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

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

Ask Paul Kirtley Episode 43

In this episode of #AskPaulKirtley 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.

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Kevin Callan’s Welsh Open Canoe Symposium Video Blog
Bushcraft Workshops At The Canoe Symposium [videos]
Paul Kirtley Podcast Ep 19 with Kevin, Justine and Ray
Wilderness Day [Quetico Film]
A Bushcraft Camping Outfit – Equipment for Living in the Woods
How To Find A Place To Practice Bushcraft Skills In The UK

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3 thoughts on “#AskPaulKirtley Episode 43 – Traditional Crafts In Modern Outdoor Trips, Cheaper Full-Tang Knives, Places To Camp In The Woods

  1. Another good episode Paul (Thank you for taking the time to do #AskPaulKirtley).

    With regards to the rubbish left by people (who it would appear often simply don’t know any better)… I am reminded that in my early teens my grandfather (an avid fisherman who regularly took me along on trips) was very mindful of the environment and would always without fail collect every single scrap of rubbish or human detritus left along our route even if it ment several trips back to the car (one time we rolled 3 car tyres and the shell of a microwave back to his car). It’s easy to bemoan the unthinking/uncaring who leave the junk behind but if all the genuine outdoors folk collected as much as they could of the crap that is sometimes left behind, there would be a lot less of it for the NIMBY’s to get all uppity about.

  2. Hi Paul,

    Great episode – particularly enjoyed the discussion on tent options. I’ve recently been using this cheap mosquito barrier inner along with a tarp. Great lightweight option. I have to admit – it’s not very hardwearing so I bring a cheap groundsheet to stick underneath it on the forest floor – but it’s not the most expensive thing in the world, so I guess you adjust your expectations.


    Thanks again for the series – loving the ‘themed’ episodes. The winter camping episode was great.



  3. As to the disposal of food, in the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), we were always taught, “pack it in, pack it out.” Well, packing food scraps out was always more onerous than just eating what was left over, as long as you are disciplined about portion sizes. We would, of course, have our wash water that we would sump, but that was minimized by consuming all that could be consumed from a given meal. Now that was in 1983, before bears were really an issue in the Wind River Range. Now in addition, when my son when through NOLS in the Winds this past summer, they also keep their cooking area 200 m from camp, as well as hanging their food there, and having an electric fence they set around that area.

    In the military, the rule of pack it in pack it out was the same, but for different reasons: we trained to leave neither trace nor booby trap making materials for potential adversaries. I when through a booby trap demonstration lane in Jungle School in 1986, and everything that notional guerrillas were using to kill or maim from from our own “kit.” Many used our plastic spoons from our rations.

    I have, on canoeing trips rinsed out pans in the brisk flowing water, but will use sand and no soap.

    I think starting with a purest “leave no trace” philosophy, and the discipline that requires is an excellent way to avoid your food scraps coming back to “bite” you, albeit by proxy.

    Thanks for your great work!

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