Bear Grylls, a well-known adventurer and extreme rock and mountain climber, has just climbed the iconic Tombstone Rock in Canyonlands National Park near Moab, UT. The 350-ft sheer cliff face was the perfect chance for the adventurer to practice his climbing skills learned at an early age from his father. This is a man whose adventures have seen him travel all over the world to prove himself as the ultimate survivor.
The day before…
He shot the video below as part of a new video series called Masters of Movement (from Degree for Men deodorant). The route Bear is climbing is called Rigor Mortis, and is graded 5.9 C2. It was first climbed by Briton Paul Ross.
Degree’s Masters of Movement
He first became known to the general public as the youngest Briton to climb Everest – at the age of 23. This adventure came 18 months after breaking his back in a freefall parachute accident in Africa. His parachute ripped at 4,900 metres (16,000 ft) and didn’t fully open. He fell, landing on his parachute pack on his back, and partially crushed three vertebrae. He was “a whisker” away from being paralysed and yet 18 months later, in 1998, he achieved a childhood dream – he conquered Everest.
In 2000, he led the first team to circumnavigate the UK on a jet ski, taking about 30 days, and raised money for the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution). He also rowed naked for 22 miles in a homemade bathtub down the River Thames to raise funds for a friend who lost his legs in a climbing accident!
3 years later he crossed the North Atlantic Arctic Ocean with 5 friends in the first unassisted crossing of that ocean in an 11-metre open rigid inflatable boat. The crossing from Halifax included some of the most treacherous waters of the North Atlantic and the conditions were appalling. They finally battled their way into John O’ Groats, Scotland, battered and exhausted.
In 2005 he led the first team ever to attempt to paramotor over the remote jungle plateau of the Angel Falls in Venezuela, the world’s highest waterfall in an attempt to reach the highest, most remote tepuis and in 2005, alongside David Hempleman-Adams, himself a balloonist and mountaineer, and Lieutenant Commander Alan Veal, leader of the Royal Navy Freefall Parachute Display Team, he created a world record for the highest open-air formal dinner party. The venue was a hot-air balloon at 7,600 metres (25,000 ft), dressed in full mess dress and oxygen masks. To train for this event, he had to make over 200 parachute jumps.
It doesn’t stop here….
2007 saw him claiming a new world record by flying a Parajet paramotor over the Himalayas, higher than Mount Everest and in 2008 he led a team of four to climb one of the most remote unclimbed peaks in the world in Antarctica. This was another exhibition he didn’t come away from unscathed. While kiteskiing across a stretch of ice, he caught an edge and was ricocheted into the air landing on his shoulder – which broke. End of his exhibition.
But not out of the limelight for long – still in 2008 he and double amputee Al Hodgson and the Scotsman Freddy MacDonald, set a Guinness world record in 2008 for the longest continuous indoor freefall in a wind tunnel in Milton Keynes, UK.
And again in August 2010 Grylls lead a team of five to take an ice-breaking rigid-inflatable boat through 2,500 miles (4,000 km) of the ice strewn Northwest Passage.
All these exhibitions were done in aid of Charity. An adventurer with a conscience. In his time, Bear Grylls has supported the RNLI, the Duke of Edinburgh Award, The Princes Trust, the Global Angels kids charity and to raise awareness to global warming. He has raised over $2.5 million for children around the world… In 2009 in recognition to his service to others and his expert survivor tactics, he was appointed Chief Scout of the Scout Association – he is the tenth person to hold the position and the youngest Chief Scout since the role was created for Robert Baden-Powell in 1920. He was also awarded an honorary commission as a Lieutenant-Commander in the Royal Navy.
Apart from these escapades from reality, he is regularly on TV, sometimes hosting his own series, you might have watched him in the Man Vs Wild and Born Survivor TV series which has become one of the most watched shows on the planet and has reached an estimated 1.2 billion viewers. He is also a best-selling author!
The things he does in the name of survival … just watch this – preferably before a meal!!! Would do wonders if you were dieting… Yugh!!!
Bear Grylls eats Giant Larvae
But that’s not the worst stuff he’s eaten. His Top 5 grossest meals have been: raw goat’s testicles, frozen yak eyeballs, raw camel intestines, live snakes and beer poop. Yugh, yugh, yugh!!! It’s said that ‘he’s on the seefood diet – see food, eat food’!
But if eating Giant Larva is not to your liking as an energy snack, have a look at these granola bar options.
photo courtesy of Bear Grylls