Bivouacs and emergency shelters

  • Emergency equipment
  • Shelter construction
  • Snow shelters
  • Separated group members
  • Splitting the group

Spending the night huddled under a bush is not the ideal way to give your group a positive experience. Well-prepeared leaders should always aim not to require emergency shelters (except to practice!). However, knowledge of emergency procedures and how to construct emergency shelters is incredibly useful if ever required.

There are many different scenarios that may warrant the construction of a shelter to make spending an unplanned night less uncomfortable. If well equipped, you simply need to practice good campsite selection criteria for an unplanned stop. However, the situation changes significantly if you have inadequate, damaged or no equipment at all.