Published on April 1st, 2009 | by Tim6
Bear Grylls From “Man vs Wild”
|Edward Michael “Bear” Grylls|
|Born||7 June 1974
Bembridge, Isle of Wight, UK
|Occupation||Professional Adventurer, TV Show Host, Survival Expert|
|Background||British Military, SAS, Various Accomplishments|
Bear Grylls is no stranger to the manly lifestyle. He is by far one of the toughest and manliest men on the planet which is proof that you need not be 6’5″ 270lbs to be considered manly. Bear is a fairly average sized man, but I am confident that he could ruin worlds if he were pitted against men much bigger than him.
Bear began to consider joining the British Army shortly after finishing school. The difference between him and most other men is that while he made his decision, he didn’t sit in his house and think, nor did he write down the pros and cons of joining. While he was debating it, he decided to spend several months hiking in the Himalayas.
In 1994 Bear returned and passed the United Kingdom Special Forces Selection. He served in the SAS from 1994 – 1997 as a trooper, survival instructor and Patrol Medic. You may consider this a short time spent serving in the SAS until you hear the reason for discharge, which only just adds to how tough Bear truly is.
In 1996, Bear was parachuting in Kenya. As he descended, his parachute ripped. He was 1600 feet above the ground. Just as a comparison, the Empire State Building in New York only stands 1250 feet high. Bear plummeted towards the Earth where he crash landed hard onto his parachute pack. This accident crushed three vertebrae. Bear was later quoted saying
“I should have cut the main parachute and gone to the reserve but thought there was time to resolve the problem”
It took 18 months in rehab for Bear to correct his back problems. Most people after extensive rehabilitation for a broken back would probably think of getting a different job. Most likely a desk job where they won’t strain their weakened back. Bear decided that he would simply climb Everest. On May 26, 1998, he did just that. He became the youngest Briton to climb the mountain at age 23.
To keep in shape, Bear trains 5 or 6 days a week with a mix of different disciplines. This includes alternating cross country runs, circuit training and yoga. He also does Ninjutsu, gymnastics and acrobatics, and of course his climbing, skydiving and paragliding. It is also important to mention his nutrition which consists of many whole foods as well as various freshly killed insects and other animals (such as zebras).
Bear’s show “Man vs Wild” is essentially a television program which allows people to see how manly he is and dream. In any given episode, we are treated to Bear being dropped in the middle of nowhere with his cameraman and watching him fight his way out of the most ridiculous terrains imaginable. He will often find insects or animals which he kills by hand (if at all) and then eats them. He teaches how to navigate these terrains to reach survival as if anyone could actually pull it off.
Bear definitely came close to a perfect Man Rank of 10, however; he feel just short due to his 18 months spent in rehab for his back. A Rank 10 man would have laughed, gotten up and walked it off. He would have never complained and he would definitely not have spent time in rehab. Good effort, though, Bear.
Bear is definitely worthy of a Man Rank of 9. Through his accomplishments, injuries and displays of everyday heroics, he shows us what all men should be like and with any luck, the vast majorityof this generation’s men will realise that.