Sunday, January 09, 2005

Random Survival Tip 

I had the TV on in the background, and the local Fox station's news was running its weekly newsmagazine. They were retelling the story of hikers that got lost up in the Sierra snow and how they survived. One of the segments was an interview of a Marine survival specialist who had a good reccomendation for starting a fire in the wilderness:

Take a couple of cotton balls, and rub petroleum jelly into them. Get the jelly all through the fibers. Put a couple of these into a plastic bag and store it with you, in your car and/or backpack. Keep with it a flint striker (you can get one at a sporting good or army surplus store). The flint strike will immediately light up the cotton ball, even if the ball gets snowy or wet.

Pretty neat. The other suggestion was to carry a pocket mirror to signal for help, but I already knew that one.

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