Bear Grylls life and biography

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Bear Grylls biography

Date of birth : 1974-06-07
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Donaghadee, Northern Ireland
Nationality : British
Category : Famous Figures
Last modified : 2011-01-21
Credited as : Adventurer and writer, TV personality, Man vs Wild presenter

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Edward Michael Grylls, nicknamed Bear, 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. In July 2009, Grylls was appointed the youngest ever Chief Scout at the age of 35.

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!)
Bear lead a small team to climb one of the most remote un-climbed peaks in the world in Antarctica.

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. Sponsored by GKN, the expedition raised over $1 million for Global Angels and other charities, looking after some of the world's poorest children.
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'. This book stayed for 10 weeks in the Sunday Times' Top 10 Best Seller List.
Season Two of 'Man Vs Wild' premieres across America.
Bear helps to launch the Alpha Course initiative worldwide with cinema and bill board adverts.
Bear films 13 x 1hr programmers 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!
Shara & Bear had a gorgeous little boy called Marmaduke in April.
Bear's Channel Four Series 'Escape to the Legion' airs with winning reviews and ratings.
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.
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'.
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.
'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'.

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.)
Star 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.

'Facing Up' nominated for the Boardman Tasker Mountain Literature Prize

Bear & 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.
Youngest British climber to reach the summit of Mt. Everest . (In aid of SSAFA Forces Help, the Tri-Services Charity.)

Youngest 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.


Grylls is an ambassador for The Prince's Trust, an organization which provides training, financial, and practical support to young people in the United Kingdom. He is also vice president for The JoLt Trust, a small charity that takes disabled, disadvantaged, abused or neglected young people on challenging month-long expeditions.

Global Angels, a UK charity which seeks to aid children around the world, were the beneficiaries of his 2007 attempt to take a powered para-glider higher than Mount Everest. Grylls's attempt to hold the highest ever dinner party at 25,000 feet was in aid of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, and launched the 50th anniversary of the Awards. His attempt to circumnavigate Britain on jet skis raised money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Grylls' Everest climb was in aid of SSAFA Forces Help, a British-based charitable organisation set up to help former, and serving members of the British Armed Forces, and their families and dependents. His 2003 Arctic expedition detailed in the book Facing the Frozen Ocean was in aid of The Prince's Trust. His 2005 attempt to para-motor over the Angel Falls was in aid of the charity Hope and Homes for Children. 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. 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.

Outside of TV, Grylls works as a motivational speaker, giving speeches worldwide to corporations, churches, schools, and other organizations. He is also a spokesperson for and owner of a Juice Plus franchise. Grylls has his own outdoor survival clothing range produced by British manufacturer Craghoppers as well as a knife manufactured by Gerber.

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