Bear Grylls
YOU South Africa|20 May 2021
The daredevil is back with a new season of Running Wild
KIM ABRAHAMS

THE MAN BEHIND THE MADNESS

Born Edward Michael Grylls to parents Sir Michael and Sarah, Bear (46) got his nickname from his sister, Lara Fawcett, when he was just a week old. He inhe­rited his love of adventure from Michael, a Conservative English politician.

“From a young age I was climbing with my dad and making rafts,” Bear says. “It had me hooked on adventure!”

In 1998, at 23 years old, he became the youngest Brit to summit Mount Everest. What made the achievement more spec­tacular is that just a year before, Bear was in a near­fatal free­fall parachuting accident. He broke his back in three plac­ es and spent several months in rehabili­tion.

Reflecting on his accident in an Insta­ gram post last month, the adventurer re­vealed he still experiences pain every day.

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