During the Kodiak Survival Paracord Braid prototype phase, in a solid February Colorado snowstorm, Mojica fell into a sallow half frozen river. Of course, he was wearing jeans, cotton gloves, and a fleece top…which equals frozen. He was cold and deliberated hiking back to the truck and call it a mulligan for this field-testing day. It was decided to see if this thing really worked. It took him 30-45 minutes to get a good fire going, which would have normally only taken 5 minutes…things are way different when you can’t feel your fingers. But at the end of the day, it worked!
We learned some valuable lessons that day. Be prepared and take field testing seriously…it can literally be needed for a life-saving moment. In a mountaineering course in Golden, CO, he was taught that two is one and one is none…for fire creation. We should always have at least 2 ways to create fire on us at all times. The Kodiak and firebiner are 1-ounce solutions for this requirement. You may find a common theme with much of our product. Mojica might be a little obsessed with fire creation. In an emergency, if you can make a fire, it can bring you warmth, light, protection and allows you to signal and be found. With the help of his father, his pedigree chart was presented to the Indian Nation and was appropriately give his Native name: “Bodaway” which means “Fire maker.” He is a proud part of the Pueblo Nation, Laguna Tribe.
Making a fire can be the difference between life and death. Our hope is, that not only do you become familiar with our product, but you also become proficient. If you find yourself in a pickle, you will be confident. Get outdoors and explore with confidence.