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PK Podcast 024: Why Your Bow-Drill Time Obsession Is Important

PK Podcast 024: Why Your Bow-Drill Time Obsession Is Important

Why does it matter how long it takes you to light fire by friction when practising? From the perspective of sports psychology there are solid reasons why measuring performance in bushcraft activities can be beneficial. My colleague Iain Gair, who has a Master’s degree in Sports Psychology, joins me to discuss this in more depth…

A Broken Cigarette Lighter: A Reminder Of The Importance Of Habit

A Broken Cigarette Lighter: A Reminder Of The Importance Of Habit

I had an interesting little event happen to me the other day. It wasn’t anywhere wild. Or remote. As is the case with many of my days, though, I was outdoors. And, as usual, I had more than one means of fire-lighting on me. My go-to ignition device is the FireSteel or “ferro rod”. This is part of my core outdoors kit. But I always have at least a second, often a third, means of quick ignition on me. This…

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Lighting A Fire With Feathersticks

Lighting A Fire With Feathersticks

As with any fire lighting exercise, starting a fire with feathersticks can go one of two ways – it either works or it doesn’t. You end up with an established fire or you don’t. Nature doesn’t offer any middle grades for fire lighting. You get an A-grade or you fail. If you’re fortunate, you get the chance to re-sit the exam. As with exams, fire-lighting success is down to preparation. More than just about any fire-lighting technique, success with feathersticks…

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How To Make Fantastic Feathersticks

How To Make Fantastic Feathersticks

Feathersticks are extremely useful under certain circumstances. Yet many people who enjoy bushcraft, survival skills and outdoor life are not particularly well practised in the skill of making them. Many books, particularly those involved with survival training, contain images of what are often referred to as “fuzz-sticks”. These are little more than twigs with a few short, shallow knife cuts made around them. On the other hand, feathersticks – when made properly – provide a very certain way of establishing…

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How to Leave No Trace of Your Campfire

How to Leave No Trace of Your Campfire

Having a campfire is an elemental thing. For many it is an integral part of camping and the outdoors experience. Those of us who do choose to have a fire in the great outdoors must do so responsibly. We should understand how to leave the site of a campfire safe and clean. We should always leave a campsite as we would wish to find it and this certainly includes…

How to Light a Campfire with One Match

How to Light a Campfire with One Match

The ability to light a fire is an essential wilderness skill. Whether you are practicing your bushcraft skills in the local woods or planning an expedition, fire-lighting skills should be at the top of your list. There are many ways to light a fire but the humble match is often overlooked in favour of more impressive skills…