49 Facts About Bear Grylls

1. Bear Grylls had met his wife Shara while he was skinny dipping one New year's Eve.

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2. Bear Grylls wrote a guidebook for outdoor pursuits Bear Grylls Outdoor Adventures.

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3. Bear Grylls was the host of New Zealand reality competition series Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls.

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4. In 2005, Bear Grylls filmed his first TV show Escape to the Legion.

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5. Bear Grylls began his TV career by appearing in an advertisement for a deodorant, featuring his ascent of Mount Everest.

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6. In 2007, Bear Grylls set another record with Parajet paramotor in the Himalayas, near Mount Everest, taking off from 4,400 meters and reaching 9,000 meters.

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7. In 2004, Bear Grylls was awarded the honorary lieutenant commander rank, but in 2013, he was awarded the honorary lieutenant colonel rank in the Royal Marines Reserve.

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8. Bear Grylls learned to climb and sail from his father at a very young age.

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9. Bear Grylls gave him the nickname Bear when Grylls was one week old.

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10. Bear Grylls still serves as the Chief Scout to this very day.

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11. Bear Grylls has left no stone unturned when it comes to survival reality series.

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12. In 2006, Bear Grylls took the US by storm with his show, Man Vs Wild.

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13. Bear Grylls is married with two kids, and his family is quite important to him.

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14. Bear Grylls is clearly all about survival, not taste or comfort.

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15. Bear Grylls has used his stunts and record-breaking activities to raise funds for many charities.

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16. Bear Grylls broke three vertebrae during a freefall in a parachuting accident in Zambia in 1996.

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17. In 1996, Bear Grylls broke his back after falling from 1,600 feet when his parachute ripped.

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18. Bear Grylls started being interested in adventurous activities at an early age.

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19. Bear Grylls was born in Donaghadee, County Down, Northern Ireland, to a conservative politician.

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20. Bear Grylls is famous due to his TV series which focuses on the wilderness survival theme.

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21. Bear Grylls said he spoke "from the heart" in backing the EU in the 2016 referendum.

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22. Bear Grylls is an ambassador for Care for Children, an organisation that partners with governments in Asia to help create a positive alternative to institutional care through local family-based care for disadvantaged children.

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23. In 2011, Bear Grylls was in New Zealand during the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

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24. Bear Grylls is an ambassador for The Prince's Trust, an organisation which provides training, financial, and practical support to young people in the United Kingdom.

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25. Bear Grylls is the tenth person to hold the position and the youngest Chief Scout since the role was created for Robert Baden-Powell in 1920.

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26. Bear Grylls was officially made Chief Scout at Gilwell 24 on 11 July 2009 in a handover event featuring Peter Duncan in front of a crowd of over 3,000 Explorer Scouts.

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27. Bear Grylls presented The Island with Bear Grylls, first shown on Channel 4 on 5 May 2014.

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28. In 2010, Bear Grylls came out with a new project titled Worst-Case Scenario which aired on Discovery in the US.

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29. In 2013, Bear Grylls appeared in an airline safety video for Air New Zealand entitled Bear Essentials of Safety, filmed against the backdrop of the Routeburn Track on the southern tip of New Zealand's South Island.

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30. Bear Grylls appeared in a five-part web series that demonstrates urban survival techniques and features Grylls going from bush to bash.

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31. Bear Grylls appeared as a "distinguished instructor" in Dos Equis' Most Interesting Academy in a webisode named "Survival in the Modern Era".

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32. Bear Grylls recorded two advertisements for Post's Trail Mix Crunch Cereal, which aired in the US from January 2009.

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33. Bear Grylls was used by the UK Ministry of Defence to head the Army's anti-drugs TV campaign, and featured in the first ever major advertising campaign for Harrods.

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34. Bear Grylls entered television work with an appearance in an advertisement for Sure deodorant, featuring his ascent of Mount Everest.

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35. Bear Grylls has written two thriller novels based around his character Will Jaeger; Ghost Flight released in 2015 and Burning Angels in 2016.

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36. Bear Grylls wrote an extreme guide to outdoor pursuits, titled Bear Grylls Outdoor Adventures.

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37. In 2008, Bear Grylls led a team of four to climb one of the most remote unclimbed peaks in the world in Antarctica, to raise funds for children's charity Global Angels and promote the use of alternative energies.

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38. Bear Grylls took off from 4,400 metres, 8 miles south of the mountain.

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39. In 2007, Bear Grylls embarked on a record-setting Parajet paramotor in Himalayas near Mount Everest.

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40. In 2000 Bear Grylls led the team to circumnavigate the British Isles on jet skis, taking about 30 days, to raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

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41. On 16 May 1998, Bear Grylls achieved his childhood dream of climbing to the summit of Mount Everest in Nepal, 18 months after breaking three vertebrae in a parachuting accident.

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42. In 2004, Bear Grylls was awarded the honorary rank of lieutenant commander in the Royal Naval Reserve; and in 2013 he was awarded the honorary rank of lieutenant colonel in the Royal Marines Reserve.

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43. Bear Grylls studied Spanish and German at the University of West of England and at Birkbeck, University of London, where he graduated with a 2:2 bachelor's degree, obtained part-time, in Hispanic studies in 2002.

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44. Bear Grylls was educated at Eaton House, Ludgrove School and Eton College, where he helped start its first mountaineering club.

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45. Bear Grylls is Anglican, and has described his faith as the "backbone" in his life.

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46. Bear Grylls has one sibling, an elder sister, Lara Fawcett, who gave him the nickname 'Bear' when he was a week old.

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47. In July 2009, Bear Grylls was appointed the youngest-ever Chief Scout of the United Kingdom and Overseas Territories at age 35, a post he has held for a second term since 2015.

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48. Bear Grylls is involved in a number of wilderness survival television series in the UK and US.

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49. Bear Grylls is widely known for his television series Man vs Wild, originally titled Born Survivor: Bear Grylls for the United Kingdom release.

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