Welcome to Metro.co.uk‘s The Big Questions, where we ask, well, the big questions (and the smaller ones too) and this week, we’re diving deep with Bear Grylls.
The adventurer and Running Wild With Bear Grylls host, 47, is a bona fide British icon, with an adoring fanbase that spans generations in no small half due to his meme-worthy ideas for surviving within the wilderness.
But, as he’ll be the primary to inform you, survival is a ‘state of mind’.
From TV exhibits, books and theme parks to his pageant, Bear is bringing again his Gone Wild Festival for an additional yr – a heady mixture of music, good ol’ customary camouflage and concealment demonstrations( naturally) and *report rip* ‘gross eat’ stations?
Telling us concerning the inspiration behind the August financial institution vacation weekend occasion, which has now launched day tickets, Bear enthused he wished to create the ‘greatest outdoor adventure family festival ever run in the UK’.
He muses: ‘The setting is simply unimaginable down there at Powderham Castle, proper on the coast on the estuary, superb floor, and such an incredible robust army neighborhood down within the southwest.
‘So to have a setting like that, and be able to bring 6,000 incredible people from all over the country down here…there’s a spirit to the kind of people who come. People who love journey, the outside, are sometimes fairly family-minded, wish to go someplace that’s protected, but in addition that additionally has all of the enjoyable of festivals.’
Bear, Gone Wild is an actual mash-up, survival course, music pageant hybrid – what made you wish to set it up?
For me, it’s one thing of a ardour mission. We help the Royal Marines and the Royal Marines charity, and it’s essentially the most enjoyable weekend of the yr.
You go searching, I bear in mind final yr seeing all these households, and the youngsters are throwing axes and doing wild swimming over right here and paddle boarding and abseiling off the fort and quad biking.
But you then’ve additionally bought superb music, superb meals, and tenting. So I don’t know, it’s a cheerful, actually joyful, particular time. And I’m actually pleased with the crew of ex-royal Marines which are operating it, and the neighborhood there.
You’ve simply signed The Script as a performer, alongside the likes of The Darkness and Sophie Ellis-Bexter. Are you hoping you would possibly get the lads from The Darkness hanging out on the Gross Eat Station and taking in a few of these questionable delights?
Well, you chuckle, however final yr we had so many instances like that with the assorted bands.
Bands usually cruise round, caught of their trailers, [Gone Wild] turns into a very enjoyable journey for them. I bear in mind messing round with the Kaiser Chiefs backstage, speaking of consuming maggots with them.
It simply provides an incredible spirit to that place, and it’s enjoyable to see it increasing and rising this yr and a lot demand for folks I believe after such a troublesome two years.
You’ve navigated Everest, you’ve crossed the North Atlantic. I do know your sons are a bit of bit older now [Bear shares Jesse, Marmaduke and Huckleberry with wife Shara] however how does adventuring examine to navigating a pageant with three kids?
[Laughs] It’s it’s a unique dynamic, isn’t it? Well, they are saying journey is a way of thinking. So, to me, simply attending to spend time with household at a spot like that is particular.
I’m away loads of the yr and truly to have a spot like Gone Wild that’s rooted in enjoyable adventures, it’s additionally a protected house for households.
When it involves your well-known survival abilities, when assembly folks, what’s the primary query that you simply appear to get requested about what they need to be taught?
I believe there’s a thirst for these items, folks wish to really feel outfitted for all times, they usually wish to be empowered to really survive past simply the commute and their day job, they’re hungry for experiences, they usually’re hungry for journey.
This is identical dynamic we’re seeing with Gone Wild, it’s why so many individuals love doing all of the actions, they really wish to be taught stuff, they need their youngsters to be taught the right way to survive, the right way to gentle a hearth, the right way to make a camp, the right way to acquire water, all of those sorts of abilities, however actually, it’s a few way of thinking.
It’s about being resourceful, it’s about with the ability to take care of your self, and when issues go unsuitable.
I see that additionally, on Running Wild, it’s my friends who come on the present, they wish to be outfitted with a few of these abilities.
One of the issues I believe, is that it’s a way of thinking – it truly is. Survival is all about having that by no means surrender spirit and being resourceful and resilient within the huge moments.
You’ve turn into a British icon via every little thing that you simply’ve accomplished, however how do you strategy fame or the concept of being within the highlight?
I take all of it with a bucket of salt, not only a pinch of salt.
It’s a byproduct of my work. I say to my household, when it’s clearly been a part of their lives as nicely, after we’re out and about, that we have now associates everywhere in the world. That’s how I take a look at it: associates everywhere in the world. And I by no means take it without any consideration and [am] at all times grateful for these connections.
I like listening to folks’s tales, whether or not it’s simply tenting with their dad or their youngsters or their brother, who was a scout, or no matter it’s, and that’s at all times a privilege to listen to. We’re constructing an incredible journey neighborhood around the globe, via so many of those tasks and I like that.
Are there alternatives that you simply’ve turned down in your profession as a result of they didn’t align with what you’re aiming to attain?
Yeah, I believe essentially the most highly effective phrase in so lots of our lives is ‘no’, and protecting the principle factor the principle factor.
Follow your coronary heart, hearken to that internal voice; don’t get distracted left and proper. What we do has bought to be empowering for different folks, serving to them dwell their life with an adventurous spirit, with a resilient spirit, with a by no means surrender spirit.
All of the issues are simply mediums to share that – whether or not it’s a theme park, whether or not it’s Gone Wild, whether or not it’s books or programmes, we’re attempting to do stuff that encourages folks to get on the market and go for it and take just a few dangers. And that’s necessary.
From Terry Crews to Barack Obama and Cara Delevingne, you’ve had superb friends on Running Wild. Do you might have a little bit of a bucket listing of people that you’d completely like to have on? You most likely can’t say any names…
Well, we’re actually fortunate on the present, we do get superb friends. But we try to preserve them quiet till we announce them and never jinx them.
I believe folks typically say, ‘Well, how can we get these guests’. I do suppose these guys don’t want the celebrity or the cash, they’re not there for that, there’s a zillion exhibits they will do if that’s what they’re after.
I believe the wild offers us all one thing that cash can’t purchase, and that’s what we try to faucet into throughout all these tasks. That’s why folks love Gone Wild, why folks love our place [The Bear Grylls Adventure] on the NEC [in Birmingham] and, identical factor, you’re tapping into that problem and going through just a few fears.
You’ve bought to be taught that within the wild, you’re gonna have just a few scary instances and also you’ve bought to maintain going and try to preserve a smile in your face even when it’s laborious.
I learn someplace that with regards to the kind of the primary assist kits that you simply tackle the treks with the celebrities, that antivenin is the one which will get introduced out essentially the most?
You’ve bought to be ready for the worst, at all times. And we’re going at all times to tough locations. Stuff does occur and also you don’t wish to be unprepared if you’ve been bitten by a venomous snake.
So we do have antivenin with us, however really, we don’t must take it out fairly often. We’ve had just a few events the place the place we’ve had some nasty bites from snakes, however yeah, a part of the occupational hazards.
Your recognition spans generations, however what do you suppose is a false impression about you?
I believe I’m most likely not as robust as folks may think. And I’m most likely not as nice as folks think about at any of these items.
I’ve been actually fortunate. From a younger child rising up, I used to be by no means the very best or the sportiest or the strongest or essentially the most intelligent. But I simply love the journey and I like doing these adventures with nice associates and I believe that’s all we’ve stored attempting to do.
But I’m commonly surrounded by and meet different people who find themselves much better climbers and survival guides or skydivers than I’ll ever be, however life isn’t about being the very best, it’s about attempting to do your greatest and being grateful for that journey.
And so I believe I’m inferior to folks would most likely think about – I believe that’s most likely the reality.
Tickets for Gone Wild pageant can be found right here.
Bear Grylls’ weekend:
It’s Saturday, the place will we normally discover you?
If I’m at residence with the household we’ll typically be on our little island in Wales. It’s a particular place for us: off grid, quiet and weather-beaten and surrounded by views of the mountains. I adore it there.
I like to coach very first thing within the morning and swim within the sea. Even in winter I like that. Cold water swimming is so standard now however it’s been a staple of my routine for years. Keeps you trustworthy!
Do you sleep in, or are you up and at them?
It relies upon. When we’re filming it’s at all times early pre-dawn. But at residence I like a lie-in particularly if we have now all of the boys residence and I can drag them into our mattress within the morning. A large mattress was a superb purchase all these years in the past!
How have your weekends advanced?
Now the boys are getting older, we get to share fairly just a few hobbies collectively like paragliding or motorbiking. It’s fairly particular to have the ability to try this with them collectively and plan enjoyable journeys away. Life and household is a superb present – we should always remember that.
On a chilled-out Sunday evening, what are you watching?
Last Sunday we watched Legends of the Fall with the household – it’s a ceremony of passage for our boys to expertise that basic previous movie with Brad Pitt.