8000 Meters Facts
Grylls latest Adventure
Bear Grylls spent three years with
the British Special Forces. During this time he
had a horrendous parachuting accident in southern
Africa, breaking his back in three places. Three
years later, after severe rehabilitation, he
overcame the odds to become the youngest British
climber ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest
and come back down.... 'Facing Up', his book on
this extraordinary story, reached the Top 10 Best
seller list. Bear Grylls one of the youngest and
most successful motivational speakers on the world
Bear has just completed his Trans-Atlantic voyage attempting
to be the first to cross the North Atlantic in an open RIB this summer. He
traveled through “The Perfect Storm” territory, with waves four storeys
high, passing icebergs the size of St Paul’s.
boat is 32 foot long and is completely open to the weather and is designed
by Bear to be tough enough to drive straight over small ice flows. A top BBC
cameraman filmed this exciting endeavour for broadcast later in the year.
For more on Bear see below....
GRYLLS: Better known in America, as ‘The Kid who climbed Everest’, Bear
Grylls entered the The Guiness 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
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 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.
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 1,000 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 British Special Forces. 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 ‘unclimbable’.
Everest Summiter, author and motivational speaker. To book