December 2015

Post image for Perito Moreno: A Surprising Microcosm Of Quality Guiding

Perito Moreno glacier is a natural wonder and one of Argentine Patagonia’s largest tourist draws. But is it too popular? Too touristy? I visit the glacier and take an ice trek to find out more. Along the way I receive some pleasant surprises… Read more >>


Post image for #AskPaulKirtley Episode 18: Power In The Wild, Water Purification, Chaga & What I Have In My Pockets

Answers to questions about power in the wilderness, water purification, chaga, what I’ve got in my pockets, what you do when you get the silent treatment and reasons why I left Woodlore. There’s also a question for YOU to answer… Read more >>


Post image for Tracking Rudolph: Reindeer Tracks & Sign

Reindeer, Rangifer tarandus, known as Caribou in North America, are a widespread northern hemisphere species of deer, which are found in the boreal forest, mountains and tundra. The sub-species most familiar in Scandinavia and Northern Europe (and which have been reintroduced into Scotland) are specifically Eurasian Tundra Reindeer, Rangifer tarandus tarandus. Most modern Western societies associate reindeer with Christmas and the most famous of them is, of course Rudolph, with its fabled red nose… Read more >>


Post image for Laguna de los Tres and Rio Blanco Circuit: Hiking An Iconic Landscape

The hike up to Laguna de los Tres is one of the classics of Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia. Starting from the village of El Chaltén, the out-and-back trip do the lagoon can be hiked in a day. Indeed, many people do. The hiking guidebook I purchased locally states… Read more >>


Post image for White Water Safety & Rescue Training Provides Useful Survival Skills

White water safety and rescue skills are essential if you spend any time on or around rivers. These are real world survival skills. If you examine the statistics of what kills people outdoors, water is right up towards the top of the list. Moving water, whatever temperature, poses specific hazards… Read more >>


Post image for #AskPaulKirtley Episode 17: Tyvek, Wool Blankets, Bivvy Condensation, Ridge Lines and Wilderness Licences

In this episode of #AskPaulKirtley I answer questions on various considerations with respect to shelter and sleeping arrangements, bivvybag condensation, wool blankets (again), Tyvek as a material for beds and tents, setting up tarp ridge lines and the important question of whether or not there should be such a thing as a wilderness licence? Read more >>


Post image for #AskPaulKirtley Episode 16: eVent Jackets, Surplus Gear For Bushcraft, Year-Round Carbs, Fire & Religion

In this episode of #AskPaulKirtley I answer questions on the breathability of eVent fabric, the utility of military surplus gear for bushcraft, fire management for first timers, gaining consistency with bow drill, and provide some thoughts on realistic year-round carbs foraging as well as getting a little philosophical towards the end. What Is #AskPaulKirtley? #AskPaulKirtley […] Read more >>