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Mud, Sweat and Tears Paperback – 26 Apr 2012
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Bear had a few near death experiences and always thanked his lucky stars and his faith for giving him a helping hand. Due to a free fall parachute accident Bear fractured his back in three places and was hospitalised for many months. Not one to give up a fight he recovered and set himself a real challenge, which was to climb Everest and of course reach the summit. His love of climbing is very evident. He trained hard and whilst on holiday at a friend’s he met the love of his life but he put that relationship on hold until he had achieved his dream of climbing Everest. Climbing Everest as Bear describes it in his book was at times petrifying and there was one part in the book where again he had a near death experience, despite the setback he wouldn’t give up. On reflection he realised that at times he was reckless and was told by an experienced mountaineer that he had acted recklessly at one point during the climb.
In the book Bear states he does not like the celebrity status but he seems to have done very well from it, given his TV programmes etc. That said he also does a lot of work for charities and the Prince’s Trust and the Scouts and is the youngest Chief Scout. Given his love for the wild I find it hard to believe he lives in London (on a barge) but I guess when you are a celeb that’s where it’s at. He also has his own Island in Wales (that sounds more like Bear). He is by all accounts a brave and inspiring individual, used to discipline and pushing his body and mind to extremes, determined and tenacious, courageous and heroic but human too, he admits to being fearful at times. He has a strong faith which he believes has been a great influence in his life. He is clearly a family man and you can sense how much he loves his family, his wife and his three boys. A story of friendship and strong bonds formed of trust and love and teamwork. I loved the book and Bear’s story and there were some heart stopping moments and cliffhangers. Bear is a born survivor and I look forward to the next follow up book.
He had a lot to overcome with that parliamentary background but you cannot help liking the chap. He writes at great pace, he has a lot to tell and packs 110 chapters into 400 pages. There is never a dull minute and even the inevitable disappointments and sadnesses of life serve only to spur him on to more enthusiatic exploits. I think if anyone else had written this book I could have given in to cynicism with all this enthusiasm but I just couldn't. I admire what he has achieved and how he has done it, by hard work and dedication and sticking to the task.
I am sure this story will be a must-read for the boys and young men of the Scouts. I hope it inspires some of them to try harder, perervere and achieve.
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