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Who is Bear Grylls? Find Out and Win His Signature Knife.

Bear Grylls Drinking Turtle Blood“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is often just that little word, extra,” said Man Vs. Wild star Bear Grylls at a speaking engagement in Durban, South Africa.  If anyone, Bear should know.

The 37-year old survivalist and T.V. star has captivated millions of viewers across the world with his death-defying wilderness skills.  Since we’re currently giving away a Bear Grylls Ultimate Multi-Tool (contest rules below),  I thought it was time to shed more light on one of the world’s greatest survivors.

The Birth of a Bear

Bear is British—you have probably gathered as much from his accent—and split his time as a child between Northern Ireland and the Isle of Wright.  He learned to climb and sail from his father at an early age and it was his sister who gave him the nickname “Bear,” when he was just a week old. Always the outdoorsman, Bear became a Cub Scout at eight; he also learned to sky-dive and practiced karate in his youth.

Bear Joins the Army and Almost Dies

Like any proper survivor, Bear celebrated graduating from Birbeck University in London by spending a few months hiking in the Himalayas.  From there, he joined the British Army and served as a trooper, survival instructor and patrol medic.  In 1996, he suffered a near-fatal parachuting fall in Zambia, in which he landed on his back and partially crushed three vertebrae.  It was initially unknown whether or not he would walk again.  Yet, after 18 months of rehabilitation, Bear was back to full strength and ready to fulfill a goal he had been pursuing since his childhood.

Bear Climbs Everest at 23

When he was young, Bear’s father had shown him pictures of Mount Everest that had made an indelible impression.  Since then, he had always had a goal of summiting the mountain, but the broken-back he suffered seriously jeopardized those aspirations:

I remember lying there during those long months of recovery and suddenly this dream that I had clung to so tightly and for so long, of climbing Everest, just felt a million miles away. It was beyond what I could believe and I remember vividly looking at the pictures my late father had given me of Everest years earlier, and taking them down. I dismissed it as something childish and something that could no longer become a reality.

Yet, on May 26 1998, Bear reached the summit of Everest, making him the youngest British climber to do so.  His expedition had taken four months just on Everest’s southeast face alone.  He was nearly killed on numerous occasions and three other climbers making the trek lost their lives.

Bear Gets Gnarly, Seriously Gnarly

Post climbing Everest, Bear was booming with enthusiasm and completed a string of survival feats, such as:

— Circumnavigating the UK on a jet ski

— Crossing the North Atlantic on an inflatable boat

— Having a dinner party in a hot air baloon at 25,000 feet

Paramotoring over the Himalayas.

—  Setting the record for the world’s longest free fall.

These freakish accomplishments couldn’t be ignored by the world of television for long. Bear made his media debut in a Sure deodorant commercial and in 2006, Bear’s current survival series, Man Vs. Wild, debuted and immediately found success.  Today, it attracts over one billion viewers a year.

Win Bear’s Knife, Get Tough

We’re currently giving away a Bear Grylls’ signature 12-component ultimate multi-tool and to win all you need to do is advise Bear on how to get out of the following situation, which, considering his reputation, is totally realistic.

Bear is standing on a rock in the middle of the Amazon River wearing nothing but camouflage briefs. On one bank there is a nest full of anacondas. On the other, there is a vicious-looking jaguar. The river is full of piranhas.

Bear has possession of the following things:  a coconut, a monkey, two Budweiser bottles and 10 palm leaves, in addition to his Ultimate Multi-Tool with 12 components. Give Bear advice on how to escape to safety by entering your answer in the comment field below.

You must submit your entry (and you can only submit one) prior to Friday 10 p.m. Central Time.  Then, we’ll pick our top three favorites and publish them on the blog for readers to vote on. Be creative.  Be imaginative.  Good luck!

Daniel Lawton

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  1. First off…. I would violently throw the monkey into the river as a distraction for the piranhas, then I would begin to swim across the river cautiously towards the nest of andacondas, because a jaguar would just fuck you up… and the andacondas could kill you, but if its a nest they would generally be in a mateing ball and focussed on the female. I would then snash one bottle in half and use it as a stabbing device, I would fend off any andacondas that tryed to attack and possibly kill one to eat later and I would use the other bottle to get some water from the river while im in it. then after loseing all those precious callories I would crack that coconut open and drink all the fluids out then eat the inside of the coconut because it would be delicious.

  2. Kyler Pennington

    April 29, 2011 at 1:44 am

    Throw the monkey to the jaguar it eats the monkey and gets full and leaves for the paronas you could cut ur hand let it drop in the water the blood would Attract them when they go toward the blood escape and get on the bank

  3. First of all I like to know how he got to the rock in the middle of the amazon river in the first place if the river is full of piranhas. Once I know that then I know how to get him out of there. He could sit on the rock drink the two bottle of Budweisers throw one bottle at the jaguar and the other at the Anacondas, Get back on the raft if thats what got him to the rock, put the monkey on it with him and use the palm leaves as shelter and use the coconut as food and sail away,

  4. unless extremely hungry the pirahnas wont attack if he acts calm and isnt bleeding, give the monkey to the damn cat and float down river to a safe place then use leaves to collect rain water and store in beer bottles eat the cocanut

  5. First he take the two Budweiser bottles and make the monkey drink them so he is drunk. Then he takes the coconut cut it in half and make it into a coconut bra with on of the palm leaves. After that he takes the rest of the leaves and makes a hula skirt. He puts the bra and skirt on the monkey and makes him dance. while the anacondas, the cat, and the piranhas are distracted buy the drunk monkey dancing he can just swim away to safety.

  6. What you want to do is pop open the Budweiser bottles using your BG multi-tool and go ahead and enjoy them! After 20 minutes and you get a great buzz from the quality beer cut the coconut open with your BG multi-tool and let the monkey get a taste of the milk, then drink the rest for energy, you should be well hydrated by this point!… then throw the coconut as far as you can down stream so the dumb monkey will jump in a go after it to drawing the piranhas to the monkey. While the piranhas are busy shreading the monkey to peices swim quickly to the side of the nest of anacondas and once on shore throw the 10 palm leaves over the anacondas walking and jumping over them to escape! Then continue on your mission because your Bear Grylls and you always get out alive!

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