If you are familiar with Discovery T.V Channel than you must be familiar with a man who is left alone to any of the remote and the dangerous tourist locations like forests, deserts, rivers, plains and glaciers round the world and than survive using simple techniques, by eating insects, frogs and other bugs and by finding water to show common people how can they survive in these extreme situations. This amazing man is Bear Grylls.
Edward Michael Grylls , known as Bear Grylls is a famous host of Man Vs Wild series of Discover Channel. This television series is popular as Born Survivor in the United Kingdom. Apart from being adventurer he is television presenter and a writer. He got his name Bear from his elder sister when he was very small. He has got various accolades till date in all the fields he has ventured into. Below is more insight into journey of his life so far.
Name: Edward Michael Bear Grylls
Born:7th June 1974 in Ireland
- Chief Scout
- Television Presenter
- Guinness Book of Records – Youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest at the age of 23.
- World record in 2005 – Highest open air dinner party at a table suspended beneath a hot air balloon at 24,500 feet.
- Youngest Chief Scout – In year 2009 he was appointed as chief scout
- World record in 2007 – The first person to fly over Mount Everest by powered paraglider.
- Top 10 Best-Seller List- Sunday times listed his book, Born Survivor: Survival Techniques from the Most Dangerous Places on Earth in the list of top 10 best sellers.
- Guinness world record in 2008 - Healong with the two others created a Guinness for the longest continuous indoor freefall.
Some interesting facts about Bear Grylls:
- Bear Grylls hosted Man Vs Wild series since 2006. The long relationship with Discovery Channel for hosting this series came to end in March 2012. This show has millions of audiences across the globe and has peaked as highest rated cable show in US.
- Most of his adventures were associated with a cause. He led the first team to travel around the UK on a personal watercraft in year to raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).
- Here is a small clip of Gryll’s adventure.
- He also rowed in a bathtub along the river Thames for 22 miles to raise funds for a friend who lost his legs in a climbing accident.
- Grylls led the first team to attempt to Paramotor over the remote jungle plateau of the world’s highest waterfall in Venezuela in 2005.
- To raise funds for Global Angels kids charity, he lead a team of four to climb one of the most remote peaks in the world located in Antarctica, in year 2008.
- Bear Grylls has written many books. He has authored many best-selling books in UK, US and around the globe. His first published writing was Facing Up. The other contributions by Bear Grylls in writing are – Facing the Frozen Ocean, Born Survivor: Bear Grylls. Few of his adventure survival books for children are – Mission Survival: Gold of the Gods, Way of the Wolf, Sands of the Scorpion and Tracks of the Tiger.
- Bear released his autobiography Mud, Sweat and Tears in year 2011. To buy his autobiography, click here.
Worth reading quotes of Barry Grylls:
- If you risk nothing you gain nothing.
- The difference between ordinary and extra-ordinary is so often just simply that little word – extra.
- I loved climbing because of the freedom, and having time and space. I remember coming off Everest for the last time, thinking of Dad and wishing that he could have seen what I saw. He would have loved it.
- Never depend on those luck moments – they are gifts – but instead always build your own back-up plan.
The next challenge which 38-year-old Bear Grylls is looking forward is to cross the English Channel using a water jet pack. He will attempt the 23-mile journey on 5th July 2012 and this adventure event will be raising funds for the UK Scout Association.