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The Wild West with Ray Mears

Series Description

“A paean to the epic beauty of North America’s Great Outdoors” —The Independent (UK)

“A heartfelt study…really interesting and informative” —Western Mail (UK)

They set out to conquer the west—and discovered a frontier that wouldn’t surrender without a fight.

Long before superhighways spanned North America, westbound settlers lumbered across a dangerous continent by covered wagon or on foot in search of a new life. In this fascinating documentary, survivalist Ray Mears retraces the steps of the 19th-century travelers and discovers how the trip’s rugged terrain and deadly hazards tested the pioneers.

Mears takes viewers across the seemingly impassable mountain ranges, sprawling grasslands, and arid deserts that confronted those who dared to make the journey. Along the way, he pans for gold, rides the range, and snacks on bear meat with locals who preserve the ways of life forged by one of history’s largest human migrations. From the densely forested Appalachians to the windswept peaks of the Sierra Nevada, Mears ventures into parts of America that remain untamed to this day.


About the Host

A lifelong nature enthusiast, UK wilderness expert Ray Mears founded Woodlore, the School of Wilderness Bushcraft, more than 30 years ago. He has been teaching survival skills ever since and has hosted several television documentaries, including Tracks and World of Survival.