Who is Bear Grylls? If you say no to this question then it will be a great shock. He is not less than a real-life hero for millions of people out there, who love to watch his show with wonderful feeling every time as if it’s the first time. The man has truly defeated the word impossible more times than we can count. Today, I have penned down some of the interesting and lesser-known facts about him which will completely blow your mind.
1) Do You Know His Real Name?
Well, let me tell you that his real name is not Bear Grylls but his birth name is Edward Michael Grylls. His elder sister named him Bear when he was just a week old because he was a wild sport. He has clearly lived up to his name.
2) He wanted to Join Indian Army.
Yes, you read it right. Bear Grylls initially wanted to join the Indian Army after he finished his schooling. He spent a lot of time in India, trekking at the Indian Himalayas and hiking through Darjeeling, West Bengal and Sikkim. He always wanted to be an adventurer and saw the Indian Army as a great opportunity to fulfil his dreams. When he was asked about India and his thoughts of joining the Indian Army in an interview, he said,
“I spent quite some time in India before I joined the army. I went out there climbing, and up in West Bengal and all around Darjeeling. I love India. We were in Calcutta for a while and then we were with the Indian Army as well. It’s a place I really love, and I’m really looking forward to getting back there for a long time.”
3) Karate Black Belt.
Grylls is a huge fan of martial arts and He is a black belt in Shokobon Karate, which he first started learning in India. He is good at protecting himself on this matter in an impressive way.
4) The Great Fall.
In 1996, Grylls met a freefall jump accident in Zambia. A SAS parachute from a huge height, his parachute at a height of sixteen hundred ft on top of the bottom and he skint his vertebrae in 3 places during this accident.
5) Climbing The Everest.
On 16 May 1998, Grylls attained his childhood dream of climbing the summit of Mount Everest in Nepal and then at the age of 23, he was among the youngest people to have achieved this feat.
6) Scaling The Unscalable.
While getting ready for the climb to the highest of the Mt. Everest, he scaled the Ama Dablam and have become the youngest person from the United Kingdom to possess completed this heist. apparently, legendary mountaineer, Sir Edmund Hillary delineated the height as unclimbable. The Ama Dablam is so thought of as one of the foremost extreme peaks on earth.
7) Dinner At The Sky.
Whenever we start to conclude that this guy cannot go more extreme than this, he proves us wrong again and again. Interestingly, he has the world record for the world’s highest open-air dinner party, which he shared with Lt Cdr Alan Veal RN. It was held in a hot air balloon at a height of 7,600 meters.
8) Record-Breaking Fall.
Grylls, 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 hour 36 minutes 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 organization Global Angels which works for the welfare of children.
9) Crossing The Atlantic.
In 2003, Bear led a team of 5 people across the North Atlantic ocean on an open boat. The boat was 11 metres long and it experienced severe climate change and icebergs during the historic tour. Among his agreements was his childhood friend, SAS associate, and Mount Everest climbing partner Mick Crosthwaite. The journey started from Halifax, Nova Scotia and ended at John o’ Groats, Scotland.
10) Above The Everest.
In 2007, Grylls continued to create a record-setting Parajet parameter in the Himalayas near Mount Everest. He departed from 4,400 metres, 8 miles south of the mountain. Grylls flew around and looked down on the point during his flight. He had to cope with temperatures of −60 °C. He remained dangerously low oxygen levels and finally reached 9,000 metres, which is almost 3,000 metres higher than the previous record of 6,102 metres. The feat was shot for Discovery Channel globally as well as Channel 4 in the UK. While Grylls originally intended to cross over Everest itself, he couldn’t do so as the permit was only to fly to the south of Everest. He did not try to fly over the Everest, acknowledging the risk of violating Chinese airspace.
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