Back at camp, i hung my grouse to cool and spent a sobering hour kneeling in front of the fire wall. Even with a ready ball of kindling made from dried grass, rusted needle tufts, moss, and fine shavings of bark, it was difficult to get a fire going on snowy ground with matches alone. The fault was partly mine; my kindling ball wasn't big or dry enough, but even so the match didn't burn with much intensity or for very long, and when you are building fire on cold or wet ground you need a sustained flame. Reaching into my pocket, I adjusted my lighter to the tallest flame and flicked it. This worked better, for I could move the flame back and forth under the kindling, but how reliable would a butane flame be at 20 below zero? Matches and lighters are the gambling man's methods, granting odds little better than throwing the dice in Vegas.