Bear Grylls

Edward Michael Grylls, nicknamed "Bear", (born 7 June 1974) is a British adventurer, writer and television presenter. He is best known for his television series Born Survivor, known as Man vs. Wild in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and India. He is the youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest, doing so at age 23. [6] In July 2009, Grylls was appointed the youngest ever Chief Scout at the age of 35. Personal lifeGrylls grew up in Donaghadee, Northern Ireland and Bembridge on the Isle of Wight. [7][8] He is the son of the late Conservative party politician Sir Michael Grylls and Lady Grylls (née Sarah Ford). [9] His maternal grandparents were Patricia Ford,[10] an Ulster Unionist Party MP and Neville Ford who played first-class cricket. He has one sibling an elder sister, Lara Fawcett, a cardiotennis coach. In an episode of Man vs. Wild featuring Hollywood actor Will Ferrell, he said his sister gave him the nickname "Bear" when he was just a week old. Grylls was educated at Eaton House, Ludgrove School, Eton College, and Birkbeck, University of London ,[11] where he graduated with a degree, obtained part-time, in Hispanic studies in 2002. He learned to climb and sail from his father at an early age. As a teenager, he learned to skydive and also earned a second dan black belt in Shotokan karate. He now practices Yoga and Ninjutsu. He also became involved in scouting, beginning at age eight, as a cub scout.[12] He speaks English, Spanish, and French. [13] Grylls is Christian, describing his faith as the "backbone" in his life. [ Grylls married Shara Grylls (née Cannings Knight) in 2000. [3][10] They have three sons: Jesse, Marmaduke,[15] and Huckleberry (born 15 January 2009 via natural childbirth on his houseboat). [5]
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. [15] In 1996, he suffered a freefall parachuting accident in Zambia.[19] His canopy ripped at 16,000 feet, partially opening, causing him to fall and land on his parachute pack on his back, which partially crushed three vertebrae. [20] Grylls later said: "I should have cut the main parachute and gone to the reserve but thought th ere was time to resolve the problem". [21] According to his surgeon, Grylls came "within a whisker" of being paralysed for life and at first it was questionable whether he would ev er walk again. Grylls spent the next 18 months in and out of military rehabilitation at Headley Court [21] before being discharged and directing his efforts into trying to get well enough to fulfil his childhood dream of climbing Mount Everest. In 2004, Grylls was awarded the honor ary rank of Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Naval Reserve.[22] On 16 May 1998, Grylls achieved his childhood dream (an ambition since his father gave him a picture of Everest when he was eight) and entered the Guinness Book of Records , as the

500 feet. The feat was filmed for Discovery Channel worldwide as well as Channel 4 in the UK.Grylls' expedition involved nearly four months on Everest's southeast face: From his first reconnaissance climb where Bear was almost killed in a crevasse at 19. Bear lead a team of four to climb one of the most remote unclimbed peaks in the world in Antarctica. negotiating the Khumbu icefall (a frozen river). fatigue. alongside the balloonist and mountaineer David Hempleman-Adams and Lieutenant Commander Alan Veal. sleep deprivation and almost running out o f oxygen inside the deathzone where air is three times thinner than at sea level. higher than Mount Everest. battling force 8 gale winds. to the weeks of acclimatisation climbs involving climbing up and down the South Face. he was knocked unconscious and came to swinging on the end of a rope. to summit Mount Everest.000 feet. Scotland. This was in aid of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award and The Prince's Trust. dressed in full mess dress and oxygen masks. but who has dual citizenship. [26]While Grylls initially planned to cross over Everest itself. Nova Scotia to John o' Groats. beat him to the summit at age 22. the world's highest waterfall. an Australian/British climber who ascended Everest in 1995 with an Australian team. leader of the Royal Navy Fre efall Parachute Display Team. 8 miles south of the mountain. the Western Cwm glacier. James Allen. last-minute illness. Grylls reported looking down on the summit during his ascent and coping with temperatures of 60 °C . and Mount Everest climbing partner Mick Crosthwaite.000 feet higher than the previous record of 20. To train for the event. and a 5000 foot wall of ice called the Lhotse face. on the first unassisted crossing of the north Atlantic Arctic Ocean.youngest Briton. by Rob Gauntlett. and the stretch made famous by The Perfect Storm. hypothermia.019 feet. a peak described by Sir Edmund Hillary as "unclimbable". just eighteen months after injuring his back. dehydration. the Denmark Strait. most remote tepuis. [23] The feat has since been surpassed by Jake Meyer and. [27]Journey Antarctica 2008In 2008. [25] Grylls took off from 14. Grylls became the youngest Briton to climb Ama Dablam. Grylls led the first team ever to attempt to paramotor over the remote jungle plateau of the Angel Falls in Venezuela. that took him past extreme weather. almost 10. led the first team to circumnavigate the UK on a personal watercraft or jet ski.Dinner party at altitudeIn 2005. Grylls created a world record for the highest open -air formal dinner party. and storms in an eleven -metre-long boat through some of the most treacherous stretches of water in the world incl uding the Labrador Sea. in 1997. which they did under a hot-air balloon at 25. SAS colleague.To prepare for climbing at such high altitudes in the Himalayas.000 feet. the permit was only to fly to the south of Everest. he made over 200 parachute jumps. in an open rigid inflatable boat.Paramotoring over the HimalayasIn 2007. taking about 30 days. Suffering weeks of frozen spray and icebergs.500 feet. He also rowed naked for 22 miles in a homemade bathtub along the Thames to raise funds for a friend who lost his legs in a climbing accident. to the gruelling ascent with the ex-SAS soldier Neil Laughton. he led a team of five. The team was attempting to reach the highest. Other expeditionsCircumnavigation of the UK In 2000. He endured dangerously low oxygen levels and eventually reached 29.Paramotoring over Angel FallsIn 2005. at 23. including his childhood friend. to raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). Grylls. at age 19. and he did not traverse Everest out of risk of violating Chinese airspace. involving climbing for hours in the night. This was raising funds for Global Angels . However. Grylls and his team were just barely able to finish the journey from Halifax. [24]Crossing the North AtlanticThree years later. Grylls claimed to have broken a new world record by flying a Parajet paramotor over the Himalayas.

it was repeated in the UK on the History Channel. Travelling at speeds up to 50 km/h (30 mph). titled Bear Grylls Outdoor Adventures.. the expedition was cut short after Grylls suffered a broken shoulder while kite skiing acro ss a stretch of ice. a course on the basics of the Christian faith.Escape to the LegionGrylls filmed a four-part TV show in 2005. and then to travel across some of the vast ice desert by windpowered kite-ski and electric powered paramotor. About his expedition and achievements climbing to the summit of Mount Everest. Wild Main article: Man vs. set a Guinness world record in 2008 for the longest continuous indoor freefall.500 miles (4. part powered by bioethanol. went into the UK top 10 best-seller list.A.[32] and in the USA on the Military Channel. Wild Grylls hosts a series titled Born Survivor: Bear Grylls for the British Channel 4 and broadcast as Man vs Wild in Australia. The show was broadcast in the UK on Channel 4. The Late Show with David Letterman. including Friday Night with Jonathan Ross. The expedition intended to raise awareness of the effects of global warming and to raise money for children's charity Global Angels. Wild Discovery television show) It features survival skills learned from some of the world's most hostile places. launching him in the air and breaking his shoulder when he came down. had asked Grylls to appear in its remake of the film Clash of the Titans[31] Grylls is a bestselling author. Attack of the Show. Late Night with Conan O'Brien. The Oprah Winfrey Show.[29] The previous record was 1 hr 36 mins by a US team. Canada and the U. He also appeared as a distinguished instructor in Dos Equis' Most Interesting Academy in a webisode named "Survival in the Modern Era". Warner Bros. Grylls.featuring his ascent of Mount Everest. which followed Grylls and eleven other "recruits" as they took part in a shortened re-creation of the French Foreign Legion's basic desert training in the Sahara. (Released in America in April 2008 to the Man vs. He had to be medically evacuated. a ski caught on the ice. using a vertical wind tunnel in Milton Keynes.He has a series of children's adventure survival books titled: Mission Survival: Gold of the Gods. Mission Survival: Sands of the Scorpion and Mission Survival: Tracks of the Tiger. and featured in the first ever major advertising campaign for the world renowned shop: Harrods. He appeared in a five-part web series that demonstrates urban survival techniques and features Grylls going from bush to bash. titled Facing Up. along with the double amputee Al Hodgson and the Scotsman Freddy MacDonald. Grylls' second book Facing the Frozen Ocean was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2004. The attempt was in support of the charity Global Angels.kidscharity and awareness for the potential of alternative energies. Grylls has been a guest on television programs. Hodgson. broke the record b y a few seconds. During this mission the team also aimed to explore the coast of Antarctica by inflatable boat and jetski. His also wrote an extreme guide to outdoor pursuits. Grylls' first book. and MacDonald.[34]Born Survivor/Man vs. and Africa. which aired in the US from January 2009. Grylls recorded two advertisements for Post's Trail Mix Crunch Cereal. This book reached the Sunday Times Top 10 best-seller list.[30]MediaGrylls entered television work with an appearance in an advertisement for Sure deodorant.[33] In 2008. Mission Survival: Way of the Wolf. [28]Longest indoor freefallGrylls. called Escape to the Legion.Northwest Passage ExpeditionIn August 2010 Grylls lead a team of five to take an ice-breaking rigid-inflatable boat (RIB) through 2. New Zealand. Asia.000 km) of the ice strewn Northwest Passage. His third book was written to accompany the series Born Survivor: Bear Grylls. Bear was also used by the UK Ministry of Defence to head the Army's anti-drugs TV campaign.S. However. Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Harry Hill's TV Burp. He also has marketed the Alpha Course. and as Ultimate Survivalon the Discovery Channel in Europe. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. and was launched in the USA entitled The Kid Who Climbed Everest. The series features Grylls .

. Grylls's attempt to hold the highest ever dinner party at 25. It is based on the popular books of the same name.[37]Chief ScoutOn 17 May 2009. and the fourth in May 2008. and practical support to young people in the United Kingdom. eating various "creepy crawlies" [insects]. a small charity that takes disabled.[35][36] Grylls also regales the viewer with tales of In some of the earlier episodes.[42] He is also a spokesperson for and owner of a Juice Plus franchise. abused or neglected young people on challenging month-long expeditions. Other workOutside of TV. drinking fecal liquid from elephant dung. financial. balloons. Grylls has his own outdoor survival clothing range produced by British manufacturer Craghoppers as well as a knife manufactured by Gerber. schools. wrestling alligators. running through a forest fire. and serving members of the British Armed Forces.000 Explorer Scouts. His 2003 Arctic expedition detailed in the book Facing the Frozen Ocean was in aid of The Prince's Trust. field dressing a camel carcass and drinking water from it. and other organizations. 1 cable show in all of America and now reaches a global audience of over 1. The Scout Association announced Grylls would be appointed Chief Scout following the end of Peter Duncan's five year term in July 2009. and their families and dependents. a British-based charitable organisation set up to help former. utilizing the corpse of a sheep as a sleeping bag and flotation device.dropped into inhospitable places.Worst Case ScenarioGrylls' latest project is titled Worst Case Scenario and airs on Discovery in the USA. an organisation which provides training. Discovery and Channel 4 television subsequently pledged production and editing transparency and clarification related to the criticism.2 Billion viewers. drinking urine saved in a rattlesnake skin. giving speeches worldwide to corporations. and planes. Many of his expeditions also support environmental causes such as his Antarctica expedition and his circumnavigation of Britain which tested a pioneering new fuel made from rubbish. showing viewers how to survive. He is the tenth person to hold the position and the youngest Chief Scout since the role was created for Robert Baden-Powell in 1920. were the beneficiaries of his 2007 attempt to take a powered paraglider higher than Mount Everest. wading rapids. Grylls works as a motivational speaker. Grylls is currently filming the sixth season in 2010. parachuting from helicopters. ice climbing. the third in November 2007. His attempt to circumnavigate Britain on jet skis raised money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.000 feet was in aid of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme.[39][40]CharitiesMany of Grylls' expeditions and stunts have raised money for charitable organisations. [15] He is also vice president for The JoLt Trust. paragliding. The second season premièred in the US on 15 June 2007. churches.The show has featured stunts including Grylls climbing cliffs. a UK charity which seeks to aid children around the world.[41] Grylls is continuing his fundraising work for Global Angels in August 2010 by undertaking an expedition through the Northwest Passage in a rigid inflatable boat. Grylls' Everest climb was in aid of SSAFA Forces Help. His 2005 attempt to para-motor over the Angel Falls was in aid of the charity Hope and Homes for Children. Man vs. and launched the 50th anniversary of the Awards. wrapping his urine-soaked t-shirt around his head to help stave off the desert heat. free climbing waterfalls and using a bird guano/water enema for hydration.[citation needed] Grylls is an ambassador for The Prince's Trust. Man Vs Wild debuted in 2006 and went on to become the No.Global Angels. Wild / Born Survivor was criticized by some sources for misleading viewers about some of the situations in which Grylls finds himself. disadvantaged. [38] He was officially made Chief Scout at Gilwell 24 on 11 July 2009 in a handover event featuring Peter Duncan in front of a crowd of over 3. eating snakes.