Introduction: Build a Simple Shelter
Alright, your stuck in the woods with no shelter, no compass, no cell phone, all you have is the clothes on your back, a c.amp saw, and your knife. It's almost 5:00 in the afternoon, nobody is going to find you before morning, and it's getting dark fast It's the middle of February and it gets pretty dang cold where you are. This instructable will tell you how to build an easy-to-build shelter out of pine trees. It is fairly simple, as shown below.
Step 1: Find the Trees
The best trees are medium sized, so that you can carry them by yourself, and has as many branches as possible. You need atleast 3, but I personally would go for 5. They all need to be pine, except for one, which can be another, harder tree.(This will go in the middle of the other 2 or 4 trees) You need one tree to set all of your other trees on. I recommend a forked tree, but as you can see, I didn't use one.
Step 2: Prepare the Trees
Now that you have your trees, you need to prepare them. The way that I do it, is to cut all the limbs off. I guess hypothetically you could just leave them all on the tree, but this way is much more efficient. Once you have cut all the limbs off, save them. You will need them to cover your shelter.
Step 3: Prepare the Base
Now that you have prepared your trees, you need to set up the framework, or base, to your shelter. First, you need to set the one you have chosen to be the middle, in the middle of the tree, or in the fork, if you chose a forked tree. Then set the others on top of it, crossing them over the middle tree. You need to have either 1 or 2 on each side, if you used 3 or 5. If you left any stray branches, tuck them under one of the other trees. You have just built the base to your shelter.
Step 4: The "Roof"
Now that you have the base, you need a "roof". This is fairly simple to do. You need to put branches across from one tree to another. You should have enough to make a thick layer. This should provide some insulation from the cold.
Step 5: What Next?
Congrads buddy, you just built a shelter with pine trees in the middle of the woods. I suggest next that you build a fire near your shelter. Not in it, unless your shelter is HUGE, or its a really small fire. Or, you could build a little pallet from leftover pine branches, if you have any, and just go to sleep. What you do after this is no concern of mine. Think about it this way, I just saved your life.
And yes, I added a side when you weren't looking, because i'm a ninja.