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At 23 Edward 'Bear' Grylls entered the Guinness Book of Records as the youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest. Trained in martial arts, a former soldier with the British Special Forces and a survival expert, he is also a keen environmentalist, was made the youngest ever Chief Scout to 50 million scouts globally and is proud to have been named Chief Ambassador to World Scouting. Bear Grylls is one of the most instantly recognised adventurers worldwide having hosted numerous television programmes on the art of survival including; Survivor Games with Bear Grylls, Bear Grylls: Survival School, Bear Grylls: Mission Survive, The Island with Bear Grylls, Running Wild with Bear Grylls and Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls. A natural communicator, Bear discusses the lessons he has learnt in the wild and the need for determination and resilience.
Edward Bear Grylls has become known around the world as one of the most recognized faces of survival and outdoor adventure.
His journey along this road began in the UK on the Isle of Wight, where his late father taught him to climb and sail. Trained from a young age in martial arts, ‘Bear’ went on to spend three years as a soldier in the British Special Forces, serving with 21 SAS. It was there that he perfected many of the skills that his fans all over the world now enjoy learning about.
Despite a free-fall parachuting accident in Africa, where he broke his back in three places and after enduring months in military rehabilitation, he became one of the youngest ever climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
As a former member of the UK Special Forces, ‘Bear’ was made an honorary Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy.
His record-breaking expeditions to the world's extremes, have raised millions of dollars for children's charities.
After going on to forge a career in television, Bear’s prime-time TV adventure series Man vs Wild became one of the most watched shows on the planet, reaching an estimated 1.2 billion viewers in over 200 countries. Other popular programmes include; Survivor Games with Bear Grylls, Bear Grylls: Survival School, Bear Grylls: Mission Survive, The Island with Bear Grylls, Running Wild with Bear Grylls and Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls.
In 2009, Bear took over as the youngest ever UK Chief Scout to the Scouting Association, acting as the figurehead to 28 million Scouts around the globe.
His best-selling books have been translated into more than 20 languages