Fire in the rain...

One of the questions we are often asked is "How do you start a fire when it's raining, and everything around you is soaked?"

Welcome to the fire paradox: the more you need it, the harder it is to light one...

So, after months of almost constant rain, and record-breaking rain volumes, we set out last Friday to Harrison Lake, BC to sharpen our skills for the 2017 season. After all, the worst conditions are the best time to practice! When we arrived, everything was suitably dripping. Not only that, we had high gusting winds and frequent heavy showers to deal with. To make things even more interesting, we decided to do things out in the open on the beach, rather than under cover...

As luck would have it, there was some good thick standing deadwood around. With an axe and twenty minutes, the wood was gathered and processed. Another five minutes and we had a pile of feather sticks crafted from the dry insides... Two sparks from a ferro rod, a little bit of careful attention, and hey presto!

It didn't take long before the fire was super hot, capable of drying both us and the vast stores of wet wood we placed around it. Not only that, but what a beautiful view to boot!

2017 Harrison Lake fire