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Bear Grylls will launch his exclusive Bear Grylls Survival Academy. Also, check out 10 survival tips from the expert himself.     Man vs. Wild star...

Bear Grylls will launch his exclusive Bear Grylls Survival Academy. Also, check out 10 survival tips from the expert himself. 

   Man vs. Wild star Bear Grylls will launch his exclusive Bear Grylls Survival Academy in the USA in June, 2014. Offering outdoor enthusiasts across the country the chance to learn his extreme survival techniques, the courses will take place in the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Yosemite National Park. Designed by Bear Grylls himself, the course will consist of several survival techniques and run by his close team of highly trained survival experts.

   Comprising a combination of remote land/water survival and adventure tasks, five-day and twenty-four hour courses as well as tailor made team building programs will provide the opportunity to learn Bear’s dynamic approach to self-rescue. Techniques include fire lighting, emergency shelter building, knife skills, foraging for grubs and rodents, remote medical trauma, a range of dynamic activities including rappelling, traverses and scrambling, extreme weather survival, river crossings and of course Bear’s famous Gross Eat challenge! 

   Lead instructor, Scott Heffield, who also works closely with Bear, says: “The Sierra Nevada Mountains provide the perfect backdrop for Bear Grylls Survival Academy course to launch. Topography, rivers, lakes, harsh weather conditions and wildlife are all important factors to consider and the Catskills is an environment that simulates real life Bear Grylls survival situations.” 

   Alan Pratt, USA Director for Bear Grylls Survival Academy adds, “With its vast wilderness areas and abundant rivers and streams, the Sierra Nevada Mountains are an ideal location for the Bear Grylls Survival Academy. This is an exciting endeavor and we are excited about this providing a fun and adventure packed experience at our Sierra location.”  

   Bear Grylls is arguably the most recognized face of survival and outdoor adventure, with experience gained during his seven seasons of Discovery’s Emmy nominated hit TV show Man vs. Wild and NBC’s new Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls. The course is based around the skills he learned from his time with the British Special Forces and his many survival missions to every extreme wilderness on the planet.  

   “So many people have asked me over the years where they can learn extreme, practical survival – the type that requires spirit, determination and the skills to self-rescue against the odds, in some of the harshest terrain around. So it is with great pride that we can now finally launch the Bear Grylls Survival Academy in the USA to be able to share some of these skills and what it really means to be able to look after yourself when the chips are down,” says Bear Grylls. “Oh, and it may hurt a little.” 

   To help deliver the course, Bear has teamed up with Worldwide Experience, experts in delivering high quality experience-lead conservation and volunteering courses around the world. Paul Gardiner, Managing Director of Worldwide Experience explained, “Nature, conservation and education are really important to us and we are so excited to continue working with Bear and his team as the Survival Academy launches in the USA. Our aim is to inspire people to reconnect with the natural world and the course will give people a raw but fulfilling experience hopefully leaving people feeling challenged but with big smiles on their faces!” 

   Updated information can be found at The official opening dates will be announced on the website. 

About Bear Grylls 

   Bear’s passion for the outdoors was forged during his childhood in the UK on the Isle of Wight where his late father taught him to climb and sail. Trained from a young age in martial arts, Bear went on to spend three years as a soldier and combat survival instructor in the British Special Forces, serving with 21 SAS. It was here that he perfected many of the skills that his fans all over the world enjoy watching him pit against mother-nature. Today perhaps Bear is best known for his international TV series Man vs. Wild, which has achieved a global audience of over 1.2 billion followers, and his new NBC survival series: Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls.

Check out these 10 Survival Tips From Bear Grylls!

10 Survival Tips From Bear Grylls! 

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