Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls is a seasoned adventurer who served as a trainer with the Special Air Service, a special forces unit of the British army, where he was trained survival techniques.


After leaving school, Grylls considered joining the Indian Army and spent a few months hiking in the Himalayan mountains of Sikkim and West Bengal. From 1994 to 1997, he served in the United Kingdom Special Forces Reserve, with 21 Regiment Special Air Service, 21 SAS(R), as a trooper, survival instructor and Patrol Medic trained in unarmed combat, desert and winter warfare, combat survival, medics, parachuting, signals, evasive driving, climbing and explosives. He served in North Africa twice. His service in the SAS ended in 1997 as a result of a free fall parachuting accident he had suffered the previous year in Kenya. His canopy ripped at 1600 feet (500 m), partially opening, causing him to fall and land on his parachute pack on his back, which partially crushed three vertebrae. Grylls later said of the accident, “I should have cut the main parachute and gone to the reserve but thought there was time to resolve the problem”. Grylls spent the next 18 months in and out of military rehabilitation at Headley Court before being discharged and directing his efforts into trying to get well enough to fulfill his childhood dream of climbing Mount Everest.

Grylls has since been awarded the honorary rank of Lieutenant Commander in the UK’s Royal Naval Reserve for services to both charity and human endeavour.

His experiences include climbing Mount Everest, crossing the freezing North Atlantic Ocean in a small, open boat and climbing a Himalayan peak described by Sir Edmund Hillary as ‘unclimbable’. He has been places and done things that would defeat most normal people. But now, he is up against something completely different. In each episode of Man vs. Wild Bear strands himself in popular wilderness destinations where tourists often find themselves lost or in danger.

As he finds his way back to civilization, he demonstrates local survival techniques, including escaping quicksand in the Moab Desert, navigating dangerous jungle rivers in Costa Rica, crossing ravines in the Alps and surviving sharks off Hawaii.

He has eaten most of the species except humans, showing us how to save our life or how to survive when we are stranded in middle of forest, deserts and mountains.

According to Bear Grylls:

The Top Ten Household Items That Could Save Your Life in the Wild!

10. Make-up mirror: Reflects the sun, signaling to airplanes.

9. Credit card: Can be used to cut or, if it includes a reflective hologram, can signal for help.

8. Bra: Serves as water filter.

7. Lipstick: Can be used to write SOS on the top of your car or neighboring rocks.

6. Tampon: Serves as tinder once broken up into fuzz.

5. Shoelace: Binds sticks and other items together to create shelter.

4. Sock: Can also filter water.

3. Wristwatch: Determine direction by pointing the hour hand at the sun and form an imaginary line through the center of the “wedge” created between the hour hand and 12 o’clock — that is your north-south line.

2. Paper clip: When magnetized, makes a makeshift compass.

1. Battery: Cross with wire to generate a spark in order to start a fire.