Rugged outdoorsman, Steve Lancia is the Founder of North Camp Survival.
I’m literally living the dream Ryan, every time I do it. It’s who I am. It’s what I love. It’s my highest high.
Let’s start with the basics of survival: first aid, shelter, fire, water, signaling and food.
We want to get a fire going. We can live for about three days without water. Today we’re going to have white pine tea. There are five needles per bundle. Matches are great, lighters are great, but if the wind blows just a little bit, your fire could be out.
So we’re opting for the ruff and ready, flint and steel.
Phragmites serves as tinder, the fat wood is serving as kindling, and then we’ve got some larger stuff that you can serve as fuel.
Steve showed me a technique called batoning. Essentially it’s splitting the wood with a knife and a log. Now that the water is hot, we have to gather our water source.
You want to scrape off the outside, and this is a stove where you don’t have to buy fuel – nature provides it.
Once the pot is boiling, all you gotta do is fill it up with those fresh pine needles, and voila! You have yourself a cup of hot tea!
Learn more here about survivalist training at Northcamp.