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Starting Fire

The Complete Guide to Campfires

By: Casey Lyons

From the dawn of history to dusk last night, fire is mankind’s oldest and most useful tool. Learn how to harness its strength to cook, survive, and connect to a primal force as old and powerful as time itself.

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Starting Fire

Tinder Finder

By: Jason Schwartz, Rocky Mountain Bushcraft

No matter where you are, there's natural material for the taking.

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Starting Fire

The History of Fire

By: Loren Mooney

Nothing rekindles our primal connection to the open flame like a backcountry campfire.

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  • Lash the arrowhead firmly onto a stick and use it for hunting fish or small game. Survive With Your Cellphone
  • After letting dry for a few hours, set ablaze! (Maybe not inside, though.) Survive With… An Egg Crate, Dryer Lint, and a Candle
  • It may look weird, but it’s warm and waterproof. Fill a plastic bag with leaf litter or other dry, airy materials and tie it on your head. Six Ways to Survive With a Plastic Bag
  • Secure your line to the middle of the soda can with a half hitch or a few fishermen’s bends, and begin wrapping it around the middle to make your soda can reel. Leave about three feet hanging loose. Survive With… a Soda Can
  • Once complete, your plastic bag rope should be strong enough to easily hold your own body weight (though plastic will degrade over time when exposed to sunlight). Survive With…Plastic Shopping Bags
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