The Bear Grylls Biography – Meet The Real Survivor
His real name isn’t Bear Grylls, you know? Christened Edward Michael Grylls, Bear Grylls knew from an early age that he was not cut out for an ordinary life doing a regular nine to five. He was a gifted sportsman at school, but was far more drawn to outdoor pursuits such as climbing, sailing and mountaineering. In a sign of what was to come, Bear had branched out into in skydiving and martial arts by his teenage years, soon earning a second black belt in Shotokan Karate, and later travelling to Japan to train as a Karate Grand master.
An early role in the military as a Territorial Army Reservist for the SAS would give way to even greater things when, at the age of just 23, he became one of the youngest climbers ever to conquer Mount Everest. This is even more remarkable when you consider that, just eighteen months previously, he had narrowly avoided being paralysed in a severe parachuting accident while on a trip to Zambia in Africa. The profile his adventurous exploits created for him soon brought Bear to the attention of the media world, and within a few years he was on the path to becoming the public figure he is today.
Bear’s stellar TV career is well-documented. However, his heroic persona and the mystique of his background with the Special Forces can sometimes make the adventurer seem more like a fictional character than a real-life human being. So let’s look a little closer at his background to see if we can get a clearer idea of what’s behind possibly the world’s brightest survival show star.