Wasnt able to get out into the woods today, but I did get to practice some skills in the backyard and test out some gear. it is absolutely amazing how much fun I had, for the most part. We cut down a pretty decent limb from a live walnut tree out in the front of the house. I used my new Bacho Laplander to cut it up into more manageable pieces, and it was a dream compared to that little Gerber I was using before. Im really glad I picked that up, and I think it was only $10 more for a world of difference. Did some trials with some new knives, and an old one I havent used in a while. My Bushlore is sweet, freakin workhorse! The little stainless knife my Dad made me will work just great as long as I dont try to cut down the center of bigger pieces. Didnt try to baton with my mora, and my new skinner doesnt take an edge too well yet. But my new (old) Old Hick was amazing as well. My fire prep took about an hour cuz I was just messing around with the new knives. After my last attempt at fire with wet materials I took extra care with my prep, but I guess not enough. Its still took me awhile to get it going, and then keep it going. It was especially challenging because of it being a live branch cut off of a live tree, but that was the point. I learned some more too: -My new knives and saw are the shizz nizzle and I paid $40 for one (with shipping) and $10 for the other. I dont even know where to begin when it comes to how much I love these knives already! -Proper prep and ammount of said prep is big time priority! -Getting frustrated cuz it doesnt work out at first? Do it again. Try different things. Smoke a cigarette and calm the hell down (if you get super frustrated about things, as I do at times) etc. -This was the first time Ive used a Mora, and really I much prefer my Old Hick and my Bushlore. Will have to see about it some more, but as of now Im not sure if its for me. -Those little Coglans firesteels are ok, but I dont know if Ill go out with anything less than a strikeforce or something similar from now on, cuz if it had been for that I dont know if that fire would have been possible. -Even though it took me a few hours, a few trials, etc. I was able to light that fire, and keep it lit. I busted my ass to do it, and it was still a blessing. I guess thats why its called "practice"! Big time thanks to Iawoodsman for the One Stick fire and Fire in the Rain videos; I saw the techniques work for myself! And also a big time thanks to everybody on this forum for being a badass (can we swear on here? Ill edit it if not) and letting me ramble about this!