Chris Tanner of PreparedMind101 starts off 2016 with a video series on how he chooses items for his EDC system. He’s motivated by the fact that many folks are just beginning their prep efforts … and also because so many folks are asking him what’s in his EDC.
But what works for him may not make sense for others. People have different skills, live in different parts of the country, have different jobs, and different levels of risk (acceptance or aversion).
With all that in mind, Tanner plans a multi-video series explaining how he decides what are the best EDC items for him. Based on a logical process, he shows how and why he chooses a particular tool.
That tool may not be the best one for your situation, but you can still use the same deductive thought process to choose what is best for you.
Watch Intro Video below for the complete explanation on what he’s trying to do. And as each video comes out, it will be added to this post.
Well, it’s not a secret if you know where to find it. And I’m sure most of you do. But if finding dry fire-starting material during the cold and wet winter months is an issue for you, than check out Survival Lilly’s quick tip in the video.
If you’ve seen any of her advanced bow drill videos, you know dry tinder is needed for the ember to ignite. Of course, dry is important regardless of how you’re starting a fire.
Survival Lilly always uses twigs as the framework for her “birds nest” tinder holder. Twigs are easy to come by any time of year; it’s the fine, dry tinder that’s difficult to gather in winter (or in torrential downpours or in rain-soaked locations).
Many folks think the whole “bow drill thing” is a bushcraft waste of time. They’ll always have their ferro rods, fuel lighters, and stormproof matches.
Maybe so. I know I carry those other items.
But I also value different skill sets that provide possible life-saving and survival options. Knowing how to do something from scratch is important. And in the future it may be very important … and your only option.
Survival Lilly demonstrates how she builds her favorite type of fire when conditions are wet and cold. After gathering grasses for tinder, she batons a log for the kindling wood.
She then creates a wooden base for the fire area, insulating it from from the cold and damp ground.
Using the kindling, she builds a cabin-like structure. After folding into a “birds nest”, she lights the grass and places it inside the “fire cabin”.
Watch the video below for additional details. For starting a fire in a soaking rain, check out this video.
And, as always, Learn, Practice, and Share.
Source & Image: Survival Lilly