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A Based Shelter

Step 1: Start by searching for a tree with forked branches that is 3 to 4 feet above the base of the trunk. Break any other branches that may hurt you or might hamper the assembly of your shelter.
Step 2: You'll need to find a fallen tree, that’s about 12 to 15 feet long to be your ridge pole. Place this tree in to the split of the support tree so that you can make a 30-degree angle among the pole and the land. You can use a loose tree that happens to be at a 30 degree angle to the ground or lay a firm ridge pole against a 3 to 4 foot high end.
Step 3: As with the lean-to, lay support poles crosswise the ridge pole. This time, you'll be arranging them on the two sides and at a 60 degree angle to the ground. Support poles need to be long enough to stretch above the ridge pole and should be fixed about 1 to 1 1/2 feet apart.
Step 4: Crisscross miniature branches into the support poles.
Step 5: Cloak the structure with grass, moss, and leaves. Start covering the roof from the bottom and overlap the materials. Doing so will prevent rain from coming in to the shelter.

Note: You could make the high part of the shelter higher up off the ground, but you will then need a longer ridge pole to maintain the 30 degree angle. A steeper angle will result in added exposure to rain and wind.

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