Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Grylls hosts a series titled Born Survivor: Bear Grylls for the British Channel 4 and broadcast as Man vs Wild in Australia, Canada and the U.S.A., and as Ultimate Survival on the Discovery Channel in Europe, Asia, and Africa. The series features Grylls dropped into inhospitable places, showing viewers how to survive. The second season premiered in the US on 15 June 2007, the third in November 2007, and the fourth in May 2008. Grylls is currently filming the sixth season in 2010.
The show has featured stunts including Grylls climbing cliffs, parachuting from helicopters, balloons, and planes, paragliding, ice climbing, running through a forest fire, wading rapids, eating snakes, wrapping his urine-soaked t-shirt around his head to help stave off the desert heat, drinking urine saved in a rattlesnake skin, drinking fecal liquid from elephant dung, wrestling alligators, field dressing a camel carcass and drinking water from it, eating various "creepy crawlies" [insects], utilizing the corpse of a sheep as a sleeping bag and flotation device, and free climbing waterfalls. Grylls also regales the viewer with tales of adventurers stranded or killed in the wilderness.
In some of the earlier episodes, Man vs. Wild / Born Survivor was criticized by some sources for misleading viewers about some of the situations in which Grylls finds himself. Discovery and Channel 4 television subsequently pledged production and editing transparency and clarification related to the criticism.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Grylls entered television work with an appearance in an advertisement for Sure deodorant, featuring his ascent of Mount Everest. Grylls has been a guest on television programs, including Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Attack of the Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Harry Hill's TV Burp. Grylls recorded two advertisements for Post's Trail Mix Crunch Cereal, which aired in the US from January 2009. He also appeared as a distinguished instructor in Dos Equis' Most Interesting Academy in a webisode named "Survival in the Modern Era". He appeared in a five-part web series that demonstrates urban survival techniques and features Grylls going from bush to bash. He also has marketed the Alpha Course, a course on the basics of the Christian faith. Warner Bros. asked Grylls to appear in its remake of the film Clash of the Titans.
Grylls is a bestselling author. Grylls' first book, titled Facing Up, went into the UK top 10 best-seller list, and was launched in the USA entitled The Kid Who Climbed Everest. About his expedition and achievements climbing to the summit of Mount Everest. Grylls' second book Facing the Frozen Ocean was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2004. His third book was written to accompany the series Born Survivor: Bear Grylls. (Released in America in April 2008 to the Man vs. Wild Discovery television show) It features survival skills learned from some of the world's most hostile places. This book reached the Sunday Times Top 10 best-seller list.
He has a series of children's adventure survival books titled: Mission Survival: Gold of the Gods, and Mission Survival: Way of the Wolf. His latest book is an extreme guide to outdoor pursuits, titled Bear Grylls Outdoor Adventures.
Bear is one of the world’s foremost and daring adventurers. He spent three years with the British Special Forces (21 SAS) before suffering a horrendous parachuting accident in southern Africa in which he broke his back in three places. Yet in 1998, just two years later and after severe rehabilitation, he overcame the odds to become the youngest British climber ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest and return alive. He was just 23. His book on this extraordinary story, Facing Up, soared into the Top 10 Bestseller List.
In 2003, Bear led the first team to cross the frozen North Atlantic unassisted, travelling just below the Arctic Circle in a small, open rigid inflatable boat. The mission was in aid of The Prince's Trust and the book about this record-breaking adventure, Facing the Frozen Ocean, was short-listed for Sports Book of the Year.
Bear presented a he overcame the odds to become the youngest British climber ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest and return alive. He was just 23
Channel Four series in 2005 called Escape to the Legion, about life in the French Foreign Legion. In 2006, along with Dame Ellen MacArthur, he was awarded an Honorary Commission in the Royal Navy, at the rank of Lieutenant-Commander.
This year, he is presenting a new prime-time TV series on Channel Four titled: 'Born Survivor: Bear Grylls' and ‘Man vs Wild’ for the Discovery channel worldwide.
These feature Bear being dropped into some of the most inhospitable places on earth – and showing how to survive!
On 16 May 1998, Grylls achieved his childhood dream (an ambition since his father gave him a picture of Everest when he was eight) and a record, as the youngest Briton, at 23, to summit Mount Everest, just eighteen months after breaking his back. However, James Allen, an Australian/British climber who ascended Everest in 1995 with an Australian team, but who has dual citizenship, beat him to the summit at age 22. The feat has since been surpassed by Jake Meyer and, at age 19, by Rob Gauntlett.
Grylls' expedition involved nearly four months on Everest's southeast face: From his first reconnaissance climb on which he fell in a crevasse and was knocked unconscious, regaining consciousness to find himself swinging on the end of a rope, to the weeks of acclimatisation climbs involving climbing up and down the South Face, negotiating the Khumbu icefall (a frozen river), the Western Cwm glacier, and a 5000 foot wall of ice called the Lhotse face, to the grueling ascent with the ex-SAS soldier Neil Laughton, involving climbing for hours in the night, that took him past extreme weather, fatigue, dehydration, last-minute illness, sleep deprivation and almost running out of oxygen inside the death zone where air is three times thinner than at sea level.
To prepare for climbing at such high altitudes in the Himalayas, in 1997, Grylls became the youngest Briton to climb Ama Dablam, a peak described by Sir Edmund Hillary as "unclimbable".
Bear Grylls served as a member of the SAS TA as a Sabre soldier. His military career was cut short in 1996 after an accident left him with a broken spine. During his time in the Special Forces, Grylls received training in a variety of disciplines, among them desert and winter warfare, parachuting, climbing, explosives technology, and combat survival.
Grylls’ notoriety led to the project of doing a four part documentary in 2005. Centered around the entry of Grylls and eleven other UK recruits into the French Foreign Legion, the project was named Escape to the Legion. The series chronicled the progress of Grylls and the other recruits during the rigorous month long training they endured in the Sahara Desert. Broadcast in the United Kingdom, the series was also picked up by the Military Channel in the United States, providing even more exposure for Bear Grylls. This project led to the development of Born Survivor, an eight part documentary that was broadcast on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom, and on the Discovery Channel in such locations as Asia, Africa, and Europe.
The premise of Born Survivor placed Bear Grylls in a variety of settings, most of them inhospitable, where he would be called upon to demonstrate how to survive under adverse conditions. A support team, who meet Grylls at a prearranged meeting point at the end of the adventure, monitors his progress. The second year of the series began in the summer of 2007, and continues to attract a sizable audience.
Bear Grylls continues to work as a motivational speaker, with projects in both the United Kingdom and the United States. Grylls continues to write, with his 2004 offering, Facing the Frozen Ocean, selling well. With active careers as an adventurer, author, and television celebrity, it is a sure bet that the world will continue to enjoy the exploits of Bear Grylls for many years to come.
Edward Michael Grylls, nicknamed Bear, (born 7 June 1974) is a British adventurer, writer and television presenter.
Grylls grew up in Bembridge on the Isle of Wight.He is the son of the late Conservative party politician Sir Michael Grylls and Lady Grylls (née Sarah Ford).His maternal grandparents were Patricia Ford,an Ulster Unionist Party MP and Neville Ford who played first-class cricket. He has one sibling—an elder sister, Lara Fawcett, a cardio-tennis coach. In an episode of Man vs. Wild featuring Hollywood actor Will Ferrell, he said his sister gave him the nickname "Bear" when he was just a week old.
Grylls was educated at Eaton House, Ludgrove School, Eton College, and Birkbeck, University of London,where he graduated with a degree, obtained part-time, in Hispanic studies in 2002. He learned to climb and sail from his father at an early age. He earned a second dan black belt in Shotokan karate as a teenager. He now practices Yoga and Ninjutsu. He also became involved in scouting, beginning at age eight, as a cub scout.He speaks English, Spanish, and French.Grylls is Christian, describing his faith as the "backbone" in his life.
Grylls married Shara Grylls (née Cannings Knight) in 2000.They have three sons: Jesse, Marmaduke,and Huckleberry (born 15 January 2009 via natural childbirth on his houseboat).
In December 2008, Grylls suffered a broken shoulder while kite skiing across a stretch of ice during an independent expedition to climb a remote unclimbed peak in Antarctica. Travelling at speeds up to 50 km/h (30mph), a ski caught on the ice, launching him in the air and breaking his shoulder when he came down.