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The Paul Kirtley Podcast

50 EpisodesProduced by Paul Kirtley: Professional OutdoorsmanWebsite

Your number one podcast resource for all things related to wilderness bushcraft, survival skills and outdoor life. Interviews, discussions, reviews, advice, tips and tricks.

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

February 25th, 2020


Cliff Jacobson is one of North America’s most respected outdoors writers and wilderness canoe guides. He is an outdoor skills instructor and a …

PK Podcast 50: Les Hiddins, The Bush Tucker Man

February 14th, 2020


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, …

PK Podcast 49: Gordon Dedman On Australian Bushcraft And Survival

January 15th, 2020


In this podcast episode Gordon Dedman and I talk bushcraft and survival in Australia. Gordon is a survival instructor in NORFORCE, an Australian Army …

PK Podcast 48: Bruce Zawalsky On Canadian Wilderness Survival

October 22nd, 2019


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 …

PK Podcast 47: Tom Lutyens, Mors Kochanski, Lars Fält, Johan Skullman

September 22nd, 2019


In 1995 Lars Fält organised a seminal survival instructors conference in northern Sweden. Tom Lutyens and Mors Kochanski were among the instructors. …

PK Podcast 46: Kevin Callan, The Nicest Man On The Meanest Journey

August 31st, 2019


Canadian outdoor educator and author Kevin Callan joins me to talk about nature connection, preserving wilderness, healing yourself with time outdoors as well as undertaking the Meanest Link…

PK Podcast 45: Tristan Gooley On Unlocking Nature’s Clues & Signs

August 15th, 2019


Tristan Gooley, natural navigator and author, returns to the Paul Kirtley Podcast for a conversation centred on on becoming more attuned to the clues …

PK Podcast 044: John Hudson, UK Military’s Chief Survival Instructor

July 28th, 2019


John Hudson, Chief Instructor at the UK military’s Defence SERE Training Organisation, joins me in conversation on the Paul Kirtley Podcast. …

PK Podcast 043: North American Titans Of Bushcraft

July 10th, 2019


David Wescott, Dave Holladay, André-François Bourbeau and Mors Kochanski come together in a panel discussion chaired by Les Stroud (a.k.a. …

PK Podcast 042: Mors Kochanski, Northern Bushcraft Legend

June 29th, 2019


Mors Kochanski joins me for a conversation about wilderness living skills, bushcraft and survival. Mors explains his background in these subjects, …

PK Podcast 041: Dave Canterbury On Re-enactment, Bushcraft And Survival

June 26th, 2019


Dave Canterbury of the Pathfinder School joins me to talk about his perspective on bushcraft, particularly the contrasts he sees between bushcraft in …

PK Podcast 040: Miles Irving On Wild Foods, Foraging, Health And Connecting With Nature

May 15th, 2019


Miles Irving, is one of the foremost professional foragers in the UK, author of The Forager Handbook, founder and director of Forager Ltd and host of the WorldWild podcast. Miles’s interest in foraging goes back to his …

PK Podcast 039: How Many Knives? Alternatives To Birch Bark; Sharpening Spoon Knives; Plant Toxins In Water; Bushcraft Benefits To Woodland.

May 11th, 2019


In this Paul Kirtley Podcast I return to Q&A, answering listener questions on a range of topics - Is there an issue with collecting water from …

PK Podcast 038: Justin Barbour On Exploring The Wilderness Of Newfoundland And Labrador

March 11th, 2019


In the Spring of 2017 Justin and his dog Saku set off on a a traverse of Newfoundland. Starting on snowshoes and hauling a sled, Justin switched to …

PK Podcast 037: Dan Hume On His Quest For Traditional Fire Skills

February 13th, 2019


Dan Hume, bushcraft instructor and author of The Art Of Fire: The Joy Of Tinder, Spark And Ember guests on The Paul Kirtley Podcast to discuss his …

PK Podcast 036: Mors Kochanski And Jon McArthur On The Global Bushcraft Symposium

February 3rd, 2019


Mors Kochanski and Jon McArthur join The Paul Kirtley Podcast to discuss the motivations behind, and the aims of, the Global Bushcraft Symposium. …

PK Podcast 035: Anna Lewington On Adventures In Ethnobotany And The Bounty Of Birches

December 1st, 2018


Anna Lewington, ethnobotanist and author, joins me to talk about adventures in the Peruvian Amazon, writing the seminal book Plants For People, being an inspiration for the Eden Project, being part of the BBC’s Rough …

PK Podcast 034: Lou Rudd On The Motivation To Traverse Antarctica Solo, Unsupported and Unaided

November 19th, 2018


In this episode I am joined by Louis Rudd, MBE. This interview with Lou was recorded in late October 2018, shortly before he departed for Chile and …

PK Podcast 033: Kevin Brownlee on Indigenous Archaeology and Highlighting Native Heritage

November 10th, 2018


Kevin Brownlee, Curator of Archaeology at the renowned Manitoba Museum, joins me to discuss indigenous archaeology and working with indigenous …

PK Podcast 032: Lars Fält, Julia Kalthoff, Juha Rankinen and Jonas Als

October 10th, 2018


Back in Sweden again. This podcast brings you interviews from the wonderful Bushcraftfestivalen, with Lars Fält, Julia Kalthoff, Juha Rankinen and …

PK Podcast 031: Will Lord On His Passion For The Prehistoric

September 21st, 2018


Will Lord grew up on the land that holds Grimes Graves, a prehistoric flint mine in Norfolk. Will's parents were custodians of the land, which is an …

PK Podcast 030: Dr Cassandra Quave On Studying Medicinal Uses Of Plants & The Treatment Of Infectious Disease

April 18th, 2018


Dr Cassandra Quave joins me to discuss her work as a medical ethnobotanist, teaching about medicinal plant use and researching botanical remedies used in the traditional treatment of infectious disease....

PK Podcast 029: Leon McCarron On Walking The Land Beyond

April 5th, 2018


Leon McCarron FRGS is an adventurer and storyteller, who has used both the mediums of video and text to vividly convey aspects of his journeys and a tangible sense of the places and people he has encountered along the …

PK Podcast 028: Joe Robinet On His Love Of Camping, Bushcraft & Making A Living On YouTube

February 9th, 2018


Joe Robinet is known for making videos documenting his bushcraft and camping adventures, as well as having appeared on the first season of History …

PK Podcast 027: Colin Skeath On What It Takes To Canoe Around Britain

January 3rd, 2018


On 30th April 2017 Colin Skeath and his nephew Davis Gould-Duff set off from Loch Sunart on the West Coast of Scotland in an open canoe, aiming to …

PK Podcast 026: Kevin Callan On The Joys Of Winter Camping

December 8th, 2017


Kevin Callan is well known as a paddler and author of many canoe-route guidebooks for his native province of Ontario, Canada. He's also known as the Happy Camper, and he certainly has always been happy when I've camped …

PK Podcast 025: Andy Chadderton Q&A – Deer Stalking, Ethics, Land Management, Rewilding, Advice To Beginners & More

November 23rd, 2017


Professional deer stalker and firearms instructor Andy Chadderton returns to The Paul Kirtley Podcast. The conversation Andy and I have in this …

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

November 6th, 2017


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 …

PK Podcast 023: Rupert Brown, Water Filter Bag Man

October 11th, 2017


Rupert Brown joins me to talk about water purification and the nifty solution he provided to the bushcraft world and wider community of outdoors …

PK Podcast 022: Conversations From Bushcraftfestivalen

September 6th, 2017


Episode 22 is made up from some of my conversations at the 2017 Bushcraftfestivalen in Sweden. Guests include Lisa Fenton, Harry Sepp, Jonas …

PK Podcast 021: Sarita Robinson On The Wellbeing Benefits Of Outdoor Life

August 2nd, 2017


Sarita Robinson, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at UCLAN joins me to talk about her recent work, researching and quantifying various benefits to our …

PK Podcast 020: James Raffan – Explorer, Scholar and Author

July 2nd, 2017


James Raffan, scholar, outdoorsman and celebrated Canadian author joins me to discuss adventure, risk, failure, teaching, wilderness journeying, …

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

November 16th, 2016


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 …

PK Podcast 018: Mark Hines, Methodical Man Of Endurance Adventure

September 21st, 2016


Mark Hines, professional adventurer, endurance athlete, exercise physiologist and biomechanics researcher, author and lecturer joins me for a …

PK Podcast 017: Al Humphreys On Adventures Great And Small

July 6th, 2016


Al Humphries is best known for the concept of microadventures and his book of the same name, following his Year of Microadventure. He's no stranger …

PK Podcast 016: Lisa Fenton On Bushcraft And Indigenous Knowledge Transmissions

June 1st, 2016


Lisa Fenton of Woodsmoke joins me to talk about her academic research in the realms of anthropology and ethnobotany, in particular her research into …

PK Podcast 015: John Rensten On Urban Foraging

May 5th, 2016


I'm joined by John Rensten of Forage London to talk about urban foraging in the city and the advantages of learning about tree and plant identification in urban spaces. We meet in a London park and take a look at plants …

PK Podcast 014: Mark Kalch On Epic Source To Sea River Descents

April 20th, 2016


Mark Kalch has made it his mission to paddle the longest river on each of the seven continents - seven rivers on seven continents. He has already …

PK Podcast 013: Ray Goodwin On Continually Evolving Adventures By Canoe

April 6th, 2016


Ray Goodwin returns for round two on my podcast to discuss his continuing journey in coaching and adventuring by canoe and how this feeds into his new book as well as his teaching, leadership and guiding...

PK Podcast 012: Lou Rudd On Unsupported Polar Journeys and Retracing Amundsen’s Route To The South Pole

January 7th, 2016


Lou Rudd joins me to discuss making unsupported journeys to the South Pole including retracing Amundsen's route. Along the way he provides insights …

PK Podcast 011: Andy Chadderton On Life As A Professional Deer Stalker

November 4th, 2015


Professional deer stalker and firearms instructor Andy Chadderton joins me to talk about his work in deer stalking, deer management and education about deer…

PK Podcast 010: Alyssa Crittenden On The Hadza, Honey And The Human Diet

August 5th, 2015


Alyssa Crittenden, Lincy assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Nevada joins me to talk about her work amongst the Hadza …

PK Podcast 009: Leon McCarron & Tom Allen On Making Meaningful Journeys, Off The Beaten Track

June 3rd, 2015


In this podcast episode, adventurers Tom Allen and Leon McCarron join me to talk about making independent, long distance, human powered journeys off the beaten track. Both are Fellows of the Royal Geographical Society. …

PK Podcast 008: Chris Townsend, Backpacking Legend

May 9th, 2015


Chris Townsend is something of a hero to me. When I was first looking to undertake multi-day backpacking trips more than 20 years ago, it was …

PK Podcast 007: Jules Pretty, Travels With Enduring People In Vanishing Lands

April 1st, 2015


Jules Pretty OBE, Professor of Environment and Society at the University of Essex joins me to discuss his book The Edge Of Extinction: Travels With …

PK Podcast 006: Winter Outdoor Life Tips, Thoughts And Perspectives

March 13th, 2015


In episode 6 of my podcast I travel to northern Sweden for a winter camping trip and along the way pass on some advice for winter outdoor life, build a special survival fire and meet a Sami man who provides insight into …

PK Podcast 005: Justine Curgenven And An Aleutian Adventure

February 4th, 2015


Award-winning adventure film-maker Justine Curgenven joins me to talk about the incredible, unprecedented sea kayak journey she and Sarah Outen made …

PK Podcast 004: Tristan Gooley And The Beauty Of Natural Navigation

January 7th, 2015


In Episode 4 of my podcast, I speak with natural navigator and author, Tristan Gooley about the beauty of natural navigation, how it ties in with …

PK Podcast 003: Kevin Callan, The Happy Camper

December 17th, 2014


In this episode of my podcast I talk with Canadian outdoorsman, speaker and author of 15 books, Kevin Callan. He's won awards for his writing as well as his film-making, including the the "Best of" category at the …

PK Podcast 002: Ray Goodwin On Wilderness Canoeing

December 10th, 2014


In this episode, I chat with my good friend and colleague British canoeing maestro, Ray Goodwin. We discuss wilderness expeditioning in canoe. …

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