Ray Mears

Ray Mears


2/7/1964, North Downs, Southern England.

Birth Name

Raymond Paul Mears


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Ray was born in 1964, in the North Downs. His interest in the outdoors started at an early age, and being unable to fund camping equipment, he used whatever he found outdoors, but it was his judo teacher (who fought behind enemy lines in Burma during World War…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Ray took part in the 2008 Cheltenham Literary Festival, to discuss his Bushcraft book.

    • As part of the Scout Association's celebrations of its 101st birthday, Ray received an honorary Outdoor Adventure Badge (August 2008).

    • Ray's published works include:

      Ray Mears' World of Survival (1996/2003)
      Outdoor Survival Handbook: A Guide To The Resources And Materials Available In The Wild And How To Use Them For Food, Shelter,Warmth And Navigation (2001)
      Bushcraft: An Inspirational Guide to Surviving the Wilderness (2002)
      Essential Bushcraft (2003)
      The Real Heroes of Telemark: The True Story of the Secret Mission to Stop Hitler's Atomic Bomb (2004)
      Bushcraft (2004)
      Bushcraft Survival (2005)
      Wild Food (2007)
      Surviving Anartica (2007)
      Ray Mears Goes Walkabout (2008)
      Ray Mears Vanishing World (2008)

    • A poll by Raleigh International in 2008 placed Ray in second place as the most popular TV traveller, narrowly beaten by Michael Palin.

    • Ray Mears confessed that much of his passion for the countryside and wildlife were through David Attenborough's documentary TV programmes.

  • Quotes

    • (when asked whether or not he would eat another human)
      Ray: Yes, of course, I would. Always take a fat friend with you.

    • Ray: I've had malaria twice, I've faced grizzly bears, and there was a time I woke up in my hammock to see a huge crocodile padding past me. But I've never really been afraid, because death is nothing to fear. It's an inevitability, and you can't let the thought of death prevent you from exploring the world.

    • Ray: I've eaten every grub you can imagine and I've never had a bad one - they're certainly tastier than Brussel sprouts.

    • Ray: A machete is an essential tool in extreme survival.

    • Ray: Bushcraft is what you carry in your mind and your muscle.