Learn how to build the Ultimate Survival Shelter!

This course will prepare you to plan, craft, and build a life-saving survival debris shelter that can save your life, especially if you don’t have a fire, in the most adverse of conditions.

Watch Intro Video

Hi, I'm Frank and I'll be your Instructor!

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Who is this course for?

This is a course for everyone, no matter how seasoned in the outdoors you may be. Frank has thought diligently and thoroughly through all the possible pitfalls of where, when, how, and why to build a survival debris hut.

What is a Debris Hut?

The debris hut is the most basic of survival shelters. It’s labor intensive to build properly, but it’s arguably the most important survival shelter to master. It’s meant to insulate and trap body heat while keeping you safe from the cold and moisture. A debris hut is key to survival if you do not have the ability to make a fire!
What is a Debris Hut?

What are other students saying?

  • Excellent Course on Debris Shelter Construction

    Keith Farrar

    Frank's presentation was clear and professional. I was amazed at how much vital information was packed into this short course. I would like to see more cours...

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    Frank's presentation was clear and professional. I was amazed at how much vital information was packed into this short course. I would like to see more courses from Frank as he seems to be an extremely knowledgeable instructor.

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Learn how to make a Natural Woven Door!

You’ll learn the art and practice of making an insulated woven door to your shelter that will make you more comfortable because it will make your debris shelter more efficient!
Learn how to make a Natural Woven Door!

Course Objectives

Learn how to mitigate the massive and subtle risks involved in choosing a safe location for your shelter.

  • How to predict weather patterns and choose the best location for your debris hut

  • How to assess the relative safety of your surroundings

  • How to harvest all the materials you’ll need to make your shelter with ease

  • What to look for in the woods you choose for your ridgepole and ribbing

  • How to identify points of entry for water into your shelter and correct them

  • The science of filing in your structure with debris and proper shaping to avoid disaster

  • How to conserve your body heat once you’re inside your debris hut

  • Tips for adding a larger debris covered work room as an addition to your original shelter

  • And more!!!

[BONUS] Wilderness Survival Shelter Checklist Download

It’s hard to think clearly during an emergency, so the last thing you want to do is forget the steps you need to take in building your Wilderness Survival Shelter. Use this checklist to remember the steps you need to take and prepare today for what might happen tomorrow.
[BONUS] Wilderness Survival Shelter Checklist Download

[BONUS SKILL] Split Root Cordage

Learn a bonus skill of harvesting roots and using them for lashings to make your debris hut even more stable and secure—especially if you need it for multiple nights!
[BONUS SKILL] Split Root Cordage

Course Curriculum

  • 1
    [BONUS DOWNLOAD] Wilderness Survival Shelter Checklist
    • FREE WORD DOC Wilderness Survival Checklist
  • 2
    Shelter Location, Sizing, and Layout
    • Setting Up Your Shelter: 4 Things You Need
    • Choosing A Safe Location
    • Choosing the Best Location
    • Placement and Orientation
  • 3
    Building the Debris Hut Shelter
    • Construction: Ridgepole and Ribs
    • Fitting Your Shelter to Your Body Size
    • Covering and Insulating Your Shelter
    • Creating a Door Part 1: Preparation
    • Creating A Door Part 2: Creating And Weaving
    • Tips for Making Waterproof - Beyond Shelter Covering
    • [BONUS VIDEO] Harvesting and Lashing with Roots
  • 4
    Final Thoughts
    • How It Holds Up After 3 Days of Rain
    • BONUS VIDEO: What to do when you are LOST?

Meet Your Instructor

  • Frank  Grindrod

    Owner, Earthwork Programs

    Frank Grindrod

    Frank Grindrod is a wilderness survival instructor, public speaker, and expedition leader who has been featured on ABC's Chronicle, as well as on Masslive and other local New England TV and radio. He has led trips in Alaska, the Rocky Mountains, and the Florida Everglades and Central America. He has also been an adjunct faculty member at Smith College and University of Georgia, where he taught Wilderness Survival courses. Grindrod is the owner of Earthwork Programs in New England and, for the last 20 years, he has trained thousands of people to become more capable in the wild.