#AskPaulKirtley Episode 6 – Bushcraft Aspirations, The Bloodvein, Weather Forecasting, Bivvy Tents & Where To Camp…

#AskPaulKirtley Episode 6 – Bushcraft Aspirations, The Bloodvein, Weather Forecasting, Bivvy Tents & Where To Camp…


Welcome to episode 6 of #AskPaulKirtley. In this episode, I answer questions about my bushcraft aspirations – personal and professional, favourite memories from the Bloodvein, bivvy tents, how to minimise the chances of being caught out by the weather, as well as wild camping in the UK – where we can go, where we can camp, where we can have a fire and how we preserve that privilege for generations going forwards….

Aurora over the Bloodvein River
Aurora over the Bloodvein River. Manitoba, Canada, 2014. I talk about this and more in Episode 6… Photo: Paul Kirtley.

What Is #AskPaulKirtley?

#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).

Click here to find out the different ways you can ask me a question.

Watch #AskPaulKirtley

#AskPaulKirtley videos are also available to view on my YouTube channel.

Listen To #AskPaulKirtley

Use the following Soundcloud controls to listen to the audio podcast right here or download the .mp3 to your device…

Links For This Episode of #AskPaulKirtley

PK Podcast 010: Alyssa Crittenden On The Hadza, Honey And The Human Diet
PK Podcast 004: Tristan Gooley And The Beauty Of Natural Navigation
Frontier Bushcraft Bloodvein River Expedition
Six Men, Three Boats and The Bloodvein: Canoeing A Wilderness River (2014 Trip Report)
How To Find A Place To Practice Bushcraft Skills In The UK
The Scottish Outdoor Access Code

#AskPaulKirtley On Other Platforms

The videos will be uploaded my YouTube channel and the Facebook Page associated with this blog as well as embedded here on my blog.

The audio-only podcast version is available on here on Soundcloud and will be added to iTunes and other popular podcast directories in due course, as well as available here on this blog.

Leave A Comment…

Leave me a comment below. Let me know what you think. I read every one.

But remember if you want to ask a question for a future episode, don’t do this in the comments below, do it in one of the ways explained HERE.

Related Material On Paul Kirtley’s Blog:

How To Leave No Trace Of Your Campfire

Bushcraft: Join The Route To Mastery

Never Stop Learning: Pushing Your Comfort Zone


33 thoughts on “#AskPaulKirtley Episode 6 – Bushcraft Aspirations, The Bloodvein, Weather Forecasting, Bivvy Tents & Where To Camp…

  1. In response to the email: Any day is fine and I don’t mind the lenght either. I welcome any bit of information I can get.

    Continue your great work!

  2. You’re a cutie & I do try to listen to everything (while working on other tasks & e-mail), but they really are too long just to sit & watch. Please be more concise, e.g., everyone writes in “a really good question” so that’s one tag line that can be deleted.

    Enjoyed the Hadza & Inuit documentaries, esp. from the different perspective of bushcraft skills that we urban dwellers consider quaint, but not particularly applicable.


  3. About the questions: Tuesday or Thursday? I don`t mind wich day. Any day will do. Time needed for a show? Take the time you need to explain. If you you need 40 min then take 40min. I`ts your knowledge that i could use for my skills so take whats needed. Love the show by the way.

  4. Tuesday or Thursday is to me irrelevant.
    I dont mind it a bit when the episodes runs a little long, as long the information is usefull, relevant or just interesting.

  5. All good as is. Day does not matter, length fine whatever, I like the format, please keep keep it going as it is. Thanks.

  6. Hi Paul

    I don’t think it matters which day you post these segments.

    In terms of length I agree with the previous commenter Jeppe, if the topic needs extra time to explain it fully then it should get it.

    Nice to see you cover the topic of weather. I am on a meteorology course at the moment run by a group of Royal Navy meteorologists and I am finding it a fascinating field of study and very useful both on the hills and when sailing. A good skill to develop.

    Looking forward to the next one.

    1. Thanks for your thoughts Sean.

      Yes, meteorology is another rabbit hole to disappear down for quite some time. Fascinating area.


  7. Any day is fine with me.

    The longer the better as far as I am concerned. I learn so much.

    Thanks for the opportunity to give input.


  8. Hi Paul. Many thanks for your E-mail.
    Q1: Any day suits me fine.
    Q2: You take as much time as you need chief, always keen to hear you’re take on things.
    Ps, would recommend a snort of whiskey before and after filming Ask Paul episode #7 though. Got me a bit worried a couple of times there in episode #6. I totally agree with you on the ethos of Bushcraft. All the best Paul.
    Fellow bloggers, further to Mr Kirtley’s discussion about people who scar the land and leave rubbish everywhere. We all have a duty to look after this planet, not just for ourselves but for generations yet to come. People that have no respect for nature and it’s fragile beauty either need educating or prosecuting. Which one, I leave up to you. Many thanks. I apologise for my rant folks but it’s something I feel very strongly about and will now go and have a large port( sorry Paul, don’t like whiskey).

  9. Loved your take on the differences between camping and bushcraft.
    As for the question on days, any day works for me and the longer the better 🙂

    Thanks you for your knowledge 🙂

  10. Hi Paul,
    Any day, any length will always watch/listen minor gripe are these sessions downloadable as I haven’t sussed out how if they are !
    Look forward to all your emails hope you never stop !
    Best regards ian

    1. Thanks Ian. That’s kind of you. I’m glad you find my material so valuable.

      Do you mean are the sessions downloadable as an .mp3? If so, yes they are… It’s not always obvious though.

      There should be a download button on the Soundcloud player but it doesn’t always appear. If it’s not there follow the instructions below…

      Click on the Soundcloud controls in a place that will take you through to the track on Soundcloud (there’s a couple of different spots that will do this).

      At the bottom right of the player on Soundcloud are a number of options, one of which is an arrow pointing downwards at a horizontal line. That’s the download button…

      I will be getting these sessions onto iTunes as soon as I can as well though.



  11. In response to the email: Any day is fine and I don’t mind the length either. I listen whilst driving so will welcome when it comes on the iTunes format too

    1. Hi Josh, thanks for your comments, particularly regarding iTunes. I’m now working to make that happen. I’ll keep you posted.

      Warm regards,


  12. Hi Paul,

    Another solid and informative episode. Great topics covered. i’ll be trying to make friends with some landowners in the future.

    In response to your email:

    1. What day? Everyday
    2. How long? All day

    In all seriousness any day suits me and as long or as short as you feel. It’s all solid and relevant information which I enjoy instead of Peppa Pig of an evening!

    All the best


  13. Hi Paul,

    Any type of your internet postings is fine to me, I have become a fan. Anyday of posting seems fine. As for the length, you may consider to decide whether you want it to serve to answer questions or whether you want to tell a story. Now, it seems to be both? The latter might skew the audience away from people who specifically want to learn and more towards people who go more for the general feeling of bushcraft? Either could be fine, but that is fully up to you. 🙂

    Best wishes!


  14. As to timing: I honestly leave the notification in my inbox until I have the time to listen and pay attention. The day doesn’t really matter much because of that.

    As to length: I am cool with any length, really. I think the overall limit should probably be ~42 minutes at the longest. Seems like a strange number, I know. I derived it from the approximate length of an hour long TV show without commercials.

  15. Hi Paul

    Like Gregg, I leave the notification in my inbox, then move it to the Paul Kirtley folder once read/watched.

    Whatever day you choose to release the new episode is fine. As for length of program, that rather depends on the content and its complexity. Only you are competent to judge how much time you need. You don’t waffle, all you say is pertinent, to the point and in a friendly informal way which aids learning.

    I have learnt and retained more from your friendly talks than from many other mentors. Moreover, all this information is freely available, so, no complaints from me.

    I hope you keep up the good work for many more years to come. Also, keep on sharing those adventures!

    Kind regards

    Trish DS

    1. Hi Trish,

      Thanks for taking the time to provide this feedback. It’s useful to know your thoughts on the format/length as well as the usefulness of the content.

      All much appreciated.

      Warm regards,


  16. Hi Paul,
    about your two questions: no matters if Tuesday or Thursday, the same for the lenght of the show. I’m really learning from you , so take the time you need; if you judge you need longer to better explain pls do it and you will help me to undestand.
    Also I do train my English……

    Kind regards

    Pierluigi Tucci

  17. Wow! Thanks so much for your work. It’s a pleasue to simply look at your word bank for all these word choices. This will inspire so many writers, young and old and those who strive to be great teachers.

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