Problem: Cold and Wet
So what do you do when you’re out in a torrential rain with no man-made tinder on you and you need to get a fire going? Everything is soaking wet and finding dry tinder is really challenging.
Here’s how to make your own tinder using heartwood scrapings:
First, locate some dead wood. The dead limbs attached to the lower part of a tree underneath the live branches are known as squaw-wood.This is one of the easiest materials to use for creating dry tinder as these branches are somewhat protected from Continue reading HOW TO MAKE BONE-DRY TINDER EVEN IN A DOWNPOUR
Fire saved my life. In fact, during the 6 months of training to be a SERE Specialist, there were only a handful of times that I wasn’t cold, wet, hungry and sleep deprived. On some phases of training, fire was intentionally withheld so we could experience what it was like to suffer without it. Fire changes your life. Cooking food, sterilizing water, heating, signaling, tool-making and morale to name a few. For our safety throughout training, our instructors mandated that we keep two things on our belt at all times: one was a knife, the other was a metal match. Continue reading METAL MATCH