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The Bush Tucker Man — Les Hiddins Australian Survival DVD - Survival DVDs
Man vs. Wild DVD — Bear Grylls International and North American Survival DVD - Survival DVDs
Survivorman DVDs — Les Stroud One episode in Australian Survival DVD - Survival DVDs
Thomas J. Elpel's "Art of Nothing" DVDs International and North American Survival DVD - Survival DVDs
Ray Mears Survival DVDs Some Australian Survival DVD - Survival DVDs
Other Survival DVD Some Australian Survival DVD - Survival DVDs

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The Bush Tucker Man — Les Hiddins

The Bush Tucker Man TV series featuring Les Hiddins is probably the best known and best loved and respected of all the Australian wilderness survival type TV shows or DVDs that have been made. The series feature Les driving around the Top End (the North) of Australia talking about and finding bush tucker foods, and telling stories of survival expeditions that people have made in those areas. He gives a lot of credit to the Aboriginal people who taught him most of his knowledge.


Survival DVD - Survival DVDs - Bush Tucker Man : The Complete Series, Les Hiddins Bush Tucker Man : The Complete Series, Les Hiddins. Region 4, PAL format. 7 October 2010, 5 DVD Discs, 650 Minutes.

Bush Tucker Man – The Collection, brings together all of the Bush Tucker Man stories ever filmed.

Major Les Hiddens (aka The Bush Tucker Man) became a household name in the 1990s when his television show hit Australian screens. In a battered army truck, Hiddens sought out and recorded the different types of bush food and medicines used by Aboriginal people for thousands of years. Having been a bush survival expert for the Australian Army, Hiddens travelled vast tracts of uninhabited Australia from Cape York to the Kimberley, taking viewers on an entertaining and informative journey across rugged and inhospitable terrain.

Revisit the television show that inspired the imagination and became a treasured part of Australian culture with the laconic and likeable Bush Tucker Man. Includes all episodes from Series 1 and 2 and all episodes from the ‘Stories of Survival’ series.

WARNING: Aboriginal viewers should exercise caution when viewing these DVDs as they may contain images of deceased persons.

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Survival DVD - Survival DVDs - Bush Tucker Man : From Arnhem Land to the Kimberley Ranges and From the Rainforests to Cape York Bush Tucker Man : From Arnhem Land to the Kimberley Ranges and From the Rainforests to Cape York. Region 4, PAL format. 6 January 2005, 240 Minutes.

This is the first series of the Bush Tucker Man, Les Hiddins. It contains the following eight episodes:

Episode 1: Arnhem Land (Aborigines of Ngukurr, NT)
Episode 2: The Wet in Port Keats (Northwest Northern Territory in the Wet Season)
Episode 3: Desert (Desert Country)
Episode 4: Prince Regent Gorge (Heart of the Kimberley)
Episode 5: Rain Forest (Rainforest at Iron Range)
Episode 6: Coastal (Northern Queensland Coastline)
Episode 7: Doomadgee (Gulf Country)
Episode 8: Aurukun (West Coast of Cape York)

Click here to purchase from Australia (free delivery to Australia) $36.97 AUD


Survival DVD - Survival DVDs - Bush Tucker Man : Series Two (Les Hiddins) Bush Tucker Man : Series Two (Les Hiddins). Region 4, PAL format. 1 October 2009, 196 Minutes.

This is the second series of the Bush Tucker Man, Les Hiddins. It contains the following seven episodes:

Episode 1: Wet Season
Episode 2: East To West
Episode 3: Kimberley
Episode 4: Top End
Episode 5: Wildman
Episode 6: Coastal Story
Episode 7: Desert Story

Click here to purchase from Australia (free delivery to Australia) $27.42 AUD


Survival DVD - Survival DVDs - Bush Tucker Man : Bushtucker Man 8 Classic Stories of Survival with Les Hiddins Bush Tucker Man : Bushtucker Man 8 Classic Stories of Survival with Les Hiddins. Region 4, PAL format. 3 May 2004, 216 Minutes.

This is the third series of the Bush Tucker Man, Les Hiddins. It contains the following eight episodes:

Episode 1: The Coffee Royal Affair
Episode 2: The Cannibal Convict
Episode 3: The Great Misadventure
Episode 4: The Best of Them All
Episode 5: The Dutch Settlement
Episode 6: Gold Fever
Episode 7: The Passionate Prussian
Episode 8: Into The Vilest Country

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Man vs. Wild DVDs — Bear Grylls

The series Man vs. Wild by Edward "Bear" Grylls has been (early 2010) showing on SBS TV in Australia, so you can have a look and see what you think of it. It is probably the most entertaining "how to" survival show that has been made, and you will learn a lot of useful things as well. Bear has had to "bear" some criticism for the show being too sensational — more like an action movie than real survival — and for not everything being 100% real. There are a few scenes here and there that are faked in various ways to make for better (i.e. more entertaining) television, however most of what he does is either real or could be done for real.

The only thing you need to be aware of is that he is far too reckless, jumping off waterfalls and generally doing things that would be far too risky if you were really in a survival situation. It makes for highly interesting viewing though, and you will learn what you could do if the problems that he brings on himself — through doing silly things like deliberately jumping into freezing cold whitewater rapids — happend to you by accident.

If you want to watch survival DVDs with anyone you know who isn't really into this kind of thing, Man vs Wild is the way to go, thanks to its entertaining and inspiring style.


Man vs. Wild Season 3 Wilderness Survival DVD - Forces of Nature Man vs. Wild Season 3 — Forces of Nature. Region 4, PAL format. 4 November 2009, 264 Minutes.

If you just get one Man vs. Wild DVD this is a good one to get since it has Bear's "Ultimate Survival Guide", which is a compliation of clips from his other DVDs showing various survival skills.

Bear Grylls is a seasoned adventurer, ex-British SAS soldier and a trained survival expert. One of the youngest climbers to ever scale Mount Everest, Bear knows the extremes that Mother Nature can throw at him. Now, Bear puts his skills further to the test, as he strands himself in popular adventure holiday destinations where tourists often find themselves lost or in danger. As he finds his way back to civilisation, he demonstrates local survival techniques, including white water river rafting in Belize, descending a dangerous rock face in Turkey, and Bears Ultimate Survival Guide in two parts.

  • Disc One: Turkey, Belize, Domincan Republic
  • Disc Two: Oregon, Bear's Ultimate Survival Guide - Part 1, Bear's Ultimate Survival Guide - Part 2

Click here to purchase from Australia $38.99 AUD


Man vs. Wild Season 1 Collection 1 Wilderness Survival DVD - Extreme Terrains Man vs. Wild Season 1 Collection 1 — Extreme Terrains. Region 4, PAL format. 10 March 2010, 377 Minutes.

Bear Grylls - seasoned adventurer and ex British SAS - is a trained survival expert. His experiences have taken him to the most inhospitable places on earth - places that would defeat most people but now, he's up against something completely different. In the first collection of Man Vs Wild Season 1, Bear strands himself in popular adventure holiday destinations where tourists often find themselves lost or in danger. Finding his way back to civilisation Bear demonstrates local survival techniques, including escaping quicksand in the Moab Desert, navigating dangerous jungle rivers in Costa Rica, and finding his way across the world's most active volcano - Hawaii's Mount Kilauea.

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Man vs. Wild  Season 3 Wilderness Survival DVD - No Man's Land. Man vs. Wild Season 3 — No Man's Land. Region 4, PAL format. 8 July 2009, 260 Minutes.

Ex-British SAS soldier, elite endurance adventurer and adrenaline junkie Bear Grylls parachutes into the most unforgiving and hostile environments on the planet. Armed with his wit, survival skills and a cast iron stomach, Bear goes beyond all limits of civilised society, proving the human body can survive even the most brutal conditions. The challenge is extreme but no one said going head to head with the wild would be pretty. Join Bear as he ventures into No Man's Land. Episodes Include: Baja Desert, The Deep South, Ireland, South Dakota, Yukon, Romania.

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Man vs. Wild  Season 1 Collection 2 Wilderness Survival DVD - Push The Limits. Man vs. Wild Season 1 Collection 2 — Push The Limits. Region 4, PAL format. 354 Minutes.

Bear Grylls travels around the globe to find the most dangerous tourist locations and environments, in order to show us how to survive in them. With his simple survival techniques and his knowledge of the wildlife, he is able to give handy tips that could effectively save lives.
Whether it's traversing across volcanos or stuck on a desert island, Bear is always one step ahead when it comes to survival of the fittest.

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Survivorman DVDs — Les Stroud

These are USA formatted DVDs (NTSC format) and coded for Region 1 (US and Canada). They will play in an Australian DVD player only if it is a multi-region DVD player. The three DVDs below contain the entire three seasons of Survivorman.

There is a newer (2010) fourth DVD called "Survivorman: Alone in the American Wilderness" which contains the episodes from the existing three DVDs where Les is located in the USA. So there is no need to get this one unless you don't have the others and you are only interested in wilderness survival in the USA.


Survivorman (Season 1) Wilderness Survival DVD - Featuring Les Stroud. Survivorman (Season 1) — Featuring Les Stroud. Region 1 (US and Canada), NTSC format. 2007, 404 Minutes.

Imagine being stranded in the most extreme environments on earth for seven days - completely alone with virtually no supplies. How could you possibly survive? With no support crew and operating the camera himself, survival expert Les Stroud tackles that question as he tests himself in the toughest types of wilderness, ranging from the desert to the Arctic. Among his adventures, he battles life-or-death situations - the aftermath of a winter plane crash, abandoned in the mountains, lost at sea and much more. If you like living on the edge, you can't afford to miss a minute of these nine extended episodes! Disc 1: Arizona Desert, Boreal Forest, Georgian Swamp, Costa Rican Ocean, Plane Crash Disc 2: Canadian Arctic Mountains, Pacific Coast, Utah Canyonlands, Lost at Sea.

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# Survivorman Season 1 Episode Titles Original airdate
01 "Canadian Boreal Forest" April 06, 2005
Les Stroud simulates becoming stranded after a canoeing accident in a Northern Ontario forest. 
02 "Arizona Desert" April 13, 2005 (2005-04-13)
A broken down dirt bike provides the scenario for surviving in the Sonoran Desert. 
03 "Costa Rica" April 20, 2005 (2005-04-20)
Marooned on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula, Les must survive on a tropical beach and in dense jungle. 
04 "Georgia Swamp" April 27, 2005 (2005-04-27)
Les is stranded in the swamplands of Georgia's Altamaha River Basin. 
05 "Canadian Arctic" May 04, 2005
Les must survive after his snowmobile breaks down in the Canadian arctic, near Pond Inlet. 
06 "Mountain" May 11, 2005 (2005-05-11)
Hiking gone wrong leads to a week in the Canadian Rockies. 
07 "Canyonlands" May 18, 2005 (2005-05-18)
A broken bicycle strands Les in the Utah canyons. 
08 "Plane Crash" May 25, 2005 (2005-05-25)
Les simulates survival as a plane crash survivor in Temagami, Ontario in the winter, simulating a broken arm. 
09 "Lost at Sea" June 01, 2005
Les must survive on a raft in the middle of the ocean near Belize for several days in temperatures of 102 °F (39 °C), then washes ashore on an uninhabited island. 
10 "Behind the Scenes" June 08, 2005
Les presents clips and outtakes from the previous nine survival episodes. 


Survivorman Season 2 Wilderness Survival DVD - Featuring Les Stroud. Survivorman Season 2 — Featuring Les Stroud. Region 1 (US and Canada), NTSC format. 2008, 300 Minutes.

Whether braving alligator-infested swamps or bone-dry deserts, survival expert Les Stroud throws himself into harm's way, living out scenarios that would spell doom for most people. With no outside help--or even the aid of a camera crew!--Stroud films his week-long struggles to survive in the wilderness. Addictive, exhilarating, and informative, this series shows this rugged Survivorman beating the odds with ingenuity and skill. This is the second collection of episodes from this exciting series.

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# Survivorman Season 2 Episode Titles Original airdate
11 "Kalahari" August 10, 2007 (2007-08-10)
Les' 4x4 runs out of gas, leaving him to survive extreme heat in the Kalahari Desert. 
12 "Amazon" August 17, 2007 (2007-08-17)
Les pays a visit to one of the densest, deepest parts of the Amazon rainforest. 
13 "Labrador" August 24, 2007 (2007-08-24)
Les is paired with a team of sled dogs as he travels along the the Labrador coast. 
14 "African Plains" August 31, 2007 (2007-08-31)
Les lands his hot air balloon in the Northern part of South Africa. 
15 "Alaska" September 7, 2007 (2007-09-07)
Les kayaks into a remote Alaskan bay. 
16 "South Pacific" September 14, 2007 (2007-09-14)
Les is shipwrecked on a small atoll (Aitutaki) in the Cook Islands. 
17 "Behind the Scenes" September 21, 2007 (2007-09-21)
Les explains his preparation for each locale in this behind the scenes look at the episodes of season 2. 


Survivorman Season 3 Wilderness Survival DVD - Featuring Les Stroud. Survivorman Season 3 — Featuring Les Stroud. Region 1 (US and Canada), NTSC format. 2009, 258 Minutes.

Would you know what to do if you were stranded and left to survive without food or shelter in some of the world's harshest environments? Les "Survivorman" Stroud is determined to find out as he embarks on the final season of this thrilling series. Armed with little more than a harmonica and a wry sense of humor, Les uses skills, bravery and ingenuity to tackle seemingly impossible situations.

Sierra Nevada: The rugged Sierra Nevada is a hiker's dream. The problem is that it's very easy to get lost and succumb to the perils of the environment. See what "Survivorman" Les Stroud does when he finds himself in this predicament.

Colorado Rockies: The Colorado Rockies is one of the most magnificent mountain ranges in America. And one of the most treacherous. With two horses and his usual 50 pounds of camera gear, Les must learn how to gather food and water while navigating the precarious precipice.

Arctic Tundra: Stranded on northern Baffin Island in a ruggedly beautiful yet unforgiving land where the summer sun doesn't set for days on end, Les learns some particularly harsh lessons in solo arctic survival.

Deep Woods: Millions of hunters embrace their primal nature every year as they trek into the woods in search of wild game. It can be an exhilarating experience, but it also can be very dangerous. Les discovers just how wrong a hunting trip can go.

Australian Outback: Les gets stranded in the remote Australian Outback when his ultralight airplane runs out of fuel. Alone on an endless expense of sun-burnt grasses, Les must get creative if he is going to survive.

Papua New Guinea: "Survivorman" is dropped off in the overgrown jungles of Papua New Guinea. Though food appears to be plentiful, surviving for a week is going to be an exhausting adventure for Les.

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# Survivorman Season 3 Episode Titles Original airdate
18 "Sierra Nevada" November 7, 2008 (2008-11-07)
Les plays the role of a backpacker in California's Sierra Nevada mountains and challenges search and rescue teams to find him. 
19 "Colorado Rockies" November 14, 2008 (2008-11-14)
Les survives in Colorado's Rocky Mountains accompanied by two horses. 
20 "Arctic Tundra" November 21, 2008 (2008-11-21)
Les goes north to the Arctic Baffin Island equipped as a researcher with some advanced survival gear. 
21 "Temagami Hunting (Deep Woods)" December 5, 2008 (2008-12-05)
Les Stroud is joined by his friend Bob Wilson as they simulate being hunters lost in the forests of Temagami, Ontario. 
22 "Australian Outback" December 12, 2008 (2008-12-12)
After his ultralight airplane runs out of fuel, Les Stroud is stranded in the Australian Outback. 
23 "Papua New Guinea" December 19, 2008 (2008-12-19)
In his last episode, Les is stranded in Hewa territory in the Papua New Guinea jungle and left to survive alone. 

Thomas J. Elpel's "Art of Nothing" DVDs

This is the excellent "Art of Nothing" Wilderness Survival Video Series by Thomas J. Elpel. I have seen these many times over as they are that kind of DVD (if you like this kind of thing). They are not entertainment in the way that Man vs. Wild is, they are more pure survival skills. They are also more real, in that everything they do is for real. They are not as extreme as some of the other survival DVDs — there are no parachute jumps into oblivion, giant snakes, or molten lava to contend with here, but the skills they demonstrate are very real. In terms of entertainment value, a highlight of each eposide is the bit near the start where he goes through the survival/camping equipment that they will be taking with them on that trip (it's not much).

I think the format is NTSC and regionless. They play in my DVD player that I bought in Australia no problem. Unlike many special interest DVDs that aren't sold by one of the giant media companies, these are real factory-pressed shiny silver DVDs, not home-recorded DVD-Rs.


Three Days at the River With Nothing But Out Bare Hands, Thomas J. Elpel (The Art of Nothing Wilderness Survival DVD Volume 1). Volume 1 — Three Days at the River With Nothing But Out Bare Hands, Thomas J. Elpel (DVD).

This DVD is the first of four volumes in the Art of Nothing Wilderness Survival Series by Thomas J. Elpel. He brings a different guest along with him in each one. In this first volume his daughter Felicia demonstrates many skills (e.g. how to make a bow drill fire) and makes it look like anyone could do this kind of stuff, even normal suburban people who weren't raised by Indians or wild coyotes.

One of the skills demonstrated in this excellent DVD is the making of discoidal stone knives. A large one could easily be made into a stone axe using the techniques I describe on my "How to Make a Stone Axe" page.

No knife. No matches. No food, sleeping bags or other gear. Join Thomas J. Elpel and 13 year-old daughter Felicia for this extraordinary primitive camping experience in southwest Montana. In the cottonwoods along the Jefferson River they demonstrate all the skills required to meet their basic needs, starting with nothing but their bare hands.

Skills include:

  • Shelter: Grass sleeping bag on hot ground.
  • Fire: The cottonwood root bowdrill set.
  • Water: Boiling water in found bottles and cans for purification.
  • Edible Plants: Cattail Roots, stinging nettles, rose hips, burdock, mustard greens and milkweed shoots.
  • Fungi: The edible tree mushroom.
  • Meat: Porcupine--killing, skinning, butchering.
  • Cooking: Shishkebabs and hot rock stir-fry.
  • Tools: Discoidal stone knives and digging sticks.

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Mountain Meadows: Camping with Almost Nothing but the Dog, Thomas J. Elpel (The Art of Nothing Wilderness Survival DVD Volume 2). Volume 2 — Mountain Meadows: Camping with Almost Nothing but the Dog, Thomas J. Elpel (DVD). One of the skills demonstrated in this excellent DVD is how to make a hand drill fire.

The adventure continues! With little more than stone knives and the dog, Thomas J. Elpel and cousin Melvin Beattie venture into the Rocky Mountains to survive with whatever they can find and improvise from their surroundings. Among the wildflowers, wildlife and scenic meadows of southwestern Montana, they demonstrate all the skills needed to meet their basic needs, including:

  • Shelter: A debris shelter with hot rocks.
  • Fire: The mullein on sage handdrill set.
  • Water: Purifying water with Aerobic Oxygen.
  • Edible Plants: Sweet cicely, wild sunflower, dwarf huckleberry, musk thistle stems and "artichokes", brook saxifrage, rose petals.
  • Meat: Ground squirrels--killing, skinning, butchering.
  • Cooking: Cooking on an upright rock slab.
  • Tools: Glass-knapped knives & the jo stick.

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Mountain Lakes: A Survival Fishing Trip, Thomas J. Elpel (The Art of Nothing Wilderness Survival DVD Volume 3). Volume 3 — Mountain Lakes: A Survival Fishing Trip, Thomas J. Elpel (DVD).

With little more than a flint & steel kit and a copper drinking cup, Thomas J. Elpel and daughter Cassie trek five miles back into the Rocky Mountains for a few days of fishing, fun, and survival living. Among the spectacular lakes and mountain peaks, they demonstrate all of the skills required to meet their basic needs, including:

  • Shelter: Rock and log shelter with a fire.
  • Fire: Flint & Steel Kit + Making char cloth.
  • Water: Drinking from mountain streams.
  • Edible Plants: Wild onions and glacier lilies.
  • Meat: Mountain Suckers-fishing by hand, snagging by hook, plus fishing laws.
  • Cooking: Cooking fish on hot coals, plus steaming wild vegetables in a stone oven.
  • Tools: Tin can knives, plus forging the nail knife and making a pine bark pot.

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Canoe Camping: On a Song and a Paddle, Thomas J. Elpel (The Art of Nothing Wilderness Survival DVD Volume 4). Volume 4 — Canoe Camping: On a Song and a Paddle, Thomas J. Elpel (DVD).

With two water bottles and a flute in their canoe, Thomas J. Elpel and intern Kris Reed go survival camping at the local lake. Amidst the abundant waterfowl and wildlife and the intermittant rainshowers and thunderstorms, they camp for three days and two nights and demonstrate all of the skills required to meet their basic needs, including:

  • Shelter: Canoe lean-to, canoe coal bed.
  • Fire: Soda bottle puddle lens.
  • Water: Aromatic herbs to kill germs.
  • Plants: Cattail shoots and pollen, orache, and desert currants.
  • Meat: Bull snake, figure 4 deadfall traps, soda bottle fishing pole.
  • Cooking: Steamed veggies and veggie wraps on a hot rock.
  • Clothing: Cattail visors.
  • Health: Mud screen, cactus slime, willow toothbrush.

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Ray Mears Survival DVDs

These are in PAL format (the one we use in Australia). Some of them they play in all regions and some are region 2 (UK and Europe), see the individual descriptions for more details. The region 2 ones will only play in Australia on multi-region DVD players. They are sourced from the UK, where Ray comes from.


Ray Mears Goes Walkabout DVD - Wilderness Survival DVD - Featuring Ray Mears. Ray Mears Goes Walkabout. Region 2 (UK and Europe), PAL format. 30 June 2008, 265 Minutes.

Most of Ray Mears' DVD feature the United Kingdom and other locations, with the occsaional episode in Australia, but this DVD is shot entirely in Australia.

This DVD has been released alongside the Ray Mears Goes Walkabout book to accompany Ray's television series Ray Mears Goes Walkabout. The set consists of two DVDs containing the following programmes:

  • DESERT - Ray Mears is in desert survival mode as he follows in the footsteps of an unsung hero of Australian exploration to find out how John McDouall Stuart became the first European to succeed in crossing this continent from South to North and back again. Ray shows how to wring water from these barren lands and how travelling light is the key to success on such an epic journey.
  • THE BUSH TUCKER MAN - Ray Mears makes a journey across Queensland with Les Hiddins - The Bushtucker Man. There's no-one else in the world quite like these two men, they both share a love of the wilderness and have learnt much of what they know from indigenous people. Each of them has already left his mark on the world of Bushcraft, now they get to work together for the first time ever.
  • TORRES STRAIT - Ray Mears travels to the Torres Strait Islands to learn how the island lifestyle has helped them retain much of their Bushcraft and knowledge. He finds out how these skills helped people survive during the Second World War and tells the story of Barbara Thompson, a young woman who was ship wrecked in the mid nineteenth century and survived despite the islands' reputation for cannibalism at the time.
  • ROCK ART - Rock Art is incredibly important to the Australian Aboriginal way of life and the Kimberley area of North West Australia is full of it. Ray travels with an aboriginal artist to learn more about the significance of the art of the area and even has a go at painting in the aboriginal style himself.

Exclusive extra footage shot on location especially for this DVD:

  • Travelling light (I wish...)
  • Ray and Les on Working together.
  • Plants and fruit of the Torres Strait Islands.
  • Cycads.
  • The guns of John McDouall Stuart at the History Trust of South Australia.
  • Making a Wap (an Aboriginal Fishing Spear from Torres Strait).
  • Tracking in the Desert.
  • The Magpie Goose Dance.
  • Playing a Yidaki.

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Ray Mears Bushcraft Survival Series 1 - Wilderness Survival DVD - Featuring Ray Mears. Ray Mears Bushcraft Survival Series 1. All regions, PAL format. 4 April 2005, 330 Minutes.

This DVD box set contains the first five programmes of Ray's television series 'Bushcraft Survival' and was released in conjunction with the Bushcraft Survival hardback book.

Additional bonus features have been filmed with Ray especially for the Bushcraft enthusiast, including:

  • Sharpening a knife in the field
  • Sharpening a knife at camp
  • How to handle a knife
  • Cutting with a knife
  • Making cordage from nettles
  • Interview about the cheetah kill filmed in Tanzania

The DVD covers the following programmes:

  • ABORIGINAL BRITAIN – Ray shows how our ancestors used the resources around them to feed and clothe themselves.
  • THE YEKUANA, RIVER PEOPLE OF THE AMAZON – Ray sets up a jungle camp and sees how the Yekuana live in harmony with their environment.
  • THE LOST WORLD OF THE PEMON - Ray journeys to the huge rock outcrops which inspired The Land That Time Forgot and The Lost World.
  • CAMPING WITH THE HADZA – Ray spends time in northern Tanzania among one of the last hunter-gatherer tribes on the planet.
  • MASAI SAFARI – Ray fulfils a childhood dream by experiencing a true safari, Masai-style.

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Ray Mears Bushcraft Survival Series 2 - Wilderness Survival DVD - Featuring Ray Mears. Ray Mears Bushcraft Survival Series 2. All regions, PAL format. 1 August 2005, 360 Minutes.

This DVD box set contains the second five programmes of Ray's television series 'Bushcraft Survival' and was released in conjunction with the Bushcraft Survival hardback book.

Additional bonus features have been filmed with Ray especially for the Bushcraft enthusiast, including:

  • Sharpening an axe at camp
  • Looking after your axe
  • Choosing and using an axe (view this clip)
  • Splitting wood with a saw (view this clip)
  • How to light a fire
  • Safe water
  • The birch bark canoe
  • Making a container from birch bark
  • Making a matchbox from birch bark
  • Making a container from cedar
  • Making a container from ash bark
  • Snakes of the lowland heaths of Britian

The DVD covers the following programmes:

  • BIRCH BARK CANOE – Ray with Algonquin canoe maker Pinock Smith, one of the few people left who know how to craft birch bark canoes using traditional methods.
  • CANOE JOURNEY – The canoe is the most natural way to travel and get close to wildlife in wild places. Ray paddles down the Missinaibi River, a river as unspoilt today as it was three hundred years ago when it was the essential route for the fur trade canoes.
  • AMERICA - Ray takes a journey into America's past as he travels in the footsteps of Jim Bridger, one of the mountain men who opened up the route to the Pacific Coast of America. Ray makes a bull boat using willow and buffalo skin and spends time with the Shoshone.
  • SWEDEN – One country where the acient skills of bushcraft are alive and in daily use. Lars Falt joins Ray by the campfire to discuss some of the Swedish traditions and cook a salmon. He shows how pine tar is made and used on traditional skis before spending time with the Sami people and Swedish singer Yana.
  • FOUR SEASONS – Ray comes home to show us how bushcraft brings a new perspective to our countryside and its changing seasons.

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Ray Mears Wild Food DVD - Wilderness Survival DVD - Featuring Ray Mears. Ray Mears Wild Food. Region 2 (UK and Europe), PAL format. 24 September 2007, 345 Minutes.

This DVD was released alongside the Wild Food book to accompany Ray's television series Ray Mears Wild Food. The set consists of two DVDs containing the following programmes:

  • AUSTRALIA - Ray travels to the other side of the planet to hear from Australian Aboriginals about what food means to a hunter-gatherer and the role it plays in their culture as well as their society. Along with many other discoveries, the trip sees Ray sample that most iconic of 'bush tucker' - the witchetty grub, a huge maggot that lives in the roots of the witchetty bush.
  • COAST - Ray finds out just what Britain's coast had to offer our ancestors, as he continues to explore the wild food that tickled the taste buds of Stone Age man. The coastline of Stone Age Britain was rather different than it is today, as Britain was yet to become an island.
  • WETLANDS - Ray and Professor Gordon Hillman, an expert in the use of plants through the ages, look at the marshes and waterways which our ancestors used for travelling and as an abundant source of food. Along the way, Ray explains how to take the sting out of nettles and how to use water lily seeds as a source of carbohydrate. He then travels to the spectacular Ardeche Gorge in France where he gains special permission to take to his canoe and demonstrate spear fishing.
  • SUMMER HARVEST - Summer Harvest shows that our ancestors would have had access to a wide variety of plant foods, but meat would have been the staple in their diet. Ray shows viewers how they would have cooked a deer in a huge pit and then demonstrates how they would have preserved the meat by smoking it.
  • WOODLAND - For our ancestors, Autumn would have been the last chance to gather food before winter stole much of it away. Nuts are an obvious source of stored energy. Ray travels to the island of Colonsay in Scotland to investigate the remains of thousands of charred hazelnuts which date back to the Stone Age.

45 minutes of additional bonus features have been filmed with Ray especially for this DVD, including:

  • Introduction to cooking with a pot
  • Simple pot hanger
  • Tripod for single pot
  • Height adjustable hook
  • Multiple pots – soft ground
  • Multiple pots – hard ground
  • Baking Bread
  • Ramsons
  • Bush coconut
  • Witchetty grub – the crew

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Survival With Ray Mears DVD - Wilderness Survival DVD - Featuring Ray Mears. Survival With Ray Mears. Region 2 (UK and Europe), PAL format. 3 May 2010, 144 Minutes.

The iconic TV series Survival returned to our screens this April, hosted by none other than Ray Mears. This brand new series comprises of three hour-long programmes, focusing on Ray's extraordinary animal tracking and wilderness skills.

In this ground-breaking series, Ray sets himself the ultimate challenge: to track the world's top predators. Ray uses his expert tracking skills and extensive wildlife knowledge to follow the leopard in Namibia, the bear in British Colombia, and the wolf in Central Idaho.

By reading the clues these animals leave behind, he offers viewers the unique opportunity to gain a rich insight into their habits and lifestyles, as he follows them at remarkably close quarters in their natural habitats.

Survival with Ray Mears brings to life the skills Ray has in a truly exciting and compelling way: there are tears after a wolf he has been tracking for several days dies; moments of genuine danger as a bear appears at just 20 feet away; and a lifetime highlight of watching leopards at night.

Underpinning each film as Ray tracks the animals is a sub-plot focusing on the current state of each species, and the threats they now face: in Idaho the crew arrives with only days to countdown before the wolf’s status as a protected species is lifted, and local farmers indicate their intention to begin hunting them; in British Columbia the impact of global warming on the salmon population is felt by the bear, which relies on the fish as its main food source; and in Namibia, the uneasy co-existence between leopards and local farmers keen to protect their livestock, is highlighted.

Each film stunningly showcases some of nature’s richest playgrounds, set amid breath-taking scenery, which are home to an array of wildlife beyond the species being tracked.

Survival in 2010 brings back a most prestigious and popular brand, building on the classical animal storytelling of a series that broke new ground in wildlife documentary-making from its first transmission in 1960. This time round, the series clearly illustrates the all-consuming passion one man has for the world’s wildlife, and his commitment to helping us understand more about them.

For over 20 years I've been exploring the wild outdoors and what fascinates me more than anything, are the secret lives of wild animals. When I learned how to follow the clues that animals leave behind, it opened up a whole new world of understanding. And in this series I'm putting my skills to the test by tracking the world's top predators. - Ray Mears

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Herb Course: Wonderful World of Herbs DVD, Isabell Shipard.Herb Course: Wonderful World of Herbs, Isabell Shipard. PAL format, all regions. 4h 41m. Australian.

In September 2006 Isabell Shipard held a herb course and a sprout course on the Sunshine Coast of Australia. The courses were so popular that two more courses had to be run to accommodate the number of people wishing to attend the courses. The second courses were video taped and edited into DVDs.

In this 2-DVD set Isabell covers many topics such as:
* Wonderful World of Herbs
* Herbs Have Many Uses
* Herbs as Medicines
* Good Health
* Toxins
* Plant Foods we Eat
* Botanic Names
* 29 Plant Families
* Additional Plants
* Weeds to Know
* Poisonous Plants
* Useful Herbs for your Garden
* Flavours and Colours
* More Oxygen to the Cells
* Methods for Using Herbs
* Plants as Sweeteners
* Income Opportunities
* Seed Saving
* Survival Foods

Her Book is excellent and it is the best edible weeds book for Australia that is still in print.

Click here to purchase from Isabell's Site (Australian) $35.00 AUD


Fire Volume 1 - The Rediscovering the Old Ways Series - Wilderness Survival DVD. Fire Volume 1 — The Rediscovering the Old Ways Series. NTSC format. I think it's regionless and if I remember correctly its a DVD-R (a home-recorded DVD).

This DVD is what it took for me to make my first friction fire, a bow drill fire. Though I did not have this website to help me out. I had read several books about it and even seen it done in the odd video or two, but I didn't get a fire myself until watching this video. It's the best firemaking video I have seen. Fire Volume 1 covers the bow drill fire, hand drill fire, and flint and steel firemaking.

There is also a Fire Volume 2 DVD but the methods it covers are not nearly as useful as volume 1, and I wouldn't bother with it unless you are a real fire geek.

The following review comes from the Wilderness Awareness School site: This DVD is an excellent step-by-step guide to creating fire.

If you are inspired about making fire and are looking for a clear “how to” video, this one is for you. Tom and Glen of the Midwest Skills Institute are clear and detailed with their instructions and demonstrations.  

In this Volume they cover fire lays, flint and steel, bow drill, and hand drill. I really like how they detail three stages of learning for each method: first at home with modern tools and supplies, second with a knife and whatever you can find, and third truly primitive with no modern materials.  

You need every advantage when learning to create fire the old way and these guys make it accessible even if you live in the city and don't have access to woods. The instruction is geared toward the beginner, but there are lots of hints and gems for the experienced fire maker.  

I learned several new things from this video including how to use a two stick notchless fireboard with bow drill.  The flint and steel section has great hints and information that I have never seen before. Tom and Glen are not inspiring actors, but they clearly have tons of dirt time and experience teaching these skills. Fire Volume 1 is a little cheesy at times, but the picture and sound quality is excellent and the relaxed down home style is effective.  

I recommend this DVD to anyone who wants to learn primitive fire skills at home.

Content Highlights:

  • Excellent fire lay building instruction
  • Flint & Steel (clear explanation of technique and great char cloth making tips)
  • Bow Drill (at home, with knife, full primitive)
  • Hand Drill (at home, with knife, full primitive)

Purchase from Wilderness Awareness School (US) $26.95 US

NEW: Survival DVDs for the Future Hard Times


NEW: National Geographic's Doomsday Preppers Season 1 DVD (3 Discs) National Geographic's Doomsday Preppers Season 1 DVD (3 Discs). Region 4 (Australia), PAL format. 20 Feb 2013, 540 Minutes.

These are really interesting viewing. They're quite hyped with fast cutting from one scene to the next, and loud adrenalising music as would be expected from a mainstream TV series that's meant to be both education and entertainment. Not everything they do is always the best thing to do, and of course in many cases what's best to do is a matter of opinion. There are countless ideas to be found in watching them, many of which you probably wouldn't have thought of.

From the publisher: "Post-Apocalyptic Living at Its Best. Whether your greatest fear is nuclear attack, worldwide flu pandemic, or just a run-of-the-mill rapture it does not hurt to have all the loose ends tied up before society crumbles; one group however takes preparations way beyond a few cans of baked beans in the fallout shelter. Meet the preppers: seemingly ordinary people who spend their days learning survival techniques, stockpiling vaccines, building safe-houses and generally just getting themselves ready for the grimmest show on earth: the end of the world as we know it."

Includes All 12 Episodes of Doomsday Preppers: Season One

Purchase from Australia (Booktopia)


NEW: River Cottage Australia Seasons 1 - 3 DVD (7 Discs) River Cottage Australia Seasons 1 - 3 DVD (7 Discs). Region 4 (Australia), PAL format. 18 May 2016, 1128 Minutes.

Celebrated chef and self sufficiency guru Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall hands the River Cottage baton to an Australian counterpart - former Tasmanian chef, Paul West - who faces new challenges and uniquely Australian characters as he attempts to set up his own farm near the historic and picturesque village of Central Tilba on the NSW Far South Coast. This box set includes Series 1, 2 & 3 plus a bonus disc of unreleased footage.

Purchase from Australia (Booktopia)

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NEW: River Cottage Australia Season 4 DVD (3 Discs) River Cottage Australia Season 4 DVD (3 Discs). Region 4 (Australia), PAL format. 16th November 2016, 401 Minutes.

Paul West is welcoming eager cooks and wannabe-farmers to teach them the River Cottage lifestyle. Paul's looking at ways to future proof the farm and the theme of food security. With that in mind, he's taking the River Cottage Australia message on the road to discover new regions, meet and learn from farmers and producers who share his passion in improving food security by boosting long-term agricultural productivity.

Purchase from Australia (Booktopia)

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