Starting a fire has became almost second nature for the majority of us. Whether it be starting the grill, bonfires, or any number of other reasons to start a fire, generally speaking we typically use a lighter or match with some sort of lighter fluid to start our fires. While those are easily the most obvious and ideal methods in a perfect world, sadly our current situations are not always perfect or ideal.
After doing a little online research, I was able to stumble upon a few statistics which almost all parroted each other that claimed on average, roughly 2,000 people get lost or otherwise go missing in the wilderness areas of the US. Of those numbers, a few hundred are found dead, primarily from exposure to the elements. While many people assume the winter months to be the most deadly, that’s not always true. In any survival situation or discussion you’ll hear of the necessities for shelter, fire, food and water, and you’ll hear them mentioned in a number of different orders or priorities. I think instead of following a set script, it’s best to assess your current situation and take the immediate steps that pertains to your current situation at hand. Imagine for a minute that you tip your canoe over while on a wilderness adventure, losing your GPS or maps, and are effectively lost. The water temps are in the mid 70’s, and the air temps are in the upper 80’s. The order in which you’ll need to complete your survival steps will be drastically different than if the water temps were in the 30’s, and the temps are crashing down.
Each week we’re going to go over one short tip or technique we feel will greatly increase your chances of surviving in the wilderness, or disaster, and we’ll even post links down below showing some of the products we’re using. In this weeks video, we’re talking about the use of jute twine, a little bit of candle wax, and a FireSteel.