Dig Out Shelters

Remember – if you dig out a shelter, you have to shore up roofs and walls to keep them from collapsing. Use gloves when you dig to keep from getting sores or blisters.

Dig outs in the wild are simple – back breaking labor. In the woods, its no joke. Wooded areas have tree roots. And roots do annoying things like move big heavy rocks into the very area you want to dig in.

Be prepared to dig, free up rocks, dig, free up rocks, dig…


You can simply dig down three feet, and create a hollow. It’s easier if you look for a washout, and prepare your hollow that way. But be warned – low washout areas do what? Fill with moving water in rain storms, Not too bad for some times during the tribulation, as there’ll be no rain for a long period of time. But when it does rain, your little shelter will wash away quickly.

To carve out a 30’X30′ living area, six feet down like you’d see in the movies, you’ll need lots of help, and expect it to take a month. or do it with two people and it’ll take two months. Anyone who’s tried it with helpers knows what I mean! Unless you’ve got access to power tools.

My advice is to spiral your plans down. Create a shelter you can move into immediately, while you start work on your secondary shelter nearby, within running distance.

Start with your hollow shelter, or a lean to (See build ups). Then start work on your digout shelter. Eventually you’ll need it deep, for best survival.

Hillside digout

This is elaborate, but good, You have to dig out a generous amount of the hillside. take logs, branches, saplings, and cover the hillside you just dug out. You’ll need to pile leaves on it, and eventually shovel all that dirt on top of it you just dug out of the hill. Make sure you left a little entrance behind those logs, or you’re about to feel very stupid! I recommend placing a few rocks on it as well, to keep the hillside from looking like an artificial, flat spot.

Now, you need to bore a chimney hole out the other side of the hill. you can do this with a piece of PVC pipe. Don’t use the pipe as part of the chimney, as the fire will melt it, and you’ll have nasty fumes in your shelter that can make you pretty sick.

okay. Now you’ve got a nice little shelter, and a chimney hole going out the back of the hill at an angle. Now you just need to make a fire box in the dirt in front of that chimney hole. Dig the earth out. You’ll have to shore up the sides to keep everything from collapsing.

If you’re in a remote enough area, you will be able to remain undetected for the weather to start filling in your covered area with natural materials. don’t be misled – it takes months.

Snow Shelters

If you’re caught out in the snow, you waited too long. But some things to think about.

In shallow snow, you can easily make a heated shelter by scraping all the snow off the spot you’re going to lay on, then scrape the earth off about two or three inches down. Lay your sleeping bag on that spot, put a thermal blanket on top (yes, those flimsy foil things…) and shovel all the snow right back on top of your sleeping bag! this creates a pocket where the heat from the earth is trapped

Deep snow requires more digging. You want to dig an area for you to sleep in… then dig a deeper trench just next to that. The cold air will sink into it. You’re still going to be cold! You’re outside in the winter, which is not a good idea! But you’ll do better than just tossing your sleeping bag on top of thick snow drifts.

The things one must understand is… in your survival situation – i.e., running from the Antichrist and his armies… you’ll probably be heading into dangerous places to survive. If they were wonderful vacation places, trust me, people would be living there. And if people live there, it’s immediately an area full of potential informers who will be quick to identify someone who does not have The Mark.

When you get to your survival location, you’ll have three immediate priorities – all three equal in importance all at the same time.

  • Shelter
  • Fire
  • Food/Water

Most survival people tell you concentrate on #’s 1 & 2, and ignoring #3 for that day. You’ve only got so much time to dedicate. And I almost guarantee that when you reach your survival location, you’ll be arriving probably late afternoon/early evening. It just never seems to happen that you get there by 6 am!

So, you may end up building a version of the poncho shelter or a quick lean to the first day, then start working on your fire. I talk a lot about fires on the fire page.

Over the next few days, you’ll want to create several shelters, in various locations. Why? Because if one is discovered, and you make a break for it, and you only built one shelter…. you’re sunk. You may now be completely without supplies, a place to run, and no tools.

This is a disaster, as you only survived this long by tools and supplies.

To avoid capture, and loss of all your items, there are certain rules (I’ll repeat these at several spots throughout the site, so you won’t have to be looking for them.)

  1. Learn to move from shelter to shelter. this way you’ll have evenly stocked and distributed your supplies cache at more than one spot. It also will reduce the appearance of a person living in one spot for a long period of time.
  2. Do not have more than three people living in one place. Unless you’re living in the mountains, be aware that the more people you have, the better the chances of someone tipping people off. The less people, the less visibility.
  3. Do not try to survive alone. I realize most of you will find this out far too late and have to go NOW. If you’re alone, that’s the way it is. But if you’re alone and get hurt or sick… you’re it. And it’s easier to sneak up one one person alone, than two or three people taking watches.

Shelter A:

This is your main shelter. You’ll use this as primary shelter.

Shelter B:

One Shelter A is built, you’ll work on building and stocking this one. Food, firewood, water. Water is your biggest challenge, as you’re going to need to harvest and stockpile a great deal of it.

Shelter C:

This is the third one. As you stock your shelters, remember to distribute supplies to them evenly. Being in three places over a few days will lessen the chance of being spotted. On Optimum numbers, I discuss the concept of 2 to 3 couples per shelter, and a maximum number of 1 dozen people. They rotate in teams to two, always leaving one shelter unused. This helps to conceal base camps, in that they always seem to be periodically empty.

From the US Army Survival Manual…

“When you are in a survival situation and realize that shelter is a high priority, start looking for shelter as
soon as possible. As you do so, remember what you will need at the site. Two requisites are–

  1. It must contain material to make the type of shelter you need.
  2. It must be large enough and level enough for you to lie down comfortably.

“When you consider these requisites, however, you cannot ignore your tactical situation or your safety.
You must also consider whether the site–

  • Provides concealment from enemy observation.
  • Has camouflaged escape routes.
  • Is suitable for signaling, if necessary.
  • Provides protection against wild animals and rocks and dead trees that might fall.
  • Is free from insects, reptiles, and poisonous plants.

You must also remember the problems that could arise in your environment. For instance–

  • Avoid flash flood areas in foothills. G
  • Avoid avalanche or rockslide areas in mountainous terrain. G
  • Avoid sites near bodies of water that are below the high water mark.”

When considering shelter site selection, use the word BLISS as a guide.
B – Blend in with the surroundings.
L – Low silhouette.
I – Irregular shape.
S – Small.
S – Secluded location.

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