Post image for #AskPaulKirtley Episode 27 – Survival Tins, Space Blankets, Canvas vs Synthetic, Aluminium Pot Safety, Clothing Tough Enough For The Woods, Dealing With Fear When Camping Alone

In this episode, I answer questions about canvas vs synthetic fabrics, aluminium pot safety, clothing which is tough enough for the woods, dealing with fear when camping alone, whether to use tents or tarps in blackfly season and what’s my opinion on survival tins and foil space blankets…. Read more >>


Post image for #AskPaulKirtley Episode 26 – Bow Drill Reality Check, How To Get Fit For Backpacking, Kit Mentality and My Views On Survival TV Shows

Answers to questions about how viable bow-drill friction fire is as a real world technique, should a grandfather take his grandson on an overnight camp, how to get fit for backpacking, what is my kit mentality and what’s my opinion on survival shows… Read more >>


Post image for PK Podcast 014: Mark Kalch On Epic Source To Sea River Descents

Mark Kalch has made it his mission to paddle the longest river on each of the seven continents – seven rivers on seven continents. He has already completed descents of the Amazon, Volga and the Missouri-Mississippi River. These journeys have taken Mark through a wide variety of environments, some of them very wild and remote… Read more >>


Post image for #AskPaulKirtley Episode 25: Carving Wooden Utensils, Exploding Rocks, Dangerous Gases, Worn Firesteels, Sleeping Bag Condensation and Snapchat Weirdness

I answer questions about getting started with carving utensils, avoiding exploding rocks in the campfire, precautions against dangerous gases in heated tents with wood burning stoves, what to do with worn firesteels, whether charcloth has a shelf life, reducing sleeping bag condensation and what on Earth are Spoons and I up to on Snapchat?… Read more >>


Post image for #AskPaulKirtley Episode 24: Tracking, Trapping & Hunting, Birch Bark, Firewood, Portage Pain and Breaking Knives

In this episode of #AskPaulKirtley I answer questions about if it is still possible to live sustainably from trapping and hunting, where can you source birch bark of high enough quality for birch bark containers, how do you find decent firewood in winter, is the pain of portaging worth it, will a Mora Companion hold up to field use and what are my daypack recommendations… Read more >>


Post image for PK Podcast 013: Ray Goodwin On Continually Evolving Adventures By Canoe

Ray Goodwin returns for round two on my podcast to discuss his continuing journey in coaching and adventuring by canoe and how this feeds into his new book as well as his teaching, leadership and guiding… Read more >>


Post image for #AskPaulKirtley Episode 23 – Live Questions In The Woods

n this episode of #AskPaulKirtley I answer questions asked by a live audience of students on a bushcraft course in the woods. It was a wet and windy weekend and filming this was made quite “interesting”…. Read more >>


Post image for The Best Clothing For Digging Out Snow Shelters

Snow shelters take different forms but have many commonalities. Digging them out can be warm work as well as creating problems with moisture in your clothing. I have found over the years, utilising some well chosen items of clothing for digging snow shelters can make all the difference between being damp and chilly afterwards or being warm and comfortable… Read more >>


Post image for #AskPaulKirtley Episode 22: Winter Tinder Bundles, GPS, Australian Plant Uses, Organising Wilderness Trips, Advice To Group Leaders, Cooking Over Pine & Spruce

In this episode, I answer questions about tinder bundles for friction fire in winter, GPS, tree and plant uses in Australia, organising wilderness trips, advice to group leaders, meat and cooking over pine or spruce. I also talk about my favourite Gore-tex and Primaloft combination of garments, plus answer some questions about cameras and tripods for outdoor use… Read more >>


Post image for #AskPaulKirtley Episode 21: Ventile Smocks (again), Knife Skills For Bushcraft, Canoe Camping, Stoves, Bow Drill Success & Drinking Urine

In this episode of #AskPaulKirtley I answer questions about how to get started with canoe camping, water bladders and water bottles, my long term, go-to stove when not using a fire, firesteel and knife combos, how to increase your bow-drill success rate, identifying animal hairs, knife skills to practise at home, my pants, socks and boots, where to go to wild camp and to practise bushcraft skills, and whether or not you should be drinking your own urine… Read more >>