Bear Grylls is filling you in on his favourite adventure sports so that you can make them your next challenge. From mountains, to the sea and even the air, these adrenalin-pumping activities have it all and will benefit you long after your first session.
“Go with a friend, take a class, find a wall in your city and learn some skills,” Grylls says. “And then push yourself a bit. Research some cool routes nearby, go out and try some easy ones, take someone who’s done it before and just grow. Adventure should be 80% ‘I think this is manageable,’ but it’s good to have that last 20% where you’re right outside your comfort zone. Still safe, but outside your comfort zone.”
“I took my kids paragliding yesterday,” Grylls says. “Huckleberry is 2. I strapped him in – it was an adult harness. I wrapped it around him a few times, and we jumped off this hill. It wasn’t like a vertical hill or anything. It was a gentle hill, and I ran down, just holding the bottom of his feet, and he was going, ‘I’m flying! I’m flying!’ My 8-year-old loves it and doesn’t want me to hold him, and he takes off on his own, goes up six metres and comes down.” Grylls says he taught himself the sport. But that’s not advisable. “Take a class.”
“You can do it with your kids, you can do it on your own. You can start off just on a lake. You can learn how to kayak well, how to roll it, and then take it to a river. But again, be careful, research the river, and get some help and some guiding, because rivers are things I’ve learned to really respect. And I always give myself a 20% margin of error.”
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