Post image for Never Stop Learning: Pushing Your Comfort Zone

“You never stop learning”, is a phrase you may well have heard in relation to bushcraft. In fact, it’s become a little bit of a cliché. To me it’s unfortunate that this phrase runs off people’s tongues a little too easily; because wrapped up inside it, is a real nodule of truth that we don’t […] Read more >>

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Post image for Switching Out Of An Expedition Mindset: Two Days Of Paddling At The English Canoe Symposium

The English Canoe Symposium happens once every three years as part of a tri-annual rotation with the Scottish and Welsh canoe symposia. It is held at the YMCA Lakeside, on the shores of Lake Windermere in the English Lake District. In the past I’ve run camp craft sessions at the Welsh Canoe Symposium and the […] Read more >>

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Post image for Careful With Your Carrots: A Case In Point

The wild carrot, Daucus carota, is a widespread and relatively common species, native to Europe and Asia. It has been introduced and naturalised in Australia and North America, where it is often referred to as Queen Anne’s Lace. This species also lends its common name to what is often referred to as the carrot family, […] Read more >>

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Post image for Planning An Overseas Wilderness Journey

To me, the attraction of going further afield boils down to the differences that other geographies offer that the UK might not. On the face of it, this is an obvious statement. But before you just stick a pin the map at random, I think it’s important to be clear… Read more >>

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Post image for Enter A Virtuous Circle: Take Your Bushcraft Skills On An Adventure

We were sitting high up in a mountain valley overlooking trees and surrounded by peaks. We’d set up our tents on a small, relatively flat, grassy area. The nearby stream provided us with water and we had collected up some firewood. As our small campfire became established, it didn’t seem particularly important. It had been […] Read more >>

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A Night In The Woods

by Paul Kirtley

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I’m often asked about bushcraft skills and camp set ups for heading into the woods for a weekend. Quite a few readers of this blog – and viewers of my YouTube channel – have asked for articles/videos regarding skills to help with getting out into the woods overnight – sometimes for the first time. It’s great so many are keen to get out amongst nature… Read more >>

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Post image for The Stagger Inn: Portrait Of A Wilderness Cabin

Wilderness cabins, huts, hytte, cottages, bothies – whatever your name for these footholds in the wilds – are intriguing places. They tell you something of their owners and users. They can also inform you about the environment in which they are placed. In the north woods, a well outfitted cabin indicates how cold it gets […] Read more >>

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Post image for Bloodvein River Trip – My Personal Gear

People are always interested in other people’s gear. It’s certainly an area I’m asked a lot of questions about. As I get older, I’m less and less interested in outdoor clothing and equipment for any reason other than function and reliability. That said, I understand it can be instructive to compare and contrast with the […] Read more >>

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Post image for Six Men, Three Boats and The Bloodvein: Canoeing A Wilderness River

Rory, our pilot – about one third the age of the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver he was flying – took the plane into a banked turn as we descended towards Artery Lake. About 31 minutes earlier we had taken off from Red Lake. Malcolm was the other passenger. Just behind him, to the rear of […] Read more >>

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Post image for How To Find A Place To Practice Bushcraft Skills In The UK

At some stage, we all want to find somewhere we can go to practice our bushcraft skills. Yet land ownership, laws, bylaws, regulations and access codes limit us in what can be done where. This article shares ideas, considerations and case studies on accessing land in the UK for bushcraft… Read more >>

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