Canoeing The Spey With Kevin, Ray & Justine part 2 – A Few Campfire Tricks

by Paul Kirtley

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Blowing the campfire back to life in the morning, after dropping a spark onto one of the dogs. Image courtesy of Kevin Callan.

After the first day on the River Spey with Ray Goodwin, Kevin Callan and Justine Curgenven, the fun continued into the evening, with some warming single malt. We enjoyed this around the campfire, tucked away in a secluded, sheltered woodland camping spot just up from the water. The next morning pancakes, bacon and maple syrup were on the menu (we did have a Canadian with us after all). Kevin’s priority, however, was coffee (rightly so, in my opinion). First, though, I had to light the fire.

In the spirit of doing something different each time, I employed the technique of dropping a spark from my firesteel onto one of the fire dogs, then tending it into an ember. Bringing another dog to it soon generated a flame and we were away. As you will see in the video below, this process rather took the wind out of Justine’s sails…

Scotland’s Spey River Paddle & Whisky Tour – Part 2

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I hope you enjoyed the above film. Let me know what you think below.

And if you need a bit more context as to how I ended up on a river trip with these wonderfully nutty people, then check out part 1 in this blog series.

Watch The Next Part In The Series

Canoeing The Spey With Kevin, Ray & Justine part 3 – River Safety

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PK Podcast 013: Ray Goodwin On Continually Evolving Adventures By Canoe

PK Podcast 005: Justine Curgenven And An Aleutian Adventure

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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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Phil Robinson

Yay! Dropped coffee! I have learnt a lot from you lot, but the one I love most in passing on is this. Fire lighting, pah, canoeing, pah, tracking, Pah, dropped coffee, yay and yay again. I felt truly initiated when I was allowed to drop the coffee.

Great two videos and blog btw.

(Any plans on sharing pictures of our Spey trip, just so I can prove to my friends, I was actually there?)

Take it easy, Phil

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Paul Kirtley

Hey Phil,

Dropped coffee is the thing. Good camp coffee is a rare thing. You are now orbiting in rarified circles.

Here’s a link to an album of photos from our trip on the Spey together:

https://www.facebook.com/197586263602701/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1457859180908730

It was a lot of fun journeying with you. I hope we get to do it again sometime.

Go well,

Paul

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Peter

I’ve never heard the term fire dogs. Are they the coals left behind? It just takes a spark and then blowing it into flame?

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ScottC

Paul,

Looks like you all had a most excellent trip with a fun-loving crew – congrats and thanks for sharing it with us.

ScottC

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