The Gila Expedition - Frame by Frame: Fire Is Life

During the Gila Expedition I relied heavily on fire.  It was often the one thing keeping me alive when temperatures dipped below zero.  I can't honestly say how cold it was, but from experience I estimate that the lowest temperature I experienced was no greater than -10F.  

Every afternoon I would gather a stack of resinous wood from fallen apache pines.  The resin allowed the wood to sustain my fire.  I longed for an axe that would make the job of harvesting wood easier.  
You can also see a coffee can on the other side of the fire.  This was used to melt the snow that I had collected.