October 26, 2016

“Glad this was the only Bear I met in the park”

He has taught the art of outdoor survival to a panoply of pandered celebrities — Hollywood actresses, A-list comedians, even the leader of the free world. Bear Grylls explains why we should all take a leaf out of his book and go for a walk on the wild side

People call it “the wild”. But sometimes I wonder if that’s the right word. The natural world can be many things — breathtakingly beautiful and awe-inspiring, certainly. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to some of the most incredible places on our planet, from the seemingly endless deserts of the Sahara to the glacial wonder of the Antarctic. The splendour of these places has knocked the breath from my lungs on more occasions than I can count.

Of course, the natural world can also be threatening or even downright terrifying. Its forces can be brutal. And there is no shortage of hellholes, remote jungles and stinking swamps that I’d be happy never to set foot in again.

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