Episode 1 - Birch Bark Canoe
As far as Ray is concerned the birch bark canoe is the best vessel man has ever created.
Ray has always wanted to construct one and in this programme he works with Algonquin canoe maker Pinock Smith, one of the few people left who know how to craft them using traditional methods.
Ray spent years and years honing his survival skills in some of the world's harshest landscapes, travelling to the most inhospitable and dangerous places on earth and attempting to exist on next to nothing.
Along the way Ray introduces us to people we'd never, ever meet and takes us to places Easy Jet simply doesn't fly to. Plus, he lets us in on some invaluable survival secrets. After all, you really never know when you'll be stranded somewhere with a penknife in one hand and a caterpillar in the other.
In Ray Mears' Bushcraft, the SAS survival guru pops along to the Amazon jungle, Tanzania, Canada, America and Sweden, and explores the important role played by bushcraft in the survival of indigenous people. He puts his own resourcefulness to the test as he lives alongside people such as the Yekuana of Venezuela and the Masai of Tanzania, learns new skills like making buckskin and hones his expertise in others like animal tracking.
Host: Ray Mears