When it comes to architecture and the DIY lifestyle, there are some who are not content to buy a kit and a set of power tools for a simple weekend project. UK blogger Kevin Langan has set himself the ambitious goal of building 100 survival shelters solely from natural resources. After experimenting with different materials and configurations, he intends to sleep in each temporary home for a night and then blog about his experiences. Inspired by huts, roundhouses, and prehistoric settlements, Langan has already constructed four habitations throughout Scotland. Using only a small wooden hatchet and the materials from his chosen locations, he hopes to inspire fellow outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers to follow in his footsteps.
Kevin Langan is not fully content with his warm, central-heated family home in Glasgow, Scotland. To reconnect with nature and test his comfort level, he has decided to fashion 100 huts from natural resources, wielding only a hatchet and a general idea of where he wants to build a shelter. Says Langan about the project,
“I know that this challenge will be excruciatingly hard and that there is a small chance I’ll regret this eccentric idea in the depths of some cold night and want to give up. It may take me years to complete – but I’d rather challenge myself than just exist, I’d rather feel anything than feel nothing. In all honesty I want to feel afraid; I want to abandon the sanitized sterility of urban life and find a true type of contentment down amongst the moss and mud. I want to experience the fear of being alone on a cold, dark wet winter’s night. I want to learn how to feel comfortable resting beside worms, biting insects, scurrying rodents, noisy birds or if I’m lucky – an inquisitive fox. ”
Langan is surprisingly candid about his adventures, expressing embarrassment when a roof collapses, agitated nerves in the dark of the wilderness, or contentment after a good night of “hutting”. He has already completed four adventures, and will continue to take photos and write about his escapades through his blog, 100 Wild Huts.