Bear Grylls – a brief look at his experience
Bear Grylls has inspired millions of people with his many adventures. At 23 he climbed Everest and from then on he has gone on to head many more expeditions, as well as front television series and become a bestselling author. He also works closely with the Scouts and has produced a range of Bear Grylls knives and other survival equipment, including the famous Bear Grylls Fire Starter. Here we document Bear’s story and his amazing ascent to the top of Everest, and to the top of his game.
Bear Grylls – Military
Bear had dreamt of climbing Everest since he was a little boy. As he grew, this dream would grow too. But before he tackled the mountain, he joined the military and eventually became part of the SAS. He served with the British Special Air Service for three years, learning many of the skills that would help him in his later expeditions. These included jungle warfare, unarmed combat, parachuting and demolition. He is also a trained trauma medic.
His career and life almost ended in tragedy when he suffered a free-fall parachuting accident in Africa. He broke his back in three places and had to spend months convalescing. But in typical Bear Grylls fashion he went on to recover and take on his dream of Everest.
Bear Grylls – Everest
Before he took on Everest, Bear climbed a number of other mountains, including Mount Ama Dablam in the Himalayas. He did this in 1997 and became the youngest ever Briton to climb the 22,500 foot peak. This spurred him on to attempt his dream of Everest.
The next year, 18 months after breaking his back, Bear finally set out to achieve his dream of climbing the famous mountain. He faced many dangers on his three month climb to the top; he ran out of oxygen in the ‘death zone’ and he almost died when he fell into a 19,000 crevasse. However, after several weeks of extreme weather, Bear reached the top of Mount Everest on 26th May 1998. At only 23 he entered the Guinness Book of Records as one of the youngest Britons to climb the mountain.
Bear Grylls – Television and Books
His ascent of Everest launched Bear into a new career that he didn’t expect, one of a television presenter. It started out with an advert for Sure for Men deodorant, since then he has starred in many television series, most following his many journeys. This included his expedition across the North Atlantic Arctic Ocean and his work with the French Foreign Legion. These led to him being given his own series, Man Vs Wild, which saw him attempt to survive in some of the most inhospitable places on earth, usually armed only with one of his Bear Grylls knives.
He wrote many books about his expeditions, including Facing Up and Born Wild. This led him to start writing survival fiction for teenagers, which have become incredibly popular. He has also penned his autobiography, Mud, Sweat & Tears and a personal book for his children titled With Love Papa.
Bear Grylls – Knives
Bear partnered with outdoor supplies company Gerber to produce a line of survival equipment, including Bear Grylls knives and multi-tools. These have become incredibly popular, especially the Bear Grylls Folding Sheath Knife and the Bear Grylls Fire Starter which have become essential gadgets for outdoors people. In fact, the Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife has become the bestselling knife in the world.
Bear Grylls shows no sign of slowing down; he is currently working with the Scouts of America and is planning more expeditions. He remains an inspiration for his bravery and tenacity.