Wilderness Survival: Shelter, Fire, Water, Hypothermia. Paul Tarsitano

Paul teaches on how to build a shelter, start a fire, melt snow, and signs of hypothermia. Shelter built with only a knife and fire started with a flint. For more information on courses go to www.savealifeca.com

25 Comments on "Wilderness Survival: Shelter, Fire, Water, Hypothermia. Paul Tarsitano"

  1. can be used longer.. if you smoke you could be close to out of fuel as well so once its out its alot harder to make a fire

  2. Thats right, carry a fire starter that is easy to use, fast, and reliable. But, carry a fint as a spare because they are durable, easily dried, and long lasting. Lighters break easily, run out of fuel, however they are great when they work. Also, you learn how to start a fire from a spark when using a flint, when mastered using a lighter is that much easier.

  3. aguswidjaja | December 3, 2009 at 5:50 pm |

    Why use a flint if you can use a cigarette lighter which is very easy to use?

  4. Yup, there has been more than one shelter caught on fire by students with teaching this. Just remember that the fire is no more than 1/3 the height of the shelter…

  5. lol at 5:00 it looks like he’s about to set that tree in fire and start a forest fire

  6. Good question and often asked. Depends, if raining get a shelter going. The shelter will protect you and fire. Clear sky, prepare a fire pit, reflector and start your fire. Gather your materials and bring them close to the building spot, if it gets dark you have the materials close at hand. Also try and gather 3 days of fire wood, gather wood far away from shelter first so you don’t have to go far when tired, always blaze to and from the shelter so you won’t get lost again, hope that helps.

  7. if i would ever got lost then is it more important to get a fire going and then a shelter or a shelter and then make fire when the shelter is complete? srry for bad english

  8. That pipe is air to the fire, not to me =)
    just to have more efficient burning you know.

  9. don’t need a pipe, the shelters are generally not air tight or you will die of carbon monoxide poisioning. Don’t forget to carry a survival kit with a 10’x10′ sheet of plastic. saves a lot of time.

  10. Ok, do you sell DVDs then?
    Regarding firepits, i will make me also a pipe from the outside to inside of shelter to provide oxygen with a flexible “tube” that i can mount on the outside end to control where i want to gather wind.

  11. another dvd coming soon so you can see fire pit and more details

  12. Ok, thnks, i will put that on memory, would be a great fire though..if that was what you wanted =)

  13. What I did was find a dead birch. Bark from a dead birch tree is easily removed, cut a long line say 3 feet and remove the bark. I would keep piling on materials, this adds insulation and more water proof. Be aware, the fire inside can catch the shelter on fire, no more than 1/3rd the height of the shelter.

  14. Yeah i forgot to mention i am now in the high mountains 600-800 meters over sea level, there are pine, spruce , birchtrees and Sorbus aucuparia…=) dont know the english name.
    Also, does smoke from the fire act like a conserver on the materials such as the frame logs and it all?

  15. depending on the material at hand, first for a A frame type, main frame, rib it with sticks vertically, then sticks horizontally, then at insulation like pine and or leaves, make sure there is a good pitch to the roof, then if possible bark it at the end like you are shingling a roof, add logs around the base. I will demo one soon on a video with pics, ps don’t forge the bedding first, and fire pit. if raining, put up the roof first and then fire, logs to protect you from the ground.

  16. I just made a shelter yesterday on a pine tree that had blown down with a diameter about 50cm.
    What is the best you can use to insulate it with after you put your logs as a shell?
    And in what order?

  17. BavarianRaven | December 3, 2009 at 10:43 pm |

    it depends on the size of the flint and how many times u use it, but as long as u dont abuse it, it should last u years. mine has, and i use it often.

  18. lol 0:46 orange power

  19. in belgium there is cell phone reception everywhere

    but then again if u walk an hour or so ur out of “wilderniss” 😀

  20. superassassin47 | December 3, 2009 at 11:23 pm |


  21. Depending on the flint, usually a thousand strikes. When using a flint it eventually wears down. Most outdoors store sell them.

  22. how long does a flint last? can it be used too much and i would have to buy a new one?

  23. Carry a communication device suited for your area that you will be traveling in. In addition a cell phone is cheap and light easily stored in a pocket or emergency kit.

  24. GuillaumeTremblay30 | December 4, 2009 at 1:36 am |

    if you get lost going to the corner store a cell phone will help … but into the wild hundreds of kilometers away from home …. i doubt it

  25. yes a cell phone, very light, cheap, and sometimes you just may find a spot for reception. and you don’t need to activate a cell phone to call 911. sure carry a sat phone, SPOT, or PLB if you have the money. Cell is a good back up.

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