Post image for How To Care For Your Axe: 3 Easy Steps

Many people spend more on a good quality bushcraft or survival knife than they do on an axe. In an environment where an axe is important, it is often as valuable if not more valuable than a knife. A good axe of a traditional design has several components made of materials which require some maintenance. If you look after your axe, it will give you many years of service… Read more >>


Post image for Favourite Thermal Layer & Shell Combinations For The Woods

We all need some outdoor clothing, more so as we move away from the equator. In particular, our clothing forms the first line of defence against hypothermia. Here, I recommend three combinations of thermal layers and shell garments which I find are greater than the sum of their parts… Read more >>


Post image for How To Carve A Beaked Notch For Pot Hangers

The downside of simple pot hangers is that they typically only afford one fixed position over the fire. If you want to have some degree of variability in the heat you can apply to your cooking and your kettle, then you’ll need some form of adjustibility in any cooking rig or crane that you are using… Read more >>


Post image for The Value Of Using Wilderness Skills Closer To Home: Bushcraft Show 2016 Presentation

In the presentation I explore the value of learning and using bushcraft skills which have proven their worth on wilderness expeditions but also much closer to home, highlighting the key areas of knowledge and how they can be integrated into your day-to-day outdoor life… Read more >>


Post image for PK Podcast 016: Lisa Fenton On Bushcraft And Indigenous Knowledge Transmissions

Lisa Fenton of Woodsmoke joins me to talk about her academic research in the realms of anthropology and ethnobotany, in particular her research into the relationship between bushcraft and indigenous knowledge, which formed the basis of her doctoral thesis… Read more >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>