EXPEDITIONS

Circumnavigation of the UK - In 2000, Grylls, led the first team to circumnavigate the UK on a personal watercraft or jet ski, taking 30 days, to raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

Crossing the North Atlantic - In 2003, he led a team of five, on the first unassisted crossing of the north Atlantic Arctic Ocean, in an open rigid inflatable boat. Suffering weeks of frozen spray and icebergs, battling force 8 gale winds, hypothermia, and storms through some of the most treacherous stretches of water in the world, Grylls and his team were just barely able to finish the journey from Nova Scotia to Labrador, Greenland, Iceland and finally down to Scotland.

Paramotoring over Angel Falls - In 2005, Grylls led the first team ever to attempt to paramotor over the remote jungle plateau of the Angel Falls in Venezuela, the world’s highest waterfall. The team was attempting to reach the highest, most remote tepuis.

Dinner Party at Altitude - In 2005, alongside the balloonist and mountaineer David Hempleman-Adams and Lieutenant Commander Alan Veal, Grylls created a world record for the highest open-air formal dinner party, which they did under a hot-air balloon at 7,600 metres (25,000 ft). This was in aid of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and The Prince’s Trust.

Paramotoring over the Himalayas  - In 2007, Grylls broke a new world record by flying a Parajet over the Himalayas, higher than Mount Everest. Grylls took off from 4,400 metres (14,500 ft), 8 miles south of the mountain, eventually going on to look down on the summit and coping with temperatures of -60°C. The feat was filmed for Discovery Channel worldwide as well as Channel 4 in the UK.

Journey Antarctica 2008 - In 2008, Bear lead a team of four to climb one of the most remote unclimbed peaks in the world in Antarctica. This was raising funds for Global Angels kids charity and awareness for the potential of alternative energies. However, the expedition was cut short after Grylls suffered a broken shoulder while kite skiing across a stretch of ice. Travelling at speeds up to 50 km/h (30 mph), a ski caught on the ice, launching him in the air and breaking his shoulder when he came down.

Longest indoor freefallGrylls, along with the double amputee Al Hodgson and the Scotsman Freddy MacDonald, set a Guinness world record in 2008 for the longest continuous indoor freefall. The previous record was 1 hr 36 mins by a US team. Grylls, Hodgson, and MacDonald, using a vertical wind tunnel in Milton Keynes, broke the record by a few seconds. The attempt was in support of the charity Global Angels.

Northwest Passage expedition - In August 2010 Grylls lead a team of five to take an ice-breaking rigid-inflatable boat (RIB) through 2,500 miles (4,000 km) of the ice strewn Northwest Passage. The expedition was raising awareness of the effects of global warming as well as funds for the children’s charity Global Angels.