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Bear Grylls Biography – Everything You Need To Know

BY MPORA STAFF

 4TH MAY 2016

Photo: Flickr

The Bear Grylls Biography – Meet The Real Survivor

His real name isn’t Bear Grylls, you know? Christened Edward Michael Grylls, Bear Grylls knew from an early age that he was not cut out for an ordinary life doing a regular nine to five. He was a gifted sportsman at school, but was far more drawn to outdoor pursuits such as climbing, sailing and mountaineering. In a sign of what was to come, Bear had branched out into in skydiving and martial arts by his teenage years, soon earning a second black belt in Shotokan Karate, and later travelling to Japan to train as a Karate Grand master.

An early role in the military as a Territorial Army Reservist for the SAS would give way to even greater things when, at the age of just 23, he became one of the youngest climbers ever to conquer Mount Everest. This is even more remarkable when you consider that, just eighteen months previously, he had narrowly avoided being paralysed in a severe parachuting accident while on a trip to Zambia in Africa. The profile his adventurous exploits created for him soon brought Bear to the attention of the media world, and within a few years he was on the path to becoming the public figure he is today.

Bear’s stellar TV career is well-documented. However, his heroic persona and the mystique of his background with the Special Forces can sometimes make the adventurer seem more like a fictional character than a real-life human being. So let’s look a little closer at his background to see if we can get a clearer idea of what’s behind possibly the world’s brightest survival show star.

Early Years

As an infant, Bear moved with his parents and elder sister to the Isle of Wight from Donaghadee in Northern Ireland (where he was born on June 7th , 1974). His sister, Lara, coined the nickname ‘Bear’ when visiting her infant brother and their mother, Sarah (the daughter of Patricia Ford, aka Lady Fisher, and the cricketer Neville Montagu Ford), shortly after his birth. Their father was the late Conservative MP, former Royal Marine and lifelong Royal Yacht Squadron member Sir Michael Grylls.

Teenage Years and Education

Bear attended the prestigious Ludgrove School before moving on to Eton College. While at Eton he was instrumental in establishing its first mountaineering club. However Bear was a far from studious child growing up, and as a teenager he preferred raucous beach parties with his friends to staying at home revising for exams. He owned a 50cc moped which he would use to travel around the island, and in his late teens funded trips around Europe and beyond by working for his mother selling water filters door to door. It was during this period that he travelled to India with a vague intention of joining the Indian Army, but instead embarked on a trekking expedition around the Himalayas.

Further Education and Military Career

Bear Grylls in the SAS Reserves. Photo: BearGrylls.com

Returning home, Bear had his sights set on a career with the MI5. Learning that a university degree was a mandatory requirement for the service, he enrolled at the University of Western England to study Spanish and German. It was while studying at the university that Bear and a friend hit upon the idea of applying to join the 21 SAS Regiment(Artists Reserve). Bear successfully passed the rigorous selection process, and served with the regiment as a reservist until 1997.

That, in a nutshell, is how it all began. So where is Bear today? Well, as we all know, the chances are he’s off in some far-flung wilderness filming his next hit TV series. But that isn’t the whole story, so let’s have a brief look at what really makes Bear tick.

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