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In the footsteps of a true pioneer; RAY MEARS GOES WALKABOUT SUNDAY, BBC2, 8.15pm.

Britain's foremost survival expert, Ray Mears, tackles one of the world's most inhospitable habitats in his new series.

The aboriginals of Australia have a tradition of travelling their country, maintaining their culture, looking after the land, telling stories and visiting family. They call this practice Walkabout.

In this series Ray follows suit as he makes four journeys through the wilderness of the Australian Outback. This week he begins in the desert where he explains what to take for a journey into the sand plains and how to load a vehicle so that it becomes a mobile headquarters.

Australia has no large land-based predators so it's perfect for sleeping out under the stars but the sweltering heat by day can kill a man - if he's unprepared.

Ray is following in the footsteps of John McDouall Stuart, one of the unsung explorers of Australia.

The explorer's early forays into the Outback provided him with the knowledge to forge a route across the continent. It's the skills that Stuart acquired on these journeys that Ray focuses on, showing how to wring water from these arid lands.

He travels this burnt, inhospitable landscape, bringing alive the story of Stuart and his men.

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 24, 2008
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