6 January 2016
Last month, a ‘first’ in television occurred: a US President appeared in a survivalist television programme. This was thanks to Cordon Rouge Club member Bear Grylls’ series “Running Wild With Bear Grylls”. The episode, which follows Bear and President Obama venturing through the Exit Glacier, Alaska, highlights the harmful effects of climate change – a natural topic choice given their shared eagerness to protect the planet.
In President Obama’s own words, promoting climate change initiatives was “one of the main purposes” of the trip. Alongside this, Bear taught Obama about navigating without a compass, building fires, making tea out of catkins and prepared some wild salmon (already part consumed by a bear) to taste. The two also discussed fatherhood, fears, and what it is like to live a life outside ‘the norm’. President Obama noted how different the experience was to a typical day in the White House!
Bear said, “There were times along the route I had to pinch myself and think, actually, this is the President of America… The moment where we pray together there was a palpable sense of peace in the air. I will never forget that.”
Bear’s “Running Wild With Bear Grylls” series shares Maison Mumm’s emphasis on adventure and exploration. Other ventures have included taking actor Ben Stiller to Scotland’s Isle of Skye and climbing some of Snowdonia’s mountains with Oscar-winner Kate Winslet. Like many other Cordon Rouge Club members, Bear uses his expeditions to promote and support topics concerning courageousness, education and charity.