How to Start a Fire in the Rain
The founder of Trackers Earth outdoors camps reveals tips for fool-proof flames when the storm clouds strike.
Courtesy Tony Deis, founder of Trackers Earth outdoors camps
STEP 1: Find some cover.
STEP 2: Find a western hemlock or cedar tree. Those species’ inner bark remains especially dry during downpours.
STEP 3: Scrape off outer bark to reveal dry inner layers.
STEP 4: Scrape off inner bark. Form a pile with thicker pieces; clump thinner pieces together in a bundle.
STEP 5: Using a match (you did pack matches, right?), light one end of the bundle.
STEP 6: Rotate and manipulate the bundle until each piece of wood within it ignites
STEP 7: Place the fiery bundle onto the bark pile. Paradise! (Deis urges you to practice all this before you head out.)