Winter Fire and Shelter Day

UP FOR A CHALLENGE? I'm putting together an obsidian knife to go to the one who puts together the best fire and shelter setup. This will be a combination of practical and primitive. What is allowed for this challenge is a modern knife, ferro rod and a small space blanket or poncho. If you can go all primitive, bowdrill or hand spindle and all natural construction, even better. Only tinder from the area can be used and your shelter must incorporate natural materials. If you are experienced, let's see what you've got. If you're inexperienced we'll help you sort it out. We'll have a fire at the end and talk about what we learned. Let's meet at McDonalds in Sisters, drive about 2 miles west to cold spring cutoff. I have a shelter already built about a mile down the cutoff. Walk in is about 150 yards. Conditions in the area currently are, no snow, wet and cold. We'll go from 10:00 am to no later then dusk. Fee is $10.00, my knives sell for close to $100.

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  • Ken

    guess you can just click it below.

    January 30, 2014

  • Ken

    Here is the video I did today. did a splitwood fire to show another way to start a fire out there. you will have to copy and past the url in your browser.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWC41G0ZfUQ

    January 30, 2014

  • Greg B.

    This was an interesting trip. We found that a ferro rod, without good dry tinder, is just a stir stick! How did the ferro rod stand up to friction fire? In the end, three fires were started with the ferro rod and one with the bowdrill. But that's not the whole story. We made three bowdrills and one handspindle from wood gathered in this cold damp area, and all of then worked for those that knew how to use them. They worked more readily with a lesser quality tinder than was required for the ferro rod. The real lesson here is that TOOLS WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE ARE USELESS!!! It was also a heck of a lot of fun! Learning as a group is safe way to test the current limits of your skills, leaving you with a more accurate picture of what to work on.

    January 26, 2014

  • Ken

    Great day learning and refining skills.

    January 25, 2014

  • Ken

    yep, a great day, enjoyed it all. got some great pointers from Greg on things. What is neat about these adventures is that you get to put in to practice things you think you can do but not sure. Also you do it with the current weather and what is available there in that vicinity. Gives you that boost of confidence that can really help if it ever came down to a real survival situation. Have some pics I will get to Greg or post. Enjoyed meeting you all.

    January 25, 2014

  • TW S.

    it was pretty cool. I learned a lot about shelters, but i didn't quite make it to building a fire from rubbing sticks together, although many others did.
    We built 5 shelters from what was on the forest floor and any of them would get your through the night.

    January 25, 2014

  • Ken

    oh; forgot; that knife is gorgeous :)

    January 24, 2014

  • Ken

    I will be making it. Not feeling the greatest but heck with it :)

    January 24, 2014

  • Greg B.

    This is the knife that's up for grabs tomorrow. The blade is 3 1/2 inches long, over all length is 8 inches.
    And it's sharp enough to skin a gnat! So, get your primal on. See you tomorrow.

    January 24, 2014

  • Ken

    Greg I am a maybe...haven't been having good luck with my sinuses lately in making me dizzy,etc. so that is the situation right now.

    January 20, 2014

  • Greg B.

    I believe it was Crazy Horse who said "there is no power in four walls". Too much indoors will make you weak. Time to break the hibernation.

    January 15, 2014

    • Cindy

      Would like to but can't make it.

      January 19, 2014

  • Teresa Y.

    I'm sorry, we have other plans...great idea though...

    January 14, 2014

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