Post image for #AskPaulKirtley Episode 9: Knife Techniques, Wool Blankets, Hammocks, First Aid and Finding Materials For Primitive Skills

In this episode I answer questions about useful bushcraft knife techniques, wool blankets, hammocks and poncho liners as well as revisiting medicinal herbs and book recommendations. In addition, I discuss outdoor first aid, in particular first aid for wilderness journeys. I also give some advice on where to find or source materials such as hides, antlers and the like for practising primitive skills… Read more >>


Post image for #AskPaulKirtley Episode 8: Thoughts on Preppers, Frustrated Kids, Quiet Camps & Some Book Recommendations

In Episode 8 of #AskPaulKirtley, I offer some thoughts on preppers and prepping, make some suggestions for helping kids who get frustrated with learning bushcraft skills, suggest some quiet places to camp and forage in the UK, give some specific advice on aspects of firelighting, fires and leave no trace as well as provide some book recommendations for bushcraft and wider campfire reading. Read more >>


Post image for Bushcraft Take-Aways From The Manitoba Museum

What can you learn about bushcraft and wilderness living skills from a museum? Lots, as it turns out. If it’s a good museum, that is. And the Manitoba Museum is a good museum for nature, native skills, bushcraft, self reliance, anthropology, history of wilderness living, voyageurs, trappers, surveyors and first nations… Read more >>


Post image for #AskPaulKirtley Episode 7: Roadkill, Advice to Aspiring Instructors, Compasses With Mirrors, A Herb Brainstorm and Snails!

In epsisode 7 of #AskPaulKirtley I answer a request for advice on picking up roadkill deer, offer some thoughts for new or aspiring bushcraft instructors, explain what a mirror on a compass is for, scratch my head a bit while choosing 5 medicinal herbs and talk about edible snails and why they are not further […] Read more >>


Post image for A Broken Cigarette Lighter: A Reminder Of The Importance Of Habit

I had an interesting little event happen to me the other day. It wasn’t anywhere wild. Or remote. As is the case with many of my days, though, I was outdoors. And, as usual, I had more than one means of fire-lighting on me. My go-to ignition device is the FireSteel or “ferro rod”. This […] Read more >>


Post image for #AskPaulKirtley Episode 6 – Bushcraft Aspirations, The Bloodvein, Weather Forecasting, Bivvy Tents & Where To Camp…

I answer questions about my bushcraft aspirations – personal and professional, favourite memories from the Bloodvein, bivvy tents, how to minimise the chances of being caught out by the weather, as well as wild camping in the UK – where we can go, where we can camp, where we can have a fire and how we preserve that privilege for generations going forwards…. Read more >>


Post image for PK Podcast 010: Alyssa Crittenden On The Hadza, Honey And The Human Diet

Alyssa Crittenden, Lincy assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Nevada joins me to talk about her work amongst the Hadza hunter-gatherers of Tanzania, evolution of the human diet and the importance of honey… Read more >>


Post image for #AskPaulKirtley Episode 5 – Knife Sharpening, Knives & The Law, Bears In Sweden And More…

I answer questions about bears and camping in Sweden, bushcraft/survival knives and what we do with them when we are travelling or in public places, knife and oilstone recommendations for a beginner to learn bushcraft knife sharpening, where to park our car when going for a multi-day hike and how to stop getting bothersome bits in our boots… Read more >>


Post image for #AskPaulKirtley Episode 4 – Biting Insects, Wild Foods, Tree ID and Water Purification

In this episode I answer questions about how to deal with biting insects in the woods, my favourite wild foods for foraging, how to use Alexanders as a food, how to go about learning more about trees and their identification as well as making sure you can find and purify enough water while on the move during a hike (rather than being static in a base camp)… Read more >>


Post image for How To Identify Giant Hogweed, Heracleum mantegazzianum

Giant Hogweed is an invasive species of plant originally from Central Asia. It’s a member of the carrot family, or Apiaceae. This species is in the news again as another child has been injured by coming into contact with the plant while playing outdoors. The following blog post contains a video I made on the plant and how to identify it… Read more >>