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Sir Ranulph Fiennes

The World's Greatest Living Explorer

 

"The origins of the expeditions was to make an income. Then I began to like it very much. I was fascinated by each problem and the knowledge that human beings hadn't solved this particular problem before."

Sir Ranulph Fiennes is widely regarded as the world's greatest living explorer.  Since 1969 when he led a British Expedition on the White Nile , Sir Ranulph has been at the forefront of many exploratory expeditions, including:

Transglobe (1979 - 1982) - first surface journey around the world's polar axis, during which Ranulph and Charles Burton became the first people ever to reach both Poles by surface travel.

North Polar Unsupported Expedition (1986) - furthest north unsupported record) 1986.

Ubar Expedition (1991) - Sir Ranulph co-led this unique expedition which  discovered Ptolemy's long-lost Atlantis of the Sands, the frankincense centre of the world.

Pentland South Pole Expedition (1992 - 1993) - which achieved the first unsupported crossing of the Antarctic Continent and the longest unsupported polar journey in history.

7-7-7 Marathons (2003) - only 5 months removed from a major heart attack and double bypass surgery, Sir Ranulph, with Dr Mike Stroud, ran 7 marathons in 7 consecutive days on 6 continents.

Sir Ranulph has been awarded honorary degrees from Loughborough University , the University of Central England in Birmingham and the University of Portsmouth ; and in 1997 The Royal Institute of Navigation awarded Sir Ranulph Honorary Membership. In 2000 The Explorers Club, British Chapter, honoured Sir Ranulph with the Polar Exploration Millennium Award.

Perhaps his greatest accomplishment, Sir Ranulph's expeditions have raised over 4.2m for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, (which has enabled the building of Europe's first MS research centre in Cambridge ) and 1.9m for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.  In 1993 he was awarded the Order of the British Empire for 'human endeavour and charitable services'.

In addition to his explorations, Sir Ranulph is an accomplished author.  His first book was published in 1970 and since then he has written 12 further works including his autobiography Living Dangerously 1987, The Feather Men (UK Number One Bestseller 1991), Atlantis of the Sands 1992, Mind Over Matter (a harrowing account of his Antarctic expedition 1993), The Sett 1996, Fit For Life 1998, Beyond the Limits 2000, The Secret Hunters 2001 and Captain Scott (best-selling biography of 2003).

If you want your audience, large or small, both entertained and inspired, Sir Ranulph Fiennes is your speaker.  By drawing the analogy between nature's most dangerous and difficult challenges, and the very real day-to-day business challenges, Sir Ranulph Fiennes involves each individual in the audience on a very personal level.  The elements vital to the success of an expedition include teamwork, determination, patience, discipline, enthusiasm and creative thinking. Building a team with the right character and attitude is of paramount importance. Persistence, tolerance, planning skills, high organizational ability, flexibility to meet and beat unexpected obstacles, goal-setting and performing under extreme pressure are clearly all factors in the success of Sir Ranulph's remarkable endeavours. The same qualities are all crucial to success in the business world. 

 

 






 

 

 

 

 




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