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Birch bark container

A great way to make a field expedient container is to use the bark from a birch three. During the camping trip, we found a tree that was already down and the bark was still good. There is the risk of killing a tree if you remove the bark. It is especially dangerous to remove the bark from all the way around a tree. This is called crowning and will kill the tree. If you're in a survival situation, use a rock to pound a rectangle shaped area then help pull the bark from the tree. Use your knife or a stone with a sharp edge to cut a rectangle of bark away from the tree. You could either use your rope and knife to stick the ends together to form a container or use the two sticks on the ground as show here or several other variations of these methods. Then we heated up rocks and added them to the water in the container to purify it for drinking. It takes a lot of hot rocks to boil water. You could also use these type of containers to gather berries or other wild edibles.

This survival skill is important because water is one of the most important considerations in a survival situation. Remember the rule of threes. You can live three minutes without air, three hours without shelter in a harsh environment, three days without water and three weeks without food.

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