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Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls is an adventurer, survival expert, author and environmentalist and is at home in the great outdoors. Famed for presenting a number of wilderness shows as well as the reality show 'The Island' (which won him two BAFTAS); Bear honed his survival skills in the British Special Forces.

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About Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls has entertained audiences with his charm and wit. The explorer is well-placed to facilitate a conference host as well as a motivational after-dinner speech on his incredible outdoor antics.

Biography

At 07.22am, on May 26th, 1998, Bear Grylls became The Youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest at only 23. The actual ascent of Everest took ninety days enduring extreme weather, two months of limited sleep and running out of oxygen in the upper regions of the ‘death zone’ (above 26,000 feet).

Bear joins only thirty British climbers to have successfully completed climbing Everest and return alive. Every year the death toll on Mount Everest rises, for every six mountaineers who make it to the top, one will die.

On the way down from his first reconnaissance climb, Bear cheated death navigating the perilous Khumbu Icefall, the ice cracked and he fell into a crevasse that was 1,000 feet deep, was knocked unconscious and had it not been for the tenacity of his teammates he would not be alive today.

This incident was dramatised as part of the award winning, ‘Sure For Men/Rexona’ advertising campaign, which starred Bear and was broadcast worldwide. Bear’s book, ‘Facing Up’ soared into the best seller list and has sold over 50,000 copies in the UK alone, it is published in America under the title, ‘The Kid Who Climbed Everest’.

In August 2003, Bear led the first crew to cross the Atlantic via the Arctic Circle in an open rigid inflatable boat, in aid of The Prince’s Trust. This expedition is the subject of his book, ‘Facing The Frozen Ocean’ which was published by Macmillan in 2004.

Two years before he climbed Everest he suffered a near fatal parachuting accident in Africa. He broke his back in three places and narrowly escaped being paralysed for life. He spent a torturous year convalescing, constantly facing the fact that he might never be fit enough to attempt his childhood dream of climbing Everest.

Despite moments of great pain and despair, Bear worked hard to regain full mobility and together with a team of friends he planned his expedition. With characteristic determination and charm he raised the enormous sponsorship needed and began training for the daunting challenge.

Bear spent three years as a Specialist Combat Survival Instructor and Patrol Medic with the British Special Forces. In September 1997, he became the Youngest Briton to climb Mount Ama Dablam in the Himalayas (22,500 feet), a peak described by Sir Edmond Hillary as ‘unclimbable’.

As a keen environmentalist, he led the first team to jet ski around Britain testing a pioneering new fuel made from rubbish, and owns a nature reserve on an island, off the Welsh coast. When he is not on his island, Bear lives on a houseboat in London with his wife Shara, his three sons Jesse, Marmaduke, and Huckleberry, and Nima the Labrador.

His natural talent for communicating and entertaining on all levels with everyone and anyone, has made him a popular personality in his own right. In 2004 he was picked by Channel 4 to present their action/adventure programming starting with a series ‘Escape To The Legion’.

As one of the youngest motivational speakers on the international business circuit, Bear has won over even the toughest of audiences and has a list of extremely impressive references to his credit.

Bear is into his fifth series of channel 4s The Island in which a group of people are drops onto a islands and have they got spirit and resources to survive

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Testimonials

"The entire team were enthralled throughout Bear’s talk, an exceptional tale which left us very motivated as a team. Highly recommended!"

"Your excellent presentation at our conference has proved to be one of the most memorable events of that day and has marked a milestone in the future history of our organisation, I have no hesitation in recommending yourself in connection with similar events to other organisations. I think it important to inform you of how complimentary people were about your presentation and it’s subject matter in particular."

Marcu Evans

"The entire team were enthralled throughout Bear’s talk, an exceptional tale which left us very motivated as a team. Highly recommended!"

Senior Partner Conference, Lovells, Brussells

"Thank you so much for speaking at our annual conference, it was a privilege to hear you speak. The delegates were inspired and captured listening to the remarkable experiences of your epic journeys. You deserved the standing ovation, congratulations."

Headmistress, Kent College Pembury

"He was the by far the best speaker we have ever had at our lectures, truly inspirational to both pupils and masters."

D.L.E Chartered Quantity Surveyors

"He was the best speaker we’ve had by far, a real star. I only wish that we had booked him to speak for longer. He made every delegate feel that he knew them personally and joined in with our team games with such enthusiasm. I would thoroughly recommend him to anybody true star quality."

Sit Ranulph Fiennes

"This was the second time I have heard Bear and he was just as inspirational as when I first heard him. A fantastic insight into following a dream. I have no hesitation in giving him 10 out of 10 for content and delivery!"

Bazal Midlands

"Your talk was gripping, I think everyone in the lecture theatre caught the atmosphere and shared your jubilation of reaching the top, after all the set backs. Stunning presentation and an excellent video."

Davis Langdon & Everest

"What a talk! The humour, the entertainment! His relaxed style and natural exuberance and confidence brought praise from a packed audience."

NSA Ltd

"Thank you so much for speaking at our annual conference, it was a privilege to hear you speak. The delegates were inspired and captured listening to the remarkable experiences of your epic journeys. You deserved the standing ovation, congratulations."

Eton College

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