as you will not want to end up in a water puddle.

Huge fallen tree trunks also work very well since smaller branches can be piled up to crawl underneath.

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