The Adventure People #1

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

The first of our features on those we consider to encapsulate the spirit of adventure focuses on the incredible Sir Ranulph Fiennes.  Sir Ranulph is towards finalising his most recent challenge which we describe below, please do sponsor what you for the wonderful charity, Marie Curie.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes. arguably the world’s greatest living explorer and probably a national treasure, we can’t think of anyone more appropriate to begin our tribe of The Adventure People.

Traversing the globe for over 50 years and taking human endeavor to its limits whilst raising millions for charity, Sir Ranulph really is an inspiration. Just quickly, here is a list of his major expeditions:

  • 1967 – Jostedalsbreen Glacier Expedition
  • 1969 – The Nile Hovercraft Expedition
  • 1970 – 2nd Jostedalsbreen Glacier Expedition
  • 1971 – The Headless Valley Expedition
  • 1976 – 78 – Greenland: Hayes Peninsular Expedition
  • 1979 – 82 – The Transglobe Expedition
  • 1986 – 90 – The Unsupported North Pole (Canadian) Expedition
  • 1990 – The Unsupported North Pole Russian Expedition
  • 1991 – The Discovery of the Lost City of Ubar
  • 1992/1993 – The Unsupported Antarctic Continent Expedition
  • 2000 – The Arctic Solo Expedition
  • 2003 – Seven marathons in seven days on seven continents
  • 2005 and 2008 – Everest Tibet and Everest Nepal summit Attempts
  • 2007 – North Face of the Eiger
  • 2009 – Everest Nepal Summit (Became the first person ever to summit Everest and cross both polar ice caps)
  • 2014 – The Coldest Journey – Antarctic plateau through polar winter
  • 2015 – Marathon des Sables, Sir Ranulph becomes the oldest Briton at the time to complete the ‘toughest footrace on earth’ in aid of Marie Curie.
  • 2016 – The Global Reach Challenge . Attempting to become the first person to have crossed both polar ice caps and climbed the highest mountains on each continent

This is quite a list and more than once Sir Ranulphs life has been in danger of being lost. Indeed Sir Ranulph is not without injury and famously decided to saw off his own fingers in his garden shed with a black and decker as they had succumb to frost bite. By all accounts Sir Ranulph’s surgeon remarked he’d done quite a good job if a little untidy.

Of course Sir Ranulph has been honored many times and has many awards to his name but there is another reason why Sir Ranulph is the first person to be included within The Adventure People tribe.

The reason we’ve placed Sir Ranulph first is because he has devoted his life to adventure and endeavor for the benefit of others. Its that, The Benefit of Others, which makes him stand out. Sir Ranulph put his life on the line, albeit voluntarily, to raise money for those less fortunate then himself or his team. We of course want to enjoy our adventures and explore the world whilst being taken care of and looked after but for all those aren’t able to do this, Sir Ranulph was and is a light, a beacon. A beacon of hope, inspiration, daring, grit and a never say die attitude. In the process £14 million has been raised for British charities.

One is able to read about the exploits of our intrepid hero in his many books, we particularly like Captain Scott – The Biography and Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know although we can’t attest to having read all of this books, there are, to date, 24.

This is a person who has really lived their life to the full and that is what we at least aspire to.

Today Ranulph aims to become the first person to have crossed both polar ice caps and climbed the highest mountains on each continent. It will be the culmination of a lifetime of exploration and death-defying challenges.

Ranulph has already:

  • crossed both polar ice caps
  • climbed Mount Everest in Asia
  • climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa
  • climbed Mount Kosciuszko in Australasia
  • climbed Mount Elbrus in Russia

Ranulph completed his next challenge in December by successfully climbing Antarctica’s tallest mountain, Vinson. This January, he is heading to South America to take on Aconagua, the continent’s highest mountain.

  • Mount Elbrus in Europe – COMPLETED JULY 2016!
  • Mount Vinson in Antarctica – COMPLETED DECEMBER 2016!
  • Aconcagua in South America – abandoned through injury January 2017
  • Denali in North America – one of the world’s most difficult and dangerous mountains to climb

After being forced to turn back from climbing Denali in May this year after suffering from chronic back pain, this final mountain will be the toughest final test possible.

The combined height of all five of these mountains is the equivalent of climbing to the top of the Shard 93 times, or twice as high as the cruising altitude of an A380 jet.

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