#AskPaulKirtley Episode 49 – Water Filters, Emergency Communications, Pignut Recipes & Being Useful On Canoe Trips

#AskPaulKirtley Episode 49 – Water Filters, Emergency Communications, Pignut Recipes & Being Useful On Canoe Trips

APK episode 49

In this episode of #AskPaulKirtley I answer questions about my preferred water filters, comms on solo canoe trips, how to make yourself useful on a canoe trip when everyone is more experienced, is hydrophobic down worth the premium and pignut recipes…

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4 thoughts on “#AskPaulKirtley Episode 49 – Water Filters, Emergency Communications, Pignut Recipes & Being Useful On Canoe Trips

  1. Hi Paul,

    Thanks for another great episode, particularly enjoyed the discussion about pignuts, which I’ve not tried before. I’ve just had a look at your blog on the subject and look forward to keeping an eye out for them next time I’m out for a walk.

    Kind regards,


  2. Hi Paul, thanks for another great episode.

    I have found, sometimes, the person with the least skills can get the “most valued team member” award by always being there as a helping hand. As long as the important skills are covered attitude becomes more important. We all want to be around someone that is fun and helpful rather than rude and skilled.

    I now use a hydrophobic down quilt, with my hammock and love it. have not had any problems with dampness during the night although to be fair I have no problems with my old down bag either. I use the same protection/dry sack when in my pack and make sure to air it out each morning.

    Looking forward to the bushcraft show, it will be my first, and I hope to be heckling from the back.

    It was good to see Henry and you last weekend and it will be good to see Ray, Spoons, and both of you at the show.



  3. My wife is legally blind, with tunnel vision, not able to see in the dark, and wears two hearing aids. For that reason, I need to cover flat water, as she is not too useful in quicker water, and she cannot advise me of hazards ahead as a bow paddler should. I bought two way radios and use an earphone for her with push-to-talk button so we can communicate better. You’d be surprised how useful she can be though, in camp, as she can prepare a fire and light it with a ferrorod, or match or lighter, and she can cook a great meal over a campfire. She knows a few knots to help set up camp, and she will hand me tools and pegs etc provided these are well organized. It’s a matter of developing a good system for put up and take down, and anyone can be useful. She can even cut up veggies because she knows her knife. By dark, I guide her to the campfire where she sits and smiles with glee. Anyone can be useful.

    1. Very good points my friend. Thanks for illustrating them with your personal story. It’s much appreciated.

      Warm regards,


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