News reaches grough towers of another Everest conquest.

The implausibly named TV presenter Bear Grylls flew a powered paraglider above the peak of the highest point on earth to claim the record for – er – flying a powered paraglider above the highest point on earth.

Bear, 32, from Ramsbury in Wiltshire, travelled 140m above the summit after taking off from a village in Khumbhu,

The adventurer, a former special forces member whose real name is Edward Michael Grylls, is the son of a Tory politician and was the youngest Briton to climb Ama Dablam and then Everest – and return alive, so he has at least gone up the mountain the hard way.

He is currently presenting Born Survivor on Channel Four.