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#267800 - 03/03/14 01:41 AM Super Shelter
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Many of you might have notice my Shelter Pictures or taken a Survival Course at BWI or from Mors Kochanski and/or seen or lived in the most efficient Cold Weather Forest Shelter the "Single-Person Super Shelter." I have made up an Information Sheet that lists the Material Required to build 1, 2 or 3 Person Super Shelters.

The PDF is actually an excerpt from my Upcoming Book "Canadian Wilderness Survival" and is just a small section of the notes and information about Super Shelters that is in the book, but for those of you who took courses in the past or are interested in building this truly excellent Survival Shelter yourself, having the dimensions will be really useful (measure twice, cut once) if you are making your own shelter.

Super Shelter Material Requiements
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#267802 - 03/03/14 03:40 AM Re: Super Shelter [Re: BruceZed]
Deathwind Offline
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seems awful close to the fire pit. JMHO

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#267803 - 03/03/14 05:38 AM Re: Super Shelter [Re: BruceZed]
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Looks great, Bruce! I reckon it should be close to the fire to catch the most infrared radiation.
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#267805 - 03/03/14 05:49 AM Re: Super Shelter [Re: BruceZed]
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I just read your equipment list, now I'd like to know all the details to construct it and how it works. I think I saw cody lundin build something like this a long time ago, but he used a tarp I believe.

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#267806 - 03/03/14 07:36 AM Re: Super Shelter [Re: BruceZed]
CANOEDOGS Offline
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i can't work PDF's on this computer,so what do you have there?

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#267810 - 03/03/14 02:59 PM Re: Super Shelter [Re: BruceZed]
Pete Offline
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id also like to get a better idea of exactly what the Super Shelter does and why folks like it so much. I'm not saying its bad in any way ... just have not encountered this term before.

cheers,
Pete

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#267812 - 03/03/14 03:20 PM Re: Super Shelter [Re: BruceZed]
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I have slept very comfortably in extreme cold in a Baker-style tent (one side open) and a nice fire outside. A well configured rock shelter is even better, but those may be hard to find. i would suggest that,if building s SS, plan ahead so that the early morning sun will shine into the shelter - that is when you will really appreciate the heat.

Lastly, inquiring minds want to know, when dining in your super shelter, do you use a super bowl?
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#267817 - 03/03/14 04:03 PM Re: Super Shelter [Re: BruceZed]
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Loc: Ontario, Canada
Cody Lundin explains it in the first episode of Dual Survival:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvKLOMgtM1Q
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#267821 - 03/03/14 04:25 PM Re: Super Shelter [Re: BruceZed]
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Shelter is 1-Pace Away from the Fire
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#267823 - 03/03/14 04:45 PM Re: Super Shelter [Re: BruceZed]
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The Super Shelter uses the laws of physics instead of fighting them.

The Super Shelter breathes out the back due to the nylon/parachute. It means all the Sweat that build up during the day is forced out the back by the heat of the fire and fresh air come in without smoke. In the morning you are dry and have slept well. during the night you can also dry toques, gloves, and socks in the rafters. The parachute also stops 80% of direct rain and all the snow.

The plastic on the front stops all sparks and smoke, meaning a bigger fire that can burn longer and hotter. Since the plastic wraps over most of the top it is also weather proof on top/sides. The sealed plastic front is the key to the shelter.

The Mylar Blanket increases the effectiveness of the shelter by reflecting light and IR Heat back towards the occupant. This means you are slightly warmer and can read comfortably in the shelter.

Personally I have used a Single Super Shelter without a Sleeping Bag at -46c and inside it was too warm to wear my coat. I know it might sound silly, but this Shelter is "Super"
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