#AskPaulKirtley Episode 60 – Technology In The Way Of Outdoor Experiences, Knife Rust Prevention, Slug Invasions and Camp Set-Up Times

#AskPaulKirtley Episode 60 – Technology In The Way Of Outdoor Experiences, Knife Rust Prevention, Slug Invasions and Camp Set-Up Times

In this episode of #AskPaulKirtley I answer your questions about computer time and technology getting in the way of outdoor experiences, bushcraft knife rust prevention, duvet jackets, water filtration combined with other methods, the time necessary to set up camp, what to do about slug invasions and making your own trail mix…

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19 thoughts on “#AskPaulKirtley Episode 60 – Technology In The Way Of Outdoor Experiences, Knife Rust Prevention, Slug Invasions and Camp Set-Up Times

  1. I’ve heard the first part, where you define your role and goals. I count myself most privileged to have come across your blog and videos and Q & A’s. When a youngster, in my very early tens, I had my Boy Scout manual, a few outdoors magazines, the benefit of a Metis mother, and a few outdoor classics (Clide Ormond’s Complete Book of Outdoor Lore, Larry Dean Olsen’s Outdoor Survival Skills) to guide me. I was single and free and later on only worked parts of the year, for a few months, collected basic equipment (fishing, camping gear), and lots of penny matches, and then I lived off my savings the rest of the year, during which time I spent it outdoors. Then, I got married, began raising a small family, and outdoor activities were limited to mere week ends or week long vacations. I simply recall my exploits of my youth and the things I did learn have stayed with me a lifetime. I am grateful you encouraged me to try bow drilling, as now, it’s increased my abilities and it’s another feather on my cap. I long for the day I retire, so I can resume my outdoor life to the full.
    You are very much appreciated by me, Paul. I pray you remain free to gain all the expertise you want, and may I be around to benefit.


    1. Marcel,

      Thank you ever so much for your kind words.

      Your comments mean a great deal to me.

      Thank you.


      1. I feel like I am getting the best deal of it all. Your wealth of information is precious. I told my wife the other day, you are the Mors Kochanski of the UK, you live and breathe this lifestyle as he does. After speaking with him only three hours, it was clear that Mors considers this lifestyle fulfilling and necessary, as do you. If Mors was Codi Lundin’s Yoda, I am sure you are our Obi-Wan Kenobi. 🙂

  2. Thanks for this Paul. The squirrels where not happy with you being there from 13:20 onwards.
    How did you get on with the down jerkin from uniqlo?

    Many thanks


    1. Hi Paul,

      Yes, the squirrels were a little agitated 🙂

      I’ve had Uniqlo gilet for a good few years now and it’s been on a number of lightweight hiking trips with me for evening warmth. I have to say it has lost some it’s loft now but it has been a valuable garment.

      Warm regards,


  3. hi paul like your comments about technology do you think it makes us idle, the map and compass been with us for years we can find grid squares bearings along came garmin E. trex ect can give location grid no without problem but when batteries go flat the map and compass come in to play again the amount of people who go out with these devises ok wonderfull getting people outdoors but not got time to use map or compass is beyond belief.technology love it has limitations.

  4. The way you use technology is very impressive and make it fit together. I have to ask, did you hire a business coach?

    1. Hi Billy, I’m glad you appreciate my use of technology to share information and experience. To answer your question, no I have not had a business coach but I have studied business in various ways/forms.

      Warm regards,


  5. Hi Paul. A great explanation of your life’s love outdoors. The squirrels let us know their presence! Yes, writing does take a lot of time and no you are legitimate. Great “Ask Paul Kirtley.”
    Kind Regards
    Jim Watkins
    Pacific NW

  6. To keep my knife, rust free I have a small perfume sprayer filled with a Japanese mineral oil (the name is in Japanese), it is food safe. With it I keep a cloth from a pair of glasses coated in the oil. The knife gets a quick wipe with the cloth every time it is used and a proper clean at the end of every day.

    I have been through many iteration of products, at one time I used Lard, till the pot of lard went off!

    1. Hi Robin,

      You showed me the small perfume spray pot a while back and I liked the idea. Thanks for reminding me of it.

      The oily cloth is also a good home-made variant of the Ballistol wipes I sometimes carry.

      Thanks again Robin. There are some good tips here.

      Warm regards,


      1. Thanks for your reply Paul,

        The sprayer came from amazon and costs less than £2. The glasses cloth fits nicely in the lid and all in all is about the size of a shotgun cartridge.
        Another trick I came across, 30 years ago, in the bottom of my mug I have a small disk of “scotch bright”. It works well to get early stages of rust off a knife as well as helping to keep my cookware clean.


  7. Hi Paul (and other commenters)!

    Paul, thanks for sharing your trail mix thoughts. I know it wasn’t any way important aside from maintaining good nutrition on trips, but I very much enjoyed your thoughts on the matter, and I think it made for a really light, amusing topic to end the episode with. with my mix, I try to pay attention to nutrition, a variety of flavour/texture to keep the snack from being too monotonous, and trying to manage the amount of ingredients that can get melty and messy, because I’ve been out in 30C weather, or decided to keep the mix in my trouser pocket, and dealing with a gooey mess for your trail snack isn’t a great time.

    My most recent recipe from this spring/summer included:
    Assorted nuts/seeds: (peanuts, macadamia nuts, almonds, cashews, pine nuts, and I think shelled pumpkin seeds) some of them were roasted, some were raw, and they had varying coatings. I much prefer raw unsalted almonds, I believe the peanuts were roasted and salted, and the cashews had some sort of spicy seasoning.
    Dried fruit: banana chips, dried pineapple, dried “yogurt covered” cranberries, raisins.
    Candied ginger in dark chocolate (good for keeping a stomach settled, though I think next time I’ll skip the chocolate coating).
    Chocolate covered espresso beans (I actually keep these separate, because I don’t want to be eating them with my GORP in the late afternoon or evening, lest they impact my sleep).
    Candy: Gummy bears, M&M’s or Smarties.
    A handful of flavoured granola with freeze dried berries I happened to have around.
    Mystery/experimental ingredients: I think there were some kind of “coconut energy chunks” that I found that were interesting and I liked, and some varieties of crackers/crisps that made it into a few bags, which I think was a good idea, but I picked the wrong kind of crackers.

    I probably put altogether too much thought into the trail mix I make, but being that I just ate half a bag while trying to decode and remember what I put in it is a clear indicator that my efforts have resulted in an enjoyable end result!

    I’d also like to add a point around knife corrosion:
    I’ve had some luck with “bluing” my Mora knife that uses carbon steel, and some vintage axes. This is a very similar process to what’s used on many firearms, and you can buy “gun blue”, “cold blue” or “black oxide” kits that include the chemicals you need. The process actually “rusts” the steel, but because of the chemicals, it’s turned into black iron oxide (rather than the red iron oxide we know as rust). It makes the blade a dark blue/black colour, and helps some to prevent corrosion, but of course you abrade this coating off when you sharpen your knife.

  8. Hi Paul

    This episode really struck a nerve with me. I try lots of different ways to stay over night and feel greatly irritated when people comment on the weight I sometimes carry.
    As you quite correctly say, you do feel cold and uncomfortable sometimes. Heaven forbid, your socks might get a little damp. The important thing is, get out there and do what works for you. I’ve woken up to find a load of spiders benefiting from my warm breath inches from my face. I’ve nearly always had slug trails over my bag whilst on the ground.
    You do these things to experience nature. It’s only fair that nature gets to experience you in return.

    Kindest Regards


    1. Hi Phil,

      Thanks for your comments. They made me smile.

      I particularly like the concept of nature experiencing you in return. A nice way of looking at it.

      Warm regards,


  9. Great information. I was just looking up information about rusty knives and found this. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Mike,

      Thanks for your comment. I’m glad you found this useful. I appreciate you taking the time to let me know.

      Warm regards,


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