Friday, 30 November 2012

Patience or Perish

There are many ways to learn patience. One is to strip down life to the bare essentials and learn to make fire as indigenous people did for thousands of years.  A reliable but demanding technique is to use a hard rock and a steel.  Flint is perfect, if you can find some.  More common is quartz.  You also need to find a dead poplar tree to strip and prepare the inner bark to receive a spark.  This is only a start, next you must nourish the coal and feed in tiny hemlock twigs to start an actual flame. This precious flame is just enough to start small pine or spruce squall wood twigs until there is enough heat to ignite larger deadwood.  Even if you're good at it and have the materials, it can take an hour.  Hard to stick to unless, you're far along a trail and really ready for a warm fire and dinner.

Another exercise in patience is setting dead-fall traps. They need to be really twitchy to work, but that's alright now that you've developed such patience by starting fires.

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