Snow Trench – The Quickest Winter Survival Shelter?

A blizzard is coming in and you’re out there in the wilderness. You need to quickly build some sort of shelter to protect you from the elements, snow, windchill and freezing temperatures, to keep you safe during the night. Using only the basic equipment most hikers or outdoors adventurers would have on them, I show how to build a snow trench using just a shovel and a tarp or poncho. The snow trench is probably the easiest and fastest type of Winter snow shelter to construct. It also works.
It’s one thing to watch TV shows which are set in the ideal location and under the ideal conditions to build a shelter, and it’s another to find yourself alone in the woods facing a snow storm or oncoming night time and have to make do with just what you’re carrying in order to survive.
And in this video, Nature decided that I should prove my skills and turned nasty on me. Miles away from home, alone in a deciduous forest, in way below zero conditions and deep snow, and evening rapidly approaching, Nature went all The Long Dark on me.
It really helped me remember that life is an adventure, and that you can’t really appreciate life until you’ve tested your limits and survived. The adrenaline buzz that follows (once you’ve warmed up and recovered) is incredible.
The basic kit I use in this video are a vintage Czechoslovak army poncho, a Swiss Mountain rucksack and a Russian shovel (Spetznaz shovel).

Published by Carpathian Adventure

My name is Edward O'Toole and I live in one of the wildest, most beautiful parts of Europe, in the Carpathian Mountains of Eastern Slovakia. Life is an adventure - both physically and metaphysically... I've been living out here for the last 22 years, along with my wife, 3 kids and Jack Russell. My main interests involve bushcraft, prepping, survival and wilderness living (self-sufficiency and self-reliance), ecological, green, smart and natural solutions, motorcycles and motorbike club life, writing and art (I have 7 published books), and exploring the paranormal. For more about my lifestyle, art and writing visit

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