TV adventurer Bear Grylls struggles to justify risk

Fri Apr 25, 2008 6:22pm EDT
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By Timothy Gardner

NEW YORK (Reuters) - For TV adventurer Bear Grylls the flavors of raw grubs, urine and yak eyeballs are fleeting, but the struggle of rationalizing a life of risk won't fade.

"The discomfort never lasts forever," Grylls said about eating raw snakes and frogs, and drinking fluid squeezed from fresh elephant dung.

It is all part of a day's work on his nature survival television show "Man vs. Wild" on the Discovery Channel.

"I'm used to the army and adjusting to things quite quickly," said the 33-year-old former British special forces soldier, who has jumped from a helicopter into places ranging from the jungles of Zambia to frozen Siberia for the show.

But revealing all the risks he faces to his wife and two young sons after coming home to his houseboat on the Thames river in London is a bit harder. He doesn't give details about how he dislocated a hip or broke thumbs or toes on both feet.

"It's an unresolved issue in my life because essentially my job can at times get a bit dangerous," he said.


Grylls got his taste for danger from his father, the late Michael Grylls who was a member of parliament in England.   Continued...