Bear Grylls teams up with Royal Marines at Lympstone
PUBLISHED: 18:23 11 November 2013 | UPDATED: 18:23 11 November 2013
Television presenter and daredevil Bear Grylls took on the Royal Marine assault course without breaking into a sweat when he visited the Lympstone training camp in his new role as Royal Marines Reserves honorary Lieutenant Colonel.
Adventurer Bear Grylls got stuck into the Royal Marine assault course when he visited the Commando Training Centre at Lympstone.
The television presenter and outdoor survivalist, who was recently awarded an honorary marine green beret, marked the moment by visiting the camp.
As a newly-appointed Royal Marines Reserves honorary Lieutenant Colonel, Bear was among the VIPs at the Kings Squad pass-out of 162 Recruit Troop, taking pride of place in front of the new marines and their families.
When asked about his new role, Bear said it was a ‘total privilege’ to encourage the marines in all their endeavours.
He said: “Especially down here at Lympstone where it’s pretty daunting for recruits and young officers when they start training, but they’re on the path to something special. Worthwhile things in life don’t come easy.
“For me it’s just about encouraging them to stick with it. Go for it, and really embrace those corps values that mean so much in life – like cheerfulness in adversity and humility and all that stuff that really matters in soldiering but also in life.
“My father was a Bootneck. He’s no longer around now but I’d like to think he’d be smiling down – especially now as I now outrank him.
“It’s all about encouraging and celebrating the incredible efforts and contribution the marines make to the UK.”
While at the camp, Bear forged ahead with the punishing Royal Marine assault course.
Recruits from 164 Troop, taking part in a practice Tarzan assault course run, were ‘more than surprised’ to encounter the new Lt Col on top of the 12 ft wall.
Bear, who called everyone he met ‘dude’, repeatedly completed the rope regain – climbing back onto a rope suspended over water – without breaking into a sweat.
He is expected to return to CTCRM in January 2014 where he hopes to meet more of the recruits and tackle more of the Royal Marines physical test.