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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 [Paperback]

Ray Mears
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19 April 2001
Ray Mears' Outdoor Survival Handbook is a book of discovery, explaining the everyday skills you need to live in and enjoy the natural world. Season by season, this unique, fully illustrated guide describes the resources and materials available in the wild and how to use them. Whether you want to spend a day, a week or a month out of doors, Ray Mears' Outdoor Survival Handbook will help you enjoy it to the full. Packed with practical tips, insights into nature and respect for traditional knowledge, this is a book for families, groups and individual hikers and climbers - for everyone who enjoys outdoor life.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (19 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091878861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091878863
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 15.3 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A reissue of the popular classic survival guide that includes Ray Mears' in-depth knowledge of life outdoors.

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Ray Mears is a master of primitive technology and a specialist in Native American living skills. He lectures on the outdoors and hosts his own BBC2 series, "Ray Mears' World of Survival."

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160 of 162 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book by Ray 3 Feb 2004
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Having read most of the survival books on the market ranging from Lofty Wiseman's to Tom Brown I can say that this is very informative. It is although, after reading it aimed, more for the person who is interested in Bush craft and the primitive skills for more prolonged survival situations than those wanting skills for a short term survival situation with the possibilty of a quick rescue.
If you are interested in merely learning survival techniques for short term survival situations then you are probably better looking at Lofty's SAS Survival handbook. However, if you are looking at learning/becoming more in-tune with nature then this is certainly a book to read. The break down into different months of what resources are available I found very useful and the sections on wildlife observation and tracking were also useful.
Although not an exhaustive manuel on survival techniques it is certainly a book to set you on the path to be coming a good bushman.
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143 of 146 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Outdoor Companion. 27 Sep 2002
By A Customer
Revealing an absolute wealth of knowledge and experience Ray Mears provides clear step-by-step instructions in how to master an abundance of survival methods which can be approached by novices and pros alike.
Ray Mears shows how to construct shelters from the elements suitable for virtually any time of the year and a variety of locations and environments. He approaches how to light a good fire in all types of weathers with the materials readily available in the wild, how to track & identify animals and other essential everyday skills needed to survive in the great outdoors.
Ray also shows how to orienteer and map-read, and the correct way to use a compass. He also demonstrates how to make a variety of tools and equipment from naturally available materials eg., ropes, pots etc..
This is an essential volume for anyone interested in the outdoor life, not just for survival purposes. A basic knowledge would do none of us any harm and this book meets this need and those who require much more. An excellent purchase.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
This is a really good book if you are looking for information on out door survival techniques, especially those which let you live more or less in harmony with the environment. However in my opinion the book is not really aimed at those DO or DIE situations. One of the books by John Wiseman is a better bet if you want that sort of info. The book its self is broken down into 4 main sections, which reflect the different seasons, what to look out for, and how to best survive during them. The book is comprehensive, covering the usual topics of fire, water, food and shelter building, whilst also covering topics such as how to make cordage, carvings and how to use resources such as bark. The writing style is easy to follow and the book is well illustrated with an abundance of descriptive pictures, which help the reader to understand and better follow the text.
However BEWARE as this book is identical, bar a few cosmetic differences to the American book, "The Outdoor Survival Handbook" which is also by Raymond Mears.
On the whole this is a great book for general interest reading, but you don't need it if you already have the other edition.
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not a patch on Bushcraft 14 Aug 2002
By A Customer
Ray Mears as we all know has provided 3 excellent series for the BBC. Whereas he comes across as personable and knowledgeable in the tv series, in this his first book he is a little preachy. The artwork is basic but good and in my opinion saves the book. The chapters are a bit thin on information and Ray tries to fit in all his knowledge on outdoor living into too small a space. So as an introduction to the skills one needs to survive in the outdoors it is only a basic introduction. If you really are interested in learning outdoor survival techniques i would recommend Ray's follow up book Bushcraft which is a lot more thorough and an infinitely more interesting book.
Both these books however will be a nice tie in with the forthcoming DVDs.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ray mears 13 Dec 2009
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i brought this to help my son learn some of the techniques i can do , but where he wont listen to me he will to ray, very wellw riten with lots of practical advice and skills worth every penny to buy it
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Concentrates,in detail,on the subject of outdoor survival in tune with nature and without the myriad of designer labelled gear so often associated with the outdoors these days.The easy to follow text is supported by extremely useful illustrations which add further interest to each chapter.Ray Mears successfully wets ones appetite to experience, and to further explore, the outdoors and to do so with a fundamental respect for the natural environment.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to outdoor survival 19 Jan 2005
I liked the way the book was organised, into seasons highlighting the essentials e.g. fire, shelter etc.
The writing style is clear and easy to read, demonstrating Ray's obvious knowledge and love of nature.
As mentioned elsewhere, the illustrations are fairly basic, but I think sufficient to get the practical concepts across.
Blatantly promotes his own Woodlore equipment & bushcraft/survival courses!
Overall I would recommend the book as an introduction to outdoor survival.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners and intermediates. 14 Sep 2009
By Jamie.W
I got this when I was about 14. have always dipped into it and am continuing to learn more and more with each flick through the pages. I think that this book really helped me to get started in learning about the outdoors and how to use what there is around you.

It wont teach you how to survive alone in the wilderness for years on end but it will give you a basic knowledge and understanding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 5 hours ago by susan coughlan
5.0 out of 5 stars Not dense but definitely things you can actually do
This is not a book packed with tip after tip. Instead, the author has chosen to devote a lot of space to each topic, which means everything is explained clearly. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Mark V.
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide and manual
We all know Ray Mears for his adventures in the wilds of the world, but this guide is set to follow the seasons in the UK and gives advice on both flora and fauna but wild food,... Read more
Published 13 days ago by I. D. Hunt
4.0 out of 5 stars Outdoor Survival
A good book with loads of good advice. A little dated now with all Ray's new stuff on the market, but still a good guide for the would be survivalist.
Published 1 month ago by Trekker
4.0 out of 5 stars Usual high quality book from Ray M
As usual this is a very good book from Ray Mears, providing all the basic info you may need, presented in an easily read text and in a logical sequence. Recommended.
Published 1 month ago by P. Gagg
4.0 out of 5 stars Ray of sunshine.
An interesting book but the Essential Bushcraft is better. A little raw to the newer version. A decent addition for a novice.
Published 3 months ago by Ian McLean
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
the first of the Ray Mears books I've read and it was a great read. Lots of knowledge packed into it. Although sometimes it could elaborate abit more on certain things. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Paul Avis
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book to have.
Nice book I took whilst out orienteering 'just in case'. Thankfully it wasn't needed but was a nice security cushion.
Published 4 months ago by booboolina
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for Survivor enthusiasts
Great book, a must for survival enthusiasts, or anyone just interested in woodsy crafts and skills, from a renowned expert.
Published 5 months ago by John Caulfield
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but pretty basic and limited.
The book was interesting but the information was pretty basic and limited (you could find most of it on the internet for free if you looked around) so I was a little disappointed. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr S P Grant
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