Here are a couple tips on starting a fire when you are hiking.
- If it has recently rained or is raining, look for dead limbs and wood still attached to a tree. It will be much drier than dead wood laying on the ground.
- Look for a fallen birch tree or a dead birch tree where the bark is falling off. Birch bark is great for starting a fire even if it’s somewhat damp.
- Take along some cotton balls lubed up with petroleum jelly. Keep them in a ziplock baggy and use one to start your next fire.