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with supporting cross members, and you've got a "lid" for your spiderhole. take a poncho, on which to pile your escavated dirt. Use the poncho to carry it away and dispose of it, preferably in a muddy creek. All this has to be done at night. The hole has to be sited where trees keep off most precipitaion and where you'll get no seepage. Ideally, it will be located where sod or tree roots mean that your dirt overhead, when you tunnel horizontally, wont collapse or need shoring-up. Clay is ideal material to work in, and will be useful later, too, if you need to make containers.

Dig a 2ft wide hole, 5 ft deep. The first 6" of soil should be set-aside, carefully, because it will be the camo for your lid. You can leave no sign of disturbance, or your hideout is likely to be compromised. Wrap an E tool in a couple of garbage bags and bury it not far from your hole. Do soshallowly, in case the ground is frozen when you need it. Tie a heavy, rusted wire to one end of the tool, and leave one end of said wire VERY shallowly buried. Anyone noticing an old pc of wire is unlikely to consider it worthy of exploration. A post- hole digger is a huge help once you get deeper than a couple of feet down. It's bulky-heavy, but you CAN lug it into and out of the area, ya know. If need be, walk alongside of bike and let the bike carry your tools and materials.

When the day comes that you need to hide out, remove the lid, dig a bit to one side, so as to make room for your back, shaving the dirt more to the side as you go deeper, and letting it fall into the hole (for now). After you have dug down a few feet, the "shelf" you are forming is your seat. Dig a hole between your feet (as you sit) for your lower legs. Then dispose of the excavated dirt, get plenty of water, pop enough ambien to sleep (sitting up) thru the next day, and relax. You are out of sight of your enemies and also out of reach of dog-packs.

The next night, dig a 2x2x4 ft long tunnel to one side of your spiderhole, leaving one foot of dirt overhead. Your feet will go into it first, so the final 2 ft need not (for now) be more than 18" wide and 15" high. If you do this right, the excavated dirt will fit into the original vertical spiderhole. No need to dispose of the dirt, cause you no longer need the full depth of the vertical hole. In fact, you don't want it, cause you want to lie across it, horizontally. If you widen or extend your tunnel, of course, you WILL need to dispose of the dirt. But that can occur on night number 3 (or 13).

Virtually nobody (who might ever find the original hole, prior to shtf) is going to remember it or consider it worth coming back to, post shtf. If they could ever find it again, that is. With a few appropriate items cached nearby, the tunnel can become quite effective as a living space. Space blanket lining for cold weather, white muslin sheet lining for warm weather. Both materials mean a very little bit of light will show you everything in that little tunnel. In snake, centipede, spider or scorpion country, that can be a very comforting asset to have! :)

Such a hole and bit of gear is very low cost, can offer a lot of peace of mind and can be easily arranged, by one person, in one night, with perfect discretion, any where you want it to be. Naturally, it would be nice to have the hole be within a mile of a permanent water source, but that distance can be extended by several miles ( if need be) to get a proper site.
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