Author: Chris Needham
Wilderness survival is a strange hobby. I learn all of this stuff that I will only need to use in an emergency. And I'm constantly torn between the desire to actually be in a situation where my skills would come in handy and, of course, the desire to not actually be in trouble out in the wild. Ah well, let's leave the philosophical discussions for another day.
So my interest in wilderness survival started as a kid when I was camping. I always had a fascination with starting the campfire. The harder it was to get going the more fun it was. Matches were for wimps (or for when I got tired)! I've done a lot more reading and practicing since then and yet starting a fire by rubbing two sticks together still seems like the most valuable skill there is.