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Building a shelter
  • Start preparing your camp well before dark. Look for a natural shelter, such as a rock overhang or a thick stand of evergreens. The site should be dry and well-drained and should offer protection from the wind. Ideally, it also should be near water and plenty of firewood.
  • Consider laying out your shelter site so that your snowmobile will be visible by a rescue aircraft.
  • If no natural shelter is available, you can use one of these methods to prepare a shelter.
    • Dig a cave in a snowdrift. Line it with the seat of your snowmobile or evergreen branches to keep water from dripping on you.
    • Build a lean-to.
      • Lean branches against a horizontal support to form a roof.
      • Orient the opening of the lean-to away from the wind.
      • Cover the frame with evergreen branches or a tarp to block out wind or precipitation. Leaves and twigs are another option.
      • For additional protection, add side walls to the lean-to and insulate the floor with evergreen branches or leaves.
  • Place your snowmobile in the shelter’s opening to act as a wind break.