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Emergency NINJA CAMPING shelter | Stealth camping like a wilderness boss

Hey folks check this out my name is Norseman
and in this video we are going to build a ninja shelter so if you are new here consider
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lets go what are you waiting for come on so let me ask you a question have you ever been
in a situation where you had to have a shelter right now no time to waste no time to fiddle
around with cutting down trees and building any elaborate structures but you had to get
out of the weather now well that’s what this shelter was designed for so about six years
ago I put together a video called the ninja shelter and I didn’t make any claims to the
actual triangle shelter that structure has been used a lot but what I did do was I developed
the way to pack it down and carry it with me everywhere I went I kind of improved it
for my needs and at the time my needs were lightweight and packable as a backup so since
I released that video I have seen a lot of different versions and they all call it the
ninja shelter that’s awesome but that actual video isn’t that great so I thought that I
would come out here and put together another video and show you some other options for
it so that you too can have a ninja shelter packed away and ready to go in the last minute
in case of any kind of an emergency so the first step in this process is to find a suitable
location you have got to have a sturdy object a tree a telephone pole I have actually done
it off the mirror of a motorcycle the ground should be relatively flat now this tarp is
a Jervin Fjellduken from Norway I picked it up in Norway but Ill show you later that you
can do this with any tarp not just this one the second step is to secure your main line
and since most of these tarps aren’t perfectly square you will want to lay it out flat and
figure out which side you want the long edge on and which side you want the short edge
on what I have are all these pieces of nano cord in every eyelet on my tarp they stay
there permanently and they have a series of knots tied in them so I can adjust where exactly
I want to hook it up without giving it too much thought so once this end is secured the
next point is to follow this eyelet down to the opposing corner and stake that one in
once that one is staked down we follow it up on the opposing corner sides
and now the shelter is complete alternatively you can move the pin on the far side and close
it up and make a much smaller shelter with one vertical wall so this is one option for
the layout and while its not absolutely necessary it is beneficial if you take an extra tent
stake and stake that line out so it gives you just a little bit more ground cover so
one question I get asked whenever I teach this method is why did I call it the ninja
shelter well I’m gonna tell you there is a small sub culture of people who just kinda
crash camp roll off the side of the road crash out in the bushes get up before the sun and
keep rolling either on bicycles motorcycles cars whatever it is just a free way to travel
when in certain circles that’s called ninja camping hence the ninja shelter the point
is you can put it up in under a minute at last light you can take it down in under a
minute at first light and be gone before anybody knows you were there so another question I
sometimes get asked is when would you use this shelter and the answer is anytime that
you would want to use a shelter because of the elastic cord its real stable in high winds
it has full over head cover rain and snow its low to the ground its very easy to camouflage
if that happens to be your thing and its quick and efficient so what about the winter time
I recently had my two friends Robert Manilla practical survivor and Mikhail Merkerov from
Emberlit up here for a winter camp and Robert Manilla did something interesting and he built
a ninja shelter but he also turned it into a super shelter so it was like a ninja super
shelter and he got it to the best that I can remember about eighty degrees on the inside
when it was negative twenty on the outside so you cant really argue with that kind of
detail so in this bag are some additions that would make this a really good start on a warm
winter shelter you want to take the roof off and fold it over the backside to give you
room to work and then you build the liner in the same way you built the shelter in the
first place so in order to put our space blanket into use on the inside of the shelter we are
going to need some small smooth pebbles and our four cords before you can build the liner
you have to secure your Indian buttons on all four corners in some cases you want to
attach an extra hank of nano cord to one of the corners
now I am gonna use the little bungee cord and the three extra pegs that I have to set
up the liner so of course this bungee cord can be replaced with just a piece of cordage
or anything you can find if you don’t happen to have one we have already set up the ninja
shelter we set up the liner for it and I hope that you see with the combination that especially
the way that we set up up the liner you can take any piece of anything that you can find
that will work as some sort of tentage that’s big enough to cover your body it can be a
piece of scrap plastic it can be a painters tarp it can be an old curtain anything and
maybe a pair of boot laces and you could set up a shelter practically anywhere in no time
at all so I have one final question for you do you see any improvements that we could
do to it to make it better stronger quicker if so put that down in the comments maybe
we can experiment with it and maybe we can make it a better shelter than it already is
I hope you all enjoyed that let me know what you think if you try it you can connect with
me here in the comments or on Instagram Facebook and Twitter and I will see you on the next


  • Riverbend Longbows Outdoors

    Yes sir👍
    You put that video together very well.
    Used to to almost exact shelter years ago but would also do Indian button center back to hoist up for more elbow room.
    Great video 🎯

  • Bob Shannon

    Great information and video, I just found your channel and subscribed. I'm starting to work on a haversack kit and this would be an ideal setup to carry. Thanks!!

  • Kent Greenough

    Add a large trash bag for better ground cover, fill with leaves if available for better insulation and sleeping comfort. Odds are if you need shelter, the ground is already wet.

  • William Pribble

    Outstanding video. Great idea pre-knotting your cords and secures on the grommets to save time on setup. To improve I would have an additional sheet for a ground cloth (or use trash bags). Maybe pre-set up your space blanket be using a small square of duct tape at each corner with hole punched to work as a grommet. Here is a link on modifying a space blanket. http://www.watertribe.com/magazine/y2002/m12/SteveIsaacModifySpaceBlanket.aspx
    Keep up great videos!

  • Blue Mountain Bushcraft and Outdoors

    I made a similar shelter last fall while on a trip. I used a big 10×10 silnylon tarp and lifted the center with an Indian button. It was overkill but it was roomy and comfortable.

  • John T

    You were walking through the woods in the beginning and I swear I thought you were going to yell out "What are you doing PL?"

    Great video, great updates to the shelter. We are in an "individual level tasks" cycle of training this year and while down at Fort Stewart I will be showing my platoon this shelter concept. Many have gotten used to, or only know using the issue one man tent. It's bulky, cumbersome, noisy to set up, NOT good for a tactical environment (maybe for the AA). This will be the preferred style of shelter I will want my guys using.

    My only concern and I have been trying to figure it out, is to make a similar shelter when you have NO stable upright object to build off of. I'll figure out a light weight, low to now cost way that won't be an issue to jam down into a ruck or assault pack.

    I was literally waiting for your knife hand to come flying out. Great video.

  • kidbach

    nice update to an already utilitarian setup i first saw from you. i live in a urban environment so for my shelter kit i have SOL HD reflective sheet in OD green, which if i dont need a full shelter i can just wrap it around myself to maintain core temperature. i also carry a cheap 9X12 plastic painters dropcloth for a ground barrier/super shelter. thanks for sharing.

  • Kayakwinds

    The Ninji shelter is a first rate, low cost “four season” shelter solution for campers. It features fast setup and easy take-down, along with great features for stealth campers.

    I have made it my “go to” shelter ever since you first featured it in a video, some years ago.

    Turning it into a “super shelter” configuration–that is, the type of shelter made famous by Mors Kochanski–is genius.

    I would be most appreciative if you could prove a few pictures of what the front of the “super shelter” configuration looks like. I don’t think the video showed as much detail as it could have. Specifically, I mean the way the clear plastic portion should be attached.

    Nonetheless it is a great video! Keep up the great work!

  • Charles Hill

    the ninja shelter is a modified plow point shelter with one side folded under itself. the use of a mylar sheet is nice for controlling core body temp in bad weather, I would wear more layers of clothing instead, creates less noise, use a 55 gal contractors bag filled with debris for a bed, and use a nite ize figure 9 instead of the single caribiner… other than those things, the ninja shelter is damn near perfect…

  • J.B. J.B.

    Heres a suggestion..why not VELCRO the liner to the tarp then u can remove it if its not needed and you can save that extra step and get it completely set up all at once….

  • Ƿódenson

    Get some spray adhesive and adhere the Mylar permanently into the Jervin tarp so you don't have to fool around with it during camp set up, those things can be a pain in the rear.

  • Filip Ekelund

    The ninja shelter is great and all, but imo the hammock shelters are optimal. All you need is a rope, a tarp and 2 sturdy poles of some sort. No wet ground to worry about, no wind because od the tarp and it's comfortable. Winwinwin

  • Makoto Sekai

    Thinking about this set up. Its actually great! Well if you are in survival situation and you need a warmth. But you are in the hostage situation and you need a low profile shelter. I think the tarp you have is really a great option. But I am thinking that you can create a reflective, insulating, quick and easy bivvy shelter. Add a sappling with natural leaves on it or if doing a op (operational post) cut a bush inside. Then clean the debris inside and install a chicken wire to look natural. Also the shelter needs to be torn down into a sleeping bag and/or shelter. Keeping and Using a minimal kit will help you retain heat and survive in good, moderate, and worst conditions you may face in the natural elements of earth.

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  • Thug Lincoln

    Technically you don't need the mylar liner on that particular tarp as it's already aluminized / reflective. Does it actually make a difference?

  • Robert Dougherty

    Nice video! It shows an inexpensive expedient for getting out of bad weather relatively fast. For a more expensive but probably much better and faster way, checkout the Snugpak Bunker, fly first tent (using only the fly). I have one of these beauties and can enthusiastically vouch for it.

  • ConanTheContrarian1

    I like the idea of the pebbles and the microcord. Maybe if you used that all the way round, you could fold some of the excess cover at the feet under and expand the ground cover area in wet weather.

  • Thomas Nugent

    Very good. A small fire in front, offset from the canopy. Not really part of the shelter itself, but a worthwhile endeavor in cold weather. Thank you very much

  • Sidney Mathious

    That is a nice temporary shelter to sleep in when away from home and I do have two tarps which I would take with me when traveling far away from home. They are square tarps though and I could use them for sheltering where ever I am at.

  • Richard Pickford

    I use the same setup with a DD 10×10… For a ground pad I use an old German army folding mat. Whilst it's thin, it can be doubled up to give you a thicker mate under your core. And it's so tough it can withstand being placed on top of pine boughs etc on off set fire helps alot too. And if positioned correctly the tarp shields the glow of the fire when Stealth camping.


    Attaching a different color para cord to the long ends might help speed the process a bit instead of having to lay it out first to find them. Really enjoy your vids brother ,keep'em coming !!

  • Wolff Tracks

    Really like the idea. The only thing I think I would change would be where the bungee goes on the tree. I would feel better with another sustem. After time bungees wear and break especially after being expose to rain and sun. Really liked the space blanket liner.

  • OzarkWanderer

    I think one of those reusable space blankets wouldbe a good add on. I ve camped in this shelter using one and it was great

  • Kurt Baier

    Instead of or in addition too the Mylar sheet, tape the sheet to a big enough piece of plastic to enclose the space under the tarp. Provide a gap on front edge to allow some ventilation. It will reduce convection.

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