I was a Girl Scout for 15 years, from Brownies through college. It was pretty nerdy at the time – even then – especially in high school. But I loved it and it gave me a tremendous sense of self-confidence because of the experiences I took advantage of.
One of the skills I learned as a Girl Scout was how to light a one-match fire. I still use this skill when I make campfires in the back yard for enjoyment. You can too. It is not just luck. There is a skill to it and I found a great video that shows you how to do it, albeit in extreme conditions. A great tip I picked up from the video was to find some pine pitch and to use your one match to light the pine pitch to extend your flame.
One Match Fires video.
The video is done by a survivalist named Dan Corcoran of www.SurvivalMaster.com. Most of you reading this blog (including me) will never put yourself in the situations he does – so why bother? Because you will learn a new skill and, more importantly, something new about yourself. I love learning new things and testing my skills. Some things I try just once so I can say I’ve done it, but other skills open up a whole new world of experiences.
Here is a 2nd video by Dan that gets more into survival skills in the back country. He starts out telling about a day hike he took with a girlfriend and where he was not as prepared as he should have been for the unexpected. A 4-hour return hike turned into a very cold, very treacherous, very dark 12-hour hike home. If he had known how to do survival fires at the time, he would have been more in control of his fate. Survival Fires video.
Life is an Adventure.