Why does it matter how long it takes to light fire by friction? From a practical perspective, there is an obvious answer in that the faster we are, the quicker we can achieve fire. But there is more to it than this…
Joining me on this podcast is a good friend of mine, a colleague and someone with whom I have enjoyed a good many adventures over the years, including multiple winter camping trips in the far north. Iain Gair works with me at Frontier Bushcraft but is also an endurance athlete with a Masters degree in Sports Psychology, which he applies in his business Sport Resilience.
An element of Lisa Fenton’s presentation at the Swedish Bushcraftfestival sparked a conversation between Iain and I regarding the significance to people such as Ernest Thompson Seton and Charles Darwin of recording the time it took to create an ember or flame by means of a friction firelighting technique.
It turns out, from the perspective of sports psychology, there are very solid reasons why measuring performance in bow-drilling as well as other bushcraft activities might be useful.
As a result of our initial conversation, Iain and I decided it would be worthwhile sitting down to record a podcast to explore the ideas we discussed after the festival. In the process of the conversation we recorded for this podcast we cover a range of topics which flow out of this idea of timing our bow-drilling while practising, including goal setting, skill acquisition, anxiety, confidence, behavioural conditioning, ego protection, patience, procrastination, the ability to tolerate frustration and set-backs, the value of failing in safe ways, improving consistency in skills, vicarious experience, building a portfolio of experience for yourself and performance accomplishment.
Our conversation forms Episode 24 of the Paul Kirtley Podcast…
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