A spider shelter is a type of survival shelter, much like a debris hut survival shelter, with the only big difference being that it uses more posts for its frame, making it look like a spider web. In this guide, we will show you how to build a spider shelter for survival.
How to Build a Spider Shelter
A spider shelter is a little more spacious than a debris hut survival shelter, using more posts for the framework, which provides a larger inside area for yourself, and gear. Building a spider survival shelter is pretty easy. Just follow this guide to learn how to build your own survival shelter.
Find a branch that is a bit longer than your height. This branch will act as the sloped beam that acts as the main support for the spider survival shelter. Next, find four branches that are around two feet in length. These four branches will act as the support for the longer branch. Next, gather some debris to cover the shelter, this can be leaves, moss, branches, whatever you can find.
Using the four smaller branches that you gathered, make a pyramid shape structure, and intertwine the branches at the top. Now place one end of the longest branch on top of the pyramid. This will become the framework of your shelter.
Filling in the Gaps
Now go find some other branches to fill in the gaps of your framework. This will create a rib like formation on the main framework. Make sure to use sturdy branches, and place the well to ensure your spider shelter doesn’t collapse. You shelter should now look like something between a wikiup and a debris shelter.
Materials to Cover the Shelter
Get that debris that you collected earlier, and use it to cover your spider survival shelter. The cover will provide insulation for your shelter, and can even keep out rain. You can use leaves, twigs, branches, anything really, even a tarp for added water resistance.
To finish up your survival shelter, you should put some weight on the covering. This will stop strong winds blowing off your protection layer. It also serves as additional support for your shelters structure. You can use branches, stones, anything that has a little weight, but make sure it’s not too heavy, or your shelter could collapse.
The spider shelter is a great survival shelter when in the outdoors, or for those who are traveling light. It is also great at keeping your warm on a cold night, or for keeping the sun off you on a very warm day. Now that you know how to build a spider shelter, get your gear packed, and head out into the wild!