In order to get to my cabin, I have to drive through a Forest Service campground. Consequently, in the warmer time of year, I get to observe the camping practices and skills of a lot of people. It never ceases to amaze me how many people want to spend the weekend in the mountains and they do not know how to build a fire. Additionally, many of them do not know how to maintain that fire.
Building and maintaining a fire is an essential survival skill. In fact, the ability to build a fire is considered one of the Ten Essentials of safe travel in the back country. In extreme circumstances, it could make the difference between life and death. A fire will help you stay warm and dry, cook a hot meal, and it is an incredible comfort in an emergency situation.
Why You Need to Know How to Build and Maintain a Fire
This is a skill you need to learn and practice, practice, practice. Even if you live in suburbia, it is essential to keep at least a small...