Start A Fire While Camping

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How a Nerd Can Start A Fire While Camping

Can a true nerd actually survive a camping trip and the wilderness? Yes he can, but he has act like the guys on survival man and man versus wild, the tv shows. Those actors all seem to use different techniques for starting a fire, I will explain a method that actually works and will work again and again so that you will not be a nerd without a fire to keep you warm and cozy and that will cook your raw fish that you caught with your amazing fish finder gadgets. No, you will not need a package of trustworthy and dry matches, that would be too easy. Basically, all that you need to use will be explained below.

All that you should carry around with you to start a campfire is a soft piece of metal and a charred piece of cloth. I know that you are thinking, where can I order on ebay a piece of charred, guess what, I will explain within this nerd camping tips article,  how to make a charred piece of cloth on your own that you can use again and again for your wilderness trips.

First of all, you need to make a place for your imminent fire using kindling forming a tiny teepee, add dried out grass, and rocks that encircle your amazing fireplace. You need to perform this tedious step so that once you have a fire going, you just simply transfer it over to where you want to contain your fire so that you boil some water or even cook some meat from an animal that you just killed using a geek device. Just remember that you need FIRE in order to survive in the wild world of camping.

Pine Needles and the Nerd

Now, you will now to gather up extremely dry grass, pine needles, dried out leaves. The next step is to find a super hard rock, a white piece of quartz is the best.  The white quartz is easily found in California, Nevada, so hopefully this is where you are right now:)

Push the grass pieces together to form a small bird’s nest and place your piece of charred cloth into the middle of this man made bird’s nest.  Now for the fun stuff, making a rainfall of sparks. Take your soft piece of metal and scratch it onto the side of your hard rock over the charred cloth. After numerous strikes, some sparkles will create smoke. At this point, cradle the smoky area and blow lightly into it to create a flame. Now, place your nest of fire into your area where you have a circle of rocks and voila, you have a fire!!!

I almost forgot, once the fire is going, take a piece of your nerdy tee shirt, place it into a tiny metal box ( the type that you get with some cough drops ). Pierce a hole into top of the box and then throw the box into the fire. Once the smoke stops coming out of the box, you will have a piece of charred cloth to use for making your next fire!

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Tours in Tenerife are many and varied. Local Operators make changes to their tours regularly, and always seem to come up with something different, to keep the itinerary fresh and the tours different for those who like to go on them regularly.

All official tour operators offer professionally conducted tours, carry full public insurances and provide knowledgeable and well trained staff. Some of the most popular tours in Tenerife are described below


One Day Shopping Trip to Puerto de la Cruz 

Goes directly to Puerto de la Cruz, the islands second most important city, arriving at about 11:00am. You can walk through the town, go shopping, visit the Botanical Gardens or any other attractions that take your fancy. If you want, you can spend some or all of your time at Lagos Martianez, a beautiful lido with pools, sun-bathing areas and restaurants and bars. (You may still visit Loro Parque, even if you did not purchase the Loro Parque tour)


Full Day Island Tour visiting Vilaflor, Teide, Oratavia, Puerto de Cruz, Candelaria 

Travels via Vilaflor, the highest municipality in Spain, to Mount Teide, the highest dormant volcano in Europe (12,200 feet). You will pass through the spectacular lunar landscape inside the Caldera de Las CaŃadas, where Star Wars, Planet of the Apes and The Ten Commandments were filmed. Continues north through the Oratava Valley, stopping to see the excellent local hand-crafts at Casa Regina and visiting the House of Balconies. Later we stop in Puerto de la Cruz for approximately 4 hours, for lunch, shopping and sightseeing, where there is usually time to visit the Botanical Gardens or the world famous Loro Parque if you wish. We return home via Candelaria where you can see the Guanche Kings and the famous Black Virgin Madonna statue, Patron Saint of the Canary Island.


1/2 Day Island Tour via Guia de Isora, Chio, Teide, Las CaŃadas, Vilaflor 

Journey through the villages of Guia de Isora and Chio, climbing up through the lava fields to the National Park at Las CaŃadas Del Teide (6,500 feet above sea level). Here you will enjoy the beautiful volcanic landscape, with its many colours. Passing on to Mount Teide (12,200 feet) which is the highest point in Spain. Then returns to the South via Vilaflor, the highest village in the Canaries. Take warmer clothing in case Las CaŃadas is cold - (its 12,000 feet high). You can book your ticket in the WalkTenerife website.


Gomera Island Tour. (by Ferry from Los Cristianos and includes lunch) 

Gomera is a very beautiful island situated some 22 kilometres off the coast of Tenerife. Its principle features are its beautiful scenery and spectacular views. Very often, whales and dolphins may be seen during the ferry crossings between Tenerife and Gomera. The Ferry leaves Tenerife from the Los Cristianos harbour to sails for just over 1 hour, to the port of San Sebastion, where Cgristopher Columbus once stopped before sailing to unknown lands. We disembark at San Sebastian port and travel by coach via narrow roads to the islands highest mountain, Garajonay (over 4000 ft). We pass by El Cedro, one of the oldest pine forests in Europe. Stops for lunch at the Casa Conchita Restaurant where you can taste for some delicious home-made Canarian food. After lunch we travel on through the rocks and valleys back toward San Sebastian where there is time to see the town, before returning to Tenerife.


Taxi Whales (1.5 Hours Sea Trip) 

Description A superb sea trip for those who primarily want to see the whales rather than go on a cruise. The 48 passenger purpose built boat leaves the Marina at Puerto Colon and immediately sets course to the area where whales may be found. The trip lasts for approximately one and a half hours. It is a good idea to take a camera with you.


Day Tour - Masca, Garachico, Icod de los ViŃos 

Travels north-west to Los Gigantes, continues through Santiago del Teide and on to Masca Valley, stopping for refreshments. On to Garachico for lunch (not included in price). After 1 hour, continues to Icod de los ViŃos to see the famous Dragon Tree, village and taste local wines. Returns to Playa Las Americas approx. 8pm.


1/2 Day Mount Teide Trip 

Do not leave Tenerife without seeing Mount Teide. This trip goes via Chio and heads up to Las CaŃadas, the crater surface, crowned by the extinct volcano, Mount Teide, standing at 3,718 meters high. Visits the National Park then return via Vilaflor and Arona. Take sweater with you. Thurs. and Sun. approximately 08.30 - 13.30


Tours in Tenerife