#AskPaulKirtley Episode 13: Boots, EDC Kit, Bow-Drill Positions, Tracking, Bushcraft During Hunting Season, Powerless Refrigeration

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In this episode of #AskPaulKirtley I answer questions about boots, EDC kit, preparing your equipment for outings, getting started with animal tracking, bushcraft during the hunting season, alternative bow-drill positions and ways of managing without refrigeration while camping.

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#AskPaulKirtley is my Q&A video and podcast series that aims to answer your questions about bushcraft, survival skills and outdoor life.

The idea here is partly to take the strain off my email inbox and get answers out to people in a more timely fashion.

Rather than send an answer to just that one person, I’d like others to benefit from the answers too. So, just in the same way I’d previously write an email answer, here I’m going to speak the answer (which is much quicker than me typing out an answer, so I’ll get more questions answered as well as benefiting more people).

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Links For This Episode of #AskPaulKirtley

River Spey Canoe Trip
Wash Day On The River Spey
Essential Wilderness Equipment – 7 Items I Never Leave Home Without
A Bushcraft Camping Outfit – Equipment For Living In The Woods
How To Pack A Bushcraft Camping Outfit
Lightening The Load pt1 – Tarp & Bivvy Sleep Systems
What Gear To Pack For A Day Hike In The Woods
Lowa Boots
Meindl Boots
Alt-Berg Boots
Lundhags Boots

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Learn More With This Related Material On Paul Kirtley’s Blog:

#AskPaulKirtley Episode 11: Multi-tools vs Bushcraft Knives, Bug Nets, Kit Storage & Worldwide Bushcraft Freedom

Bow-Drill – The Keys To Success

Winter Magic: Return To The Northern Forest


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Paul Kirtley is an award-winning professional bushcraft instructor. He is passionate about nature and wilderness travel. In addition to writing this blog Paul owns and runs Frontier Bushcraft, a wilderness bushcraft school, offering bushcraft courses and wilderness expeditions.


{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Tim Iredale

Hi Paul and all who read,

I have found that for people who struggle to get to the ground to do the bow drill often find it easier to place the hearth onto a raise platform such as a tree stump/log, this allows the person to be standing with their leg on the stump to hold the hearth in place and leaning forward over the bow drill to put pressure down though the spindle.

Thought I would drop a comment in case others may find it useful.



Paul Kirtley

Thanks Tim.



I enjoy your easy style of giving top tips.
Many thanks for episode 13, and I will look forward to 14 🙂


Paul Kirtley

Hi Dave,

Thanks for your response to this episode. I’m glad you are enjoying this series. I appreciate your feedback and look forward to reading your thoughts on episode 14 🙂

Warm regards,



Clayton Baldwin

Paul another great episode ,mind you a uncomfortable one for both of us those midges were even annoying me,lol.


Paul Kirtley

Hey Clayton, it made me itch watching back the video too! 😉


Eric Yaffey

Hi Paul,
About boots for bushcraft … a more flexible less rigid sole allows you to tread more quietly when trying to get close to wildlife and allows you to bend your toes back when kneeling by the fire.


Andrew Casey

Hi Paul,

More great Q & A’s. I just thought I’d share what boots I wear as an alternative to all the other brands you mentioned. I wear stilettos….. Of course I’m yanking your chain . Seriously, I wear Vivobarefoot’s off road hikers, these are a very flexible soled boot. I don’t really go in for the traditional outdoor/hiking boots as I find them too big, too rigid and too cumbersome for me personally. I prefer something that gives my feet freedom to move and feel the terrain underfoot, again my personal preference. They are advertised as fully waterproof, which they were in the beginning but started to let water in over time. I have since then started to pair them with sealskinz and polish the leather (something I hadn’t done in the first year of having them). Recently I dried them out too near the fire and Somme of the stitching has deteriorated rapidly and this is my only complaint.

I just thought I would share what I use as an alternative to the standard footware out there’s look forwards to hearing you knocking more questions out of the park!



Paul Kirtley

Hi Andrew,

I’ve met a few people recently who swear by the Vivo boots. I may look into them for a light camp boot, particularly for canoe trips, where I’m wearing a river shoe during the day but want a dry alternative for camp.

Thanks for your kind words about the #AskPaulKirtley series.

Warm regards,



Bastiaan Kuijt

With regards to the bowdrill position please look at this method, handicapped or not this is a great option:

Thanks for your efforts Paul!


Paul Kirtley

Thanks for posting this link Bastiaan.

Warm regards,




Hi Paul

Another interesting and informative episode. I think this has been asked before, any plans to make these available on iTunes?

On the subject of boots I wear Hanwag Tatra GTX. I have found these to be extremely comfortable. Prior to this episode I wasn’t aware of the Lundhags which is a shame as I like the sound of the versatility you describe.




Paul Kirtley

Thanks Matt,

I used Lundhags boots in the far north for many years and knew about them as a result of that.

They make a wide range of boots so when it came to getting some new boots for wet forests and bogs, I thought I’d give one of their models a go.

It’s been an interesting experiment and I should really write up my findings in a blog post before too long, especially as the boots are not cheap.

Warm regards,



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