Illustrations by Matt Hall; shelter information based on notes from Shaun Deller
THE LEAN-TO IS ONE OF BUSHCRAFT’S MOST BASIC AND FUNDAMENTAL STRUCTURES. Simple and quick to build, the lean-to can provide room to sit up or lie down in many different environments and circumstances (varying sizes, materials, levels of protection). Additionally, it can be built without any tools. These attributes make it an important shelter to have in one’s survival repertoire.
What follows is a brief, general guide to constructing a lean-to in various configurations, as well as some considerations to consider, broken down into five basic sections: