Summer is the time to practice summer survival skills. Here’s a great one I think you’ll enjoy. This one comes right from the pages of my latest book, Build the Perfect Bug Out Survival Skills. This is a step-by-step photo series about how to build an improvised boat from a tarp!
Step 1: Lay your tarp flat on the ground. This is a 9’x12′ tarp.
Step 2: Pile pine boughs or leafy branches in a circle about 12″ tall. This will be the diameter of your boat. Leave at least 1′-2′ of tarp around the perimeter.
Step 3: Lay a gridwork of sturdy sticks (1″-2″ in diameter) on top of the circle.
Step 4: Pile another 12″ of green boughs on top, again in a circular pattern.
Step 5: Wrap the tarp around the circle and tie it to the gridwork of sticks.
Step 6: Cross your fingers.
Each month, I teach a new survival skill to Survival Skill of the Month Club Members at http://www.survivalskillofthemonth.com. Recently, I used a slightly more advanced technique for making an incredible full sized canoe. Although the full Skill Sheet is 8-pages, I’ve included a photo of the one below with pictures of the finished boat. Isn’t this incredible??!! The entire frame is made from flexed saplings and then it’s skinned with either plastic or a waterproof tarp.
Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN,
Creek Stewart is the Owner & Lead Instructor at Willow Haven Outdoor Survival School located in Central Indiana. Find out more about Creek online at http://www.creekstewart.com.