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  1. Fiona @ Bpsinver
    February 24, 2012

    Great blog – love the pictures! We run ‘Wild Kids’ sessions for our younger visitors to help connect them with nature. The campfires (and marshmallow toasting) as always popular.

    It’s nice to see this done the traditional way by an expert!

    • Stuart (Family Adventure Project)
      February 24, 2012

      Your ‘Wild Kids’ sessions sound a great idea. Are they popular? Who couldn’t resist a marshmallow? Although not everyone would agree

  2. Becca @ R We There Yet Mom?
    February 24, 2012

    That is amazing – so cool to see it all step by step on here! You guys always have such amazing experiences!!

    Thank you for linking up! Have a super weekend!

    ~Becca

  3. Lisa
    February 24, 2012

    Very cool! I’m pretty sure that I wouldn’t have a hope of starting a fire without a match though even if I followed the step by step directions.

    • Stuart (Family Adventure Project)
      February 24, 2012

      We thought much the same! But when the technique is clearly explained and demonstrated and you have the right resources, while it’s not necessarily easy, it’s quite doable. And very satisfying!

  4. Anwar
    February 24, 2012

    Fantastic! Thanks for sharing. I haven’t made a fire like that in so many years back when I was a boyscout!

    • Stuart (Family Adventure Project)
      February 24, 2012

      If you were a boy scout, then you will always be prepared.. Thanks for commenting.

  5. David
    February 24, 2012

    Yes, love making fire without matches, there are quite a few ways, but fire-by-friction gives the most primal satisfaction. And who showed me how, many years ago in the fantastic wilds of Cumbria at Woodsmoke, it was Ben McNutt! Thanks Ben.

    • Stuart (Family Adventure Project)
      February 24, 2012

      You’re right there’s a real primal satisfaction in ‘natural’ methods of fire making. It’s quite a surreal, almost magical experience sitting in the gloop one moment, then watching smoke and moments later someone holding a ball of fire. I’m sure Ben will be pleased to hear you’ve retained your skill.

  6. InACents
    February 25, 2012

    I feel like all the contestants on Survivor need to read this post for their first night on the island. I do not know if I would have had the courage though to hang onto the burning embers that long in the last photo.

    • Stuart (Family Adventure Project)
      February 25, 2012

      Apparently the tinder ball of fire is not that hot.

  7. Terumi
    February 25, 2012

    I am going to have to bookmark this so I can impress all my guys the next time I go camping. Very cool.

  8. Steve
    February 25, 2012

    The last shot looks like something out of a movie – You’re about to rear back and launch a fireball at the enemy or something. Very cool skill to learn.

  9. Chad
    March 1, 2012

    A great skill to have! Just practice plenty before you rely on it.

  10. Rachel (@rachey320)
    March 8, 2012

    Wow! You can say you’ve held fire!

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