A Fascinating Interview With Badass Adventurer Bear Grylls

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From summiting Mt. Everest to swimming with saltwater crocodiles in Australia, there are few challenges that English adventurer Bear Grylls isn’t prepared to tackle. The star of the Discovery Channel’s hit reality show “Man vs. Wild” took some heat back in 2008 for supposedly staying in motels during the taping of the first series, but has since become somewhat of an Internet sensation for answering questions about his wild adventures in a popular AMA thread on Reddit.

Grylls recorded most of his responses on video, which were then uploaded to a site called The Adrenalist.

He never goes into the wild without a knife, lighter and a picture of his family

'I always take one of our Bear Grylls knives. I always keep a FireSteel on me so I can get a fire going, and I also take a little laminated picture of my family that I keep tucked in the sole of my shoe for when I'm missing home.'

Source: The Adrenalist

He trains 40 minutes a day, six times a week to stay in shape for the show

'I train pretty hard when I'm back home. I consider it part of my job; I need to be fit for my work out there. But I don't go crazy. I train 40 minutes a day, six times a week. A mix of circuits and running and yoga and a lot of flexibility stuff. I'm trying to stay injury-free and look after myself. Train hard, get out there, work hard, and then play hard at the end of it.'

Source: The Adrenalist

Sometimes a situation feels too dangerous to continue

'To be honest sometimes I have definitely felt nervous about going on (especially if one of us has had a particularly close call -- which has happened quite a bit!), but I have learned that it is fine to feel like that --you gotta then put your head down and keep going -- and that attitude has helped me so often.'

Source: Reddit

A crew member broke six ribs in an unexpected rockfall

'Rockfalls have often caught us out unexpectedly -- Ian, one of our crew, got caught in a nasty one in NZ recently and broke 6 ribs. But he is mending now! Just got to be careful always and look out for each other I guess.'

Source: Reddit

The cameraman has to do most of the same things Bear does

Bear's cameraman, Simon Raeys, says:
'Yes...we are right there. But it's a great job.'

Source: The Adrenalist

His doesn't tell his wife about the crazy things he eats and drinks

The black swamps in Sumatra, Indonesia was the worst place he's had to survive

He's sustained a long list of injuries, including severing his finger in the jungle and breaking his shoulder in Antarctica

'He's a dude -- works hard in some difficult places out there, doing the business real and he's a real hero.'

Source: The Adrenalist

He has two pieces of advice for surviving in the wild...

'Smile when it's raining and never ever ever ever give up. That's all you need to know.'

Source: The Adrenalist

The hardest location to shoot is the swamps and Scotland

'The unknown stuff under the water like snakes and crocs means you have to be super aware all the time.'

Bear's cameraman, Simon Reay also weighs in:

'The hardest one for me was Scotland. Weather: cold, wet, and penetrating. It gets into the gear, it gets into you, and you can't protect against that. Mentally it drags you down as well.'

Source: The Adrenalist

He's most proud of passing SAS training, climbing Mt. Everest and his family

'I think passing SAS selection and Everest would be big things for me. But to be honest, and it sounds a bit corny, I'm probably most proud of my family -- my wife, Shara and three young boys.'

Source: The Adrenalist

Grylls has traversed the coldest, driest, windiest place on Earth...

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