Light a Fire with Just One Match
The only thing hotter than cozying up by a campfire? Impressing your date by sparking an instant flame.
1. Collect a couple handfuls of dry twigs and dry tinder, such as shredded bark, moss, or leaves (or pack dryer lint).
2. Build, depending on personal preference, either a lean-to (A), teepee (B), or log cabin (C) structure out of twigs. Pack the interior semi-tightly with tinder, but leave open spaces for airflow and a small space below the structure for inserting a match, which, let’s face it, is sexier than a Bic (maybe it’s the dramatic striking sound).
3. Light the match out of the wind and close to the tinder. Hold the flame to the fuel; when coals form, blow softly to add oxygen.
4. Gradually add sticks; start pencil-diameter, then increase size.
5. Make chairs out of your sleeping mat and a chair kit (like the Big Agnes Cyclone SL; $40, 6 oz., bigagnes.com) and huddle close.
Find step-by-step video instruction at backpacker.com/lightafire.