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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Bear Grylls biography


Bear while filming Man Vs WildEvery year the death toll on Mount Everest rises, and for every ten mountaineers who make it to the top, one will die. Yet at 7.22am on May 26th 1998, Bear enteredThe Guinness Book of Records as the youngest, and one of only around thirty, British climbers to have successfully climbed Everest and returned alive. He was only 23 years old.
The actual ascent took Bear over ninety days of extreme weather, limited sleep and running out of oxygen deep inside the 'death zone' (above 26,000 feet). On the way down from his first reconnaissance climb, Bear was almost killed in a crevasse at 19,000 feet. The ice cracked and the ground disappeared beneath him, he was knocked unconscious and came to swinging on the end of a rope. His team-mate and that rope saved his life. The expedition was raising funds for the Rainbow Trust and Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital.
Previously, in 1997, Bear had become the Youngest Briton to climb Mount Ama Dablam in the Himalayas (22,500 feet), a peak once described by Sir Edmund Hillary as unclimbable'.
Prior to the Everest Expedition, Bear, also a Karate Black Belt, spent three years with the
British Special Air Service (21 SAS). What makes his story even more remarkable is that during this time he suffered a free-fall parachuting accident in Africa where he broke his back in three places. After months and months of rehabilitation, focusing always on his childhood dream of Everest, he slowly became strong enough to attempt the ultimate ascent of the world's highest peak.
Bear has a natural talent for communication and his speaking and TV shows has brought him worldwide acclaim. As a motivational speaker, he has addressed corporations all around the world on his experiences on Everest and how these can help us in our life and business environments. He is among the youngest and most successful speakers in the world.
Bear cracking open the Champagne after am Atlantic CrossingBear's first book, ‘Facing Up', went into the top-10 best seller list, and was launched in the USA titled, ‘The Kid who climbed Everest'. Worldwide this book has touched people through its enduring honesty, courage and humility. Bear has always been a popular guest on television shows, which have included, amongst many others, the Oprah Show and Jay leno's Tonight show in the USA and in the UK: BBC's': Friday night with Jonathon RossHeaven and Earth, BBC's Ready Steady Cook, Channel Four's Richard & Judy, GMTV, and radio programmes such as Radio 1, Radio 2 & Five Live.
Bear first TV break came when he was approached to star in a ‘Sure For Men' deodorant TV commercial (Rexona, worldwide). This featured the story of Bear's Everest climb and what makes him most nervous! The advert was awarded campaign of the week on its release. (see TV section of this website)
In 2003 Bear successfully completed another ground breaking expedition, (click here), leading a team across the freezing North Atlantic Arctic Ocean in a small open rigid inflatable boat. Suffering weeks of frozen spray and icebergs, the expedition was filmed for a documentary, and was raising funds for the Prince's Trust charity. The book on this remarkable journey, 'Facing the Frozen Ocean', and was short-listed as Sports Book of the Year, and Bear was awarded an Honorary commission in the Royal Navy for this record-breaking feat.
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 in to some of the most inhospitable  deserts, jungles and mountains on earth and showing what you need to do to survive!
Man Vs Wild went on to become the No. 1 cable show in all of America and reaches a global audience of over 1.2 Billion viewers, making it one of the most recognised and watched programmes on the largest TV network on earth. To date the team have filmed over 45 x 1hr episodes.
The book accompanying the Born Survivor Channel 4 UK TV series stayed for 10 weeks in the Sunday Times Bestseller List.
In 2007, he became the first man to fly a powered paraglider to a height above Mount Everest in the Himalaya. 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. See: www.journeyantarctica2008.com 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!
In 2009 Bear was voted by the Scouts to become their Chief Scout and figurehead to nearly 500,000 Scouts in the UK. He becomes the youngest Chief Scout in history.
Bear lives with his wife Shara on a boat on the Thames in london, and also on a small Welsh island. They have three little boys called Jesse, Marmaduke and Huckleberry. They are the pride of Bear's eyes.
Bear photographed with The Scouts2009
Bear wrote the latest Mission Survival book 'Sands of the Scorpion' making the latest addition in the series after 'The Way of the Wolves' and the 'Gold of the Gods' the series now has it's own website.
Bear continues to film the next season of Man Vs Wild including Norway, Alabama, Alaska and Vietnam, as well as a Special with Will Ferrell in the Arctic! Bear also takes over as the UK's Chief Scout to the Scouting Association, and the figurehead of 28 million Scouts worldwide.
Bear continues with the next series of 'Man Vs Wild' and 'Born Survivor with Bear Grylls', filming 16 shows all over the world from the deserts of Africa to Indonesia, Belize, Yukon, Iraqi border to name a few. The team have now produced over 40 x 1 hour long programmes, a number Bear would never have ever dreamt of reaching! (He is currently saying across the room to us, no wonder he is exhausted!)
2008 also saw Bear lead a small team to climb one of the most remote un-climbed peaks in the world in Antarctica. See:  www.journeyantarctica2008.com 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!
Teamed with Gilo Cardozo of Parajet Ltd, Bear became the first man to fly a powered paraglider to a height above Mt Everest in the Himalaya. (click here for technical data) Sponsored by GKN, the expedition raised over $1 million for Global Angels and other charities, looking after some of the world's poorest children. (www.gknmissioneverest.com)
Born Survivor - the new book from Bear Grylls Bear's eight part TV Series for Channel Four in the UK, (co-produced with the Discovery Channel worldwide), titled 'Born Survivor: Bear Grylls', airs in the UK.
Accompaning the TV series is the ultimate 'Boy's Own' Survival book, called 'Born Survivor'. (Visitwww.amazon.com). 
This book stayed for 10 weeks in the Sunday Times' Top 10 Best Seller List.
Season Two of 'Man Vs Wild' premieres across America.
On the set of Man Vs Wild2006Bear's new TV Series called 'Man Vs Wild' premiers across America on the Discovery Channel. (View here). He is currently filming another 14 programmes for US Discovery. (visit Discovery's website)
Bear helps to launch the Alpha Course initiative worldwide with cinema and bill board adverts. Click here to view the advert.
Bear films 13 x 1hr programmes for Discovery Channel Worldwide. The TV Series is called'Man Vs Wild' and features Bear being dropped into some of the world's most inhospitable places, equipped with little more than the clothes on his back, and showing how to survive and get out alive! The locations Bear is currently filming in include: the Jungles of Costa Rica, The Moab Desert in Utah, the remote Pacific Islands, Sierra Nevada, USA, the Alps, Kenya, and Alaska.
Bear’s wife, Shara, publishes her first book titled: ‘Marriage Matters’, a little hardback gift-book of quotes on what makes a good marriage… in Shara's case... long suffering! Click here for more information.
Shara & Bear had a gorgeous little boy called Marmaduke in April.
Talking to Camels while filming Escape to the Legion2005
Bear's Channel Four Series 'Escape to the Legion' airs with winning reviews and ratings. Click here for the Channel 4 website.
Bear, along with the Round the World Sailor Dame Ellen MacArthur, is awarded an Honorary Commission by the First Sea Lord and Admiralty Board of the Royal Navy, at the rank of Lieutenant-Commander. Approved by the Queen in recognition of services to Her Majesty's Royal Navy. Click here.
Bear leads the first team ever to attempt to paramotor over the remote jungle plateaux of the Angel Falls, Venezuela, in aid of the charity 'Hope & Homes for Children'. The team were attempting to reach the highest, most remote high tepuis, made famous by Conan Doyle's'Lost World'. Click here.
Bear breaks the world record for the highest ever open air dinner party, slung under a hot air balloon at 25,000 ft. Details of this adventure, in celebration of 50 years of The Duke of Edinburgh Award, can be found on the official website. Click here for more info.
Bear cracking open the Champagne after am Atlantic Crossing2004
'Facing the Frozen Ocean', Bear's second book is published.
'Facing the Frozen Ocean ' is short listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year.
Films a four-part prime time Channel Four Series on what it is really like inside the French Foreign Legion. 'Escape to the Legion'.
2003 Their son Jesse born in June.
Bear leads the first team to cross unassisted the frozen North Atlantic Ocean (view website) in an open Rigid Inflatable Boat. (In aid of the Prince's Trust.)
Doing the Sure Advert in 20022002Star of a worldwide advertising TV campaign for 'Sure for Men' Deodorant featuring Bear's ascent of Everest.
Gains a BA Hons Degree from London University (part/time) in Hispanic Studies.
Made an Ambassador for the Prince's Trust Charity, started by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales.
2001'Facing Up' nominated for the Boardman Tasker Mountain Literature Prize
2000Bear & Shara get married!
Bear leads the first team to circumnavigate the UK on jetskis. (In aid of the RNLI Lifeboats.)
'Facing Up' the account of Bear's Everest ascent is published and reaches into the top 10 Best seller list.
At the top of Everest in aid of the SSAFA1998Youngest British climber to reach the summit of Mt. Everest . (In aid of SSAFA Forces Help, the Tri-Services Charity.)
1997Youngest British climber to reach the summit of Mt. Ama Dablam, Himalaya, (once described by Sir Edmund Hillary as 'unclimbable'.)
Served with the British SAS (21 SAS). Passed UK Special Forces Selection, serving as a sabre soldier, trained in unarmed combat, desert and winter warfare, combat survival, medics, parachuting, signals, evasive driving, climbing and explosives. Served in North Africa twice. In late 1996 Bear broke his back in a free fall parachuting accident in southern Africa.


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