The Survivor Fire Challenge
I have always loved Survivor. Right from Season 1 with Richard Hatch and his naked beach intimidation, I was hooked. Some of the most dramatic scenes are not the naked ones but the one that you should really not do naked is the fire challenge. Come to think of it, other things you should not do naked on Survivor include spear fishing, sleeping, and any challenge that requires a blindfold–but that one is obvious.
The skill you absolutely have to have to stay around for more than one day is lighting a fire with flint and steel. We have had a record summer here and there was a total fire ban so when we had one day that I could attempt this, I was on it. Turns out, I might have been ok to try it any time. I learned a lot of lessons, which is what you are supposed to do when you fail (spoiler alert). Here are my top 5, and you’ll have to watch the video for my final pearly wisdom.
- The bigger the steel the bigger the spark. I started with the 2″ flimsy bit they provided with the flint (and the helpful instructions to strike and light). I finished with a chisel–which got me closer to my goal.
- You should put something under your knees if you plan to be on them for three hours. aka: The grass is not as soft as it looks.
- Reality TV may not be as real as you think folks. I know. Shocker.
- Don’t rely on me in a zombie apocalypse to cook your dinner unless you supply the matches.
- I like roasted marshmallows more than I like learning lessons.
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