#AskPaulKirtley Episode 40 – One Thing For Wilderness Survival, Learning Fungi, Time Management On Trips, Oak Bark For Tinder, Knots & Lashings

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Ask Paul Kirtley Episode 40

In this episode of #AskPaulKirtley I answer questions on how to get the most out of fungi forays, what exactly do I mean by “dead, standing wood for firewood”, how to learn more about edible fungi, what is the one thing which would see me survive in the wilds, time management on trips, badger latrines, how to process oak inner bark for tinder, other bushcraft and nature podcasts, and knots, lashings and bushcraft basics.

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Tree Felling For Winter Firewood: Axe and Saw
Parkinson’s Law
The Woodcrafter Course
The Tim Ferriss Podcast
Sumo Survival Podcast
Nature Aventure Survie Podcast
The Paul Kirtley Podcast
PK Podcast 011: Andy Chadderton On Life As A Professional Deer Stalker

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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.

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Related Material On Paul Kirtley’s Blog:

PK Podcast 006: Winter Outdoor Life Tips, Thoughts And Perspectives

As Thick As A Capercaillie: How To Build A Long Log Fire

PLAN Your Skills for Survival

The Importance of Leaving Word Before Heading Into the Wild


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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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I love your blogs and podcasts Paul. Very useful and informative.

The year you were born, (and since 1970), I practised bushcraft skills with a friend of mine in Northern Ontario. I relied on basic Scout knots and other knowledge from old classics such a Clyde Ormond’s “Complete Book of Outdoor Lore” and articles from Outdoor Life Magazine’s “Tappley’s Tips”. These skills were called Campcraft and Pioneering and survival skills, but they were handed down from the old experts who did them. The thrill was in practising these alone and with friends. We set up a base camp and lashed a table, a tree stand, and had a permanent fireplace. In Canada, in the early 1970’s, there was something called the Metal Match I got from a Military Surplus store and I learned to make fire with sparks. I was born in 1954, so I’m an old fart, but I still love the bush and the experiences. It is quite assuring that many such as yourself are maintaining the skills and expanding on them. There is so much to learn, and once learned, they are so much fun to do and teach. The best way to learn is by doing in real life. Go out and do, a little at a time. A fishing trip is ideal to set up a base camp and go nuts with lashings and fire skills (you need to cook those fish). And, it’s an excellent place to bring friends and youngsters along to see the value of these skills in a practical application.

Thanks for all you do. All the best.



Tom Scandian

Great stuff, I love your ask Paul Kirtley vids, watch them every weekend! I also want to say, I really like the idea of each show being about a specific area of bushcraft. Not only does it make it easier to find all the info on a subject in one place, but It maybe helpful for you to be able to advise someone to go to a certain show to find all the info on a given subject. Bow drill for example, there were lots of questions on bow drill and to get all your answers they would have to chop and change videos numerous times to get all the info. It would streamline everything. I must admit though I do love the diversity of your shows though. Maybe once every month you could do a show on a specific topic. Eg a show on friction fire answers, a show on shelter related questions, one on answering questions on navigation etc. Another option is once every quarter do a show about skills you recommend to practice for the forth comming season? That may be really useful and exciting. It may also bring season related questions that are specific there and then. I don’t know, just some suggestions. Cheers Paul, as always that’s for all your hard work and support!


Dave H

Thanks for another informative episode. I loved your answer to the question about the most important thing to keep on you in case of emergency. It reminded me of our head of survival training back in the 70s, a major in the paras, who used to constantly drum into us; “anything is possible with a P.M.A.(positive mental attitude). Obviously some things are easier with some rudimentary equipment.
Keep on enjoying yourself,keep safe, and please keep sharing.Many thanks, Dave.


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