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fire time


Fire is essential to heat homes, cook food, manipulate natural materials, and give light to darkness.  Anthropologists agree that the creation and use of fire is what separates us from all other species.  We are still a fire-based society, though it looks different from the days of old.  It takes planning, knowledge, wisdom, and experience to create fire and maintain it.  It needs to be watched, nurtured, and fed.

Spend a day gaining new knowledge about one of the five basic elements -- FIRE.  Fire has literally shaped the earth, and has propelled Homo sapiens to be one of the most successful species on earth.  Learn the art of creating, maintaining and using fire.  Learning the 40,000-year-old technique of hand-drill will instill a greater awareness and appreciation for how our ancestors once lived. 

In this one-day Ro5 skills clinic you will learn the science of fire and how fire is used as a tool.  Modern fire lighting techniques, ignition sources for your “Go Bag” preparing you for day hikes as well as longer expeditions.  All things fire is emphasized with hands on experiences.

Join us to learn and practice skills about:

  • Fire physics, the fire triangle and tetrahedron of fire
  • The what, how and why of the all-powerful tinder bundle and how to recognize natural fire starters
  • Making your own Hand-Drill while you learn about its history
  • Safe knife skills
  • Other fire-by-friction techniques
  • Modern fire ignition for your “Go Bag”
  • Fire pit use and design
  • Fire and heat as a tool
  • Fire respect and how to safely extinguish fire

Note this clinic:

  • Includes all instruction, materials and unbeatable experience.
  • Participants supply their own lunch, snacks and transportation to the Ro5 Training Center.
  • A detailed gear list supplied upon registration.
Adventures start at $1,800 per-day up to 6 participants.
Additional fees apply for more than 6 participants in your group.

Call 505-469-9888 to inquire or discuss options

    Arrive at Rule of Five base by 8:30 AM

  • Introductions and orientation Orientation - Training

    Introductions and orientation

  • Training

    Training in Rule #2, FIRE until 5 PM

  • Departure


Our Team

  • Matt Brummett, Rule of Five co-owner
  • Heather Robertson, Rule of Five co-owners
  • David Gilligan, Rule of Five Senior Instructor

Our team members have diverse backgrounds and travel experiences that allow us to offer Rule of Five participants real world experiences and connections that they won’t find anywhere else.



Rule of Five Amenities

From initial booking and front office interactions, to the introductory dinner and field trainings, Rule of Five participants experience the highest-quality of service and amenities.