One Day Jungle Survival Shelter

In the tropics thunderstorms at night are very common so staying dry is a big concern. During my stay alone in a remote jungle canyon in Chiapas, Mexico I made this primitive survival shelter to keep me dry during the thunderstorms that occurred almost every night. I spent two days making it because I was shooting video and doing other activities but it could be made in as little as half a day as long as the materials can be found nearby. The important thing is to really pack a lot of grass on the top of it. I was running out of time so I didn’t put quite enough. Surprisingly it leaked only a little on the inside in one area.

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

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

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