A Survivalist Demonstrates How To Build Various Types Of Shelters

Technology is constantly increasing its presence in our lives. Still, there's something to be said about doing things "old school." Even though most of us can't go more than a few minutes without our smartphones, we're simultaneously fascinated by the various survival shows on TV. 

The call of the wild is irresistible, and who among us hasn't wondered what life would be like if all this technology went away and we did everything with our bare hands like our ancestors. Back then, camping wasn't a fun weekend - it was every day of your life. We've got fancy tents and all kinds of camping equipment these days but what is it like to make a campsite out of nothing?

Kevin Langan, a wilderness enthusiast and survivalist from the U.K., decided to try his hand at old school construction techniques and make 100 survival shelters, using only natural resources and a small hatchet. He documented it on his blog, 100 Wild Huts.

The project was started to give other wilderness enthusiasts a guide to learn how to build their own survival shelters. 

Kevin is dedicated to using only natural materials, to find "a true type of contentment down amongst the moss and mud."

Each shelter starts with foraging for supplies like twigs, branches and various plants. He then starts building based on a 3D design he drafts beforehand.

This hut utilizes leaves to hold the shelter's wooden frame together.

They used ferns to provide extra coverage, and even built two bunks inside! It was later found by schoolchildren who were fascinated by it.


Kevin's huts have a variety of different shapes. This one was inspired by an old lookout.

For this one, he wanted to create a geometric design from twigs and branches. He built it in the middle of a snowstorm and used conifer branches to block the wind and keep the warmth in.

This shelter was built in an area recently cleared for construction. He was able to use a lot of the recently felled trees. It was his way of leaving behind a memory of the nature that will soon be overrun.

This hut was made near a local soccer stadium in Glasgow, Scotland.

Check out this handsome, triangular A-frame.

This one looks positively cozy.


The hut was built near pre-WWI bunkers. The fern coverings helped keep the hut warm overnight in near-freezing weather.

This hut was inspired by a four-poster canopy bed.

This hut was made using some abandoned cut stones from a nearby farm.

Here's a coastal model Kevin made using driftwood and kelp.

Via: Littlethings | 100 Wild Huts

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