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Course Outline

An ORV rider preparing a lean-to 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.
  • 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.
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