Post image for #AskPaulKirtley Episode 30 – Knife Grinds For Bushcraft, Pooping In The Woods, Re-Proofing Gore-Tex, Work Gloves For Bushcraft, One Tool For The Woods, Bushcraft Kit Obsession

Another full session with answers to questions on knife storage at home, knife grinds for bushcraft, pooping in the woods, how to cook cat-tail rhizomes, how to re-proof bivvy bags, recommended work gloves, billy can sizes, what one item I would take to the woods, and how to move beyond kit obsession… Read more >>

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Post image for Canoeing The River Tees – One Day Tandem, One Day Solo

Recently I was able to spend a couple of days paddling on the Tees. The first day I paddled tandem from Cotherstone to Barnard Castle, a run I have done multiple times before but the water levels are always different so there is no lack of variety. It’s also a very picturesque section of river… Read more >>

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Post image for #AskPaulKirtley Episode 29 – Ray Goodwin Answers Your Canoeing Questions

Canoe maestro Ray Goodwin joins me to answer questions on inflatable canoes and kayaks, sleeping in a canoe, avoiding wrist pain when paddling, the merits of back-paddling, advice for a first-time multi-day canoe tripper, canoe saddles, bug suits, skills for a River Spey trip, transporting canoes, moving to larger rivers with rapids and stronger currents and more… Read more >>

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Post image for Wild Wanderings 2 – Wonderful Woods, Badger Latrines and A Weird Parasite

In the second of my Wild Wanderings series of photoblogs, I take a hike through varied habitats, including some wonderful woodland. Along the way I see a lot of spring beauty but also spot a badger latrine and find a weird-looking parasite… Read more >>

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Post image for #AskPaulKirtley Episode 28 – Finding Flint, The Best Matches, Millbank Bags, Becoming An Instructor, Wind, Shelters and Managing Fires Overnight

I answer questions about finding flint, wind and shelter, wool blankets, managing fires overnight, if Millbank bags are a niche item, becoming a bushcraft instructor, removing the plastic taste from MSR Dromedary bags, PLCE side pockets and why I like them, plus what are my favourite matches… Read more >>

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Post image for PK Podcast 015: John Rensten On Urban Foraging

I’m joined by John Rensten of Forage London to talk about urban foraging in the city and the advantages of learning about tree and plant identification in urban spaces. We meet in a London park and take a look at plants we find in just one small corner… Read more >>

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Post image for Wild Wanderings 1 – Spring Plants And Some Tracking Fun

In this first installment of the Wild Wanderings photoblog series, I take a walk in the north east of England, find Spring plants springing, follow a mystery man and find some deer hideouts… Read more >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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