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

The adventure continues on the River Spey. In this section the river starts moving, Kevin needs to negotiate some rapids and Ray talks safety and signals so everyone is on the same page… Read more >>


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

The off-the-wall journey down the Spey with Kevin Callan, Ray Goodwin and Justine Curgenven continues with the morning after the night before. Pancakes, bacon and maple syrup are on the menu but the priority is coffee. First, though, I need to get the fire going… Read more >>


Post image for Canoeing The River Spey With Kevin Callan, Ray Goodwin and Justine Curgenven – part 1

Ray Goodwin and I take Kevin Callan and Justine Curgenven down the River Spey on a magical mystery tour of water, whisky and wild haggis… Read more >>


Post image for #AskPaulKirtley Episode 43 – Traditional Crafts In Modern Outdoor Trips, Cheaper Full-Tang Knives, Places To Camp In The Woods

In this episode I answer questions on integrating traditional crafts into modern outdoor trips, how to stop people leaving rubbish at campsites, washing, cooking and camping in bear country, outdoor clothing sizes and where to buy, how young is too young for bushcraft, variations in basic bushcraft kit for the Rockies, cheaper full-tang knives, list of places to camp in the woods… Read more >>


Post image for PK Podcast 019: Post-Trip Post-Script With Kevin Callan, Justine Curgenven and Ray Goodwin

Sitting down around a table in a wooden chalet in Scotland, Kevin Callan, Ray Goodwin, Justine Curgenven and I talk about the canoe trip down the river Spey we’d just finished the very same day. This is an enjoyable yet insightful reflection by four outdoors people on a fun week on the river… Read more >>


Post image for #AskPaulKirtley Episode 42 – Weird Encounters At Night, Drugs Tests, Predators and Wild Edibles

Weird encounters at night, drying clothes, drugs tests and foraging, bow drill notch details, predators and rewilding, carcinogenic campfires, learning more about wild edibles… Read more >>


Post image for Wild Wanderings 6 – River Spey Canoe Journey

A River Spey canoe journey is something I do at least a couple of times each year, usually in the early autumn. For some people this repetition gives rise to the question, “doesn’t it get boring doing the same river over and over again?” No it doesn’t. This photoblog article seeks to illustrate some of the many reasons why… Read more >>


Post image for #AskPaulKirtley Episode 41 – Winter Bushcraft And Outdoor Life Questions

In this episode I cover carbon monoxide and winter shelters, candles for quinzhees, snow shelter construction, toilets in cold weather, sweaty clothes, food for exhausting day hikes, wilderness ski touring and anoraks for cold weather… Read more >>


Post image for Halloween Pumpkin Carnage

A bit of Halloween fun… Preparing for the zombie pumpkin apocalypse results in pumpkin carnage via 12 gauge pump action and 20 gauge semi auto shotguns… Read more >>


Post image for Winter Bivvying – How To Stay Warm In A World Of Cold

Winter means different things to different people. Moreover, the degree of winter conditions as you range from the tropics to higher latitudes varies immensely. There are, of course, nuances and subtleties to each winter bivvy situation. A knowledge of some widely-applicable winter bivvy “rules” is, however, a good starting place. Combine this with a good understanding of the fundamentals of how heat is lost to a cold environment plus how these apply specifically to the use of a bivvy, sleeping bag and sleeping mat combination, and you will significantly enhance your winter bivvy experiences. Understanding what you need to do, how to do it and having some experience under your belt, will stand you in good stead to weather difficult situations and, in extremis, may just save your life… Read more >>