One of the most important things for you to be able to do when you are backpacking is build a fire; after all, while it might be nice to have your tent and a bit of trail mix ready to partake of in the evening, it is a lot more enjoyable to have a fire over which you can cook a bit of food and beside which you can warm yourself – and for this reason, you will need to be prepared to successfully build a fire on the fly.The preparation: before you can build the fire, you will need to prepare by gathering tinder, sticks, and wood, and by setting up a fire pit in which you can build the fire; the tinder should be completely dry (often, the best way to ensure you have try tinder is to bring some in a baggie of your own), the kindling should include a mixture of small sticks and dried leaves, and the wood should be dead and as dry as you can find – and when you build the fire pit, you will want to make sure you stack rocks around it, as this will help you to contain the fire once it is burning. Starting the fire: the tinder will be your base in this fire, and over the tinder you will want to stack your kindling like a teepee, over which you will want to stack the logs like a larger teepee; light the tinder at the base, and this should be enough to spread upward and catch all the wood on fire, but if it is not, start over with more tinder – continuing this process until the fire is rolling on its own. @@ADSENSE@@. During the fire: Pay attention to the fire while it is burning – gradually adding logs onto it so that you are not allowing the fire to fade and having to rescue it; and of course, realize that you should never go to bed when your fire is still burning, so as it begins to die down and you become ready for bed, cover the fire with dirt and make sure it is no longer burning before you retire to your tent. You should have no problem building a fire when you are backpacking as long as you follow these steps – which will give you that perfect end you crave for the perfect day you have had! @@ADSENSE@@.