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Better known in America, as 'The Kid who climbed Everest', Bear Grylls entered the Guinness Book of Records as The Youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest at only twenty-three years old.
An achievement that is even more remarkable as two years earlier he had a near fatal parachuting accident in Africa, almost severing his spinal cord.
Narrowly escaping being paralysed for life he spent a year convalescing, constantly facing the fact that he might never be fit enough to attempt 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 he raised the enormous sponsorship needed and began training for the daunting challenge.
On May 26th, 1998 at 07.22am, Bear joined only thirty British climbers to have successfully completed the expedition and return alive. Every year the death toll on Mount Everest rises, for every six mountaineers who make it to the top, one will die.
The actual ascent of Everest took ninety days enduring extreme weather, two months of limited sleep and running out of oxygen in the upper regions of the 'death zone' (above 26,000 feet). On the way down from his first reconnaissance climb, Bear cheated death while navigating the perilous Khumbu Icefall, the ice cracked and he fell into a 19,000 foot deep crevasse, was knocked unconscious and came to swinging on the end of a rope. Had it not been for the tenacity of his team-mates he would not be alive today. This incident was dramatised as part of the award winning, 'Sure For Men' advertising campaign, which stars Bear and is being broadcast worldwide at present. It is also known as 'Rexona' in Europe.
Before the Everest expedition, Bear spent three years as a Specialist Combat Survival Instructor and Patrol Medic with the SAS. In September 1997, he became the Youngest Briton to climb Mount Ama Dablam in the Himalayas (22,500 feet), a peak described by Sir Edmond Hillary as 'un-climbable'
Areas of Expertise
As a keen environmentalist, he led the first team to Jet Ski around Britain testing a pioneering new fuel made from rubbish and owns a nature reserve on an island, off the coast of Wales. Bear was a guest presenter on Meridian TV's Ridge-Riders, talking about the countryside and places of interest on a motorbike ride. As a survival expert he is totally at home in any outdoor situation and when in London he lives on houseboat with his wife. He has a passion for sailing and all extreme sports.
His book, 'Facing Up', published by Macmillan soared into the best-seller list and to date has sold over 35,000 copies. His a natural talent for communicating with everyone and entertaining led to a major new television series of his own, to be broadcast next year.
He has been a lively guest on 'Ready, Steady Cook' BBC TV, The Sean Hughes Show, Ainsley's Meals in Minutes BBC TV, This Morning ITV, Through The Keyhole BBC TV, Bigger Breakfast CH4 and many others. He has presented on The National Geographic 'Young Explorers' series and written articles for The Daily Mail, The Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph.
As one of the youngest motivational speakers on the international business circuit, Bear has won over even the toughest of audiences and has a list of extremely impressive references to his credit.
"There are precious few people in this world who can really make a difference in a positive way, you are one. Many thanks for all you are doing for BA. It is so good for our people to hear and learn from someone who has done so much in a world so different from ours".
CHIEF EXECUTIVE, BRITISH AIRWAYS
"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".
TRADING DIRECTOR, COCA COLA ENTERPRISES LTD
"Bear was exceptionally well received by the audience. We thought he scored 10 out of 10".
"Bear has a wonderful way of conveying his passion and excitement of the life threatening adventures he's been on in a highly personal and compelling way - the ripples he has sent out across our business has been terrific. His delivery and content for our conference was excellent".
W H SMITH LTD
"Your talk went down extremely well with all of our audience, I received special thank you letters from the Chief Executives saying that your speech was the most entertaining we have had to date. One of the best speakers we've had in years"
PRICE WATERHOUSE COOPERS
"Our thanks for your professional and inspirational contribution to our lunch, the combination of your particular style and breathtaking video was entirely appropriate and hit all the right notes".
THE INSTITUTE OF DIRECTORS
"All our senior Chief Executives had great things to say about Bear, he was a fantastic speaker".
UBS WARBURG SENIOR TEAM DINNER
"Your fascinating presentation at our Negotiators and Valuers Conference was truly amazing, especially for someone so young. Without exception we were all absorbed, it has had a positive impact across our company".
MANAGING DIRECTOR, CHRISTIE & CO
"He was one of the best and most enjoyable speakers we've ever had for our Investors in People dinner".
"Content of his presentation was excellent and he had a good delivery"
"Bear was marvellous, his presentation was unique and we all appreciated his great sense of humour"
AXA INSURANCE CONFERENCE
"I have seen a number of presentations on the climbing of Everest over the years, but I can honestly say this is the first time that I have got a real sense of what it means and feels like to attempt the climb and to succeed. Your presentation is delightful and inspiring".
SENIOR PARTNER, DAVIS LANGDON & EVEREST
"We absolutely loved him, he was a fantastic after dinner speaker".
"One of the most moving and honest speakers I have heard in many years."
"For someone so young he is extremely natural at public speaking and really has a way with audiences. He gave our 'Creating Young Leaders of The Future" keynote presentation.
THE INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY
"Thank you for such an interesting presentation it was most successful, which is not easy with 300 participants from 49 countries at one annual meeting."
UNION DES FOIRES INTERNATIONALE
"The audience of business people were enthralled by his talk and unanimous in their praise for his presentation. He cleverly linked his own experience to business life and made us more aware of the need for teamwork and mutual support. In all my years with the Chamber I have not attended a talk where praise was so unanimous".
CHIEF EXECUTIVE, DORSET CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY
"Splendid presentation, we were all spellbound and stunned"
CAMBRIDGE OFFICE, DAVIS LANGDON & EVEREST
"Your talk was gripping, I think everyone in the lecture theatre caught the atmosphere and shared your jubilation of reaching the top, after all the set backs. Stunning presentation and an excellent video".
"Thank you so much for speaking at our annual conference. It was a privilege to hear you speak. The delegates were inspired and captured listening to the remarkable experiences of your epic journey. You deserved the standing ovation, congratulations."
CHAIRMAN, NSA LIMITED
"What a talk! The humour, the entertainment! His relaxed style and natural exuberance and confidence brought praise from a packed audience".
THE BEMBRIDGE SAILING CLUB
"Considering this was a very sceptical group of fifteen year olds from inner city London he did a grand job - they even asked questions afterwards".
HABERDASHERS' ASKES'S HATCHAM COLLEGE
"He was very well received. Everyone aged from eight to adults really enjoyed it and were highly entertained".
ASHDOWN HOUSE SCHOOL
"We will certainly use him again, he did a good job for us".
IN REAL LIFE LTD, MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS
"One of the best speakers we've ever heard".
HML MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE 2001
"Thank you for your stunning performance on Meals in Minutes with Ainsley Herriot, we were all in fits of laughter, you are truly a gifted performer".
ASSISTANT PRODUCER, BAZAL MIDLANDS
"This was the second time I have heard Bear and he was just as inspirational as when I first heard him. A fantastic insight into following a dream. I have no hesitation in giving him 8 out of 8 for content and delivery".
THE ASSOCIATION OF CONVENIENCE STORES CONFERENCE
"We really enjoyed working with you. You were a natural and highly entertaining".
ASSISTANT PRODUCER, EXPLORERS JOURNAL, MENTORN BARRACLOUGH CAREY
"What an astonishing and entertaining talk, it really made a memorable evening having Bear speak to us after dinner."
"Thank you for your excellent contribution to the most successful exhibition yet, the Celebrity Theatre provided a real highlight and you were are real hit with the general public".
DAILY TELEGRAPH DESTINATIONS/BAA
"We have had a lot of professional speakers over the years but you really outshone them all. The audience absolutely loved you".
THE AMERICAN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
"A totally absorbing lecture with excellent visual support. Our Vice-Chairman and many others feel very lucky to have heard you speak".
THE SOLDIERS, SAILORS, AIRMEN AND FAMILIES ASSOCIATION
"Your talk to our Manchester office can only be described as exceptional - your words devastating and the visuals out of this world".
D.L.E CHARTERED QUANTITY SURVEYORS
"He was the by far the best speaker we have ever had at our lectures, truly inspirational to both pupils and masters".
THE DRAGON SCHOOL
"An honest and compelling story"
SIR RANULPH FIENNES
"He was the best speaker we've had by far, a real star. I only wish that we had booked him to speak for longer. He made every delegate feel that he knew them personally and joined in with our team games with such enthusiasm. I would thoroughly recommend him to anybody - true star quality".
"Your extraordinary and moving account of the Everest expedition affected all those at our dinner. You have really inspired our pupils to look more closely at their lives and I think many of them will take a more adventurous gap year and the challenge of it. I know that all our pupils greatly benefited from the time you spent here".
"What a lovely person Bear is and his talk was spellbinding".
CALDERDALE & KIRKLEES TRAINING AND ENTERPRISE COUNCIL LTD
"He gauged his audience so well even referring to the charities we were supporting. He was simply wonderful and so humble - we all loved it".
"Thank you for your contribution to our company day, your speech hit just the right note and was the subject of much talk and admiration. Your story was truly inspirational and has definitely left us all feeling as is we could reach for the stars!"
MARKETING EXECUTIVE, BERKELEY SCOTT GROUP
"It is rare to hear such a heroic story and with such vulnerability".
"Thank you for your great presentation in Hong Kong, not a single person left the auditorium which must be a first for one of these international gatherings".
CHAIRMAN, MONTGOMERY EXHIBITIONS LTD
"Thank you for a wonderful contribution to the CIES Management Development Programme Congress, you left our future leaders of the food business clearly inspired. Your presentation was rated at 4 for content and 4.2 for presentation out of a possible 5."
STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT PROGRAMMES, CIES
"Extremely positive feedback from the delegates, particularly to your speech which was both motivating and thought provoking. We appreciated the teamwork theme and thought Bear enthusiastic, entertaining and inspirational".
CORPORATE MARKETING & ADVERTISING SERVICES LTD
"We have had some super letters and comments about your talk, thank you for being such a splendid example you are an inspiration to us all".
DORSET CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY
"Absolutely brilliant. I have never heard such a great talk. The whole room was captivated. He scored 'excellent' throughout our feedback forms. A truly unique speaker, perfect for our Leading Edge Convention..
THE INSTITUTE OF GROCERY DISTRIBUTION
"Bear was inspirational, despite suffering from flu he was professional and gave a 10 out of 10 performance on both content and delivery".
SENIOR PARTNER CONFERENCE, LOVELLS, BRUSSELLS
"The entire team were enthralled throughout Bear's talk, an exceptional tale which left us very motivated as a team. Highly recommended!"
LEVER FABERGE GROUP
"Bear Grylls was fantastic, I would certainly recommend him".
ANNUAL CONFERENCE FOR DORSET PROBATION SERVICES
Thank you so much for your after dinner speech at E Telco 2001 Summit, going through the delegate forms we found that the feedback on the event was overwhelmingly positive. Your presentation was very highly rated, both in content and style."
MARCUS EVANS, NETHERLANDS
"Your excellent presentation at our conference has proved to be one of the most memorable events of that day and ahs marked a milestone in the future history of our organisation, I have no hesitation in recommending yourself in connection with similar events to other organisations. I think it important to inform you of how complimentary people were about your presentation and it's subject matter in particular."
NATIONAL SALES & MARKETING MANAGER, HELLMAN SYSTEMS
"Your keynote address in Greece was, once again, absolutely excellent and I even saw a couple of people in the audience wipe away a tear or two! It was a memorable speech and I certainly think that many of the delegates will have left Loutraki thinking about some of your messages.
GENERAL MANAGER WORLDWIDE SALES STRATEGY - BRITISH AIRWAYS
"I thoroughly enjoyed your excellent presentation at our CILA. I thought it was outstanding as did the rest of your audience".
PRESIDENT, THE CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF LOSS ADJUSTERS
"Many thanks for delivering such an inspirational, honest and very modest account of your Everest adventure. The whole school was buzzing. Everywhere one looks, children are curled up with your book!"
HEADFORT SCHOOL, CO MEATH, IRELAND
"I am sure you must be aware from the reception you received that you were a big hit with the girls. You struck just the right note in your presentation and since the talk, I have noticed several girls with heads buried in copies of your book. It can be a great support when people like you are prepared to acknowledge their own feelings in public".
HEADMISTRESS, KENT COLLEGE PEMBURY
"What an inspiring hour and I know that I was not the only one uplifted. I didn't feel an hour was enough to do justice to your extraordinary achievements to date; we'd love to learn more from you another day."
CEO, BERKELEY-SCOTT GROUP PLC