Making Fire: Learning the secrets of Fire Craft from the old ways to the new.
For: Campers, Hikers, Outdoor Folk, Back Country Skiers/Snowboarders, Anyone with an interest in mastering the art of fire.
– Understanding and balancing the Fire Triangle
– Fuel gathering techniques and what fuels work best for different fire uses
– The Stages of Fire
– Learn various fire lays to design the most effective fire for your group size and purpose
– How to efficiently find and use man made forms of ignition
– The principles of Friction Fire
– Making a fire using the Bow and Drill Technique
– Learn how to make a fire under challenging conditions and different environments
– Various tricks and tips on using fire effectively for cooking, heat, signaling, purifying water, etc…
– Protecting and preserving fire for later use
Complete Course Description:
– The Fire Triangle:
1. Learn to read a fire and anticipate what it needs
2. Learn various ways to use the triangle
– The Stages of Fire:
1. Learn the stages of fuel
2. Understand how different types of wood burn and which ones are best to gather
3. Practice various ways of breaking wood down into the stages
4. Learn how to design a mature fire using fire lays to make it most effective
– Ignition Sources:
1. Practice using various man made ignition sources like flint and steel, matches, magnifying glass, etc.
2. Learn the basics of Friction Fire and practice the Bow and Drill technique
– Tips and Tricks:
1. Learn how to build a fire in various environments – pouring rain for days? No problem. 10 feet of snow? No Problem.
2. Learn how to modify a fire for cooking various types of meals
3. What can I do to increase a fires heat output? Light output?
4. Learn ways to use fire to safely heat your bed at night
5. Understand how to build a fire lay specifically for signaling purposes
6. See how to use a fire to purify water or cook-even when you don’t have a container to use
– Preserving a fire:
1. Learn the basic concepts of banking a fire at night so you have coals in the morning
2. Learn how to transport coals from one camp to the next to conserve energy and materials.
Class size: 10 participants max.
What to Bring/Wear: (Dress suitable to the weather, be prepared for changes!)
– Closed toed shoes (hiking boots or tennis shoes are fine.)
– long pants
– Sun hat
– Long sleeve shirt
– Warm layers (possibly including a warm hat and gloves depending on the season)
– Rain gear (you never know what the weather will decide to do!)
– Large full water bottle and extra water
– Lunch and snacks
– Camp chair/crazy creek/sit pad
– Leather Gloves
– Fire making materials you want to practice with
Optional Items to bring:
– Survival items you have questions about or want to practice skills with (maps, compasses, shelter pieces, fire starters, bought survival or medical kits, etc)
– Sunglasses or safety glasses
– Bug spray
– Camp chair/crazy creek/sit pad
– Note taking materials
Please don’t bring pets or young children unless cleared through SERE Training School Directly.
Dates and Times: All single-day trainings run from 9 AM to 4 PM unless specifically noted otherwise. Available class dates are noted below.
Training Locations: All one day courses will be within a one hour drive of the listed city. Directions to specific class locations will be emailed to you after registering for a particular class-please see below for class dates.
Age requirements: Clients should be a minimum of 10 years old and in reasonably good physical shape. All children 17 years or younger must have legal parental permission to attend the course and all children 10-16 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Private Group Courses are available:
We also do private courses, team-building retreats, corporate events, birthday parties, etc… You get the folks together and tell us when you want to go-weather and schedules permitting! We prefer that you allow us at least 30 days advance notice to schedule a course. If you’d like to explore these options please contact us at: Info@SERETraining.US
Trip cancellation by clients must take place at least 28 days prior to the start of the trip in order to be eligible for a refund. On rare occasions, a trip is prevented from running due to land closures relating to dangerous weather conditions, fires, etc. You will be notified promptly if a closure occurs and the trip is prevented from running and will receive the option to reschedule for a later trip date or to receive a full refund.
Additional Training Options: We also do private courses, team-building retreats, corporate events, private parties, and more. If you’d like to explore these options please email us at Info@SERETraining.US
One Day Making Fire: July 22, 2018, Boulder Colorado
One Day Making Fire: November 8, 2018 Damascus, TN
Women’s 1 Day Making Fire: August 12, 2018 Corvallis, Oregon 9-5 pm
One Day Making Fire: November 4, 2018 Boulder, Colorado