Bear broke his back while skydiving over Zambia (Picture: Netflix)
Bear Grylls has revealed he is in pain ‘every day’ after breaking his back in a parachuting accident.
The TV presenter and adventurer, 46, who is known for shows like Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls and Running Wild, fractured three vertebrae 25 years go during an SAS training exercise gone wrong.
Bear was 21 years old at the time and had been skydiving over Zambia.
His parachute failed to inflate and he landed on his pack, suffering the severe injury as a result.
Reflecting on the accident, Bear shared a photo of the scars he has on his back and revealed the ‘intense’ ice treatment he endures to aid his recovery.
He wrote on Instagram: ‘People sometimes ask me if my back ever hurts having broken it all those years ago in a parachuting accident.
‘The answer is ever day.And the treatment I get for it can be quite intense but life can at times be a battle for everyone and most people have their stuff to carry with them through the adventures.’
Channelling all the positivity, Bear added: ‘I choose just to be grateful for the opportunity to still be able to live life as best I can.
‘PS second photo is the ice treatment I do every day that helps keep me strong inside and out!’
Fans hailed Bear an ‘inspiration’ after reading his post – and not just for battling an ice bath seven days a week.
Praising his strength and attitude towards his injury, one follower posted: ‘I love your positive mindset! It’s inspiring!’
Another penned: ‘❤️ Looks do painful. You are an inspiration battling on xx (sic),’ while one more added: ‘You are a hero a warrior ?.’
Two years after his parachuting accident, Bear pushed himself on and successfully reached the summit of Mount Everest.
At the time, Bear held the record for the youngest Brit to reach the summit – however, he has said he feels the record belongs to Spencer Matthews’ late brother Michael who was 22 when he disappeared on
At the time, he was the youngest Briton to reach the summit of the world’s highest peak in Nepal.
But he has said he felt the record belonged to Michael Matthews, the brother of Made In Chelsea star Spencer Matthews, who was 22 when he died trying to climb Mount Everest in Nepal.
Spencer previously opened up about the tragedy in his 2013 book, titled Confessions Of A Chelsea Boy, where he explained that his family still don’t know exactly what happened to Michael.
He wrote: ‘His loss was devastating for the family and over time this became worse because the circumstances surrounding Michael’s death have never been fully explained.
‘We have not been able to say goodbye in person. We have nowhere to go to sit with him. He lives on with us in our minds only. I guess our family’s way of dealing with losing Mike is to believe that he goes on with us.’
Bear, meanwhile, has recently revealed the scariest moment of his career to date, singling out the time he was choked by a boa constrictor underwater.
‘I’ve never been so scared in my life. But like all these things, they happen fast and they don’t last very long. I managed to break free,’ Bear told The Sun as he recalled the near-death moment while filming for his interactive Netflix series Animals on the Loose.
He said: ‘I look back on the many times in my life when I really should have died. I feel incredibly lucky to have survived.’
Credit: Original article published here.