@hikermor - great post!

"But I only go camping in warm weather, so a fire is not needed" is a phrase I've heard lately.

It's easy to forget that gear, no matter how well constructed, can fail. Did the seal on your water filter get compromised? Being able to build a fire so that you can boil water and make it safe to drink is a crucial skill, regardless of weather.

Sure, it might *only* be going down to 60 degrees overnight but you slipped when doing that water crossing a few hours ago and now you need to help get your gear dry before you go to bed.

There are so many potential challenges of varying seriousness that can be solved - or, at least, diminished - by knowing how to build a proper fire.

Thanks for the reminder

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