Thirty-two year old, Bear Grylls is one of the best known young adventurers in the world. At just 23 years old, he became The Youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest. In August 2003, he led the first crew to cross the Atlantic via the Arctic Circle in an open rigid inflatable boat. His television debut was on Ch 4’s, ‘Escape to The Legion’ and his latest series, ‘Stranded’ for Ch 4 and Discovery USA. Before he climbed Everest, Bear suffered a near-fatal parachuting accident in Africa; breaking his back in three places and narrowly escaping paralysis. He spent a torturous year of rehabilitation constantly facing the fact that he might never walk again, let alone achieve his childhood dream of climbing Everest. Despite moments of great pain and despair, Bear worked hard to regain full mobility and together with a team of friends he planned his expedition. With characteristic determination and charm he raised the enormous sponsorship needed and began training for the daunting challenge.
Facing the Frozen Ocean
It started out as a carefully calculated attempt to complete the first unassisted crossing of the frozen north Atlantic in an open rigid inflatable boat, but it became a terrifying battle against storm-force winds, crashing waves and icebergs as large as cathedrals. Starting from the remote north Canadian coastline, Grylls and his crew crossed the infamous Labrador Sea, pushed on through ice-strewn waters to Greenland and then found themselves isolated in a perfect storm 400 miles from Iceland. Compelling, vivid and inspirational, Facing the Frozen Ocean will appeal to all who like a good story and the inspiration to survive.
A Survival Guide for Life
In A Survival Guide for Life, Bear Grylls, globally renowned adventurer and television host, shares the hard-earned wisdom he’s gained in the harshest environments on earth, from the summit of Mt. Everest to the boot camps of the British Special Forces. Filled with exclusive, never-before-told tales from Bear’s globe-trekking expeditions, A Survival Guide for Life teaches the audience—no matter your age or experience—that we’re all capable of living life more boldly, of achieving our most daring dreams, and of having more fun along the way.
Bear Gryll’s talk stands out as the highlight of the conference—so sincere, so amazing, an inspiration to us all in all parts of our lives… an ordinary person with that big bit “extra,” as he would say.
“I have spoken to many people who were there and they were all hugely impressed by your story and the passion that you showed in telling it. I myself was absolutely fascinated, but unfortunately have spent the time since worrying about how dull my life is.”
“It was extremely interesting and very poignant, so many things that the lay person is not aware of in achieving such amazing goals. Our guests found it fascinating and made reference to it time and time again during conversations yesterday.”
“I have never had such a positive reaction to a guest speaker before, the team were simply enthralled . . . an inspiration to all who listened! Somehow you still managed to make the challenges we face in our jobs relevant on a personal level to yours.”