As I was searching for new ways to surprise people trespassing my property for an end-day simulation, I came across a very interesting article on Ready Nutrition that I wanted to share with you.
In a worst-case scenario, give yourself a hidden edge for when the SHTF and the going gets rough.
What we’re going to detail today does not involve any arachnids, but the Spider-Hole takes its name from the creatures.
A Spider-Hole is meant to have the characteristics of the home constructed by the Trapdoor spider and other similar species.
What does the Trapdoor spider do? He constructs a hole in the ground for himself and lines it with silk.
Then the spider builds a “trapdoor” out of silk and debris from ground level to camouflage his portal. Then the spider waits, with the door open a “crack,” looking out with his eight eyes and awaiting movement of his prey.
Then, quick as a snap, he rushes out and jumps on his prey with lightning speed, and drags the now-envenomated prey down into his spider-hole. How’s that for a survival food prep?
His technique has been used by man for some time, and we’re going to refresh on it here.
A Spider-Hole should not be used for a long-term hide unless you have no other options.
You can prepare them on your property, and utilize them either for a temporary hide site or for a hasty fighting position with which to ambush an enemy.
It is not to be used as a proper fighting position for a static defense, as a “foxhole,” as it is not a very defensible position.
The spider hole is used to make a quick disappearing act, and also to prep for an ambush.
The technique dubbed “Fabian Tactic,” named after the Roman Consul Quintus Fabius Maximus, is also referred to in the vernacular as a “hit-and-run” maneuver.
It is especially useful in an ambush meant to slow down or harass a larger unit by a smaller force.
Fabian Tactics are perfect for the Spider Hole: hide for a brief time, and when the moment is right, emerge or fire to give the enemy the soup-bone. Then seal up the Spider-Hole and move out of the area quickly and with a purpose.
Optimal places for a Spider-Hole are on the sides of hills with limited access to your rear once the Spider-Hole is in place, with large boulders or rock faces to your rear, and at the edge of a forest just before an open area (field) meets with it.
The Spider-Hole should be able to accommodate one person and their rucksack and weapon.
The best dimensions should be the length/height equal to 1 ½ the height of a man and twice the man’s girth for the diameter of the hole.
The Spider hole should be on a slight (very slight) grade for the interior chamber so that if the person inside is in the prone, the feet will be slightly lower than the torso.
Such will enable rest within the hole if necessary, and will not be too unnatural a position in which to lie.
A Spider-Hole should be as flush with the earth in the entrance as possible, and the “portal” should be made of materials from the local area that do not appear out of place with the immediate site.
Do not take those materials from the immediate site! Then there would be gaps/bare places that would be noticeable.
The mouth should have some cover (such as a log, sandbags, or rocks), to be located at the entrance to fire a weapon behind, but not preventing you from escaping from the hole.
At this point, all you will require are provisions tailored to your specific needs.
Use your imagination and the space available inside to ensure that you don’t have to leave the outpost unless there is no other choice.
With this in mind, you’ll have the perfect ambush/hideout spot that will gradually increase your chances of survival during a society meltdown, when humans will likely return to their animalistic nature.