Shelter is always one of the top priorities in a survival situation, and if you don’t have manmade protection against the elements, you’ll need to improvise. A simple lean-to shelter provides a good short-term solution, but if you’re going to be off the grid for an extended period, it’s worthwhile to invest more time into a structure that’s more spacious and durable.

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In his latest YouTube video, the host of Primitive Technology builds a round hut shelter from naturally-occurring materials in his surrounding rainforest environment. The A-frame shelter he previously built had been damaged by heavy rainfall and moths, so he starts from scratch with a larger cylindrical shelter and conical roof.

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According to the video description, this round hut shelter consists of 12 wooden posts and an incredible 700 palm fronds split in half. The walls are constructed from Loya cane, a jungle vine, which is woven between the posts and covered in clay from the soil. A drainage ditch is also dug around the exterior of the shelter, providing a gutter for rain that runs off the thatched roof.

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Check out the video below and keep this technique in mind if you find yourself in need of a long-term survival shelter.


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