Everyone has heard of Bear Grylls, the adventurer and TV personality who travels to remote locations around the world for a show called “Man vs Wild.” In this blog post, you will learn everything that you need to know about him. We’ll discuss his background, what he does on his show, how he became famous and much more!
It’s no surprise that Bear Grylls is one of the most well known and loved adventurers in the world. From his early days as a military man to becoming an international television star, he has always been dedicated to pushing himself further than anyone else could imagine. With over twenty years worth of experience living off-grid at home and abroad, Bear knows what it takes to survive against all odds.
Who Is Bear Grylls? Let’s Dive Into His Journey
Bear Grylls was born on June 7th, 1974 to a father who is a vicar and a mother who is a nurse; Bear has two brothers as well as a younger sister. As he got older Bear became interested in mountaineering after watching documentaries made by famous climbers and adventurers such as Sir Edmund Hillary (the first person to climb Mount Everest) and David Hempleman-Adams (he walked across the pacific ocean).
In 1992 when he finished high school (at 18 years old), he got ready for university but instead set off for Australia in his’87 year lads car with $20 dollars, a few clothes and his mother’s credit card.
After three weeks he had run out of money so got work at the Glen Shelf reserve, collecting beetle specimens for $100 a week before moving on to Novus Resorts in the Northern Territory where he was paid $250 to work as a rafting instructor; Grylls also became involved with tree planting, worked in fisheries management, and tracked crocodiles for the Australian government.
In 1993 Bear returned to England after deciding that becoming an expert in one specialized area wasn’t enough and wanted to experience different things. He started studying geography, anthropology and archaeology at University College London (UCL) but soon dropped out without completing this degree because it “didn’t hold his interest.” After leaving university Bear decided to challenge himself by climbing Scotland’s highest peak, Ben Nevis (1,343 metres or 4,401 feet). He completed this climb after two days and one night (16 hours of exposure) but had lost his compass.
After the Ben Nevis expedition Bear wanted to get back into school so he could learn about survival and rescue techniques which led him to attend the University of London field archaeology course in Nepal. In this course, Grylls learned a lot about how people can be rescued from unfortunate circumstances using very little equipment while studying Nepalese army search and rescue methods.
The next place where Bear Grylls went for adventure was North Africa where he worked as an intern on an archaeological dig in Algeria; Grylls’ job here was to locate the fossilized bones of a prehistoric antelope (Antilope Saiga) and he also found part of an elephant’s tusk. After this, Bear Grylls joined Whitbread-Venture scouts as a trainee instructor at the age of 21.
Bear Grylls went on his first expedition to Mount Everest in 1997 where he climbed the mountain twice within 10 days because there was so much snow on Everest that they had to descend and go back up again straight away.
In 1998 at 23 years old Bear set off to climb K2 (Mount Godwin Austen) in the Himalayas which is considered by some climbers as one of the most difficult mountains to climb in the world.
In 1999, Bear Grylls became one of only three people who have ever walked across the entire length of India; this walk was a journey of 3,000 miles (4,800 km) and took seven months. The following year he made an attempt at climbing Mount Everest which was unsuccessful but Grylls has always said that it was “the greatest education you could get” and described his experience on Everest as “the real birth of my career.”
In 2001 Bear decided to live with some tribes for three months to try and learn from them as many explorers had done before him; this led him to travel through Papua New Guinea once again where he survived by killing animals for food and river fishing.
In 2002 Grylls took part in an expedition to open source a new trade route between Mongolia and Tibet that was thought impossible; he then interviewed the British ambassador, Sir Bill Bryson (best selling author), about his experience climbing Mt Everest. In 2003 Bear Grylls took part in a seven-month journey by himself where he crossed North America from east to west along historic wilderness trails; this was followed by more expeditions such as a trek across Scotland with no motorized transport or food but only relying on what nature provided.
During the time when Bear Grylls became famous for reality shows like Man vs Wild and survivor, it was said that he had disappeared for two months while filming one episode of Man vs Wild in South Africa.
In 2005 Bear Grylls climbed Mount Everest and also took part in a three-man expedition across the frozen North Atlantic sea from northern Scotland to Iceland; during this time he slept inside a sleeping bag which would turn into an ice block each night.
In 2007, Bear Grylls walked along the entire Nile River in Africa which is about 4,160 miles (6,700 km) long.
Bear Grylls was then recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of their “Heroes Of Philanthropy” and named UK’s number one celebrity explorer for seven years running; his shows have been shown in more than 180 countries worldwide.
His family was his inspiration for wanting to be an adventurer because he grew up watching his dad do extreme sports; his father also worked as an RAF pilot so different adventures were common for him. One time he went rock climbing without ropes or safety measures when even the basics such as these are standard guidelines today.
He then worked with the SAS (Special Air Services) which trained him to use all kinds of survival gear but they never gave him any formal qualifications so he decided to challenge himself by learning from other groups who are experts in survival.
Bear Grylls set up a charity called “Walking With The Wounded” which helps wounded soldiers to overcome their physical and mental difficulties through the power of adventure; this program has taken servicemen from Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and many other countries around Europe.
Bear Grylls has used most methods for survival at least once including drinking various animal’s urine as well as eating both live insects and raw meat as part of his training in extreme outdoor conditions; he is also known to have slept on top of a glacier in Alaska for three days with no sleep or shelter trying to find out how low one can go before they die from hypothermia while staying awake by rubbing his hands together continuously.
One time when he was with a team of six men in the middle of Antarctica they got stuck in a blizzard for three days while travelling to the South Pole; all six had given up hope on survival until Grylls decided to take action and used his mountaineering experience to dig out the people one by one.
Bear Grylls Fitness
In order to keep fit Bear Grylls swims each morning and runs or does circuit training two other times per week which is part of his training routine as well as climbing, kayaking and mountain biking; he has also climbed Mount Everest twice but never made it due to storms. It is suspected that Bear goes through a strict fitness routine every day except Sunday because when fans went into his house they found an obstacle course that consisted of a climbing wall, ropes and an exercise bike.
In the 2008 season of Man vs Wild Bear Grylls became the first person to fly across the English Channel using a paraglider; this was done for his television series Born Survivor which shows how he adapts to various environments and situations from around the world.
The next year in 2009, Bear wrote his autobiography titled “Born survivor” which describes his adventures growing up in northern England where he learned early on how to use nature as a source of survival equipment because there was no money for fancy gear so it forced him to be imaginative at a young age.
During one time when Bear was lost during a sailing adventure off the coast of France, he had tried to jury rig a mast and sail to England but failed; he managed to survive on a small inflatable life raft with no food or water for over five days before getting rescued.
Bear Grylls has already written three other books after his autobiography including “Caveman” in 2010 which tells the story of how an adventure athlete can use what nature can offer instead of expensive gear and equipment. He also wrote, “Rogue Warrior” which was about war zones such as Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq showing dangerous situations that he had experienced while travelling in those areas.
He then published another book entitled “Surviving The Extremes” which taught people how to escape disaster scenarios; this book included topics like earthquakes, tsunamis, wildfires, hurricanes and floods so the reader can understand how to cope with a crisis.
His Television series “Man vs Wild” without the Bear Grylls title was launched in 2006; it shows how he uses his survival techniques in harsh environments like frozen tundra, desert, mountains and tropical jungles around the globe. The main goal of each episode is for him to survive alone under the harshest conditions possible using only natural elements as a source of equipment while also trying to capture footage of rare animals or geological formations that are hard to reach on foot.
In 2009 Bear Grylls went on a one year visit around different parts of Africa filming first-hand footage about what life is like there this was used for the show called Born Survivor which again focused on his experiences surviving in different areas of Africa such as the Serengeti, Sahara desert and Cape town including places like Kruger national park.
Bear Grylls founded an organization called “Wear Your Label” which is a non-profit that promotes self-esteem in young people by getting them to wear labels on their clothing with words describing who they are or what they believe in; the purpose is for people to see these labels and then ask questions about what something means so others can get to know each other better without being confrontational.
The main goal of this group is for everyone to be proud of themselves regardless if there are differences between someone socially or even sexually because it should not matter since we are all human beings at heart.
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