I have been wanting to do a woods experiment on the popular debris hut for quite some time. It seems that debris huts are widely accepted as the best option in a wilderness area if you find yourself in need of shelter and have no gear. Personally, I think there are better options out there. But, and this important to understand how I do things, I am open to the possibility that I am wrong on that. As I have said before, I approach my opinions as nothing more than hypothesis that need to be proven or disproven.
What I did was build a debris hut and test it out as best I could with equipment, knowledge and opinions I have. There were things that surprised me about it, and some that did not. I do not normally make such long videos but I felt it necessary to cover this topic adequately. I would enjoy hearing others experience with these as well. For me to do this experiment I am only one person, with one debris hut, in one set of conditions. That is not a large case study for certain.
So please add to the conversation in the comments section of youtube. Tell me what you think about my experiment and what your experience with them is as well. Please, please, please do not share your opinions if you have no experience with them. However I am interested to hear what others EXPERIENCE with them are. I am incredibly aware of how most “survival” instructors feel about debris huts. At this point there is so much information on survival that is simply “copy and paste” from someone else. You will see why I think many of the instructors use these in classes (note – it is not what you might think).
After watching the video come back to this blog piece and look below the video here. I have listed many scientific principles, their formulas, and how they apply to a debris hut.
Scientific principles of heat loss, and their role in our debris hut setup:
In summary, I would like to say this for certain. I am incredibly well aware that many experienced, well-trained and knowledgeable “survival” instructors feel this is a great option. Like many of them I did too for a few years. That is exactly why I did this experiment. When doing research for another project (that will come later) it came to mind that I could not find anyone who had used this in an unplanned emergency. Many, many people have used them in a planned, thought out training events. If you do have information on how this was used other than in a planned event. Please share it with us and we will edit into this blog piece.
As for final summary:
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Craig Caudill is the Founder and Chief Instructor of Nature Reliance School. He specializes in teaching outdoor related topics to include, survival, tracking, go-bags, nature awareness and gun safety for private and public groups, and government agencies. Craig’s first book is Extreme Wilderness Survival from Page Street Publishing, distributed by Macmillan Publishing
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