This made for some good reading, great that you got the fire going after some perseverance, and had that spider join you for company, witnessing those sort of things cannot be bought, its up to nature to do her part for those experiences, nice report
When the grounds wet and its raining, building a small alter of dry inner wood will stop ground moister turning into steam and depleting your oxygen, the main cause of a failing fire in wet weather, in my experience.
Great item, never tried juniper, and thanks Coastal survival I knew the information but not the reason? science behind it (makes sense) Another trip to the forum and nugget of information gleaned. Happy Days