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.
- If no natural shelter is available, build a lean-to.
- Lean branches against a horizontal support to form a frame for a roof.
- Orient the opening of the lean-to away from the wind.
- Cover the frame with evergreen branches to block out wind or precipitation (or use a tarp if you brought one). 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 ORV close to the shelter’s opening to act as a wind break. Make sure it does not block the heat from your fire.