Post image for #AskPaulKirtley Episode 1: Bushcraft Knives, Books And The Kitchen Sink

In #AskPaulKirtley, I answer your questions on wilderness bushcraft, survival skills and outdoor life. In episode 1, we talk about bushcraft knives, books, hammock knots and the kitchen sink… Read more >>

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Post image for Waiting For Gooders: A Minor Inconvenience In The Wilderness

There was a backlog of flights. In the previous couple of days poor weather had disrupted float plane services. Now the pilots were playing catch-up, ferrying fishermen, canoeists and gold prospectors out to the bush. As soon as a plane came in, it was being turned around again, made ready with another load. Our outfitter […] Read more >>

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Post image for BCB Crusader II Mug Review

Here’s my thoughts on the BCB Crusader II mug. I don’t post a lot of gear reviews but a metal mug is one of my core pieces of personal kit. So, I was interested to try the redesigned hard anodised aluminium mark II mug to see how it compared to the classic stainless steel Crusader mug I’ve used for years… Read more >>

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Post image for PK Podcast 009: Leon McCarron & Tom Allen On Making Meaningful Journeys, Off The Beaten Track

In this podcast episode, adventurers Tom Allen and Leon McCarron join me to talk about making independent, long distance, human powered journeys off the beaten track. Both are Fellows of the Royal Geographical Society. Both have made seriously long human powered journeys. Last year they teamed up to undertake a couple of adventurous journeys trips, one in Patagonia, Argentina and the other in Iran… Read more >>

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Post image for Carving A Set Of Utensils For A Frost River Utensil Roll

Other than knocking out the occasional small spoon for eating with, I’ve not had much time for carving recently. It’s not that I don’t like carving. Quite the contrary, I really enjoy carving. But, of late I’ve been occupied with leading general bushcraft courses, making wilderness journeys, writing articles, photography and, of course, running a […] Read more >>

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Post image for Lightening The Load pt 1 – Tarp & Bivvy Sleep Systems

I’m asked a lot of questions about kit, which is a little bit ironic because bushcraft, fundamentally, is about knowledge of nature and what you can use from nature. Most of us go out with at least basic equipment, most of the time. We typically don’t go out in just our underpants, building a natural […] Read more >>

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Post image for PK Podcast 008: Chris Townsend, Backpacking Legend

Chris Townsend is something of a hero to me. When I was first looking to undertake multi-day backpacking trips more than 20 years ago, it was Chris’s book, The Backpacker’s Handbook that I referred to for information and advice. I’ve followed his work and his exploits ever since. Chris has a huge depth and breadth of long distance walking experience – both on trail and off trail – and his advice… Read more >>

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Post image for PLAN: A Framework For Prioritising In A Survival Situation

It’s never been easier to reach wild and remote parts of our planet, and we’re doing it more and more for recreation and adventure. The question is though, what do we do when things go wrong? If you’re in an emergency situation in the outdoors, if you’re lost, if your stranded, if you’re in a situation that may ultimately become a survival situation, what do you do? How do you prioritise? Read more >>

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Post image for PK Podcast 007: Jules Pretty, Travels With Enduring People In Vanishing Lands

Jules Pretty OBE, Professor of Environment and Society at the University of Essex joins me to discuss his book The Edge Of Extinction: Travels With Enduring People In Vanishing Lands, the powerful messages it contains and his work in general… Read more >>

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Post image for As Thick As A Capercaillie: How To Build A Long Log Fire

I have in the past written about the value of a long-log fire in the context of articles detailing the building of a lean-to shelter and later, the renovation of a previously used shelter. This has prompted readers to ask questions about the long-log fire itself, how it should be built, how it should be […] Read more >>

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