Building a Survival Shelter in the Mountains – Day 1

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This is day 1 of this Survival Mode adventure in the mountains. Even if the weather is warm, a survival shelter helps one to feel more secure at night. It is a barrier between you and the unknown wilderness and that peace of mind helps to relax and rest after a long day.

Details of construction are given in the video. This shelter took a few hours to build. The main thing lacking was a mat on the ground because large roots made the ground un-level but I chose this location because of the rock wall and overhang. The rock wall worked great to reflect heat from the fire as well.

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Who films you?
I do. I travel alone, shoot, edit, upload, everything.

How many cameras do you use?
Usually I use just one camera. When I have underwater scenes then I also use a GoPro camera.
I get different angles by moving the camera around and repeating the action to create a more cinematic viewing experience for the audience.

Where is this place?
In order to protect the integrity of the natural landscape I prefer to be very vague about the locations I use. There are places that I used to visit that were so beautiful and untouched but the consequences of social media brought all kinds of people to visit and sadly some people do not respect nature and have badly damaged these places. Therefore I do not share exactly where I go.

Do you workout?
Yes, I workout, but not in a gym. I have some weights that I use and also do a lot of bodyweight exercises. I also run and sometimes swim. I hike frequently do collect wild foods and to shoot these videos so I’m very active all the time.

Are you vegan or vegetarian?
I wish I could maintain my health on a primal diet that does not include animals but unfortunately that did not work and I ended up with health problems as a result of those attempts. From my studies, observations of nature, and personal experience I have come to believe that the best diet for optimal human health is a primal diet (paleo).

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Camera: Nikon D7200
Sound: Zoom H4N
Editing: Final Cut Pro X on MacBook Air
Location: California

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Drums of the Deep by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (

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