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    Where was Lili when they needed her???

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    Well, I'm glad I'm not the only one who was frustrated by that. Thanks for the info about near-sighted glasses, AstroGirl. I live and hike on the wet (west) coast and it is hard/nearly impossible to light a fire with damp wood. But usually you can find some that has been slightly covered. I liked Bill's idea of drying kindling by putting it in the shelter overnight and outside during the day.

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    The map each tribe was given showed their water hole and a "burned-out log". They never showed it and Jeff asked each tribe if they had explored the entire island. Something tells me getting these fires going may be easier than ribbing sticks together, that they are overlooking a clue that was handed to them.
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    Maybe I play to many Role-Playing games, but, I think your right. "Quest for Fire" is a clue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Modesty
    I agree John, and they could make a stronger string by cutting off some piece of fabric from someone's clothes.
    Exactly right! Increase the strength further by braiding several pieces of cloth. Now you have a real rope.

    Years ago, when I was a scout, there were fire building competitions, including both "rubbing two sticks" and "flint and steel."

    The "two sticks" were two-person teams - one handling each end of a bow. Pulling the bow towards you was done with speed and power. On the "away" portion of the stroke, you just guided the bow, while your partner pulled.

    A good team could get a fire started in under a minute.

    Flint and steel was even easier. It was as fast as using matches. If I ever played this game, a "pet rock" made of flint might be my "luxury" item.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brusch
    The map each tribe was given showed their water hole and a "burned-out log". They never showed it and Jeff asked each tribe if they had explored the entire island. Something tells me getting these fires going may be easier than ribbing sticks together, that they are overlooking a clue that was handed to them.
    I was thinking that same thing as soon as they said "burned out log" last night. I figured it would be simple for them to get fire...but no one seemed to even notice the log existed.

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    Increase the strength further by braiding several pieces of cloth. Now you have a real rope.
    Indeed! I can't believe that they weren't able to figure out that one during three days! You could easily sacrify someones tee-shirt sleeves for example.

    (I actually own a flint&steel set, and it's a piece of cake to start a fire with that one )

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarryElf
    Even if they could manage to sneak in something to help with fire, wouldn't the cameras catch them using it? I assume that would be trouble for the person sneaking something in.
    It was said elsewhere that the producers went through their things & decided what they could take with them. It seems to me that if the producers are taking responsibility for that, then whatever you did manage to smuggle in on your person would be, shall we say, "Fairplay."

    Someone like Richard, I wouldn't be surprised if the thick canvas of that Utilikilt he's wearing wasn't chock full of little x-ray proof James Bond survival gadgets. Small ceramic blade, flint, iodide tablets, you name it. And I'll bet while he's hanging out by himself all the time the cameramen aren't watching him every single minute and that's probably less time than it would take him to do something sneaky.

    Actually, with this crew, I'm surprised three or four of them didn't "mysteriously" generate fire somehow by now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Levdrakon
    Actually, with this crew, I'm surprised three or four of them didn't "mysteriously" generate fire somehow by now.
    Levdrakon, interesting thought, I wonder how many cameramen/crew they have per tribe? I highly doubt they have 6 camermen in each tribe to follow each one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brusch
    The map each tribe was given showed their water hole and a "burned-out log". They never showed it and Jeff asked each tribe if they had explored the entire island. Something tells me getting these fires going may be easier than ribbing sticks together, that they are overlooking a clue that was handed to them.

    I didn't catch that. I am going to have to watch again tomorrow...I bet you are right.
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    Maybe we should chug on over to namby pamby land where we can find some self confidence for you, you jackwagon!

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