Ray Mears

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**Early Life and Personal Life:**
– Ray Mears grew up on the North Downs in Southern England.
– He attended Downside Preparatory School and Reigate Grammar School.
– Mears was a member of the Royal Navy section of the Combined Cadet Force.
– Initially aimed to join the Royal Marines.
– Briefly worked in an office in the City of London after A-levels.
– Met first wife, Rachel, in 1992 during a survival course.
– Married Rachel in 2005, who passed away in 2006.
– Married Ruth in 2009.
– Lives in Sussex with Ruth and her stepson.
– Awarded an honorary degree from the University of York in 2019.

**Career and Series:**
– Founded Woodlore in 1983, offering bushcraft-related courses.
– First TV appearance in 1994 with the BBC series ‘Tracks.’
– Presented ‘Ray Mears World of Survival’ in 1997 and ‘Ray Mears Real Heroes of Telemark’ in 2003.
– Won The Ness Award in 2003.
– Presented ‘Survival with Ray Mears’ on ITV in 2010.
– Series he hosted include ‘Wild Tracks,’ ‘Ray Mears World of Survival,’ ‘Ray Mears Extreme Survival,’ ‘Ray Mears Wild Food,’ and ‘Ray Mears Northern Wilderness.’

**Accolades and Achievements:**
– Awarded The Ness Award in 2003.
– Received the Mungo Park Medal in 2009.
– Helped Northumbria Police track fugitive killer Raoul Moat in 2010.
– Bestselling author of ‘My Outdoor Life’ in 2013.
– Recognized for his contributions to outdoor education.
– His TV programs have inspired many to explore the outdoors.
– Mears’ books have been well-received by wilderness enthusiasts.

**Influence and Legacy:**
– Ray Mears’ teachings emphasize respect for nature.
– Promotes sustainable practices in the wilderness.
– Encourages people to learn essential survival skills.
– Legacy includes promoting self-reliance in the wild.
– Raised awareness about the importance of nature conservation.
– Empowered individuals to explore the outdoors safely.
– Impact on outdoor education continues to inspire others.

**Expertise and Background:**
– Known for survival skills and bushcraft knowledge.
– Written several books on wilderness survival.
– Gained popularity through TV shows like ‘Ray Mears’ Bushcraft’ and ‘Extreme Survival.’
– Extensive knowledge of bushcraft and outdoor survival.
– Skilled in navigation, shelter-building, and foraging.
– Practical approach to survival has resonated with many.
– Advocates for preserving traditional knowledge.

Ray Mears (Wikipedia)

Raymond Paul Mears (born 7 February 1964) is a British woodsman, instructor, businessman, author and TV presenter. His TV appearances cover bushcraft and survival techniques.

Ray Mears
Mears in 2021
Born (1964-02-07) 7 February 1964 (age 60)
Occupation(s)Television presenter, author
Years active1994–present
Known forBushcraft
Spouse(s)Rachel Mears
(m. 2005; her death 2006)
Ruth Mears
(m. 2009)

He is best known for the TV series Ray Mears' Bushcraft, Ray Mears' World of Survival, Extreme Survival, Survival with Ray Mears, Wild Britain with Ray Mears and Ray Mears Goes Walkabout.

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