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#280847 - 05/29/16 02:07 PM Re: Backpacker dies 27 days after getting lost. [Re: haertig]
hikermor Offline
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Remins me of a SAR operation where we found our victim sitting cold and clueless in a damp chilly forest. We suggested that a roaring campfire would be nice - answer: "It's too wet to light a fire" We took a carbide headlamp (normal equipment on a night search in those days) stacked some small stuff around it, and enjoyed welcome warmth in no time at all. We didn't even have to use boy scout starter fluid...
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#280848 - 05/29/16 02:52 PM Re: Backpacker dies 27 days after getting lost. [Re: hikermor]
Bingley Offline
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Originally Posted By: hikermor
We didn't even have to use boy scout starter fluid...


You can make starter fluid out of boy scouts? confused

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#280849 - 05/29/16 05:12 PM Re: Backpacker dies 27 days after getting lost. [Re: Bingley]
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I am sure that would be possible, but not socially acceptable in most quarters. The BS starter fluid to which I refer is white gasoline, which is, after all, recycled dinosaurs and similar life forms.

Purell hand sanitizer is my current fave when one must cheat in order to produce flame - much less violent,, but still effective.
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#280851 - 05/29/16 07:42 PM Re: Backpacker dies 27 days after getting lost. [Re: haertig]
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Originally Posted By: haertig
I would light the camp stove, and that becomes my tinder (and kindling to some extent). You could ignite some pretty heavy and damp stuff by using a camp stove as your "match".


That makes a lot of sense. Once you have the core going well, you can usually get a decent fire rolling.

I vaguely recall Colin Fletcher (RIP) doing that with an MSR stove after his gear got soaked in a coastal rainstorm, which coincidentally soaked all the kindling at hand.

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#280852 - 05/29/16 07:44 PM Re: Backpacker dies 27 days after getting lost. [Re: hikermor]
dougwalkabout Offline
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Originally Posted By: hikermor
The BS starter fluid to which I refer is white gasoline, which is, after all, recycled dinosaurs and similar life forms.


Up here, gasoline used to help with firemaking is sometimes referred to as "hamburger helper."

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