Friday, January 13, 2012

Let's Talk Tinder.

With the winter having a firm grip on the Canadian wilderness I thought it a great time to get back to what we here at Beyond the Fire School of Survival find to be the primary skill necessary to keep you alive in a winter survival emergency.

Although the successful outcome of any winter survival emergency will be the combination of many knowledge, skills and abilities it is no secret that in the winter fire is life.  In the winter months fair weather fire starters and outdoor enthusiasts will find the seemingly simple act of starting and maintaining a fire very difficult.

This difficulty comes down to the lack of great tinder sources, dried and readily accessible.  So it goes without saying that being knowledgeable, practised and prepared in the art and science of winter fire starting is an absolute if you intend to enjoy any outdoor winter activity.

Last year I posted an instructional video that I created on the creation of char tinder using natural materials.  This post became a major discussion piece that intrigue many people both new to survival topics and those who are well versed in survival skills.

Since that post and the resulting discussion, the char cloth and char tinder teachings have become a main stay on our Beyond the Fire School of Survival Art of Fire teachings to Scouts Canada.

So for those of you who may be new to the site I thought it fitting with the weather outside to re-post the video.  If you enjoy the video or have any questions please feel free to drop me a line or a comment.


Never go out into the great Canadian wilderness without the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to survive a winter survival emergency. 

                           PREPARE TODAY ... SURVIVE TOMORROW !

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