Student or Learner
We managed to get a roaring fire going in spite of the icy wind...A spark from the campfire had ignited our tent, and now it was collapsing on us. Blindly, I clawed at the door zipper. When I finally made it out, I saw...
Does "claw at something" mean "grasp it" or "scratch it"?
not a teacher
To me, this suggests that the speaker was not able to see the zipper well enough to grasp it cleanly. So he grabbed at it with a desperate clawing action, trying to get hold of it.