Posted by Stacy on 2/26/2013
This is a nice instructional video on how to quickly construct a shelter with a poncho and paracord.
Hi again, everybody. What I�d like to do today is show you my shelter setup, when I�m out camping either spring, summer, or fall. What I have here, my Tactical Tailor 3-day pack, I�ll show you the contents of this in another video. What I�d like to focus on right now, though, is my shelter kit. As part of my shelter kit, I always have my Sawvivor, 18-inch saw, probably one of the best backpacking saws that I�ve ever used. I�ll review it in another video, but I really would recommend getting one of these.
Most of my shelter kit rolls up and fits on the base of my pack. What I did was I�ve got a USGI poncho, and then I�ve got an emergency blanket. This is one of the tougher multiple-use ones that�s out there. One of the things that�s nice about this one is, this one actually doubles as exposure protection, because if you notice, it�s got a hood here that you can use, and both of these hands can be used as handholds. This is another great multiple-use item. I�m going to use this in putting together my shelter. We�ll come back to this. In order to get the tarp up on a consistent basis, I�ve put together about an eight-ounce pitching kit. In my pitching kit, I have all the things that I�m going to need in order to pitch this tarp under pretty much any conditions. I�ve got five aluminum stakes, I�ve got a 24-foot piece of paracord, and I�ve got four six-foot pieces of paracord, and I�ve got one 12-foot piece of paracord. You�ll see how I use all of these as we go forward.
The first thing that I want to do is unwrap the long piece of paracord. Get a couple of nice trees that are probably somewhere, probably about nine feet apart. That�s a good way to start with this shelter. Over here, on the first tree, I�m just going to tie a couple of nice half hitches. Real simple, real easy, they come out nice and easy. A couple of nice half hitches over here. Then, I�m going to take my poncho and, in each one of these corners � this is a neat trick that I learned from a friend of mine who runs Midwest Native Skills Institute, Tom Laskowski � and I�m going to take a loop of the paracord here, put it through the eyelet, and then snug down on top of it. That�s going to hold that front edge of this tarp real effectively. I�m going to come along here, to the middle of the tarp, get this to stay put, and I�m going to take another one right here, and bring this paracord through, and just set this like a toggle. The second one, and I�ve got a third one that�s going to go right here on this corner, and I�m going to make this one a toggle, too. My next step is going to be just to take the rest of this paracord, and I�m going to go around the tree, about the right height � and now notice that when I come to here, I�m going to pull back, so I snug this whole front edge up. Come back around again, and I�m going to put a couple of slippery half hitches in here. That takes care of securing the front edge of the tarp.What I�m going to do is have my camera man bring the camera around so I can show you how I set the back of the tarp. What I�m going to do is stake down the back side of the tarp with one stake, two stakes, three stakes. Then I�m going to take my 12-foot piece of paracord � I have two stakes that I didn�t use in this setup. I�ll use one of them in a minute. This is the knot that I showed you earlier, this is called the daisy chain. It�s very, very effective and a great way to store paracord.
I don�t want this hood leaking when I�m in the shelter, so I�m going to snug it up as much as I can, and then give it a couple of twists. Then I wrap the drawstring from the hood around it and snug that up. The next knot I�m going to make is a constrictor knot. It comes in very handy. Maybe I�ll show you the details of making this in another video. I�m going to take this and put this around the hood, pull it tight. Then I�ve got a stick here to give me a little bit more room inside the shelter. I�m going to sharpen this just a bit so it sticks into the ground. Place this here. I�m just going to take the wrap around here, one, two, three. Then back down here, I�m going to use one of my last stakes in the ground. I�m going to do a taut-line hitch coming back. This is a knot that I showed you guys in my �Five Favorite Knots and Hitches� video. This is a really, really handy knot to know. All I do is slide this along. The tarp is pretty much set for the night. The next thing that we�ll do is relocate the camera, and I�ll show you how I set up the inside. That�s my favorite tarp pitch. You can see there's lots of room underneath this tarp. There is room if I want to sit up and I want to work. If I want to put my fire out in front here, I can use that to keep me warm. I�ve got my reflective blanket on the ground, which reflects body heat back up into me. I�ve got my NeoAir here. I love this pitch.
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