January 11, 2010


I'm working on a story about fire-starting techniques in the backcountry. Practiced starting a fire with a nifty little flint gadget on a family ski today, which helped everyone's feet warm up. If anyone knows any good gadgets or techniques for starting fires, feel free to let me know. So far, I'm going to talk about regular lighters, waterproof matches, vaseline cotton balls, magnesium fire tools, high-tech windproof jet-burner lighters, and, to counterbalance all of that modern, petroleum-based stuff, I might try a bow-drill...


  1. Steel wool and a 9 volt battery. Touching the steel wool to the battery creates great sparks.

    Just make sure to store them separately.


    Kevin MacAfee

  2. Tried the bow-drill once.... It's a great workout, except for the smoke inhalation. Never saw anything beyond smoke.

    Of course, that's one try. I suspect I could have gotten it to work if I'd kept trying.

  3. Hi there!

    I just discovered your blog and added it to my feeds. You have very interesting post and great pics!!

    Just one question, I have seen in a couple of pictures your kids using ski boots looking more like mountain boots than normal ski boots. In this post I have noticed that both kids boots have the tip looking like alpine ski boots. What kind of boots and bindings are they using?

    Greeting from Poland,