Expedition leader and helm
Bear is a man who has always loved adventure. After breaking his
back in three places in a parachuting accident, he fought his way
to recovery, and two years later entered the Guinness Book of
Records as the youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest, aged only
23. He has since led ground-breaking expeditions across the
But for Bear, it is not just about pushing his limits. It's about overcoming challenges, and living your dreams. This belief, and Bear's gift for communication, have led him to become a world class motivational speaker, author and tv host. Bear's passion and enthusiasm for the outdoors are now shared and enjoyed through his TV programmes in over 150 different countries, reaching over one billion people worldwide.
By combining his adventures with media work, Bear realised that he could also support and raise money for those causes closest to his heart. These have included charities that encourage young people to overcome some of life's biggest challenges, many different children's organisations, as well as the Armed Forces' charity SSAFA Forces Help, reflecting his own military service with the UK Special Forces, as part of 21 SAS.
In 2008 saw Bear lead a small team to climb one of the most remote un-climbed peaks in the world in Antarctica (see: www.journeyantarctica2008.com) This trip was also sponsored by Future Capital Partners and raised funds for charity and awareness for the potential of alternative energies, a cause very close to Bear's heart. The expedition was using wind powered kite skiing, bio-ethanol powered jetskis, electric powered paragliders and good old footwork!
In 2009 Bear was voted by the Scouts to become their Chief Scout and figurehead to nearly 500,000 Scouts in the UK. He becomes the youngest Chief Scout in history.
Bear lives with his wife Shara on a boat on the Thames in london, and also on a small Welsh island. They have three little boys called Jesse, Marmaduke and Huckleberry. They are the pride of Bear's eyes.
For more about Man vs Wild, Born Survivor and Bear Grylls in general visit Bear Grylls official website.