Who says that fireplows are just a "tropical" fire starting
method?? Although the fireboard used in this demonstration is made from sotol (a plant found in Arizona) it shows that one can achieve fire with this method in very cold weather.
Allan Beauchamp deliberately set himself the challenge of
making a fireplow fire under conditions of extreme cold - he actually planned this
ahead of time the night before after having seen the weather forecast.
Bow likes to challenge himself and push his limits. Once he
has tried something in relatively safe conditions (such as in his backyard), he
will go out into the bush to test his limits there. He likes to do this so that
if he is faced with a real situation in the bush - such as extreme cold - he can
These photos are presented here to inspire others to take
this challenge and try wilderness survival activities in severe cold
conditions. Try these techniques at home where you have a safe and warm
place to retreat to. This way you will become familiar with the specific
skills needed in the severe cold, before you need these skills in the
actual wilderness survival conditions, when your life may depend on
getting a fire.
Please be careful, however -- frostbite can creep up
quickly in these temperatures.