One man shelter
One Man Shelter
A one-man shelter you can easily make using a parachute requires a tree and three poles. One pole should be about 4.5 meters (15 feet) long and the other two about 3 meters (10 feet) long. To make this shelter, you should—
- Secure the 4.5-meter (15-foot) pole to the tree at about waist height.
- Lay the two 3-meter (10-foot) poles on the ground on either side of and in the same direction as the 4.5-meter (15-foot) pole.
- Lay the folded canopy over the 4.5-meter (15-foot) pole so that about the same amount of material hangs on both sides.
- Tuck the excess material under the 3-meter (10-foot) poles and spread it on the ground inside to serve as a floor.
- Stake down or put a spreader between the two 3-meter (10-foot) poles at the shelter’s entrance so they will not slide inward.
- Use any excess material to cover the entrance.
The parachute cloth makes this shelter wind-resistant, and the shelter is small enough that it is easily warmed. A candle, used carefully, can keep the inside temperature comfortable. However, this shelter is unsatisfactory when snow is falling, as even a light snowfall will cave it in.