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Post image for #AskPaulKirtley Episode 39 – Wilderness Water Sources & Water Purification

In this episode I answer a bunch of questions about water. What are the advantages of Millbank bags? Can you use a bandanna to filter water? Do Steripens work? How do you deal with herbicides and pesticides in water? Can you use activated charcoal to filter water? Is it safe to drink water from springs and wells? These are the jumping off points for a wide-ranging discussion about producing safe drinking water outdoors – close to home or further into the wilds… Read more >>

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Post image for #AskPaulKirtley Episode 18: Power In The Wild, Water Purification, Chaga & What I Have In My Pockets

Answers to questions about power in the wilderness, water purification, chaga, what I’ve got in my pockets, what you do when you get the silent treatment and reasons why I left Woodlore. There’s also a question for YOU to answer… Read more >>

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Post image for #AskPaulKirtley Episode 4 – Biting Insects, Wild Foods, Tree ID and Water Purification

In this episode I answer questions about how to deal with biting insects in the woods, my favourite wild foods for foraging, how to use Alexanders as a food, how to go about learning more about trees and their identification as well as making sure you can find and purify enough water while on the move during a hike (rather than being static in a base camp)… Read more >>

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Post image for Water Purification: The 5 Contaminants You Need to Know About

We can’t tell whether fresh water it is safe to drink by looking at it. Unless, for example, the water is obviously stagnant, dirty or oily we cannot visually determine the presence of… Read more >>

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Post image for Water Safety In Camp: The Six Pillars

It may not be the most fun part of planning a camp or venturing into the outdoors, but good water hygiene can make the difference between a camp to remember and one to forget!… Read more >>

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Post image for #AskPaulKirtley Episode 28 – Finding Flint, The Best Matches, Millbank Bags, Becoming An Instructor, Wind, Shelters and Managing Fires Overnight

I answer questions about finding flint, wind and shelter, wool blankets, managing fires overnight, if Millbank bags are a niche item, becoming a bushcraft instructor, removing the plastic taste from MSR Dromedary bags, PLCE side pockets and why I like them, plus what are my favourite matches… Read more >>

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Post image for PK Podcast 008: Chris Townsend, Backpacking Legend

Chris Townsend is something of a hero to me. When I was first looking to undertake multi-day backpacking trips more than 20 years ago, it was Chris’s book, The Backpacker’s Handbook that I referred to for information and advice. I’ve followed his work and his exploits ever since. Chris has a huge depth and breadth of long distance walking experience – both on trail and off trail – and his advice… Read more >>

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Post image for Enter A Virtuous Circle: Take Your Bushcraft Skills On An Adventure

We were sitting high up in a mountain valley overlooking trees and surrounded by peaks. We’d set up our tents on a small, relatively flat, grassy area. The nearby stream provided us with water and we had collected up some firewood. As our small campfire became established, it didn’t seem particularly important. It had been […] Read more >>

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A Night In The Woods

by Paul Kirtley

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I’m often asked about bushcraft skills and camp set ups for heading into the woods for a weekend. Quite a few readers of this blog – and viewers of my YouTube channel – have asked for articles/videos regarding skills to help with getting out into the woods overnight – sometimes for the first time. It’s great so many are keen to get out amongst nature… Read more >>

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Post image for How to Use a Millbank Bag: 6 Easy Steps

A Millbank bag is a method of coarse filtration designed to remove sand, mud, silt or other suspended particulate matter such as decomposing organic material… Read more >>

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