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A life
of adventure

Bear had a real hunger to explore from a young age. Always curious. Never still. Eager to discover new places and follow the path less trodden. And the story is still being written…

1974 - 1982

Bear is born

Born 7th June in London. Nicknamed ‘Bear’ by his elder sister when he was just one week old.

Scouts honour

Joins Cub Scouts. By now Bear is already a keen climber and sailor, as taught by his late father, former Royal Marines Commando and politician Mickey Grylls. His earliest fondest memories are of climbing on the sea cliffs with his late dad on the Isle of Wight and making boats. These were the foundation stones of Bear’s love for adventure; that closeness with his father.

1982 - 1987

Karate Kid

Enrolled at Eton College; helps develop their mountaineering and martial arts clubs. By 18, Bear had learnt to climb, skydive and had been awarded his Second Dan black belt in Shotokan Karate. One of the youngest ever in the U.K. at the time.

DISCOVER

Special Air Service

After a gruelling selection process, begins a three-year stint serving as a Trooper in 21st Regiment SAS, part of the UK Special Forces Reserve. Trained in combat survival, demolitions and close quarter fighting.

1994 - 1998

Parachuting Accident

Probably one of the darkest times for Bear, sent to military rehabilitation at Headley Court, UK, after a freak freefall parachuting accident in Southern Africa, which broke his spine in three places. Told he might never walk again…

Climbing the unclimbable

Under a year later, and not listening to the dreamstealers, Bear pushes himself through intense rehab to get back up on his feet, Bear climbs a Himalayan peak that Edmund Hillary once described as 'unclimbable’. The 22,000ft summit of Ama Dablam, Nepal.

Record Breaker

On 16th May, Bear is awarded the Guinness World Record as the youngest British person to successfully scale Mount Everest at the age of only 23. Something he never dreamed possible when lying in that rehab bed. Bear found the fire within to risk it all and follow his dream!

2000

Circumnavigating the British Isles

Guides a team circumnavigating the British Isles on jet skis - raising money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. 

Family Man

The beginning of life as a family, marrying his wife Shara.

Naked Rower

Rows naked in a bathtub with his best friend Charlie Mackesy, along the river Thames to raise funds for a friend who lost his legs in a climbing accident.

The kid who climbed Everest

First book published ‘The Kid who Climbed Everest’.

2001 - 2003

Navigates the Arctic Ocean

Guides a team to navigate an unassisted crossing of the North Atlantic Arctic Ocean in an open rigid inflatable boat, battling Force 8 gales and huge icebergs on the 3,500 mile journey. In aid of the Princes Trust and supported by the Royal Navy.

First Break

Entering the slightly intimidating and unknown world of TV, Bear gets his first ever break in a commercial featuring his journey to the summit of Everest.

Foray into fatherhood

First foray into fatherhood, welcoming his son Jesse into the world.

Wake Up Call

A big wake up call and difficult period at the age of 25 as his Father passes away.

2005

Open-air dinner

Helps create a world record for the highest open-air formal dinner party; suspended under a hot-air balloon at 25,000 ft, to support The Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

Lieutenant Commander

Bear is awarded an honorary commission with the Royal Navy, serving as a Lieutenant-Commander.

French Foreign Legion

Bear begins his TV career on C4 with eleven other ‘recruits’ enduring what it is like to go through the infamous French Foreign Legion's basic desert training in the Sahara.

2006 - 2007

Man vs. Wild

Bear is approached by the Discovery Channel to film a series of wilderness adventures where he gets dropped into some of the world’s most inhospitable places, and has to demonstrate some of his extreme survival skills. And so begins the journey of seven seasons of Man vs. Wild.  

Marmaduke Grylls

Birth of his second child, Marmaduke Grylls.

Flying Over Everest

Decides to give a record-setting paramotor attempt another shot and this time, to fly over the height of Everest in the Himalayas. Battling with temperatures of −60 °C and enduring dangerously low oxygen levels – he eventually reached an estimated 29,250 ft – happy days!

2008 - 2009

Antarctic climb cut short

Later that year, Bear’s Antarctic climbing and paramotoring expedition is cut short when, while kite skiing, a ski catches on the ice, launching him into the air and breaking his shoulder on impact. Two months of rehab and then finally back on his feet… as they say, storms make us stronger!

Worst Case Scenario

Discovery Channel commission another series with Bear called: Worst Case Scenario. The show features skills he learned in the 21 SAS including self-defence, evasive driving, parkour, urban survival, and wilderness survival.

Longest indoor freefall

Using a vertical wind tunnel, Bear and his team set a new Guinness World Record for the longest continuous indoor freefall. In support of the worldwide children's charity, Global Angels.

Huckleberry is born

Celebrates the birth of his youngest son, Huckleberry.

Youngest ever Chief Scout

Bear’s proudest achievement to date, appointed the youngest-ever Chief Scout to the U.K. Scout Association, acting as figurehead to over 50 million Scouts worldwide.

2010

Journey through the Arctic Ocean

Back in the inflatable boat, Bear navigates an ice-breaking RIB through 2,500 miles of the ice-strewn Northwest Passage in the Arctic Ocean. In aid of Global Angels.

2011 - 2012

Wild Weekends

A brand new direction for his career, Bear’s Wild Weekends kicks off taking some U.K. stars out on adventures for Channel 4, guests include Stephen Fry, Jonathan Ross & Miranda Hart.

Mud, Sweat and Tears

Bear releases an honest life account in Mud, Sweat and Tears: The Autobiography which spends 8 weeks as Number 1 in the Sunday Times bestseller list and voted the most influential book in China for 2012.

Survival Academy

The first Bear Grylls Survival Academy opens giving people the chance to get muddy and hands on with bush craft and the great outdoors.

2013

Escape from Hell

Reliving the experiences and stories of survivors who have managed to defy the odds and survive in an array of mind boggling scenarios, Bear brings Discovery Channel a new series, Escape from Hell.

Get Out Alive

Bringing a new network into the picture, Bear films his first series for the USA network NBC called Get Out Alive.

A Survival Guide for Life

A Survival Guide for Life is published, on how to achieve your goals and thrive in adversity.

Royal Marine Commandos

Awarded the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Marine Commandos.

2014

Running Wild

Get Out Alive gets superseded by the introduction of Running Wild with Bear Grylls. In this prime time hit adventure series, Bear takes celebrities on two-day journeys in the wild. The show is then aired worldwide on Discovery Channel.

Land Rover Ambassador

For the toughest challenges, Land Rover is always the vehicle of choice. Embodying the ‘above and beyond’ Spirit, Bear is announced as Global Ambassador for Jaguar Land Rover.

The Island with Bear Grylls

Fascinated by the psychology of survival, he launches his first televised experiment observing island castaways on C4’s The Island with Bear Grylls.

Children's Survival Books

Bear also writes the Mission Survival series of children's adventure survival books, which are published worldwide. 

2015

President Barack Obama

Much to his surprise, The White House ask Bear to take former President Barack Obama on a televised journey into the Alaskan Wilderness to look at the effects of Global warming and climate change. A real pinch yourself moment for Bear…!

Sunday Times Bestseller

Based on his late Grandfather’s treasure chest of secret files, Bear writes and publishes his first book of adult fiction, called ‘Ghost Flight’ from his trilogy. This hit the Sunday Times Bestseller List. 

British GQ Magazine

Bear is interviewed for the cover of British GQ Magazine and becomes a monthly columnist for the publication. Later being awarded TV Personality at the GQ Man of the Year Awards.

Breaking Point

Breaking Point for Discovery Channel airs, where Bear brings people into the wild to help them conquer their deepest fears and anxieties, getting them to face their nightmares head on!

Britain's Biggest Adventures

“You don’t always have to travel to the ends of the earth to experience incredible adventures and mind-blowing landscapes. Sometimes the best things are found right here, at home, in Great Britain”. Bear Grylls.

In this three-part series for ITV, Bear heads out on an epic journey of discovery across England, Scotland and Wales to experience the British Isles at their most spectacular.

Mission Survive

In this series 8 celebrities go on a 12 day survival trek with Bear and his right hand team, Megan Hine and Scott Heffield. They must learn to navigate difficult terrain, build shelters, make fire and eat the food that nature provides. The stars face a range of challenges and Bear himself eliminates one of them each week, leaving three in the final.

2016

Survival School

Opening up to a wider audience and giving kids the chance to partake in his programming, Bear presents a new CITV series called Bear Grylls Survival School. 

Survivor Games

Bear also films his first primetime show in China called Survivor Games, taking Chinese celebrities on a two week journey through the jungle.

2017

Absolute Wild

Following on from Survivor Games, Bear hosts a new show for China called Absolute Wild, where he takes Chinese stars on one on one adventures in varying wilderness locations across the world.

Chief Scout until 2020

The largest youth movement on the planet, extends Bear’s appointment as Chief Scout until 2020, making him one of the longest serving Chief Scouts in history.

BG Fitness Centres

Based around the way he keeps fit and prepares for his adventures, he launches Bear Grylls Fitness centres Nationwide in the UK.

2018

Face the Wild

A brand new series for ‘Facebook Watch’ powered by Facebook, 10 journeys introducing you to some incredible unsung heroes who have battled unbelievable odds in their lives.

How To Stay Alive

Bear’s latest book ‘How to Stay Alive’ has hit the bestseller list and is available on our store. For the first time he is putting all his expertise in one book providing you with dozens of essential skills to survive the modern world.

Survival Challenge

2018 sees the launch of two new location based entertainments. Bear Grylls Survival Challenge is a one of a kind outdoor endurance event. Test your survivor spirit and tackle the 4 mile course inspired by Bear’s many wilderness adventures.

Adventure

Join us at the NEC, Birmingham to conquer some epic mental and physical challenges at The Bear Grylls Adventure. We will bring together some of the most incredible adventures across mountains, deserts and jungles from across the globe.

Chief Ambassador to World Scouting until 2020

The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) announced Bear as it's first ever Chief Ambassador to World Scouting. Bear is so proud to take on this global position with the aim to encourage young people worldwide to find their adventures and know the power of courage, kindness and never giving up. Bear has been the youngest ever Chief Scout in the United Kingdom for nearly a decade now and will continue that role alongside his new position.

2019

Be Military Fit

Be Military Fit with Bear Grylls launches Nationwide in the UK

Prime Minister Modi

In the most recent ‘Man Vs Wild’ special, Bear takes Prime Minister Modi on an adventure into the Indian Wilderness, the show aired in 184 countries with the message of protecting the planet, promoting peace and encouraging the message of Never Giving Up!

Hostile Planet & You Vs Wild

Bear brings a new show “Hostile Planet” to National Geographic Channel and his first interactive series ‘You Vs Wild’ to Netflix, both shows being nominated for Emmy Awards.

David Walliams

The latest “Bear’s Mission With” for ITV saw Bear take David Walliams out on an adventure

Running Wild on National Geographic

The hit show “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” show moves across to National Geographic Channel

Guest Editor of Lonely Planet

Bear took up the role of Guest Editor for this special 10th Anniversary Edition of Lonely Planet magazine.

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