Ad­ven­turer Grylls sign­posts his new £ 20m NEC at­trac­tion with moun­tain- top ‘ heli- drop’ stunt

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IT is set to push dare­dev­ils to the limit, men­tally and phys­i­cally – and, chances are, they’ll love it!

Th­ese are the first pic­tures show­ing what The Bear Grylls Ad­ven­ture at­trac­tion at the NEC will look like when it opens in 2018.

To cel­e­brate the an­nounce­ment by en­ter­tain­ment gi­ants Mer­lin, sur­vival spe­cial­ist Bear has shot a spe­cial video sign­post­ing the launch – all the way from a Welsh moun­tain.

The move sig­nals how no ex­pense is be­ing spared to pro­mote the £ 20 mil­lion at­trac­tion. Bear was ‘ he­lidropped’ on to Cnicht in Snow­do­nia for the video stunt to give fans the chance to see the kind of thrills that will be on of­fer at the 8,000 sq me­tre at­trac­tion. Visi­tors will be able to dive, climb, iFLY ( in­door sky­div­ing) and walk the high­est free- roam high ropes in Europe.

At Base­camp, ev­ery­one can learn and prac­tice the skills needed for any great ad­ven­ture in a se­lec­tion of four group and in­di­vid­ual chal­lenges. The Ad­ven­ture site has been de­signed to in­cor­po­rate the ex­cite­ment of Bear’s real- life ad­ven­tures across moun­tains, deserts and jun­gles around the world in or­der to let guests test and push them­selves.

The five main chal­lenges are:

Dive – ex­pe­ri­ence the thrill of a new en­vi­ron­ment as you take on the ul­ti­mate deep dive ex­pe­ri­ence.

Fly – iFLY In­door sky­div­ing which sim­u­lates the in­com­pa­ra­ble feel­ing of freefall.

Climb – choose a route in­spired by breath­tak­ing fa­mous ter­rains, from the boul­ders of Foun­tain­bleau to the face of El Cap­i­tan to the steps of Mount Ever­est, which Bear first climbed in 1998.

High Ropes – zip slide from a Chi­nook he­li­copter on to the most ex­treme high ropes ac­tion in Europe.

Base­camp – a col­lec­tion of four men­tal, phys­i­cal, group and in­di­vid­ual chal­lenges de­signed to help you learn the core skills for ad­ven­ture.

Chal­lenges come in all shapes and sizes, from con­quer­ing small spa­ces, heights, the dark or fac­ing crea­tures head to head. By test­ing fo­cus and con­trol, by learn­ing a new skill or push­ing stamina and drive with a new ac­tiv­ity, ad­ven­tur­ers will be able to test self- be­lief and phys­i­cal and men­tal agility.

Bear says: “I have been so lucky to ex­pe­ri­ence some of the tough­est en­vi­ron­ments and chal­lenges the world has to of­fer. That ‘ never give up spirit’ is what I hope to in­spire in as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble. The scale of chal­lenges that can be found at Bear Grylls Ad­ven­ture are mind- blow­ing and will al­low mil­lions of oth­ers to find the courage and tenac­ity to con­quer their own Ever­est.”

For up­dates see www. bear­gryll­sad­ven­

How the The Bear Grylls Ad­ven­ture at­trac­tion at the NEC could look and, left, Bear on Cnicht in Snow­do­nia

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