Now that winter is in full swing, it’s time to really get back to your primitive roots by learning how to build an improvised winter teepee.
Once winter hits, you have a few choices. You can just decide that you’re done with the outdoors until spring and stay home, you can pay up for expensive, “winter use” camping gear, or you can learn how to build an improvised winter teepee. We suggest the third.
Check out the video below, created by Cedrik Grenier, showing how to build an improvised winter teepee and doing so using only primitive tools.
While this video didn’t go into a lot of details about exactly how to go about building the teepee, it does show you visually how it’s done. All you need is a piece of tarp (preferably waterproof), and something to cut with.
The dimensions Grenier laid out were a 15′ x 20′ oval shape. He then cut a hole in the middle for the chimney and tops of the poles, and a couple more slices for the opening that makes the door. After you’ve got those few cuts made all you need is some fairly straight trees or branches for the braces and a fire.
If you decide to go completely primitive, more the better but, should you choose to use modern tools to help with this project, we’d guess you can get one built, fire included, in 30 to 45 minutes. And if you don’t think a teepee in the snow is a great way to spend a couple of nights, then you’re probably on the wrong site.
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