1.His claim to fame is that he became the youngest person to reach the tip of Mount Everest in 1998 at the age of 23. He made it into the Guinness book of records but his record has since been broken – four times.
2. Shockingly (not really), his name is not actually Bear. His real name is Edward Michael Grylls.
3. His only sibling Lara gave him the nickname “Bear” when he was just a week old.
4. He has a black belt in karate.
5. He served three years with the British Special Air Service (21 SAS).
6. It was with the SAS that he was trained in evasive driving, parachuting, demolitions, trauma medic, unarmed combat and jungle warfare. At least it paid off.
7. A year before climbing Mount Everest, Grylls broke his back in three places in a free-fall parachuting accident.
8. His first book, Facing Up went into the top 10 best-seller list in Britain- it was also later launched in the USA titled, The kid who climbed Mount Everest.
9. Has written 11 books since, including four teenage fiction books about survival titled Mission Survival.
10. His 1st TV break came when he was approached to star in an advert for Sure for Men deodorant featuring the story of his Mount Everest summit.