Your in the wilds, it's winter, and late in the day or already night. Maybe you were hiking and got lost, or your boat sank, or a plane crashed. Anyway, your about to face your first night cold and unprepared.
In the real world, a truly efficient debris hut, can takes days to build. What I mean by efficient is the ability to hold your body heat, and make the shelter comfortable (warm) enough to allow, sleep, rest and recovery. That takes insulation and lots of it. It needs to be dry, and tight. If the hut is too loose, wind intrusion will whisk away precious body heat. Being cold all night will rob energy you need to face the next day with vigour. Debris huts are necessary, and effective, but require specific insulation standards to function. It is all about physics, and it takes time to prepare.
You can, if your healthy, kick up a ball of leaves, bury yourself in it, and survive the night. The problem is, if your not prepared with properly insulated clothing, your first night will leave you exhausted and cold. This is no way to face the new day, and then preform the work necessary to build the kind of shelter you need to rest and recuperate. The interim step is what is known as a "Hot Bed". If you have learned fire making, you have a better option. Lets talk about your first night. You will need a fire.
Don't waste time trying to build a debris hut that is not up to standers; it will put you in a downward spiral. At any cost, you will need to supplement your energy, your first night. It is wasteful, and unsustainable, but absolutely necessary in order to put you ahead of the calorie curve. If it is winter you'll need protection from an energy death spiral. One debilitating cold night, and you are in no shape to face the work and energy requirements of building a true shelter. Think of a debris hut as a one person nest, a way to regroup and regain your energy. If it is not built up to the task, you never receive the benefits of it.
The advantage of your first night is that fuel is usually readily available; and you will need a lot of fuel. If you have time before dark, collect plenty of firewood first and then look to start your hot bed. It would be nice to have a hot bed every night, but it is not possible. The energy required to build the bed, collect the wood, and do the set up, leaves no time to do anything else. And to make things worse, you will quickly burn up all the easy firewood. Getting new wood will become harder and harder each day. The benefit of a debris shelter is that it does not require a huge investment in fuel each day. Once the debris hut is build, You can work on other project, food, clothing, containers, traps, exploring, etc. and still have a warm place to crash and rest in comfort without the maintenance work of collecting huge amounts of fuel each day.
In this class you will learn the basics of, preparing, setting up and using a Hot Bed, for emergence comfort in the wild, and the basics of how to stay warm in a cold environment.
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