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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