Often heralded as the world’s greatest living explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes was the first man to reach both the North and South Poles on foot and the first to cross Antarctica unsupported. His incredible list of explorations and achievements also include; being the oldest Briton to climb and conquer Mt Everest, run seven marathons on seven continents in seven days and complete an ultramarathon across the Sahara Desert. An attempt to cross Antarctica on foot during the southern winter with temperatures reaching minus 90C was thwarted by frostbite, but this did nothing to deter Ran from planning his next extreme challenge, facing the 159 mile run across the Sahara desert in temperatures reaching 50C. In addition to emphasizing the importance of teamwork, determination, tolerance and discipline in relation to all walks of life in his presentations, Sir Ranulph also highlights the incredible wealth of research gained from such explorations.
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Frequently heralded as the world’s greatest living explorer, Ranulph Fiennes was born in the UK and brought up in South Africa. He later returned to Britain joining The Royal Scots Greys and later the SAS as the youngest Captain in the British Army.
In 1970 he married his childhood sweetheart and together they launched a series of record breaking expeditions that kept them ahead of their international rivals for three decades. Among his achievements are; being the first to reach both the North and South Poles by foot, completing seven marathons on seven continents (including Antarctica) in seven days at the age of 65 and at his third attempt and reaching the summit of Mt Everest, thus becoming the oldest Briton ever to do so. It is also worth noting that it wasn’t until after major heart surgery that Ran took up climbing at all, conquering the North Face of the Eiger!
Other adventures include; attempting to cross Antarctica on foot during the southern winter when temperatures plummeted to an incredible -90 C and later undertaking a 159 mile run in the Marathon des Sables through the Sahara in temperatures of over 50C.
As well as the personal challenge, there is another dimension to his expeditions. A huge amount of scientific research has been carried out by Ran’s teams, and charities such as Marie Curie and the Multiple Sclerosis Society have benefited to the tune of many millions of pounds.
In his presentations Ran seeks to inspire, entertain and inform both conference and after dinner audiences alike. He achieves this by drawing comparisons between nature’s most dangerous and difficult challenges and the day-to-day hurdles faced by everyone throughout their own lives with teamwork, determination, patience, discipline and creative thinking all featuring prominently. He also highlights the challenges of preparing for and raising the sponsorship needed to complete his explorations.