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Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls


6/7/1974, UK

Birth Name

Edward Michael Grylls



Also Known As

Bear Grylls
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Bear grew up in the Isle of Wight in the UK. Bear spent three years with the British Special Forces. Part of this time was spent in southern Africa, with the anti-poaching effort. While parachuting there his chute didn't open and he crashed and broke his back in…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Bear Grylls is a motivatonal speaker.

    • If Bear were stranded on a desert island he would want the following ten books with him:
      1. As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me, by Josef M. Bauer
      2. Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival, by Dean King
      3. What's So Amazing About Grace? , by Philip Yancey
      4. Messy Spirituality, by Mike Yaconelli
      5. The Hiding Place, by Corrie Ten Boom
      6. The Cross and the Switchblade, by David Wilkerson
      7. Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe
      8. Vanya: A True Story, by Myrna Grant
      9. Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft, by Thor Heyerdahl
      10. Seven Years in Tibet, by Heinrich Harrer

    • Bear Grylls and Man vs. Wild made Entertainment Weekly's The Must List on Jan 26th, 2007.

    • Bear's second book "Facing the Frozen Ocean" was about his North Atlantic Arctic Ocean crossings and was short listed as sports book of the year in 2003.

    • Bear's first book "The Kid Who Climbed Everest" also released as "Facing Up" made it to the Top 10 Bestseller list. It was about summiting Everest in 1998.

    • In 1997, Bear became the youngest Briton to climb Mount Ama Dablam in the Himalayas.

    • In 2003, Bear was the leader of The Arnold & Son Trans Atlantic Arctic Expedition. They became the first ever team to complete an unassisted crossing of the North Atlantic just south of the Arctic Circle in an 'open' rigid inflatable boat.

    • With profits from his adventures Bear donates to many charities. These include: Global Angels, BSES, The Duke of Edinburgh Awards, Prince's Trust, SSAFA Forces, RNLI, BOLT, Hope and Homes for Children and Make Poverty History. These charities focus on you helping youths, often by introducing them to mini-adventures.

    • According to Bear the top three things that are going to keep you alive are:
      1)Be prepared.
      2)Common sense.
      3)The human spirit.

    • Bear survived a bad accident in Southern Africa once when his parachute didn't open. He smashed into the desert and broke his back in three places.

    • Bear has a book coming out in the UK (planned for 2007) called "Stranded". It is based on the series Man vs Wild and his past missions.

    • Bear has a black-belt in karate.

    • Bear's sons' names are Jesse and Marmaduke.

    • To keep his spirit up on missions, Bear has a laminated picture of his wife and two kids that he keeps in his shoe.

    • As of 2006, Bear and his family live on a private island of the Welsh coast with no electricity.

    • There are plans in 2007 for Bear return to Mount Everest and attempt to fly powered paragliders over the summit.

  • Quotes

    • Bear: (on his ultimate Wild adventure) Antarctica – the coldest, windiest, biggest, least-inhabited and remotest place on Earth.

    • Bear: (on climbing Mt. Everest) I remember collapsing to my knees and just crying and crying inside my mask as all those emotions from so long began to flow. Neil and myself, with our oxygen off, just hugged. It is an extraordinary place and you see the curvature of the earth at the edges and at 7:22 am we watched as the dawn came up over all the land of Tibet 20,000 feet below.

    • Bear: 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.

    • Bear: Americans are cool, if you show just a chink of vulnerability, they respond so much. They'll pat you on the arm and say, 'Hey kid, you're all right'. Brits will respond but they are much more cynical.

    • Bear: (on how he got his nickname) Bear is an old nickname I've had since I was about half an hour old. And it's kind of stuck.

    • Bear: (on the most dangerous animal he has encountered) [I had] a very close call with a very tough adder in Kenya. These are especially dangerous, and kill more people than any other snake in Africa, the reason being they tend not to get out of your way because they're fat and lazy. They also have the fastest strike of any snake in the world.

    • Bear: (on which is worse, being really hot or really cold) Being really cold. I have been unfortunate enough to spend much of my life being really cold, and I lie at home now in a hot bath and complain to my wife that there's not enough hot water. She says, 'If people could know how pathetic you really are.'

    • Bear: (on summiting Mount Everest) It was a long 3 1/2 months. Sadly, four climbers lost their lives. But two of us did reach the top and that moment was everything I'd ever dreamt of and more. I felt very lucky to reach the top and to get off that mountain alive.

    • Bear: (when asked about ever being afraid) Yes, of course. I'm human, and I've spent a lot of time on mountains and expeditions and even on this series you come out being frightened. But I've learned that that's OK. What matters is to keep smiling, keep going, and as Churchill said, never give up.

    • Bear: (on how he got into climbing and survival) I was brought up to climb with my dad when I was a young kid. It was a big part of my life growing up. My job with the British Special Forces was to climb and combat survival as well.

  • Great at what he does.

    Perfect for the job.
  • I've seen Bear Gryll's in real life. So cool!

    Yes it's true I have really seen Bear Gryll's in real life.At Lochgilphead Centre all the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts pack in Argyll & Bute came to see him. saw him jump out of a helicopter,we all took a picture with him and then he left to see another group. How I found out about Bear Gryll's :Born Survivour I was watching World War II when I saw an ad of the programme and I kept recording Bear Gryll's at 7:00pm, 9:00pm,11:00 and 4:40am.He's so awesome and his crew his amazing.moreless