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Starting Fire

Build a Fire on Snow

Thinks it's difficult to build a fire on snow? Think again with these tried and true tips.

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Stomp out a flat spot, protected from the wind, and construct a platform out of rocks or logs. Ideally, you’ll have a large, flat stone in the center. Place your tinder atop this, and arrange sticks tepee-style around it, then light the tinder. Make sure to bring a foolproof firestarter. As a backup for your butane lighter, one of the best flammables is drier lint (or cotton balls) slathered in petroleum jelly, packed in a pill bottle.