“Tip Of The Week” – 2 Minute, Heated Emergency Shelter (E12)

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Published on July 2, 2016

IntenseAngler’s “Tip Of The Week”, Episode 12. A quick, easy, and compact emergency shelter. While many of us posses the skills necessary to construct an elaborate survival shelter, the reality is that most persons who become lost or stranded do not take the time to stop well before dark and build such a shelter… their primary focus is on getting “found”. It is not until darkness has settled in that they realize that they may very well be forced to stay the night… by then it is generally too late for shelter building. This simple system composed of only a few, lightweight items has the capability to see you through a long, cold night. At the core of this shelter system are artificial hand-warmers. These chemical heat producers not only provide a source of much needed warmth, but allow your body to retain energy by burning less of it to keep warm.

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  1. Personally I would have used those garbage bags that he talked about to keep my legs and lower body warm

  2. I'm assuming you have NEVER actually used this "technique"? In my experience those "emergency blankets" tend to cause a person to sweat especially if wrapped in a "plastic bag" / poncho. Now recalling something I heard in Survival School, if you get wet while in the cold, you greatly increase your risk of hypothermia…… Am I missing something here? Am I coming in clearly?

  3. A much better method is to take along a military grade poncho and put that on.  Then light a small candle, tea candle works fine and place it between your feet with the poncho draped over everything.  Just make sure the poncho doesn't get to close to the flame.  You'll say warm for a long time, even after the candle goes out.

  4. thanks for sharing the video but one of the most important things in cold water survival obviously shelter fire water but one of the biggest keys to all of it is staying dry dry……..

  5. I have a hard time taking you seriously, when you are wearing jeans in the outdoors.

  6. Bottom line in a survival situation is to stay dry. A tarp and paracord/string hung over your head would be better. I understand that this video is to show an example of a quick shelter. However, the video should have gone further and showed an alternative quick method using a tarp or paracord.

  7. pudge

    Yeah right. that gear keeping you warm. The only thing keeping you warm is the cloths you are wearing and the shoes and socks on your feet. THAT bag  does NOTHING for you except to help keep you DRY and block wind from blowing thru your cloths. A plastic tent can do the same job. The only thing keeping your hands warm and YOU warm are those 2 shake packs in your pocket…

  8. I think I'd add to this video a small section of tarp to make into a tent with a length of nylon cord.If it rains or snows, this fellow will at the least have wet legs.

  9. It's why children often defy the odds in these situations. When they get cold, they don't keep trudging along in spite of it. They tend to snuggle up somewhere dry, cover up and stay warm.

  10. With just a little more equipment or a few minutes of prep you can have a much better shelter. Still, keeping these things on you can be a life saver if things go terrible.

  11. However……..I did get a chuckle, and found the video fun to watch. Now, take a good quality tarp with you, ah come on, you can handle a good quality tarp of atleast 9×12. You can even set on it instead of the little pad. And if you turn the Mylar blanket around, don't forget a face hole, or you may fall asleep and suck it in. That would not be good for survival videos. 🙄

  12. I think I would have turned the space blanket, Mylar, around the other way and kept my face and legs covered as much as possible rather than letting it lay on the ground behind me. But what do I know. I get the purpose of the video, but clearly you thought you may be in an emergency situation. I would forget the pad if space and weight is an issue, and ALWAYS BUT ALWAYS take a tarp, a 5 X 7 weighs almost nothing, paracord or string, a days food, water and lighter to start a fire. I'm concerned for any goofballs who may actually think this would be lifesaving in a rain or snow storm that can last for days. I get it, it's a quick shelter video. But how long does it take to throw a tarp over a paracord line, or just over yourself until the storm passes. Sorry.

  13. the one thing I have learned from this video is that you will never catch me in that situation!!!

  14. Paracord, 2×55 gallon 3 mil drum liner, 2 Mylar space blankets, military poncho or silnylon poncho, and poncho liner. EDC with firestarter and knife or knives as I have discovered it's always good to have more than 2 of anything.  It's the redundancy that saves your life in a situation like this.  I will have to add at least 4 18 hour chemical warmers to my kit in case I ever put myself into a situation like what you have shown.  I like the rib packs but I wonder why you have them and not be prepared to do an overnighter.  Same with your lumbar pack.  With all that space, I'd expect to see a lot more including an alcohol stove, fuel, and cook kit.  As much pine straw is around you, you ignored their insulative value and the same with all the small twigs and branches around you that would act as a wind break.  I have to apologize for being critical but you really haven't shown a shelter, you've shown a partial body bag.  I know you can do better than that.

  15. thank you for the help ful video , keep people thinking , good job my friend ,!

  16. How did you manage to get the poncho on over the blanket? I'm double jointed and not sure I could do it.

  17. You'd hate England all our countryside is so not wild but fenced off and farmed

  18. As a former Marine that spent 6 months cold weather training in Mount Fuji Japan, I can tell you many different ways to survive in cold climates but I don't have time to type for hours, so I will tell you the most important rule about surviving in cold weather. Stay dry! If you can't find means to stay dry, you will not survive!

  19. Fakers you use a green screen get outside for real you little girl boys, using a real plant and putting it next to you doesn't make it real.

  20. shelter ??? you just dressed up with survival crap you goon lol

  21. What are the trash bags for? They might substitute for the poncho, but they weren't mentioned (unless I missed it).

  22. It's interesting, at first I was like "this video is only 2 minutes long, how good could it be?"

    Then I was like, "Doh!"

    Thanks for the great video! It may save my life one day.

  23. You live in Idaho? I do too!

  24. brother this is the stuf that saves lives, 20yr emt fu#! the idiots that say bring full cold weather gear! its simple cheap and EFFECTIVE at keeping you alive

  25. Man I gotta agree with most of the people here..  This is NOT a shelter.  Any heat you are retaining in your upper body is going to be lost through your face and legs. A much better option would be to pack several of the mylar blankets on you – a half dozen of them wouldn't take up any more room than that silly butt pad, they weigh next to nothing, and they cost like a buck apiece..  Bunch up some of that nice soft pine straw into a bed and lay down the first blanket on top of it.  That will give you a soft place to lay, with protection from wetness, AND it will reflect heat back to you, rather than the cold wet ground.  If the pine straw is dry, put some on top of the blanket too.  Unravel your paracord bracelet (you DO have one of those, right?) and string it up between a couple trees/rocks/fallen limbs/whatever, about 2 feet off the ground.  Use two more mylar sheets and some rocks (and duct tape if you pack it)  to make a tent. Finally open one more sheet, and crawl inside, pulling the top sheet over you.  Won't take you more than like 5-10 minutes and it will offer you FAR more protection than your shrink wrap.

  26. wow you will die don't show this to newbees  they will die 

  27. A supersized industrial garbage bag takes no more room than the emergency poncho and it will cover from head to lower legs. I pack these for picnics, trips to amusement parks, etc. for rain or cold wind. Folding scissors with them make it easy to cut a face hole and arm slits (if you want them.)

  28. AZxTu

    For all the people hatin' on this video in the comments: emergency shelters like this one save lives. On a recent thru hike when I was caught above the treeline in a storm, all that stood between me and hypothermia was an emergency blanket. Next time I'll definitely be bringing hand-warmers too. :)

  29. If it so happened and you need a shelter, why not to go to the nearest cafe and get 100g of vodka and heated food?

  30. Layers of clothing, a small day pack w/fire starting gear along w/cliff bars & a cheap nylon tarp would go a long way for survival. Your tip/video is just enough to send a green horn idiot in to the wild's w/nothing more than a half ass body bag. For that matter an emergency nylar sleeping bag would improve your advice by 1000%

  31. Check out this video on YouTube:

  32. So much wasted time; saw in another video that was also totally misleading.  Junk video.

  33. Put the items under the seat of my motorcycle. They came in real handy when the bike broke down and I had to wait in poor weather for the breakdown man to arrive.
    Thanks for the Vid. It helped me out.

  34. Suggestion:  when you say "that's about all there is to it" at about 5:00, that's where your video should end.

  35. Glue the mylar sheet to a ground sheet so it is covered on one side, no need for anything else.

  36. Interesting … a "2 minute … shelter" that takes 6 minutes of video? =)

  37. i've also always heard the milar or emergency blanket dealy only helps when against bare skin

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