Ray Mears - Extreme Survival Series DVD | 6.15 GB
This all region box set contains all of the programmes from 3 series of 'Ray Mears Extreme Survival' as seen on BBC2.
Episodes in Series 1:
•JUNGLE SURVIVAL - Jungles can be daunting places for the uninitiated. Ray explains the fundamental skills of jungle survival and recounts the harrowing tale of 10 men who escaped a WWII prisoner of war camp, crossing dense jungle without the benefits of survival training.
•ARCTIC SURVIVAL - The arctic is a beautiful region of our planet, a area in which we must understand the mechanisms of staying warm. Ray demonstrates skills whilst visiting the Swedish Army Survival Instructors Course in Lapland.
•THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SURVIVAL - The most important thing to take with you on any journey is a positive mental attitude. Ray tells of a family that were shipwrecked on the coast of Alaska in winter; ultimately their survival would depend upon their belief in each other, overcoming odds that the text books would have predicted as impossible.
•SEA SURVIVAL - Ray shows how survival at sea requires forethought, improvisation, determination and the ability to make a new life as an ocean-drifting refugee.
•THE ARIZONA DESERT - In the 1860s a small band of native Indians provided the finest demonstration of the military value of survival skills. Follow in the footsteps of the tenacious war leader Geronimo, exploring the skills his people employed to stay alive at a time when every hand turned against them.
•ARNHEMLAND - To the uninitiated the northern coastline of Australia is a harsh environment; sharks and saltwater crocodiles inhabit the coastal waters and rivers, fresh water is scarce and food seems next to impossible to find. With the assistance of local Aboriginal experts Ray follows the harrowing journey made by a downed aircrew in the 1940s.
Episodes in Series 2
•THE SAHARA DESERT - Arid deserts are arguably the hardest places to survive. Ray explains the basics of travelling safely in such regions. He recounts the sad tale of an aircrew that crashed where rescue was impossible and all hope was futile.
•THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS - The Rocky Mountains are a stunning sight to behold, but also a place where knowledge of how to stay warm, well fed and safe from bears can prove vital. Understanding and determination are the keys that unlock this wilderness.
•OUTBACK SURVIVAL - Every year holiday-makers arrive in Australia, hire 4x4 vehicles and head out into the outback, most without any previous off-road driving experience, knowledge of survival or even the most basic necessary equipment. Not surprisingly, there are sometimes disasters.
•MILITARY SURVIVAL - Royal Air Force personnel can find themselves operating in any environment on earth. Should they have to bale out they must know how to stay alive in environments which may seem hostile and where they may be hunted by the enemy. Ray follows the students undergoing a Combat Survival Course at the Royal Air Force Survival School.
•MOUNTAIN SURVIVAL - Mountains are beautiful and majestic, but also potentially dangerous for the unwary or unlucky traveller. It has been said that a little knowledge can be dangerous but in this programme we encounter a situation where a little knowledge saved two lives.
•DESERT ISLAND SURVIVAL - The classic survival situation has to be surviving on a desert island. In this programme Ray shows essential skills for a castaway while recounting two remarkable tales of island survival, one which lasted 30 years.
Episodes in Series 3
•BELARUS - Ray travels to Belarus to meet with some of the surviving partisans of the Second World War. For the Jewish partisans, the forests of Belarus became a sanctuary and weapon in their fight against oppression.
•THAILAND - From the comfort of a jungle base camp, Ray tells the story of survival during the Vietnam War and meets with the first United States Air Force pilot shot down during the conflict.
•NEW ZEALAND - Ray visits several Maori tribes, encounters tales of survival and hardship, and learns of the many skills which are now being used to encourage the young to develop a more positive attitude to life.
•ROGERS' RANGERS - Follow in the footsteps of Major Robert Rogers as Ray tells of their epic withdrawal through New England where Rogers' rangers fought off both the pursuing enemy and starvation as the seasons changed rapidly from Autumn to Winter.
•NAMIBIA - This arid coastal area, known as the skeleton coast, is one of the most inhospitable environments in which to survive. Meet with the indigenous Bushmen and encounter tales of shipwrecks, rescues and tracking.
•ALASKA - In January 1910, the steamship Farallon ran aground. The story of this shipwreck is as compelling as any and Ray tells of the crew's hardship and courage spent sheltering from the harsh conditions.
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