Survival Saturday: Bowdrill for Beginners

You can never know enough ways to make a fire. You can live 3 weeks without food, 3 days without water, but only 3 hours in cold, wet conditions (or less) if you don’t have a way to escape the elements. No one is prepared unless they have at least two ways to make a fire. That might be a bold statement, but I stand by it. Matches get wet, ferro-rods get lost, lighters break – Old Man Murphy is in full effect in a survival situation.

I never go into the woods without a knife and enough paracord to make a bowdrill. I also make at least one practice fire a year, because the technique is challenging under the best of circumstances. A positive mental attitude is rule #1 for survival, and being confident in your abilities is a major part of that equation.

This video comes from the BlackScoutSurvival YouTube Channel. It is a good introduction for the beginner or refresher for a more experienced outdoorsman.

What is your favorite backup firestarting method? What do you carry with you as you venture afield?


  1. stuartb says:

    Bic and back up Bic, way easier but less fun!

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