Sir Ranulph Fiennes is recognised as ‘The World’s Greatest Living Explorer’. Sir Fiennes was born in 1944 and educated at Eton College. He served with the Royal Scots Greys before joining the SAS. In 1968 he joined the army of the Sultan of Oman; and was later awarded the Sultan’s Bravery Medal by Her Majesty the Queen. Having led 22 major expeditions to remote parts of the world, including both Poles; Fiennes is the only man alive to have travelled around the Earth’s circumpolar surface.
Ranulph Fiennes: Explorer
He was the first explorer to completely cross the Antarctic continent unsupported; and in 2009, aged 65, climbed to the summit of Mount Everest becoming the oldest Briton ever to do so. Since 1969, when he led the British Expedition on the White Nile; Ranulph has been at the forefront of many ground breaking exploratory expeditions.
Ranulph Fiennes Expeditions
- Transglobe (1979/82) – The first surface journey around the world’s polar axis; during which Sir Fiennes and Charles Burton became the first people ever to reach both Poles by surface travel.
- North Polar Unsupported Expedition (1986) – The furthest north unsupported record.
- Anglo Soviet North Pole Expedition (1990/91).
- Co-leader of the Ubar Expedition (1991) – Discovered Ptolemy’s long-lost Atlantis of the Sands – the frankincense centre of the world.
- Pentland South Pole Expedition (1992/93) – The first unsupported crossing of the Antarctic Continent; and the longest unsupported polar journey in history.
- 7x7x7 (2003) – Ranulph Fiennes, with Dr Mike Stroud, ran 7 marathons, in 7 days, on 7 continents. The challenge was completed despite Sir Ranulph suffering a major heart attack and double bypass operation just four months prior.
- The Eiger (2007) Sir Ranulph climbed the North Face of the Eiger and raised over £1.71 million for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
- Everest (2009) – Sir Ranulph conquered Everest (aged 65) raising funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
- The Coldest Journey (2013) – Sir Ranulph Fiennes attempted to lead the first team on foot, across Antarctica; during the southern winter. He was evacuated from the Antarctic due to frostbite.
In recognition of his many travels, in 1984, he was named the “World’s Greatest Living Explorer” by the Guinness Book of Records.
Ranulph Fiennes Awards
In 1986 Ranulph Fiennes was awarded the Polar Medal by HM the Queen; for Outstanding Service to British Polar Exploration and Research. His late wife Virginia was the first female to be awarded the Polar Medal.
In 1994, he received a 2nd clasp to his Polar Medal in recognition of his outstanding achievements in Polar exploration; and in particular, his attempts to reach the North Pole between 1988 and 1990 and his successful trek across Antarctica in 1992/93. No-one else has a double clasp medal each of which acknowledges both Arctic and Antarctic achievements.
To date, Ranulph Fiennes has raised over £14.2 million for UK charities; through his expeditions and in 1993 was awarded an OBE for “Human Endeavour and Charitable Services”.
Ranulph Fiennes Books
Sir Ranulph Fiennes is also a best-selling author. His first book was published in 1970, and since then he has written many best-sellers including; his autobiography Living Dangerously, The Feather Men (which was adapted into a Hollywood movie), Atlantis of the Sands, Mind Over Matter, The Sett, Fit For Life, Beyond the Limits, The Secret Hunters, Captain Scott, Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know, My Heroes: Extraordinary Courage, Exceptional People and Cold.
Speaking on Motivation
As a leading Motivational Speaker Sir Ranulph Fiennes draws an analogy between nature’s most dangerous and difficult challenges; and the very real day-to-day business challenges. 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 organisational 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.
After Dinner Speeches
- Living Dangerously: A Life of Adventure.
- Nothing is Beyond Your Reach: Personal Motivation and Determination.
- A Commitment to Challenge: Motivation, Leadership and Teamwork.
- The Atlantis of the Sands: The Long Search for the Lost City of Ubar.
- To the Ends of the Earth: The Transglobe expedition was the first journey around the Earth’s polar axis; setting new standards for achievement.
Presentations (with or without slides or video) vary in length from 30 to 75 minutes; and are available as a motivational speaker, keynote or after-dinner speech.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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