I'm looking for some advice from those of you that have experience with survial shelters / tents / bivy's ect, used for survival purposes during conditions that require some sort of shelter to stave off hypothermia during the night.......or two.
I hunt / hike alone in roadless areas, usually with my hound or three, and living on Vancouver Island, I experince much of the same kind of weather conditions that you would in Alaska for certain periods of the year. Rain.....as in torrential downpours, sleet, snow, wind, and minus C temps, clear and cold are what we get and can expect here during Sept to April.
I'm looking to travel [ bush-bashing through the thick west coast terrain ] as light as possible, yet have a shelter in my pack that will keep me alive. I would hope never to have to use, but IF I do it will be because of some sort of injury or other unforeseen circumstance that has kept me from returning back to home / base. I currently have a small Sil Tarp in my pack and carry rain gear and some extra clothes, and "penny stove" and fuel, headlamp, and other survival gear. I have no plans to pack a sleeping bag, sleeping pad, it's the extra clothes, keeping dry [ or trying to get dry ] and some food that I am planning on to get me through. If getting a fire going is an option, then a fire I will have.
I'm thinking my options are;
Build a shelter from fir branches and such and cover with sil tarp.......takes time and would not be fun with a broken ankle or hip.
Wrap up in a space blanket and cover with sil tarp.......easy, but would still loose lots of heat to wind etc.
Bivy vs one man tent? I've never used either..........
So what have you used or do you pack as a light weight survival shelter?