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Hi Bob; to answer your question about why we recommend a piece of gear that's prone to failure, well, it's a big mountain thing. There is no good way to reliably start a fire at altitude. Believe it or not carrying half a dozen disposable lighters close to your skin is a common strategy. The problem is the fuel, which tends to separate into its components at altitude, so a more expensive lighter is no better.

Nice thing about the bic lighter shown is you can have her give you a dance (lap dance?) when the wind is howling and its butt cold.

But try to find the bic lighter which you can see the fluid levels in. Why carry something out when its going to fail on you? Isn't that purpose of this blog?

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