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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Fri 5th Jun 2015
The Royal Institution
Bear Grylls is a British writer and television presenter and has become known around the world as one of the most recognized faces of survival and outdoor adventure. He hosts the BAFTA award winning The Island with Bear Grylls for Channel 4. On 16 May 1998, Grylls achieved his childhood dream of climbing to the summit of Mount Everest in Nepal, 18 months after breaking three vertebrae in a parachuting accident. At 23, he was at the time among the youngest people to have achieved this feat. To prepare for climbing at such high altitudes in the Himalayas, in 1997, Grylls became the youngest Briton to climb Ama Dablam, a peak once described by Sir Edmund Hillary as "unclimbable". In July 2009, Grylls was appointed the youngest-ever Chief Scout in the UK at age 35. His most recent book is Ghost Flight.