"Easy" suvival weekend
Have fun! Coupla things... You can find dry wood on the inside of dead limbs near the bottom of conifer trees. The bark may be wet, but the core mostly or very dry. Never use wood from the ground! Just baton it.
Also, don't need to waste your Paracord (which is better for making traps and snares anyway) to build a shelter. In most wooded areas, there is a huge root system for plants, bushes, and trees. Use a digging stick (NOT your knife!) to find one, the pull it up as far as you can. You can strip whatever bark is on it with the BACK of your knife, and soak it then pound it a bit to soften and make it pliable. There will be resin in the roots for some, which will dry and harden like steel eventually!
Mother Nature provides unlimited supplies for building, especially cordage. Save the man-made cordage for other things than building a shelter, unless time is a huge factor. Even then, I will use roots to bind.
Learning to do a "two strand twist" from natural materials to make rope and cordage is another great skill to learn! (Google it)
Lastly, head on over to our sister site, BushcraftUSA.com, and watch the Bushclass videos. It's all there.
Good luck, and enjoy!
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He did not know that he could not fly, and so, he DID!
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