BRIEF NO. 18
The Ideal Shelter
Project
Primitive Shelters
Location
Woods outside Scappoose, OR
Subject
A-Frame/Double Lean-To
The Ideal Shelter
Words and photograph by Daniel Wakefield Pasley.

THE A-FRAME SHELTER (OR DOUBLE LEAN-TO) is particularly useful given it’s ease of construction and low material requirements: two shorter branches11Finding one branch with a y-notch is preferable, as it avoids the need for cord and lashing—just drop the second branch into the notch. and one longer branch form the frame of your shelter, while the walls are simple stick-and-leaf constructions—the more leaves, the more insulation. In addition, the shelter is well-suited to the human shape: narrow near the feet and wider at the head, double lean-tos make efficient use of space, making it easier to find a suitable location to place the shelter. The small volume of the shelter also makes insulation more efficient.

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