Winter Bushcraft Skills: Producing Water In The Frozen North

[You can also watch Winter Bushcraft & Survival: Generating Water From Snow directly on YouTube]

Let us know your thoughts and comments on this video in the comments section below. Which technique or even single tip did you find most useful?

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Paul Kirtley is Founder and Chief Instructor of Frontier Bushcraft. He has had a lifelong passion for the great outdoors and gains great satisfaction from helping others enjoy it too. Paul writes the UK's leading bushcraft blog. He is the author of Wilderness Axe Skills and Campcraft, as well as having contributed to several other books. Paul has been involved in teaching bushcraft since 2003. He is also a Canoe Leader, British Canoeing Level 3 Canoe Coach and UK Summer Mountain Leader.

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8 Responses

  1. Sara Bunn
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    Hi Paul,
    Really enjoy getting your emails on tips and skills. Having completed a 2 day course with you and your team last year I find myself constantly thinking of alternative ways to achieving a more ‘back to basics’ camp and your videos and blogs really help. I still make my coffee as you taught me;)
    Many thanks for all your wise and wonderful tips.
    Hope to join you on another course next year.
    Sara 🙂
    Ps. will you be running the 101 navigation course again?

    • Paul Kirtley
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      Hi Sara,

      It’s good to hear from you. Thanks for your feedback – it’s good to know you’ve appreciated all the tips and skills we’ve been sharing.

      It’s also great to hear that you’ve made the dropped-coffee technique your own. Please keep on sharing it around the world! 🙂

      Yes, we hope to run the Navigation 101 in 2014. More details coming soon I hope.

      I look forward to seeing you on this course or another in 2014.

      We’ll put the kettle on and have coffee at the ready… 😉

      Warm regards,


  2. Astrid
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    I love, this video, a lot.

    • Paul Kirtley
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      Thanks Astrid. I had a lot of fun making it 🙂

  3. Sander
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    Cool video, and the technique with the block of snow melting on a branch is handy, I didn’t know it.
    Thankyou !

    Maybe you can make a video in the future of the gear that you have with you on your body. On your belt, in your pockets that kind of things. I would like it and I think many.others will do too.

    Sander from The Netherlands 🙂

    • Paul Kirtley
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      Hello Sander from The Netherlands! 🙂

      I’m happy to read that you learned some new things from this video.

      Thanks for your suggestions – they’re good ones! I’ll add them to my list of potential articles/videos for the future…

      Warm regards,


  4. Marcel Lafond
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    I don’t think using my boot to collect water would be too appealing for anyone with good taste. lol. But, in a boot with a plastic bag insert, that would certainly allow for more collection volume. It’s been a northern Canadian staple too using the “chunks of snow ” as we’d call it to melt over fire. The floating twigs and pine needles are negligible, and add something to chew on. 😉

    Thanks for the video.


    • Paul Kirtley
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      Yes, Marcel, a plastic bag would definitely make it more appealing for everyone 🙂



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