Watch a Camping Expert Show How to Maximize Airflow in a DIY Shelter

Learn how to create a ventilated shelter for impromptu summer camping the same way our ancestors did — by watching YouTube.

Remember the days of mentorship and family? When we learned important life lessons the good ol’ fashioned way?

That’s the tone in this YouTube clip, where the Coalcracker Bushcraft folks teach us how to build one of the most rudimentary, yet versatile, backcountry shelters: the lean-to.

The clip provides a neat little recipe for cooler camping during hot months. It also transmits handy tips and tricks like how to use center loft and Prusik loops to help you stake the shelter out just right.

If techy lean-to talk sounds like a good coffee break conversation, here’s a new icebreaker for you.

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Andrew McLemore

An award-winning journalist and photographer, Andrew McLemore brings more than 14 years of experience to his position as Associate News Editor for Lola Digital Media. Andrew is a musician, climber and traveler who currently lives in Cuenca, Ecuador, which he uses as a home base for adventures throughout the Americas. When he's not writing, playing gigs or exploring the outdoors, he's hanging out with his dog Campana.

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