by Todd Walker
Of all the outdoor self-reliance skills, fire is king. Many will argue over my statement.
You know fire is life out there! No one can deny its usefulness as a survival tool.
Here are my reasons it tops the list of wilderness survival skills…
- Potable water via boiling for hydration – essential for Core Temperature Control (CTC)
- Cooking (especially hot cocoa)
- Create charred material for your Next Fire
- Fire hardening wooden weapons/tools
- Burn and scrape wooden containers
- Wilderness clothes dryer
- Making pine pitch glue, straighten arrow shafts, bending wood, etc., etc.
- Smoke for preserving meat
- Hygiene – take a smoke bath to kill bacteria on skin and clothing and repel insects
- Making medicinal concoctions
- Emotional camp comfort and defense against uninvited wild visitors
- Hypothermia’s antidote (CTC)
- As a southern Chigger magnet, the fact that smoke drives these tiny biting mites out of debris shelters is reason enough to make fire…
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