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Ray Mears

Postby George Collins » Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:56 pm

From Wikipedia:
Raymond Paul "Ray" Mears (born 7 February 1964) is an English woodsman, instructor, author and TV presenter. His TV appearances cover bushcraft and survival techniques, and he is best known for the TV series Ray Mears' Bushcraft, Ray Mears' World of Survival, Extreme Survival, Survival with Ray Mears, Wild Britain with Ray Mears and Ray Mears Goes Walkabout.

Early life

Mears grew up in Kenley, Greater London, and the North Downs, where he discovered a countryside abundant with wildlife. Educated at Reigate Grammar School, a co-educational independent school in Reigate, Surrey, he learned to track foxes in the forest at a young age. As a boy, he desired to sleep out on the trail, but unable to afford camping equipment, he resorted to setting up camp using what he could find in his surroundings.
Interests

Mears's enthusiasm for his subject, combined with his broad knowledge of survival and the uses which may be made of plants, trees and other natural materials found in woodland, forest or desert, have made him a popular figure in TV broadcasting in the UK.[citation needed] He has travelled extensively across the world for his TV series and has learned survival techniques from the indigenous peoples he has met. In his programmes he demonstrates his knowledge of the wild, how to find food from seeds, berries, roots and other growing things, and how to survive by constructing temporary shelters, fires and canoes from natural materials.
Mears has practiced Judo for many years. He once proudly on TV when challenged as a guest wrestled the then winner of a 6 player bushmans tournament. Mears emerged victorious after a strenuous and competitive match. The bush community were most impressed.
Mears is particularly interested in the survival of groups of resistance fighters and partisans for extended periods during the Second World War, such as the Norwegian heavy water plant saboteurs (see The Real Heroes of Telemark[1]) and the Bielski brothers in Belarus (see Extreme Survival).




Here is what is believed to be one of the earliest of Ray Mears' MANY videos. While Ray is a survival expert, one will find that the study of survival will inevitably lead to the topic of living sustainably which invariably leads ton the world of permaculture. And the study of permaculture invariably leads to many of the topics related to survival either directly or tangentially.

My own journey began with survival which led to Dick Proenneke which led to Ray Mears which, via a tortuous route, led here.

If you avail yourself to the world Ray Mears delves into, you may be well served to know at the outset that a recurring theme in his frame of reference is the Mesolithic period which arguably is the most recent epoch of human history that man can be said to have lived in a truly sustainable fashion.

If I could start over, I would make sure to watch all of Ray's stuff in chronological order.
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