My Outdoor Life

My Outdoor Life

by Ray Mears


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Ray Mears is a household name through his television series Tracks, World of Survival, Bushcraft Survival, The Real Heroes of Telemark and many more. He is a private individual who shuns publicity whenever possible and would prefer to let his many skills tell their own tale - until now.

In MY OUTDOOR LIFE, Ray tells of his childhood and the formative years when he first developed a passion for both bushcraft and the martial arts skills that are central to his life. Having travelled the world several times over, he is no stranger to risk and has had more than his fair share of dangerous and life-threatening encounters to share with his readers. But his life is so much more than a tale of derring-do. Shortly after he returned to England having narrowly survived a serious helicopter crash, his father died. Just a year later, he had to face the death of his first wife Rachel. The book conveys the many sides of Ray Mears, taking us up to the present day - including the previously untold story of his involvement in the man-hunt for murderer Raoul Moat.

MY OUTDOOR LIFE gives us all a chance to share a life-story as rich and as inspirational as a walk in woods with the man himself, Ray Mears.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781444778212
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
Publication date: 08/01/2014
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Born in 1964, Ray Mears has travelled the world studying and teaching the art of survival. He has appeared extensively in TV programmes such as Bushcraft Survival , The Real Heroes of Telemark , Wild Food , and Ray Mears Goes Walkabout. As well as his TV and writing work, Ray founded Woodlore, School of Wilderness Bushcraft, in 1983, and has been teaching his unique bushcraft skills there for the past 25 years. In 2003 the Royal Geographical Society honoured him with the Ness Award for the popularisation of geography.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Prologue 3

2 From Little Acorns... 5

3 The Call of the Wild 19

4 Transition 37

5 Raleigh Point 49

6 Photographic Memory 61

7 Walking in Africa 77

8 Heart of Darkness 97

9 Out of Africa 107

10 Changes 115

11 40 Below 125

12 Mud, Sweat and Mears 137

13 South Pacific 147

14 63°N 96°E 155

15 The Red Centre 163

16 Reflections 173

17 The Jedi in the Jungle 187

18 Looking Up 199

19 Mission Impossible 211

20 Blade Runner 219

21 Close Encounters 227

22 Dark Clouds 245

23 Down to Earth 251

24 Zanshin 263

25 Into the Dark 271

26 The Light of My Life 283

27 Going Solo 289

28 Manhunt 303

29 No Stone Unturned 329

30 Thirty Years On 339

Acknowledgements 349

Picture Acknowledgements 351

Index 353

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