53 episodes

Paul Kirtley is an award winning bushcraft instructor, canoe leader and outdoor guide. He owns and runs Frontier Bushcraft, a leading provider of bushcraft training and wilderness adventure travel. Paul writes the top-ranked blog on the net covering bushcraft, survival skills and outdoor life at http://paulkirtley.co.uk This podcast is designed to help you get more from your outdoor life, deepen your bushcraft practice and hone your survival knowledge. Paul shares interviews, discussions, advice, tips & tricks as well as the occasional contest or give-away. Paul regularly hosts other outdoor experts as guests on his podcast so you get a wide range of in-depth outdoor know-how that will enhance your camping, hiking, canoeing, backpacking, snow-shoeing, ski touring, expedition skills, navigation, camp craft, carving, woodcraft, fire-lighting, tracking, tree and plant identification, use of cutting tools and choice of outdoor clothing and equipment.

The Paul Kirtley Podcast Paul Kirtley: Professional Outdoorsman

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    • 4.9 • 188 Ratings

Paul Kirtley is an award winning bushcraft instructor, canoe leader and outdoor guide. He owns and runs Frontier Bushcraft, a leading provider of bushcraft training and wilderness adventure travel. Paul writes the top-ranked blog on the net covering bushcraft, survival skills and outdoor life at http://paulkirtley.co.uk This podcast is designed to help you get more from your outdoor life, deepen your bushcraft practice and hone your survival knowledge. Paul shares interviews, discussions, advice, tips & tricks as well as the occasional contest or give-away. Paul regularly hosts other outdoor experts as guests on his podcast so you get a wide range of in-depth outdoor know-how that will enhance your camping, hiking, canoeing, backpacking, snow-shoeing, ski touring, expedition skills, navigation, camp craft, carving, woodcraft, fire-lighting, tracking, tree and plant identification, use of cutting tools and choice of outdoor clothing and equipment.

    Paul Kirtley Podcast 53: Dr Theresa Emmerich Kamper On Traditional Tanning

    Paul Kirtley Podcast 53: Dr Theresa Emmerich Kamper On Traditional Tanning

    Theresa Emmerich Kamper, PhD., Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter and author of Determining Prehistoric Skin Processing Technologies, has over 25 years of experience in prehistoric skin tanning and clothing construction.

    • 2 hrs 15 min
    PK Podcast 52: John Boe On PTSD, Finding Solace In Nature And A New Career In Bushcraft Instruction

    PK Podcast 52: John Boe On PTSD, Finding Solace In Nature And A New Career In Bushcraft Instruction

    John Boe is a British military veteran with PTSD. In this podcast episode we have a candid discussion about John’s condition, how it manifested itself and how he came to realise he found solace in time spent in nature, especially in the woods. This ultimately led to a second career as a bushcraft instructor, delivering courses through Wildway Bushcraft, based in the South West of the UK. Having John join me on this podcast was also a good opportunity to discuss aspects of John’s experience in establishing himself as a bushcraft instructor and starting his own bushcraft school, and to draw out some broader lessons for those looking for a pathway in bushcraft instruction.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    PK Podcast 51: Cliff Jacobson – Skills Are More Important Than Things

    PK Podcast 51: Cliff Jacobson – Skills Are More Important Than Things

    Cliff Jacobson is one of North America’s most respected outdoors writers and wilderness canoe guides. He is an outdoor skills instructor and a professional outfitter and guide, a canoeing and camping consultant, and the author of more than a dozen top-selling books on canoeing and camping. In 2003 the American Canoe Association presented Cliff with the Legends of Paddling Award and inducted him into the ACA Hall of Fame. In 2009 Cliff was awarded the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award by the Boy Scouts of America. Canoeing, camping and sharing his experience has been a lifelong passion for Cliff. He seems to have paddled every river in North America, certainly in Canada. His wilderness experience is massive and the relevance of the conversation this podcast goes far beyond the context of canoe tripping....

    • 2 hrs 30 min
    PK Podcast 50: Les Hiddins, The Bush Tucker Man

    PK Podcast 50: Les Hiddins, The Bush Tucker Man

    Les Hiddins became well known through his ABC TV series “The Bush Tucker Man”. In 1980 Les had received a Defence Fellowship to research survival in northern Australia and looked heavily into traditional bush foods, with the help and cooperation of Indigenous communities. His work was compiled and used by the Australian military in various forms, including the clever idea of “snack maps”. He was also the principal author of the Australian Army’s military survival manual, published in 1987. Les retired from the Australian Regular Army in 1989 with the rank of Major. In addition to his TV work and writing, he continued to work with the Australian Army Reserve until 2001, working with Indigenous Australian communities in northern Australia. He is still actively researching and sharing his information and we get into this and a whole lot more in this podcast episode….

    • 1 hr 47 min
    PK Podcast 49: Gordon Dedman On Australian Bushcraft And Survival

    PK Podcast 49: Gordon Dedman On Australian Bushcraft And Survival

    In this podcast episode Gordon Dedman and I talk bushcraft and survival in Australia. Gordon is a survival instructor in NORFORCE, an Australian Army unit conducting patrols in remote wilderness areas of northern Australia. He provides civilian training via Bushcraft Survival Australia. Gordon also works as a guide in Kakadu National Park, which at 20,000 square kilometers is Australia's largest national park....

    • 2 hrs 3 min
    PK Podcast 48: Bruce Zawalsky On Canadian Wilderness Survival

    PK Podcast 48: Bruce Zawalsky On Canadian Wilderness Survival

    Bruce Zawalsky is a professional wilderness survival instructor and author, with over 25 years of experience as an outdoor educator. He teaches survival courses, wildlife and bear awareness courses as well as wilderness navigation. Here in Podcast 48, Bruce talks with me about all these subjects and more, which have much wider application than just in his native Canada....

    • 2 hrs 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
188 Ratings

188 Ratings

CJay Rainbow ,

A great listen even if you aren't a bushcrafter

Paul's podcasts have introduced me to a bushcraft/wilderness survival community who are willing to share their time and expertise in informative, engaging and often amusing ways. Not limiting the time of the podcasts is wonderful, allowing conversation to flow naturally. Love it!

andyjoanj ,

If you love the outdoors then this is a must.

A fantastic range of interesting guests and topics of discussion.
Paul is a thoughtful interviewer who has the ability to strike up a rapport with his gusts which makes for very a engaging listening experience.
Paul’s extensive knowledge and experience gives him credibility to discuss and explore various interesting topics and issues around bushcraft, survival skills, outdoor living, safety, the environment and teaching skills amongst others with his guests.
I’ve been introduced to some amazing characters which I’m now following and I’ve been inspired to further my own skills and knowledge.
Mundane daily tasks and chores have been made a delight now! I’ve even also nearly been late for work by sitting in the car too riveted to a podcast!
I look forward to any future podcasts and wish you all the best, thanks.

coastal wanderer ,

Well worth the time

Really interesting range of podcasts, diverse funny informative. Well worth the time to listen to them. Great guest who their stuff Good one Paul!!!

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