#AskPaulKirtley Episode 24: Tracking, Trapping & Hunting, Birch Bark, Firewood, Portage Pain and Breaking Knives

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In this episode of #AskPaulKirtley I answer questions about if it is still possible to live sustainably from trapping and hunting, where can you source birch bark of high enough quality for birch bark containers, how do you find decent firewood in winter, is the pain of portaging worth it, will a Mora Companion hold up to field use and what are my daypack recommendations.

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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.


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Dave Welsby

Right off the hop already a great episode! We got a fire going maybe some tea……I’m not sure I’m only 4 seconds into it! Cheers Paul



‘For some people just being outdoors is hard’
Hahaha that made me laugh.. but it is true

I have Terry Grant’s book on tracking which I really enjoyed.



I did like the rant Paul. 🙂
For me bushcraft is about skill not kit.

I own a simple Mora, a cheap but strong rucksack, a pair of good walking boots, a functional warm jacket and I go off into the woods every weekend with that. I’ve only just got myself a laplander saw.

I’m really focusing on developing skills and knowledge. At some point I hope to go up to Scotland and not use a knife, paracord, ferro rod or any modern tools. I’ll keep them with me in case of an emergency but I will train myself to become more resourceful and less reliant on equipment.

As Cody Lundin says ‘the more you know, the less you need to carry’
I think he got that from Mors Kochanski?

And I agree with you about embracing challenges in the ‘outdoors’ 😉
I feel alive walking miles through the woods! Its really difficult to explain how good it feels to people who are comfortable being indoors all the time



very good paul I enjoyed the show with your students I thought the format was very good but I really enjoyed the behind the scenes, outdoors wind and rain and your staff stiil looked enthusiastic. credit to them and you if its not raining its not training ,in episode 21 you talked about making something at home that would sit inside a kettle for suspending it could you explain this abit more.



In canada I heard there is only 1 sqaure km for every person.


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