Be Ready for What ever Happens
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Legend has it that Prometheus brought fire to humans from the gods. As punishment for us, Zeus created Pandora who opened a jar of evils, hard work and disease that has plagued mankind ever since.
You need fire to survive. It warms us in the cold, cooks our food, disinfects our water (necessary thanks to Pandora) and provides light in the dark. Try surviving in the wilderness for a while without it, and you will see how important it is.
When talking about fire and survival, most people automatically get the mental image of rubbing two sticks together. That is a romantic idea can be done, but always being prepared with a few simple things to create fire is far easier.
In our survival classes we teach preparedness. You don’t need much to be ready. I think the best idea is a knife (I am almost never without a good pocket knife at any hour of the day) and a magnesium fire starter. These things take very little room in your pocket and will start fires under almost any condition. Of course, you may prefer waterproof matches, a butane lighter or even two sticks (that is a joke, it really takes a lot more than just two sticks).
But that is only the beginning- you also need tinder, kindling and fuel for your fire and a safe zone to make the fire in. The last thing you need in a survival situation is to start a forest fire.
No matter what ignition method you choose, making and keeping a fire going is a lot of work. You have to constantly tend it, find fuel and keep it from getting too big. Many people think a campfire should be a giant bonfire, but not so- you will learn that a small fire that is sufficient to keep your shelter warm and disinfect water is all you need and keeps you from becoming exhausted by hauling firewood.
Shelter? Yes, as humans, we are not very good handling cold. It is relatively easy for us to get hypothermic and die, so along with your fire you need to construct a shelter. This can often be done using naturally occurring debris in the area, but along with gathering fire wood, you will find this to be an exhausting endeavor when you are already tired, hungry and thirsty, cold and wet.
So along with a knife and fire starter, it is good to have something you can use as a shelter. My preference is a military poncho. Not a cheap knock-off. A real one, made tough. I can wear it while walking and stay reasonably dry, I can use it to create a variety of shelters and it is easy to carry even on a hike.
Because you never know when something will happen that you are not planning for like a hiking buddy or you get injured and cannot get back or a storm blows in and you need to stay put for the night. It happens every day.
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