Hi Folks, I was able to get out there for a few hours prior to this current deluge of life giving rain, and had some time to share my outing with you.
In my previous thread on "Getting Out There", I was tracking down some morels, and creating fire with (still unknown volatile bark) & ferro rod, as
well as creating some charcloth, which is going to be the focus of starting this outing's fire..
On the short hike to the pit area, I was able to gather a few more of these lovelies :
Along the way, after passing by this beautiful mountain stream:
I found out I wasn't the only one enjoying the warmth of the springtime sun, say hello to my little friend!
Also along the way was this mystery plant, with pretty distinguished leaves, whenever I stumble upon a different plant, I like to take a photo so once
I get home, I can scour the interwebs for info as well as my guides, to try and pinpoint ID and add to the knowledge base, always a good habit to get
into IMO. Perhaps I will get lucky this time and someone here can let me know what this is :
One plant I was able to Pos ID was the Wild Ginger plant, i figured it was in this area, but until now I haven't been able to locate it, not
anymore, here's a couple of pics of the plant:
Now onto the fire, as mentioned earlier, the goal this time was to use the flint & steel method with the charcloth created on the last outing, to
create an ember, which would be placed into cedar bark and grass tinder bundle, blown into flame, then add the kindling, fuel to create the
sustainable fire. For the steel, I just used part of an old file, and the flint was actually quartzite. It took a few minutes to get all the
variables correct, good sharp edge on the quartzite, properly positioned charcloth, and the lucky spark that landed on the char igniting the ember. I
need more practice for sure, but that's why I was out there..
Here's the fire deal in pics...
When the ground is very damp, it's good to build up a platform or base to give your fire the best chance of becoming sustainable, it's quick and
easy, and just something to practice so it becomes second nature when you are considering your conditions.
Tinder Bundle, Charcloth, File & Quartzite
Tinder bundle ignited, kindling added
And the fire is on it's way, sorry about not having pics of striking the spark, or blowing the tinder bundle into flame, but my multi tasking is
limited, both were two hands on deals for this novice. Well that's about it for this installment, if you folks get the chance pleas tune into
Bushcraft on Fire Radio
Show, Thursday's 8-11PM EST part of the ATS Live family of shows, where the crew
discusses survival basics and try to get more folks interested in "Getting Out There!!!"
I hope everyone get's the chance to experience nature in all it's glory very, very soon!