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If Ray Mears isn't a Great Living Englishman, then goodness me, who is? The man is great, and he doesn't even begin to know how great he is. Ray is a persuader, pragmatist and populariser in the Durrell-Attenborough-Bellamy tradition. Robert Crampton, The Times Magazine

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Born in 1964, Ray Mears has travelled the world studying and teaching the art of survival. As well as his TV and writing work, in 1983 he founded Woodlore, a school of wilderness bushcraft and survival, which can contacted at www.raymears.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd (June 23, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340829710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340829714
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By nightwind on June 12, 2010
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I have been studying, practicing, and teaching wilderness survival techniques for over forty years and own a collection of over two hundred survival guidebooks. Essential Bushcraft is, IMO, the best I have ever read. Many such books appear to be written by authors who simply rehash information from other survival books. Ray Mears clearly writes from extensive personal experience and study. I know of no other survival writer who discusses the difference between a sip well and a gypsy well or how to safely prevent a bow saw from skipping by inserting one's arm through the bow when starting a cut. These are obscure but valuable techniques known only by experts who dedicate years of their lives to learning and practicing their subject. Whether or not Ray Mears has written "The Best" wilderness survival book is surely a matter for debate, but, as far as I am concerned, anyone wishing to write a better survival guide than this has a herculean task ahead of them.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Bindlestitch on May 25, 2009
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I can't recommend this book highly enough. It will teach you how to rough it easy in the woods and the techniques to feel at home there.
It doesn't suffer from poor drawings like most other books of this type. It is filled to the brim with clear photographs.
Worth every penny.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Paul on September 12, 2012
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WATERPROOF BOOK! FULL COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS! COVERS EVERY TOPIC ON BUSHCRAFT IMAGINABLE!

IF YOU CAN OWN ANY SINGLE ONE BUSHCRAFT BOOK, IT'S GOTTA BE THIS ONE. I think i paid like $14 for this including shipping. Unbelievable.

It covers many many ways to: (and full color illustrations!)
find water
build fires
build shelter
cordage
edible foods
crafts
knots
keeping warm in winter

WOW, so impressed with this book. I really didn't expect it... His show is great, but this book is even better. It's like all the material from the tv shows in one book.

BUY THIS BOOK
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By William Morgan on April 17, 2009
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I think the book is really well put together. Great illustrations and photos. It is a great companion to his television programs. A lot of great common sense advice from an outdoor pro! Small enough to travel.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By ChristCalledCowboy on June 27, 2011
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I'm just getting into Survival and Bushcraft and the likes. I bought this book in hopes to further my knowledge. I would rate this book 5 stars but CAUTION TO BUYER!: this book is for those who have a knowledge of the wilderness. This book is more Very Basic skills. Good book but DOES NOT explain a lot about HOW. I would recomend using your money for his videos. He is a very smart man about this. Book: Okay. Videos: Great. Shipping came 3 days sooner then the estimated date. Happy about that.
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I own many many Bushcraft and,Wilderness guides and books, Ray's books always deliver a great deal of knowledge and actual usable aspects, no bs just straightforward information. Been a fan of him for many years due to his many series he's done on the BBC in the UK. This is the guy who gives SEVERAL military branches around the World training to their troops. He keeps it real unlike some of the other so called " experts " who for the most part write books to stroke their own ego ( Bear Grylls comes to mind ). Stick w Ray , he'll get you going for real life. Another great guy w these books is Les Stroud, Id love to see those two team up for real.
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By C Wags on August 19, 2013
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I searched for this book and was lucky enough to find it used and in VERY excellent condition. This seller is awesome, and the book even more so. Ray Mears is the one you would want to be stranded with in any (yes, I said any) situation. He trains the SAS - he hangs out in the Arctic, he chills in the desert. And here is a book described just a little of his vast outdoor knowledge. Get this if you can.
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By Johnny Cayo on January 28, 2014
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Ray's book is simple, easy to understand solid knowledge that everyone should know. This should be taught in schools to our children, yes it's that good/important. I would have liked a bit more detail on items that Ray personally uses but overall you can't go wrong with this book.
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