Ray Mears Bushcraft 3 of 3

Ray Mears (born 1964) is a British author and TV presenter on the subject of bushcraft and survival techniques. He grew up in Southern England, and started tracking foxes at a young age. It was his Judo teacher who gave him the idea to learn survival skills. He has been teaching survival skills since 1983, when he founded the “Woodlore” School of Wilderness Bushcraft. His Outdoor Survival Handbook was published in 1990, and his first TV appearance was in 1993 in the BBC2 series Tracks. His presentation style is often praised as authoritative but relaxed and friendly. His love of his subject and his sense of communion with nature are evident in his programmes, as is his respect for indigenous cultures. He has developed something of a cult following amongst students in the United Kingdom. Ray Mears has become synonymous with survival and wilderness bushcraft through his television series Tracks, World of Survival, The Essential Guide to Rocks, and Extreme Survival. He spent his life leaning these skills and is a master of the subject. Wanting to be able to sleep out on the trail and unable to afford camping equipment, he resorted to a Robinson Crusoe approach to solving the problem. Digesting every scrap of information relating to survival that he could find in his local library, he soon began to re-learn skills that had not been employed on the North Downs for hundreds of years. Since those early days Ray has expanded his horizons by travelling the world. He has won the

25 Comments on "Ray Mears Bushcraft 3 of 3"

  1. storestyggesvendsens | June 29, 2010 at 7:39 pm |

    Ray mears has taught me more in three videos than watching entire seasons of survivorman and bea rgrylls… im not saying they arent good, just that Ray Mears is more of a teacher and shows you the processes thouroughly were the other guys just say you can do it, and say… its all in your determination. Thanks to all of them

  2. MrJules567 | June 29, 2010 at 8:08 pm |

    Hey there I’ve written a song dedicated to Bushcraft ace Ray Mears.
    Please check it out on my channel if you can spare a moment.

  3. TheZongta | June 29, 2010 at 8:43 pm |

    what series is this clip from?

  4. mmmmmarcus | June 29, 2010 at 9:23 pm |

    @winterskyshadow35 You are right, stinging nettles are delicious! I always get happy when they appear in my backyard.

  5. @gr4ndhustle Shade drying is best. Remember to soak them and let them dry at least once. That way they won’t shrink nearly as much as they do if used green. The same is true with any bush made cordage made from plant material.

  6. @EnergyDog23 You’re right. That is the Ray Mears Woodlore knife made by Alan Woods in the UK. $420 American will get you one. I’ll stick with my Bushlore from Condor or a Mora 510.

  7. Velac1, the Moras are good for a beginner or even an advanced bushcrafter. The Condor Tool and Knife Company make one along the Woodlore line called a Bushlore. $40.00 MSRP but they can be had for as little as $22.00 IF you can find them in stock anywhere. I lucked out and got the last one from Smokey Mt knife works. The blade needed some touch up but it’s a good knife now.

  8. friggin awesome

  9. heyy,,,,

    what knife would be reccomended for a starter at bushcraft???

  10. OregonBackpacker | June 30, 2010 at 12:57 am |

    dosent this guy have a tv show? whats it called?

  11. MrBEAST127 | June 30, 2010 at 1:10 am |

    how the hell did he not get stung

  12. uzemakistyle | June 30, 2010 at 1:53 am |

    hmm, but if ur donw tih the string what kind of knot would be most suitable to tie it down?

  13. adamhully | June 30, 2010 at 1:55 am |

    haha look at his face at 4:00 – 4:05

  14. pungie sticks!

  15. TheDiscoveryNetworks | June 30, 2010 at 2:47 am |

    Thanks for the info

  16. StevieDminesapint | June 30, 2010 at 3:17 am |

    nettle string Genius!

  17. Semael666 | June 30, 2010 at 4:13 am |

    @xxkid123 wow, he did pegs…. REAL BUSHCRAFT….

  18. how do you get the art around the node off without breakign the fiber? every try i do it it always breaks there

  19. MasterofOrigami | June 30, 2010 at 5:38 am |


  20. by moving your hand upwards not down..
    some say that holding your breath works but i’m not sure about that

  21. lewisadrian | June 30, 2010 at 6:10 am |

    upward push

  22. Rapidpanda1st | June 30, 2010 at 7:03 am |

    If you hold a nettle tightly and run your hands along it, the fibers do not stick into you; because you are breaking them off at the base, and never touching the tips.

    Referring back to the saying mentioned in the video; “grasp the nettle (firmly).”

  23. lol yeh, absolutely right

  24. agglutination | June 30, 2010 at 8:22 am |

    A lot like women in that way

  25. DrowningYourMother | June 30, 2010 at 9:15 am |

    LOL at 5:42 “And we go both ways”

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