May 2016

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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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Post image for PK Podcast 015: John Rensten On Urban Foraging

I’m joined by John Rensten of Forage London to talk about urban foraging in the city and the advantages of learning about tree and plant identification in urban spaces. We meet in a London park and take a look at plants we find in just one small corner… Read more >>

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Post image for Wild Wanderings 1 – Spring Plants And Some Tracking Fun

In this first installment of the Wild Wanderings photoblog series, I take a walk in the north east of England, find Spring plants springing, follow a mystery man and find some deer hideouts… Read more >>

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