Photos from September 23, 2016 Wilderness Skills Survival Class

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In search of the perfect shelter site

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Making sure there are no overhanging "widow makers"

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Explaining why this is a great site

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Driving in the first corner post

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Heidi drives in another corner post

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Liz cuts a cross piece to length

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Reminded of playing with their childhood linking logs, Kathy and Liz place a side rail

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With the corral finished, it is time to make the nest comfortable by filling it with soft materials.

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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.

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Being as that he will be sleeping in the shelter tonight, Luke definitely wants to make sure it is soft enough.

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The ridge beam is in, but there is still not enough fill in the nest.

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Cutting rafters for the a-frame.

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Just about all of the rafters are installed. Now we need to make it warm and watertight.

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All of that material will definitely keep Luke warm and dry tonight.

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Luke may have called first dibs, but Ben wanted to see how his hard work paid off.

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Christine decided to give it a try as well.

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Liz loved the smell of the pine and leaves.

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Kathy thought it was pretty comfortable too.

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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.

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Tyler is setting a snare I demonstrated building.

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Everyone takes a turn setting my snare. Not to be outdone by her son Tyler, Christine is a natural.

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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.

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Ellie using a knife and baton to process firewood