Post image for #AskPaulKirtley Episode 16: eVent Jackets, Surplus Gear For Bushcraft, Year-Round Carbs, Fire & Religion

In this episode of #AskPaulKirtley I answer questions on the breathability of eVent fabric, the utility of military surplus gear for bushcraft, fire management for first timers, gaining consistency with bow drill, and provide some thoughts on realistic year-round carbs foraging as well as getting a little philosophical towards the end. What Is #AskPaulKirtley? #AskPaulKirtley […] Read more >>


Post image for The 10-Minute Talk That Protects A National Park

We arrived at the bus station in El Calafate just before 07:45. It was bustling with backpackers and foreign travellers, squeezing past each other, making their way to ticket offices, buses or a rendez-vous with friends or a group. After the quiet backstreets of this little town on the shores of Lago Argentino, it seemed […] Read more >>


Post image for #AskPaulKirtley Episode 15: Squeaky Bow-Drills, Firebowls, Snakes & Bugs Under Tarps, Mix & Match NCFE Courses

In this episode of #AskPaulKirtley, Q’s to your A’s about bushcraft in South Africa vs Scotland, bivvy bag issues, firebowls, squeaky bow-drills, mix & match NCFE courses, snakes & bugs under tarps, canoe vs kayak… Read more >>


Post image for Labrador Tea – Tonic or Toxic?

Labrador tea is the name given to three closely related Rhododendron species. These plants were traditionally used for many medicines as well as Labrador tea, most commonly made from , becoming a popular beverage tea. But is it safe to consume? Read more >>


Post image for Favourite Films: Waterwalker by Bill Mason

From the moment this film starts rolling and you hear birdsong, you know Waterwalker is not a film just about canoeing. This is confirmed by the first line spoken by Bill Mason in the film… Read more >>


Post image for How To Make Garlic Pan Bread On A Campfire

Pan breads are quick and easy to make, adding a great element to your camping menus. The are delicious, punching above their weight in terms of flavour. They are also both filling and calorific, providing not just… Read more >>


Post image for PK Podcast 011: Andy Chadderton On Life As A Professional Deer Stalker

Professional deer stalker and firearms instructor Andy Chadderton joins me to talk about his work in deer stalking, deer management and education about deer… Read more >>


Post image for #AskPaulKirtley Episode 14: Toxic Firewood, Down Bags, What To Do If Lost, Minimum Bushcrafter Knowledge and Rewilding Britain

In this episode of #AskPaulKirtley I answer questions on toxic firewood, down sleeping bag cost vs weight, what to do if lost in the woods, what knife to carry, sharpening knives on coffee mugs, using contact lenses outdoors for extended periods, the minimum knowledge to be a bushcrafter and rewilding Britain… Read more >>


Post image for European Alternatives To Balsam Fir For Medicinal Purposes

In an article published here on my blog, I outlined the medicinal use of balsam fir, Abies balsamea, for cuts, grazes and sores. I then went on to describe how I had made use of the sap in helping a wound heal while I was on a wilderness canoe trip. The article generated a fair […] Read more >>


Post image for Medicinal Use Of Balsam Fir For Cuts, Grazes & Sores

On this year’s Bloodvein River canoe trip, Amanda and I capsized our canoe on a little rock shelf drop-off. The bow of the boat went a little too far left, into slower water, turning the boat. Consequently we ended somewhat side-on to the flow in a small recirculation. This was enough to turn the boat […] Read more >>