Debris Shelter Construction


The Second of the Rules of 3 states " You cannot live more than 3 hours without shelter..." With this in mind being able to construct a shelter with nothing more than what mother nature provides is critically important; however, there is many opportunities for error when constructing these primitive shelters. In this workshop we will explore the proper way to construct a derbis shelter and get a hands on experience making one.

From the intersection of IL Rte 64 (North Avenue) and IL Rte 59 in West Chicago:

Drive north on Rte 59 for about ¼ mile to the first traffic light.

The light is just north of the Prairie Path bridge.  At the light, Diversey Ave. will be on the west side of Rte 59, and the entrance to St. Andrews Country Club will be on the east side of Rte 59.

Turn west (left) onto Diversey and drive 2 short blocks west to Mulberry.

  Mulberry is the first street beyond the Prairie Path.  There is one house between the Prairie Path and Mulberry.

Turn north (right) and follow Mulberry until it comes to a stop sign at Woodland.

Mulberry originally runs north, but then curves from north to west, goes downhill through a couple of gentle curves, and comes to a stop sign at the intersection of Mulberry and Woodland.  I live on the southwest corner of that intersection, but from the stop sign you cannot see my house because it is hidden by thick woods.

Do NOT turn onto Woodland.  Drive across Woodland and continue straight ahead on Mulberry into the woods for about 50 feet to my driveway.

Mulberry comes to a dead end just past my driveway.  To avoid making ruts in my neighbor’s lawn, please park on the south side of Mulberry or anywhere along Woodland.

If you use a GPS, Yahoo Maps, Google Maps, or Mapquest, the destination address to use is: 3N562 Woodland Ave, West Chicago, IL 60185.


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  • Nikki

    That was fun! I signed up on the other meet up group, so I didn't want to be counted twice. But this was a really good chance to learn some valuable shelter skills, before the snow comes. So nice to meet those who came. It was awesome! Thanks Rob.

    November 24, 2013

  • Larry

    I think you meant to add "in a harsh environment" to your quote. Source: http://www.backcountrychronicles.com/wilderness-survival-rules-of-3/

    November 21, 2013

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