Renowned around the world as one of the planet’s great adventurers, Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE has embarked upon expeditions across continents, oceans, mountain ranges and ice shelfs.
The legendary explorer will be at the Jersey Opera House on 31st October, giving an insight into his life, his adventures and his forthcoming expedition – beginning in November 2012. As well as continuing to plan and take part in treks across the globe, Sir Ranulph is also IBM New York’s chief motivational speaker.
Born in 1944, Sir Ranulph Fiennes was brought up in Africa and pursued the same path as his father, joining the Scots Greys before becoming a member of the secretive SAS regiment. He continued a career with the forces, serving with the Sultan of Oman’s army for two years and then proceeding on his first series of expeditions. To date, Sir Ranulph has taken on a myriad of challenges that have raised over £5 million for charity, including a climb of the North Face of the Eiger – despite limited climbing experience and vertigo – to raise money for the Marie Curie cancer charity. He reached the peak of Mount Everest on his third attempt, at the age of 65.
Other adventures have seen Sir Ranulph become one of the first two men in history to reach both the South and North Poles, finish an unsupported trek to the North Pole on foot, hovercraft up the River Nile, and complete seven marathons in seven days. Sir Ranulph’s incredible feats of physical and mental endurance have claimed 10 expeditionary world records over the course of 25 years.
His exploits and personal spirit are ideal inspiration for writing, and he has so far published 12 books, including The Feather Men, Mind Over Matter and Living Dangerously.
“My admiration for Ranulph Fiennes is unbounded and thank God he exists. The world would be a far duller place without him”
– HRH Prince Charles