#AskPaulKirtley 68 – Eureka moments with the Hadza? Ticks on the increase. Tarp knots for limited hand mobility. Striking matches with your teeth.

#AskPaulKirtley 68 – Eureka moments with the Hadza? Ticks on the increase. Tarp knots for limited hand mobility. Striking matches with your teeth.

In this episode of #AskPaulKirtley I cover questions on whether I had any ‘eureka moments’ with the Hadza, and do I still use any skills I learned from them? What to do about ticks being on the increase? Tarp knot recommendations for people with limited hand mobility. Striking matches with your teeth? I also answer a question about my camera gear for trips and how I manage it outdoors with respect to bad weather and potential submersion.

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Alyssa Crittenden On The Hadza, Honey And The Human Diet
#AskPaulKirtley Episode 3: Kids & Bushcraft, Ticks, Alternative Tinders, Friction Fire Woods & Seeing More Wildlife
Ticks podcast with Stella from Lyme Disease Action via Mark Yates a.k.a. Big Man In The Woods
How To Tie A Taut Tarp Hitch (YouTube)
How To Tie An Evenk Hitch (YouTube)
How To Tie An Adjustable Guyline Hitch (YouTube)

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7 thoughts on “#AskPaulKirtley 68 – Eureka moments with the Hadza? Ticks on the increase. Tarp knots for limited hand mobility. Striking matches with your teeth.

  1. hi Paul
    yet another very entertaining show ,
    the hadza trip sounds amazing , to spend time with people using the bushcraft skills for real and not “playing ” like most of us do must be awesome , its a trip of a lifetime one I would love to do .
    kind regards
    Paul Walsh

    1. Hi Paul,

      As always, it’s good to hear from you. Thanks for your comments.

      Yes, I am grateful for, and humbled by, such experiences. I would love to re-visit the Hadza one day and take some others with me.

      Warm regards,


  2. Thanks for your answer Paul, it was better than my question! You covered everything I needed to know.

    I’m just starting out with the hobby to add an interest when I’m out & about, and have bought a Nikon D3100 and lenses off e-bay. It’s very good but, at the moment very much over spec for my level!
    If I’m available, I’m fairly certain I’ll be on the Winter trip with you, it’s something I’m very interested in. I have registered with Frontier for it, so look forward to hearing more.

    1. Hi Ste,

      Well, you will grow into your new camera outfit. Start off with the automatic settings but then work through understanding what each adjustment will make.

      I learned photography before digital cameras and I still maintain that understanding f-stops/aperture, shutter speed (and their reciprocity), along with how different combinations manifest in the image are the key things. Combined with this, exposure compensation and zone focussing are useful to understand. Despite all the bells and whistles of digital SLRs, the basics still count.

      Have fun with it! That’s the most important part of course.

      Warm regards,


      PS it’s good you have signed up for more details on the winter trip. I’ll be in touch.

  3. Those Whiskey-Jacks (Canada jays) are quite smart birds. My wife and I saw one while we prepared supper one day. We had cheese and bread cut up on our table, and this one Jack started doing acrobatics and loops and flitting here and there. I took out the camera and as we were distracted, his mate was stealing our cheese. Turns out that was the tactic after all, we look away while his mate steals the goodies. Shifty little Canucks.


  4. Wow, you’re in the UK, I’m across the pond! So much for that. The Microscopic signage at the bottom of the of the page did it.

  5. Thank you for another episode of Ask Paul Kirtley! I will have to send in some questions to. 🙂 But, you are doing a great job, and a well received service to those interested in Bushcraft. You give a great deal of information out for free, and I can’t speak for everyone, BUT… I get at least one thing out of each and every episode.
    Thanks again, and I hope this finds you well!
    Mr Kevin B

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