Posted by: old_user on Jan-02-08 11:40 AM (EST)
Great article but I have several reservations.
1. erecting a shelter under a unsecured log and ecavating any supporting sand could be very problematic.
2. In Texas wehave a rather large number of areas where a shelter as described...where one would pull trashetc fron unde a log and gather grass to pull in around ones self...what about water mocassins and rattle snakes. Some of the larges Ihave ever seen were in the midst of tidal flats and grassy areas cntigous woth the beach.
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Posted by: old_user on Jan-26-08 4:04 PM (EST)
Hi, good point and why I mentioned to dig in the center, thereby leaving the ends to support the log. In Alaska, these logs are gigantic and the sections for shelter are but a small fraction of the total. Also, the digging is mostly to level it out so the amount of sand is minor.RE: Snakes, etc....again, Alaska... but good point. If you are there first, and are moving around, you may not see a snake...otherwise....if its a real emergency, luring them to a shelter means food on the squirm!
Posted by: wavetamer on Jan-06-10 2:43 AM (EST)
One presumes that dangers would be considered first and then if the log was secure, build the shelter. Realize that a 20' beach log, common in Alaska anyway, need only be dug out for the length of your body, hence the ends are still secured in the sand. As far as critters, there are regiona concerns for snakes and other critters, but unless you are rummaging around their den in the first place I don't think they would try to enter your domain. You will probably be squirmin' enough to scare most other critters away! Bottom line, it pays to be cautious, learn what you can about your surroundings...and be careful.