Bear Grylls, host, narrator and executive producer of National Geographic’s Hostile Planet, has become known worldwide as one of the most recognized faces of survival and outdoor adventure. His journey to this acclaim started on a small island off the UK coast, where his late father taught him to climb and sail. Trained from a young age in martial arts, Grylls spent three years as a soldier in the British Special Forces as part of 21st SAS Regiment. It was here where he perfected many of the survival skills that his fans all over the world enjoy as he pitted himself against the worst of Mother Nature. Despite a free-fall parachuting accident in Africa, where he broke his back in three places and endured many months in military rehabilitation, Grylls became one of the youngest climbers ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Grylls then starred in seven seasons of the Discovery Channel’s Emmy Award- nominated Man vs. Wild TV series, which became one of the most watched shows on the planet, reaching an estimated 1.2 billion viewers. He is a number one bestselling author, an honorary colonel to the Royal Marine Commandos and the youngest ever chief scout, an inspiration to 55 million scouts worldwide.