In 1996, while serving in the British Army, Bear Grylls broke his back in a freefall parachuting accident in southern Africa. Miraculously, he was not paralyzed. After spending months in a military rehabilitation center, Bear decided to leave the army in order to realize a childhood dream: to climb Mount Everest.
Bear endured over seventy days on Everest's southeast face, and only narrowly escaped death when he fell into a crevasse at 19,000 feet. At the age of twenty-three, he overcame extreme weather conditions and months of limited sleep to reach the summit of the world's tallest mountain.
The Kid Who Climbed Everest is a personal story of courage, humor, friendship, and faith, and will inspire readers both young and old alike.
Bear Grylls was brought up on the Isle of Wight, where he learned to climb with his father. He spent three years in the British Army and is a martial arts expert. He is currently attempting to be the first person to jet-ski around the entire landmass of Great Britain.
Bear was brought up on a small island off the south coast of England, where his late father taught him to climb and sail. A martial arts expert, Bear went on to spend three years as a soldier in the British Special Forces (21 SAS). He then suffered a free fall parachuting accident in Africa, and broke his back in three places. Yet despite this, and after months of military rehabilitation, he went on to become the youngest Briton ever, and one of only an elite number of climbers, to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Now one of the youngest and most sought-after motivational speakers, he relates his remarkable experiences to audiences and corporations all around the world. Bear lives with his wife, Shara, and their little son, Jesse, on a Dutch barge in London and on a small, remote Welsh island. One day he hopes to buy a home that doesn't leak.