Joe was determined to get an ember from his bow drill set
11 year old Maggie working with her bow drill set
Father daughter team up on the bow drill
Josh demonstrates perfect form.
Course participants built a Debris Hut
Debris Hut is perfectly camouflaged
A view inside the Debris Hut. This is not a finished stage. There
should be at least 12 inches of debris insulating the walls
This 21 inch large mouth bass Joe landed is the largest fish caught in
one of my survival fishing outings
Supper roasting over the fire
Shawn setting a treadle snare
Working on the door opening for the 2/3's scale
Once the main supports are in, it is time to
weave some cross supports
Continuing to the top
Now it is time to add spruce boughs to create a
base for the debris
Forest floor leaf litter is excellent to make
the shelter warm and water tight
Make sure to get the debris at least a foot
thick. Sizing saplings for the door frame
Lashing together the door frame
Aught decided it looked comfortable
ran out of time and did not completely finish the door
Stopping for a group photo in front of their
On to trapping
Chris is setting a treadle snare
Talking about the medicinal benefits of
Mullein, Verbascum thapsus
Demonstrating the finer points of setting the trigger on a Paiute
Angela gets her deadfall set
Angela and Stone are going frog gigging
Angela is the first student up, so she gets to try her hand at
In search of the perfect shelter site
Making sure there are no overhanging "widow makers"
Explaining why this is a great site
Driving in the first corner post
Heidi drives in another corner post
Liz cuts a cross piece to length
Reminded of playing with their childhood linking logs, Kathy and Liz place a side rail
With the corral finished, it is time to make the nest comfortable by filling it with soft materials.
Ben finds out that even though it is a bit more work, a full 12" of leaf
material is much softer than the 3-4 inches there now.
Being as that he will be sleeping in the shelter tonight, Luke definitely wants to make sure it is soft enough.
The ridge beam is in, but there is still not enough fill in the nest.
Cutting rafters for the a-frame.
Just about all of the rafters are installed. Now we need to make it warm and watertight.
All of that material will definitely keep Luke warm and dry tonight.
Luke may have called first dibs, but Ben wanted to see how his hard work paid off.
Christine decided to give it a try as well.
Liz loved the smell of the pine and leaves.
Kathy thought it was pretty comfortable too.
Everyone is pleased with a job well done.
The shelter was still in great condition when we checked on it April 22, 2017.
There were a couple of beer bottles in it, which tells me someone has been enjoying it.
Tyler is setting a snare I demonstrated building.
Everyone takes a turn setting my snare. Not to be outdone by her son Tyler, Christine is a natural.
Ellie and Liz made the best first attempt of any students I have ever had.
Ellie and Liz setting and then tripping their spring-pole snare.
Ellie using a knife and baton to process firewood
I could not imagine a better way to spend Memorial day than putting on a survival class for a group of active duty United States Marines. We all had a great time.
The guys posing next to the skeleton of their debris shelter
The finished shelter
Posing next to the finsished debris shelter. This was a very small unit of men, but they did an outstanding job on their shelter.
Complete with a door. One of the Major's spent the night in the shelter, and had to replace the door with mosquito netting because it was far too warm.
Working on a bowdrill friction fire.