Survival Skills: Firemaking in Snow, Part 1

Survival Skills: Firemaking in Snow, Part 1

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PART 1 of 5:
A complete series of videos by Nutnfancy and my friend chronicling firemaking in cold and snowy conditions using backpacking equipment only. The series shows the scenery, adventure, survival philosophy, gear observations, our standard joking around, and the good times with long time friend BuggetNuster (YouTube name) and Allie the Mountain Dog. We hiked into the snowy and cold Rocky Mountain bivouac location I had chosen earlier for my Wilderness Lean-To series of videos. A few shelter mods are discussed and shown but the focus of these vids is the making of the fire. I used few edits in the video making because I needed to demonstrate the work needed to create a sustainable fire in these conditions. I have found no shortcuts in the wood preparation for wilderness fire making. Several blades including the Ontario RTAK II, Ontario RAT-7, and KaBar Heavy Bowie are used to strip limbs and baton the logs into burnable pieces with the advantageous sharp edges. They performed exceptionally well in the outing and withstood some real tough use in 15ºF cold (shown of course!). The Sawvivor backpack saw again proved its worth as an accurate and indispensable wood cutter, lubricated with frequent sprays of WD-40. Fire tender used this time was Trioxane solid fuel cake and REI Stormproof matches. The resulting fire was quite manly and heated the Lean-To to incredible levels. We had planned to also build a fire reflector and maybe some other structures but as usual the winter fire prep proved to be quite time consuming and high effort. And we wanted to kick back and enjoy our work afterwards. The outing and fire prep was lots of work but resulted in another great memory made with TNP subscribers and my buddies, BuggetNuster and Allie. Thanks for coming along!///////////////// Please Note: Generally you will have to have an interest in survival blades, skills, outdoor gear, and maybe learning more about them to find these videos interesting. They intentionally show a lot of detail of the fire process (with lots of discussion thrown in) so as to completely teach and prove the Nutnfancy winter firemaking method. In this respect they function as TNP Foundation videos (I will refer to them a lot).


  1. itsnotthesamething

    Whoa! This is an old video! I had a brother, who has since passed on, who would have loved this! He spent his life climbing mountains and crawling into caves. He loved every minute of it. But I moved from Tennessee to L.A. (lower Alabama) to escape snow. (I could handle spelunking, but I never liked cold) I went to northern New Mexico last year, in the lower end of the Rockies, and I felt like I couldn't breathe, with the lower oxygen and humidity. Our humidity is normally 80 to 90%. There, it was like 15%, in the middle of summer! I apparently didn't drink enough fluids, (a local told me) because my lips were chapped raw, in the middle of summer, as if it were winter. I was gasping for breath, walking on the streets of Taos! I suppose it's what you're used to. I loved the scenery though. We're planning a trip back out next year, but plan to go further west into Arizona, then north into Utah, and head back east across Colorado. Maybe I should take a couple of oxygen tanks…. 🙂 

  2. Great vid, Subscribe my channel for everything outdoors…Hunting, Trapping, Fishing, Hiking, Camping, Solo overnights, etc…

  3. New to the channel… Not sure if you're openly gay or not, either way the queer comments really ruined this for me.

  4. Ow ok thanks I can't find anyone who does videos in Colorado 

  5. "If you get burried in an avalance (…) that snow shovel can save your life (…)"
    How do you figure that out? You think you can dig yourself out of where you are buried? =)

  6. Matt S (Mchewie)

    I got 1 of those glock spades. I found it while I was working at a military expo show after it was over. Nice little tool I love it

  7. Made the near fatal mistake of trying to light a fire with still green wood. Fortunately I was in my garden trying to clear up debris from the ice storm. Guess I'll have to wait for summer

  8. Семён Акинтьев

    What for a white jacket it is dressed on BuggetNuster?

  9. is that in colorado

  10. Kazmudaan Ramius

    I'm guessing SAWTOOTH mountains

  11. Ahhhh, that rain coat Allie is wearing is so freaking cute. I know that isn't exactly manly, but I don't care. Dogs truly are a man's best friend. I would save my dog's life over most of the jackasses I see in the world today.

  12. Uhhhhhh huh? o_O

  13. your putting more snow on your buddies boots that you are to the side???

  14. when people say the word "hike" does that mean you can stay at the rocky mountains as long as you want? and also can you camp there without a permit?

  15. Are these instructions or did you just whant to hear your own voices on video?
    And how original, this must be leanto 1.342 i've seen made on youtube.
    You guys would not even survive in a supermarked…

  16. Does anyone know the song used in the beginning?

  17. MilwaukeeDrinkers

    Nothing better than a Ruger 10/22!

  18. Still a queer tho. HAHAHAHA priceless

  19. You should be ashamed of yourself for not passing more meaningless gun control legislation.

    Obama quote, entirely within context, less than 24hours old.

    Besides = Promethus gave man fire – We didn't build that either!

  20. I could take Mitt Romney's quotes grossly out of context too, but I won't because I'm not 5.

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