Author(s): Grylls, Bear
A collection combining two of Bear Grylls' most exciting adventures - Facing Up and Facing the Frozen Ocean. At extreme altitude youth holds no advantage over experience, and it is generally acknowledged that younger climbers have more difficulty coping with the adverse effects of mountaineering. Nevertheless, only two years after breaking his back in a free-fall parachuting accident, Bear Grylls overcame severe weather conditions, fatigue, dehydration and a last-minute illness to stand on top of the world's highest mountain. Facing Up is the story of his adventure, his courage and humour, his friendship and faith. It started out as a carefully calculated attempt to complete the first unassisted crossing of the frozen north Atlantic in a rigid inflatable boat. It became a terrifying battle against storm-force winds, crashing waves and icebergs as large as cathedrals. Starting from the remote north Canadian coastline, Grylls and his crew crossed the infamous Labrador Sea, pushed on through ice-strewn waters to Greenland and then found themselves isolated in a perfect storm 400 miles from Iceland. Compelling, vivid and inspirational, Facing the Frozen Ocean will appeal to Bear Grylls' many readers and win him many more.
"'No one could fail to be gripped by his heartfelt excitement and emotion over what was the adventure of a lifetime' Independent 'Bear's tale is by turns hilarious and horrific' Daily Telegraph 'Written with refreshing humility, this is a briskly told account, not of conquering Everest, but of realizing its power' Daily Mail 'A remarkable tale' Daily Express"
After breaking his back in three places in a parachuting accident, Bear fought his way to recovery, and two years later entered the 'Guinness book of Records' as the youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest, aged only 23. Bear's passion and enthusiasm for the outdoors are now shared and enjoyed through his TV programs in over 150 different countries, reaching over one billion people worldwife.