Bear Grylls Biography
With an entry in The Guinness Book of Records as the Youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest, Bear Grylls is one of the best known motivational speakers on the international business circuit through his inspiring feats and hit television survival shows. Bear has won over even the toughest of audiences and has an extremely impressive list of references to his credit.
Expeditions and Adventures
In 2007, he became the first man to fly a powered paraglider to a height above Mount Everest in the Himalayas. Sponsored by GKN, the team raised over $1million in the process for Global Angels and children's charities worldwide. 2008 also saw Bear lead a small team to climb one of the most remote un-climbed peaks in the world in Antarctica. This was raising funds for Global Angels kids charity and awareness for the potential of alternative energies, a cause very close to Bear's heart. The expedition was using wind powered kite skiing, bio-ethanol powered jetskis, electric powered paragliders and good old footwork!
Youngest Brit on Everest
At just 23 years old, Bear Grylls entered The Guinness Book of Records as The Youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest. A remarkable achievement in itself but just two years earlier he had suffered a near fatal parachuting accident in Africa, breaking his back in three places. Narrowly escaping being paralysed for life he spent a year convalescing, constantly facing the fact that he might never be fit enough to attempt his childhood dream of climbing Everest. Despite moments of great pain and despair, Bear worked hard to regain full mobility and together with a team of friends he planned his expedition. With characteristic determination and charm he raised the enormous sponsorship needed and began training for the daunting challenge.
The actual ascent of Everest took ninety days enduring extreme weather, two months of limited sleep and running out of oxygen in the upper regions of the ‘death zone’ (above 26,000 feet). On May 26th, 1998 at 07.22am, Bear joined only thirty British climbers to have successfully completed the expedition and return alive. Every year the death toll on Mount Everest rises, for every six mountaineers who make it to the top, one will die.
On the way down from his first reconnaissance climb, Bear cheated death while navigating the perilous Khumbu Icefall, the ice cracked and he fell into a 1,000 foot deep crevasse, was knocked unconscious and came to swinging on the end of a rope. Had it not been for the tenacity of his teammates he would not be alive today. This incident was dramatised as part of the award winning, ‘Sure For Men’ advertising campaign.
Before the Everest expedition, Bear spent three years as a Specialist Combat Survival Instructor and Patrol Medic with the British Special Forces. In September 1997, he became the Youngest Briton to climb Mount Ama Dablam in the Himalayas (22,500 feet), a peak described by Sir Edmond Hillary as ‘unclimbable’. Bear’s book, ‘Facing Up’ soared into the best seller list and to date has sold over 45,000 copies in UK alone. The book has been published in America as ‘The Kid Who Conquered Everest’ and he has been extremely well received there.
As a keen environmentalist, he led the first team to Jet Ski around Britain testing a pioneering new fuel made from rubbish and owns a nature reserve on an island, off the coast of Wales. As a survival expert he is totally at home in any outdoor situation, he is a keen motorcyclist and has a passion for all extreme sports.
Bear also became the first person to cross the Atlantic via the Arctic Circle in an open rigid inflatable boat, in aid of The Prince’s Trust.
Televsion, Radio and Print Media
His natural talent for communicating and entertaining on all levels with everyone and anyone has made him a popular personality in his own right. He has been a lively television guest on Ready, Steady Cook, The Sean Hughes Show, Ainsley’s Meals in Minutes, This Morning, Through The Keyhole, Bigger Breakfast and many others. He has presented on The National Geographic ‘Young Explorers’ series and written articles for The Daily Mail, The Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph.
Bear was also used by the UK Ministry of Defence to head the Army's anti-drugs TV campaign, and featured in the first ever major advertising campaign for the world renowned shop: Harrods. His first major TV Series was for Channel Four, called ‘Escape to the Legion', where he went through simulated basic training with Legionaires in North Africa and told the story of what it is like for a recruit to join the French Foreign Legion.
On the back of the success of the Foreign Legion Documentary, Bear was commissioned to present 15 x 1-hour programmes for a TV Series called 'Man Vs Wild' on Discovery Channel Worldwide, plus also an 8-part TV Series for Channel Four titled 'Born Survivor: Bear Grylls'. These feature Bear being parachuted into some of the most inhospitable deserts, jungles and mountains on earth and showing what you need to do to survive! The show went on to become the No. 1 cable show in all of America. The book 'Born Survivor' accompanying the Series stayed for 10 weeks in the Sunday Times Bestseller List.
- Facing Up: A Remarkable Journey to the Summit of Everest
- Facing the Frozen Ocean: One Man's Dream to Lead a Team Across the Treacherous North Atlantic
- The Kid Who Climbed Everest: The Incredible Story of a 23 year olds Summit of Mount Everest
- Man Versus Wild: SAS Survival Techniques from the Worst Places on Earth
- Bear Grylls Great Outdoor Adventures: An Extreme Guide to the Best Outdoor Pursuits
- Born Survivor
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26th October 2012
100 years after Captain Scott arrived at the South Pole, Neil Laughton, adventurer and entrepreneur, joined the elite group who has reached the pole over land.
8th June 2011
TV adventurer Bear Grylls speaks to the Sunday Times about his love of travelling and the equal thrill he gets from coming home.
9th May 2011
Prepare for tension and thrills as acclaimed explorer and motivational speaker Bear Grylls braves the rugged landscape of the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, Romania in an adventure documentary on the Discovery Channel.
30th March 2011
Adventurer and motivational speaker Ben Fogle joins Prince Harry and a group of wounded soldiers as they trek to the North Pole for charity.
18th May 2009
Edward Bear Grylls, star of the hit series 'Born Survivor' was named as the youngest ever Chief Scout for the Scout movement. The voluntary position will give Bear a chance to encourage more adults to volunteer as there are 33,000 youngsters on waiting lists to join the movement. Bear's exploits include being the youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest and wowing audiences both in the UK and US with television programmes such as Man Vs Wild and Born Survivor
30th June 2008
The villain in author Andy McNab's next novel will be named by a charity bidder who has paid ¬£10,000 for the privilege.
27th May 2008
In these days of global warming, rising oceans, monsoons, hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires, the most dangerous place on earth could be right were you are.
13th November 2007
Bear Grylls is returning to the Discovery Channel to prove himself a true adventurer on "Man Vs. Wild."
7th May 2013
Snooker player, Ronnie O‚ÄôSullivan beat Barry Hawkins to win the Betfair World Championships at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.
30th April 2013
Self-help books are increasingly popular among the British public than ever before and an increased number of us are turning to self help books in the hope that they will solve lives problems.
Bear Grylls Reviews
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There are precious few people in this world who can really make a difference in a positive way, you are one. Many thanks for all you are doing for BA. It is so good for our people to hear and learn from someone who has done so much in a world so different from ours.
I have never had such a positive reaction to a guest speaker before, the team were simply enthralled - an inspiration to all who listened! Somehow you still managed to make the challenges we face in our jobs relevant on a personal level to yours.
Bear was exceptionally well received by the audience; we thought he scored 10 out of 10.
Your talk went down extremely well with all of our audience, I received special thank you letters from the Chief Executives saying that your speech was the most entertaining we have had to date. One of the best speakers weve had in years.
Our thanks for your professional and inspirational contribution to our lunch, the combination of your particular style and breathtaking video was entirely appropriate and hit all the right notes.
Bear has a wonderful way of conveying his passion and excitement of the life threatening adventures he been on in a highly personal and compelling way the ripples he has sent out across our business has been terrific. His delivery and content for our conference was excellent.
Bear Gryll's fascinating presentation at our Negotiators and Valuers Conference was truly amazing, especially for someone so young. Without exception we were all absorbed and it has had a positive impact across our company.
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