"Wilderness Wisdom 1" by Rolly A. Chabot
Welcome one and all, it has been sometime again since I last sat and wrote. Been busy keeping the home fires burning and trying to stay warm during this last cold snap that made its way through Alberta. Seems like winter should be ending soon as we have had it a long while. We have had it since the third week in October.
I just completed another novel today. The setting is in the Yukon. A native Cree Indian man and his struggles with life and living where he finds himself. I looks like it will be a two book series. I should have it out on Amazon soon. It is called "Wolf Run."
Some have asked if I could share some writing on survival and making life easier in the wilderness after many years of living off the land. I thought I would share a few simple ideas with you to make life more bearable when you are outdoors. Some of these ideas will come in handy especially when the weather gets bad.
Gather around and lets get settled in. The Fireside is always open and off in the background I have a nice fire burning. Help yourself to a chair and what ever goodies you can find. Stay away from the turkey cookies. They were an afterthought on how to use up the never ending bird... Know that you are dearly loved as you take the time to have a little rest.
No matter where you are in this cabin or out in the wilderness you need fire. Fire is essential to your well being summer and winter. In situations where you are potentially at risk getting a fast fire is the basic need. Fire can bring many things to each of us.
It can mean the difference between life and death in the far north of Canada especially should you find yourself in sub zero temperatures. I have been hopelessly lost in the wilderness in complete darkness and there is nothing that can bring on fear like a situation such as when the feeling of being alone is so overwhelming.
While moose hunting I was following and animal and it went to places a man could hardly move. It was late in the day before I managed to get the animal down and I discovered I was hopelessly lost in the dark of night. Fear can set in quickly, the best thing you could do is build a fire. At least you have some warmth, let alone something to cook with. Fear can lead a man to do some silly things thus the importance of stopping and collecting your thoughts. The likelihood of someone coming along and offering directions are very slim. It is where you learn quickly to rely on yourself. To do so you need all your wits about you.
To make a long story short fire kept me company all night, cooked my supper. In the morning when the sun came up I found out I was only a few hundred yards from my snowmobile, but still many miles from civilization. It was along night but I was fine. As long as I have fire I can survive anywhere.
Rolly Fire Starter
Here is a trick I learned quite by accident years ago and it has never failed me. You can start a fire with this with the very basics of ignition sources from flit to matches. Once lit set one of these close by and you are away. They are very cheap and inexpensive to make and all the resources are readily available around the house.
First fine a paper egg carton, fill it with dryer lint and some shredded paper. Melt ordinary wax, old candles laying around and pour it over top and allow to harden. The amounts are not important but the more wax the longer it will burn. The best part is these can be an important part of your survival gear and an essential for me not matter where I go and find myself alone in the back country.
They take up little or no space in your pack and can start a fire in some of the most adverse conditions because they burn hot and for a long period of time. Just light it and before long a few pieces of kindling will turn into a fire. Most commercial fire starters have a very limited life expectancy on the shelf yet they remain there until sold. The unsuspecting customer learns just how useless they are when it is imperative to get a fire started quickly. They burn far slower and much cooler, I have yet to find one I would rely on.
These are made with things we find in the home we generally toss out anyway. I carry several in my truck and in my backpack when I am away on a hike or trekking through the woods looking for that next great fishing spot and need a fire I have them close at hand. They last forever and are very light to carry.
Fire serves many purposes when we are out and about in the backcountry. A source of heat, a place to cook a meal, it gives comfort and in times of distress will signal anyone who may be searching. It is a good thing to be prepared.
I hope you try this one and love the simplicity of them. They can be used in most applications, even in the home for starting the fireplace. No need for newspaper that usually burns out before a fire can be started... give it a try and let me know how you make out... Hugs to all
© Rolly A. Chabot
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