A Saw and a Shovel were purchased then used for this.
This Instructables Shelter is based on a real life Survival Shelter and is a re-creation. A few tree branches were harmed in the making of this re-creation Shelter discretion is advised.
Step 1: Snow Required
The Saw was used to cut some Willow branches then brought to the shelter site.I cut enough to make about 20 sticks to use for proper thickness in the walls.All sticks were about a Foot and a Half or so long but all about the same length.This is how thick your walls will be,as long as your sticks are.
Step 2: Don't Dig It Yet?
So I have:
Found a safe suitable location
Placed the equal length Twigs from outside pointing in every 2 or 3 Feet
Decided where the Entrance should be
Now I can start digging.
Step 3: Dig It
So now I have:
Dug out a interior
I then made a place to lay down and next to that dug a pit about One foot deep by Two feet or so wide in the main floor.This pit is where the cold air will be forced by your warm breath as heat rises,when/if it is below Zero- Fahrenheit this will help you stay warmer.I found a large slab of Snow to place over the entrance cut with the saw, a back pack may also work as a door.
There was no room inside to get a decent photo but that lousy shot is reaching inside taken from the roof area with my sleeping platform in the center against the back wall and pit on the left side. The weather changed while building this [why the photos get bluer] so when I placed the Door Slab in place it was just a photo of Snow I do apologize for that.
Step 4: Important...If You Are Just Skimming Through Please Read This
While you are breathing inside ice will form on the inner walls from condensation. This blocks any air from getting inside.YOU MUST HAVE FRESH AIR or Carbon Dioxide will build up and can cause death. If it is Snowing on your door slab keep making a fresh air hole through the new fallen Snow.This Shelter is to save your life in a Emergency.
Also shown is why I wanted thick walls. It snowed 2 feet.