I like those match and tinder combos! I think I'll have to make a few and try 'em out.
Ya know, back in my Boy Scout days we called those matches with sulfur halfway down the stick "Mother F___kers" ( I'm sure you can fill in the blanks) because when we lit one we always stupidly held it up vertical and the molten sulfur would invariably run down onto our fingers and burn the heck outta us, causing us to toss the match away. So we' have to light another one...
One thing I thought I'd pass along - My wife and I just got back from our first ever backpacking trip in the Grand Canyon. Had a wonderful time, but it was quite unlike any trip we've ever been on before because of all the people!
I mean normally it is not unusual for us to never see another soul on a five day trip, and here we were hiking with a "crowd"!
So it was my first opportunity to really talk to other hikers for a bit.
We started on the South Kaibab trail, and you have to get bussed to that trail head, so there was a whole gaggle of hikers going down, and most of us stopped at the first latrine site to shed insulating layers and take a break.
We all started talking and sharing stories. I mentioned that I'd like to thru hike the AT some day and that got 'em going, because several hikers present had done just that. Then the subject of pack weight came up as one hiker mentioned that he'd gotten down to a base weight of "only" 17 pounds on the AT.
Then they stated bad mouthing UL hikers, because "They are always borrowing things!"
You know what the very first item mentioned was?
"You got a lighter I can borrow?"
I'm not making this up, it was the first thing mentioned. The guys reeled off a whole list rapid fire - " Do you know what time it is?, Do you have a map I can see? Can I borrow your cell phone? Do you have any extra cord? Do you have any food you can spare? And on and on.
I was shocked. I didn't know ULers had such a bad rep. And here in this thread several folks have mentioned having to do just this, borrow lighters from other hikers!
I felt rather sheepish to mention to those fellers ( who all had 45-ish pound packs ) that my base weight that morning was 10.30 pounds, and my wifes backpack was 16. My total weight was 26 and dropping rapidly as we drank water, and my wifes was only 20.
We're not really UL, but close enough for suspicion...