Out on the land by Ray Mears and Lars Fält. It’s that time of the year when the nights draw in and many people turn to the comfort of an armchair and an open fire.
Even the most hardy of us who would be out in all weather find ourselves sitting indoors -brushing up on skills, servicing equipment, planning next years trips or learning different methods / places to visit through various means.
This book I am writing about is one of those books that you can’t put down and even when you’ve finished it it’s the type of book that stays on the coffee table and is picked up and shuffled through many times.
This book by Ray Mears and Lars Fält is a fantastic beautiful must-have for every Bushcraft enthusiast!
Out on the land by Ray Mears and Lars Fält: The Authors
Ray Mears is well know in the UK, Europe and Worldwide! This book is written together with Lars Fält, the founder of the Swedish army survival school and instructor of the Parachute Rangers.
Lars has an enormous knowledge of life and survival in the wilderness of the Northern Hemisphere and is also the author of 10 books on this subject.
Ray’s has an enormous knowledge base, lots of experiences and a natural and peaceful approach to life. His documentaries have and still are an inspiration for everyone.
In this wilderness, knowledge of the forest, Bushcraft, is indispensable and you have the best opportunities to apply it correctly.
Instructive and inspiring
This book has been in development for 30 years.
It contains an imaginative voyage of discovery through the impressive forests of the Northern Hemisphere.
Out on the land by Ray Mears and Lars Fält is full of information and covers every aspect of being in the wilderness in both winter and summer (clothing, kit, skills, cooking, survival).
Revealing the age-old traditions and techniques, and how to carry them out yourself.
I love the way that this book refers back to the indigenous people of the Boreal Forest and shows how bushcraft was not just a way of life but a way of surviving.
This book describes extensively how you can live in this environment and what is needed for this.
Apart from a beautiful book Out on the land by Ray Mears and Lars Fält is also a reference book for anyone who would like to experience this.
This book is a great source of information on methods, utilising natural products, recipes and much more.
What do I think about this book?
Like I said Out on the Land is a wonderful book that you will find difficult to put down!
Out on the land by Ray Mears and Lars Fält is full of impressive photos, stories, where and why these methods are used and awe inspiring. Which will get you outside and practice what you have learnt.
If you want to have a look at some of the equipment used in this book such as the Loue Tarp have at look at Ray’s website Woodlore.
Ray Mears has and still is a great inspiration to me. I love his documentaries I learn a great deal from these especially his carving tuitions and fire lighting skills
Where to buy?
Interested readers can purchase this book in many languages from amazon.
Ray Mears Documentaries
One of my favourite episodes is when Ray is in Sweden.
This episode he starts of in the South, paddling with Lars.
Learning how to harvest fatwood to turn into pine tar and then ventures up North to learn day to day bushcraft from the Sami and learn about the importance of a Puukko.
I make dehydrator Beef Jerky quite often, it is a staple in my backpack and also in the kids packed lunch boxes. The only problem is that it is so more’ish that it is normally gone as soon as it is out of the dehydrator.
The recipe I use is one that I have put to gather myself, its easy to make, cost effective and with a dehydrator its easy to dry.
Trim the steaks removing fat & gristle and cut in 2cm strips against the grain of the meat (this makes it easier to chew)
Place steak strips into bowl
In a zip lock bag: Add half a bottle of Worcestershire Sauce, 1 Bottle of Teriyaki Marinade, handful of dried garlic, dried chillies (if required) and a tablespoon of liquid smoke.
Mix the marinade together.
Add in the steak strips and massage into the marinade to make sure all the meat get covered.
Remove air from the ziplock bag, lay flat, massage the meat one more time and put into the fridge for 24hrs (removing, massaging and flipping the bag every now and then).
Remove meat from fridge and drain in a colander.
Layout paper towel (normally 2 towels thick x 2 towels long.
layout steak strips onto towels then place towels on top of meat and pat down to remove excess marinade.
Sprinkle BBQ rub over meat on one side, pat into meat then place on the dehydrator racks.
Make sure there is space between the strips on the racks (for airflow).
Turn on dehydrator to full (mine sits at 70c), rotate trays every 20 mins so top goes to bottom for 6 hours. It is handy if you shake the trays every now and then so the strips aren’t stuck to the racks.
After six hours, turn dehydrator down to 40c and leave overnight.
Remove Jerky from the trays, allow to cool and bag them up. You can freeze if you want to keep your dehydrator Beef Jerky longer but like us I’m sure its gone as soon as its made.
I sometimes vacuum pack my dehydrator beef jerky if I’m using it on trips and excursions.
It is a great trail snack and I always take either Jerky or Biltong with me on multi day trips. I recently had 5 days in the Lake District where I took Biltong or during the Fjallraven Classic I had a bag of Jerky with me.
If you are interested in making your own biltong then please comment and i’ll put together a ‘How To’ video.
Below is a video on how I make my dehydrator beef jerky
FJERN ORKAN Waterproof Shell Jacket I’ve had this jacket for about 2 months now and think I can safely say I have tried it in some pretty horrible conditions. So I think its safe for me to review this product.
Fjern was created by a group of UK based outdoor enthusiasts with over 150 years of joint experience as mountaineers, skiers, hikers, mountain guides and climbers.
Like me with a strong belief in the Nordic mind set that the outdoors is there to be enjoyed by everyone, whatever the weather. One of my favourite saying is “Some people feel the rain others just get wet!
Fjern in many Scandinavian languages means Distant, Far, Remote and my opinion of the jacket I have been wearing is that it would do you proud on a distant / remote adventure.
The Jacket I have been wearing and trialing is the OKRAN Waterproof Shell Jacket.
Designed with the worst alpine conditions in mind, the ORKAN will keep you dry and keep the wind out, whatever the weather.
Crafted using eVent® fabric with Direct Venting™ technology, the ORKAN keeps precipitation out whilst allowing perspiration to escape.
Designed with technical features including a fully adjustable helmet compatible hood, internal taped seams and an anatomical fit.
Why this jacket? I wanted something durable, lightweight that would endure the possibility of terrible conditions. I heading back to Northern Sweden next year so I wanted something that wouldn’t let me down.
So i’ve now worn this in torrential rain, showers, wind, warmer weather and I must say this waterproof jacket beats any I have had previously.
It is relatively lightweight at 540gm ideal to have in your bag if the weather turns for the worse.
Draw string hood (keeping hood close to face)
Doesn’t ride up on arms when bending forward
Pit Zips for venting
Most importantly kept me dry all day in heavy rain
My only dislike is that this jacket tended to ride up my back with a rucksack on. I normally wear a off the shelf XL and purchased an XL (Size 44) so purchased the XL. Perhaps it would have been better with an XXL.
Im so glad I came across Fjern in fact I am waiting their Autumn / Winter release to try out their Overtrousers as the ones I have recently tried failed miserably.