Book Reviews

Book Review: The Complete Survival Shelters Handbook


I’ve mentioned that first backpacking trip of mine…where stuck with a couple of guys who were overgrown scouts, had us erecting an entire town in the woods. While not exactly LNT (I never wanted to touch a fern for years after that) it showed me I was capable of making a shelter. One that actually would blend in, and more so…protect me.

Reading through The Complete Survival Shelters Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building Life-saving Structures for Every Climate and Wilderness Situation, a new book by Anthonio Akkermans, had me all waxing nostalgia. And thinking of the fun the boys and I can have in spring, by using the winter’s blow downs to create shelters behind where we live.

The book covers shelter fundamentals (how to pick where to shelter, how to make basic tools), making debris shelters (where you use what is nearby – like rocks, trees, snow and so on), DIY modern techniques and even modern shelters you buy. What I really liked was the section on being mentally prepared. I’d say as backpackers, half the game is embracing being outside and suffering if you will.

If you’d like to up your game, and have fun learning, this is one to check out.

FTC Disclaimer: We received a copy for potential review.