5 reasons to spend... An Evening with Ray Mears

The TV survival expert is on a UK tour to promote his new book, My Outdoor Life

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5 reasons to spend... An Evening with Ray Mears

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1 He’s bringing the outdoors indoors
Titled An Evening with Ray Mears: The Outdoor Life, this theatre show / opportunity to flog a few copies of his book My Outdoor Life sees this bushcraft and survival technique expert discussing his life in the world’s wildernesses, surviving off the land with only an ITV camera crew to eat if things get really hairy.

2 See him in the flesh
Mears has cropped up on telly in a procession of hit shows including World of Survival, Extreme Survival, alongside Ewan in Trips Money Can't Buy, Northern Wilderness, Wild Britain and the recent Close Encounters. Away from the small screen, Ray’s challenging hobbies have included helping Northumbria Police hunt down gunman Raoul Moat.

3 You’ll find out how to become a bushcraft expert
Or how Ray did it, anyway. Raised in the North Downs, he spent his childhood tracking foxes into the forest and improvising his own tents for camping trips because he couldn’t afford a proper one. The lessons of his judo teacher, a man who fought in Burma in World War II, did the rest, passing on to Ray the value of ‘maximum efficiency from minimum effort’. A lesson we can all learn from.

4 He’s a success despite his name
Nothing wrong with plain but dependable Ray Mears, you might think. Not when your arch rival’s a guy called Bear Grylls.

5 You’ll learn how to stock an airtight basement room with tinned goods and high calibre firearms
You won’t. A survivalist is something else entirely.

King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, Sun 29 Sep.

Ray Mears introduces his autobiography, My Outdoor Life

Ray Mears: Tales Of Endurance

The TV survival expert tells stories of his experiences in the wild, plus a question and answer session with the audience.

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