Ray has a carefully cultivated public persona. His survival credo is an almost spiritual amalgum of aboriginal/native wilderness lore and bushcraft.
He plays down his military background, but Hairyhandbag's right, he's no stranger to a bit of naked roll mat combat.
Well, he's bi- at least having been with Ffyona Campbell, the 'I walked round the world buy my book' then 'Actually, I cheated, buy my new book' woman. I read her book about walking Africa years ago and he figured, joining her in DRC I think.
As I recall, she dumped him for her support driver later. The ability to rustle up a three-course dinner out of pine needles and dead ants doesn't necessarily seem the way to a girl's heart.
Thinking about it, Mears is damned both ways: if he was a skeletal, emaciated wraith we'd all be saying, 'Christ, he can't know much about living off the land...'.
Apparently he is sometimes ask to be a guest speaker at Hereford during the escape and evasion phase.
He must be good at living off the land, if he weren't he'd be a skinny cnut.
As for Bear Grylls. "what a dick", and what kind of name is that anyway.