Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! A post inspired by some recent testing, which was inspired by some lessons learned pretty early in my life and my childhood of commercial fishing and trapping in a temperate rain forest. Then later on, in my mid teens, seriously reinforced during discussions with doctors about what I had done wrong and why they needed to remove half my toes to save my life. Luckily, thanks to an exchange doctor who had more humanity than the "local" ones interning at Parkland Hospital at the time, my toes were saved as well. But the lessons on cold + wet can = death stuck pretty good. So, having stumbled upon a cool spot on the river side...and being thus equipped naturally based on old lessons, I thought with us going into mid winter in the northern hemisphere I would use the therapy I am putting my leg through to prepare for a new job, in order to put together this post and hope someone finds it helpful in the future. In a rain forest, where we have things like freezing rain every winter it is good to be aware of the concept of building a base to keep your tinder materials dry during fire craft. In our modern age, being aware of (and obviously carrying some with you ) tinder materials that will burn in wet environments, could serve you far better in a pinch when you need fire right now. I have done several tests of the fat rope Robert sells at the Outpost quietly behind the scenes...thanks to the injured leg. It's a good size, not too hard to work with with cold hands, though I carry some partially separated in baggies for my uses also, it separates pretty easily with a quick twist, it ignites easily with hot sparks from a ferro rod or lighter, and it will burn very well in a wet environment.