My Outdoor Life

Ray Mears is a household name through his television series Tracks, World of Survival, Bushcraft Survival, The Real Heroes of Telemark and many 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 devRay Mears is a household name through his television series Tracks, World of Survival, Bushcraft Survival, The Real Heroes of Telemark and many 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 than his fair share of dangerous and life threatening encounters to share with his readers But his life is so much 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.
My Outdoor Life Ray Mears is a household name through his television series Tracks World of Survival Bushcraft Survival The Real Heroes of Telemark and many He is a private individual who shuns publicity whenever

  • Title: My Outdoor Life
  • Author: Ray Mears
  • ISBN: 9781444778236
  • Page: 338
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 1 thought on “My Outdoor Life”

    1. I think you form a very good idea of what a person is like when you read a biography. I well remember, years ago, reading about about childrens' writer Enid Blyton, and ending up thinking what an awful person she was!With an autobiography your connection with the writer is even stronger, and my main impression about Ray Mears is what a smashing chap he is! He really loves both people and nature, and has huge respect for both. His moral compass is absolutely sound, and I enjoyed this large book h [...]

    2. I enjoyed reading this, though didn't feel able to give it more than 3 stars. I've got some criticisms, but feel uncomfortable to put them in print - after I've thought about this book a bit longer I may want to retract them! Suffice to say I enjoyed the book and was pleased to have been able to find out more about the man.

    3. I'm not normally a fan of (auto)biographies, but My Outdoor Life is a pleasant read. You can feel throughout the book, Ray Mears isn't really comfortable talking about himself, which make the story he brings a humble, honest one.It is a very personal, small tale, which is best read when you are already familiar with the figure of Ray Mears and his work.

    4. Like many fans of Ray Mears I had been waiting for this.When I finished reading it I had mixed feelings. Whether he found it difficult to write about himself, as others have mentioned, or whether you cannot categorise a life as in the same way as his instructional books, may be the problem.Certain things are worth comment.He wrote feelingly about his first wife and the tragic sudden end of her life. In doing so he mentions her two children from a previous marriage. He tells that her death caused [...]

    5. Bushcraft / survival books are generally very interesting to me, so this autobiography seemed a natural progression, even though I didn't know anything about Ray Mears, and had never seen his shows. I'm always on the look out for good books on the outdoors that may inspire the family, and when reading that the qualities he admires most in others are fortitude, understatedness, loyalty and stoicism, it definitely caught my eye. Whilst I wholeheartedly liked a number of his observations about life [...]

    6. I've always enjoyed Ray Mears' television programmes. Partly it's his relaxed but obviously passionate and knowledgeable demeanor but mostly it's his obvious respect for the indigenous people of the wild areas he visits. It makes sense that the best source of information about how to survive and indeed thrive in a challenging environment are the people who live there.His writing style is similar to his delivery on TV and you can hear his voice in his words, which makes for a comfortable read. Hi [...]

    7. I seldom read auto/biographies but am sometimes compelled to buy one when I find that I'd actually be interested in how someone got to where they are. Good old Ray. I enjoy his TV work and envy his skills and lifestyle. I often wish I could go to Alaska and survive alone in the wilderness for a year or two.But living in the woods and being self-contained, especially when you're earnest and hard-working as Ray just doesn't make for interesting reading. The poor guy constantly feels the need to de [...]

    8. Ray Mears has been a joy to watch on TV over the years, but reading his autobiography, I realised I knew next to nothing about this amazing man. His passion, intellect and spirit all shine through his words in equal amounts, and he has so many stories to share, from tracking as a child, his practice of Judo, his scary encounters in Africa (with people, not beasts), and his involvement in tracking down murderer Raoul Moat. A tough cookie with uncompromising self respect, yet so friendly and not a [...]

    9. I have been a big fan of Ray for many years, so this book didn't really disappoint.Although some of the smaller, more "amusing" anecdotes often fall a bit flat, the longer sections about his inspirations, philosophy and personal history really bring the man to life and genuinely leave you with the feeling that you would love to know him.

    10. I found this interesting, but frustratingly terse about some areas of the author's life and overly detailed about others. I was more interested in the man and how his experiences have shaped him, rather than in the technical detail of some of those experiences, but I think I'm probably the exception and not the most obvious target audience for this book.

    11. I have to agree with the review already written. honest and humbly written, fascinating bio, I was particularly moved with regards to the loss of his first wife, how he writes with regards to his second wife's son and the respect he has for people who have influenced his life, Britain is the better for having him. Decency shines through this book. Recommended highly.

    12. A very interesting readarting from his childhood and the development of his passion for bushcraft through to the present day. He has visited many places and shares some of his encounters in this book. Also you get to read about a side of this man which you dont see by watching his various TV programmes. It was very much an enjoyable readI would definitely recommend.

    13. Ray Mears isn't one for hanging out his laundry for all to see. Nice to read about a "celeb" who is humble and grateful. Not a bushcraft "how to" book other than showing to learn the craft you need to be dedicated

    14. I really enjoyed this book. I knew Ray Mears was a wonderful person. This book gave me more insight into his life and I have real respect and admiration for him. His passion for bushcraft and nature is just contagious and I hope to one day be able to meet him.

    15. Im afraid this book wasnt for me. It was good, but I just could not keep my attention while reading this and gave up half way through :( still love Ray Mears tho!

    16. Interesting read. Average boy works hard and finds his niche, with some luck and some tragedy on the way. I enjoyed the descriptions of working with the different tribes for BBC programmes.

    17. I never knew too much about Ray Mears before this book. I knew he was an outdoor person but that was about it. Very inspirational - would love to have a beer with Mr Mears!

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