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Because of his impressive achievements he was even considered to play James Bond in the movies. But in the end, Roger Moore got the role. He doesn’t explore through all these dangers just for fun. He has raised millions of dollars for charities.

A Legend in his Own Lifetime

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Regarded by many as the greatest living adventurer on the planet, the legend of Sir Ranulph Fiennes started with his exploits in the British Army’s SAS unit. Today, the 73-year-old Brit is the embodiment of the modern adventurer.

Fiennes has tackled Everest and was the first man to travel to both the North and South Pole and even once considered for the role of James Bond. In an era where queues can be found on Everest, Fiennes is a testament to the old school – a time where if you came back with the same amount of toes as you’d left with you’d cheated.

Ranulph Fiennes has travelled to the most dangerous and inaccessible places on earth, almost died countless times, lost nearly half his fingers to frostbite, raised millions of pounds for charity and been awarded a polar medal and an OBE. He has been an elite soldier, an athlete, a mountaineer, an explorer, a bestselling author and nearly replaced Sean Connery as James Bond.

Ranulph Fiennes started his career in the British Army special forces – SAS. In SAS, he specialised in demolitions. Obviously.

Some people do not retire until death.

Ranulph Fiennes is one of them. Even in his seventies, he is still running marathons across continents. And it’s not like he is not bothered by problems of old age. He has plenty of those and more. But he still wants to keep pushing boundaries of what a normal human being can do and explore.

Fiennes, who owns the moniker of being “the world’s greatest living explorer.” Amongst his most notable accomplishments, Fiennes was first to reach both poles, cross the Antarctic and the Arctic Ocean, hovercraft the Nile, cross the Antarctic unsupported, discover a lost city in Yemen, circumnavigate the world on its polar axis,  and run 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents – less than 4 months after a massive heart attack. Clearly, the old boys would be proud that today’s stock are as hard core as ever, and what’s more, Fiennes has raised millions of dollars to fight cancer. No slaves, no mutilations, just physical prowess and a true spirit of adventure.

He has led expeditions all over the world and became the first person to travel to both poles on land. He discovered the lost city of Ubar in Oman and attempted to walk solo and unsupported to the North Pole – the expedition that cost him several fingers, and very nearly his life. Furthermore, Fiennes scaled the north face of the Eiger, one of the most awesome mountaineering challenges in the world.

What qualities should a great adventurer have to succeed?
Fiennes: Patience. And realism.

If someone wants to follow in your footsteps, what advice would you give that person?
Fiennes: Do army service before anything else.

Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham Fiennes has come a long since the summer of 1966 – via both Poles, in fact. In March, he plans to conquer the icy Eiger’s north face – and his own vertigo – in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care (a charity highly commended by anyone who has benefited from their nurses’ care of a dying spouse). He was not always quite such a respectable a figure.

After three years as an officer in the Royal Scots Greys, “Ran” applied in 1965 to the Special Air Service. To weed out the weedy, the SAS painted the blackest picture of what lay ahead (a practice he now employs when recruiting for his expeditions). At its Hereford base, he underwent a gruelling selection process. “I discovered there were over 100 soldiers and more than a dozen officers. Two officers got in and I think eight soldiers.” He was one of those officers. What did it involve, being in the SAS?

“I can only tell you about the training,” he replies diplomatically. So he was involved in actual military operations too? “I can only tell you about the training,” he repeats. What he is allowed to tell us is frightening enough: “Jungle training, advanced explosives training, high-frequency communication, vehicle maintenance and a lot of medical training. In the jungle course, an officer hit his head on a rock and was evacuated. When we were being taught to blow up trees to make a helicopter landing space, a huge poisonous spider landed down the neck of the medical orderly, so he had to be evacuated too, and the radio operator got dengue fever.

“There was a lot of medical training. I remember fainting when they were showing slides about operating on an eyeball. It was such a macho atmosphere that five years later they were still taking the mickey out of me in the pub.” By this time, he was no longer in the SAS, having been sent back to the Scots Greys after 18 months.

Captain Fiennes of the SAS had come to the end of the road. After a five-mile hike across country to the dam, he and his band had set the time-fuses on the high-explosives, which were now blowing up in sequence. But there had been a tip-off, and when they got back to their cars the forces of law and order pounced. He was in for the high jump and out of the SAS.

He was caught helping friends in a protest against 20th Century Fox, which, while making the Rex Harrison film of Dr Dolittle, was spoiling the pretty Cotswold village of Castle Combe. He attempted to blow up a newly built dam which was ruining a trout stream but someone tipped off the local bobbies. Unfortunately, this situation wasn’t covered in the jungle training manuals.

Born in 1944, Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the British army. The young officer landed up at the Special Air Service (SAS), where he specialised in demolitions.

Fiennes shot to unexpected fame after an incident with the concrete dam. A Hollywood movie company had built an unsightly dam as part of the Dr Dolittle filmset in the beautiful village of Castle Combe. Offended by the dam, Fiennes and a colleague demolished it, using explosives. The pair were later found out and Fiennes had to pay a large fine and was discharged from the SAS.

Ranulph Fiennes used his expertise to plan to blow a dam up in his village. The dam was built as a set for the movie ‘Dr. Dolittle.’ Why? Because he thought that the dam looked ugly in the beautiful English village. And the people in the village complained about it too. His plan was discovered and sniffer dogs were used to capture the saboteurs, but he even evaded them. He was discharged from the SAS but the army decided to keep him because he was too valuable.

He was later seconded to the Sultan of Oman but eventually swapped the army for the life of an adventurer to help pay the bills. And what an adventurer he turned out to be. He started with expeditions on hovercraft up the Nile River and Norway’s Jostedalsbreen Glacier, followed by a journey around the world on its polar axis, using surface transport only.

Along with friend Mike Stroud, they became the first to cross the Antarctic continent unsupported – it took 93 days. He’s also climbed Mount Everest twice. Sir Ranulph is, without a doubt, the quintessential adventurer.

For over 40 years he has lived through countless life-threatening experiences. Just reading about the many exploits of Britain’s most famous explorer is breath taking.

He didn’t like serving in the British army, so he went and helped set up Oman’s national army and became a hero there too. He trained their army for 7 years and conducted many risky but successful missions deep into enemy territory. He risked his life for a country he wasn’t born and for his services he was decorated for exceptional bravery by the sultanate. He decided to retire from the army after his service to Oman. He became an explorer after his military career.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes, in full Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, 3rd Baronet, byname Ran (born March 7, 1944, Windsor, Berkshire, England), British adventurer, pioneering polar explorer, and writer, who, among his many exploits, in 1979–82 led the first north-south surface circumnavigation of the world (i.e., along a meridian).

Fiennes inherited the baronetcy at birth, as his father, an army officer, had already died in action during World War II. His family moved to his paternal grandmother’s home in South Africa in early 1947 and returned to England in 1954. He entered Eton College at age 13 but left after three generally unhappy years with marks insufficient for admission into the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. His goal had been to become an officer in the Royal Scots Greys, the regiment that his father had commanded during the war. He was able to secure a commission to the regiment by attending another military academy and served in the unit until he was accepted for training by the Special Air Service (SAS), the elite British fighting unit. He was still in training with the SAS when he was dismissed in 1966, however, for attempting to destroy part of a movie set in the Cotswolds being used to film Dr Doolittle (he objected to the filmmakers’ damming of a creek). He spent most of the remainder of his military career in Oman fighting for the sultan there against Marxist insurgents.

He is the first and only person to circumnavigate the whole planet through both the north and south pole. It was called the Transglobe Expedition. They started from Greenwich and then went to the South Pole and then in the next 14 months they travelled to the north pole and then to Greenwich to complete the full globe expedition. He travelled the whole way using only surface vehicles – no air travel.

In 2003 Fiennes returned victorious from running seven marathons on seven continents in just seven days.

For a man then 59 who had suffered a major heart attack only five months before, it was an extraordinary test of strength. A far more taxing one awaited him on his return. At Exford, near his home on Exmoor, there were banners and champagne to greet the conquering hero, but the sight of his wife, Ginny, punctured his euphoria. “She did her best to appear fun and bubbly,” he says, “and to joke about how glad she was I hadn’t had a heart attack. But she looked drawn and gaunt.”

While he had been away, she had been taken to hospital after experiencing mysterious abdominal pains. The doctors could not find anything wrong and the pain abated. But it returned soon afterwards and, this time, they announced that she had cancer. Chemotherapy did not help, and she died, aged 56, in the arms of the husband who had loved her since childhood.

It was an untimely end to a romance that began as a Romeo and Juliet story of young lovers kept apart by her father and developed into a marriage of exceptional mutual dependency. They lived and worked alongside each other, spending long periods huddled together on ice caps or sweltering together in deserts.

Even when she ceased to travel with him, the agonising partings were eased by constant radio communication. “Victor Lima to 24,” he says, imitating the codes by which they contacted each other when he was leading an expedition and she was running the base camp.

Fiennes has often been viewed as a by-word for stoicism. When his fingers were badly frostbitten, he chopped off parts of them himself. Over the past 40 years, he has pulled huge weights for miles over ice caps, survived attacks by polar bears and hardly turned a hair at intense pain. But Ginny’s illness has been by far his most difficult ordeal.

“Nothing in life has been as unpleasant as the past three months,” he says. “I’ve not had much difficulty with pain and amputation, as I’ve always had Ginny looking after me. I relied upon her in every way.

“While she was around, there wasn’t anything missing in life – emotionally, but also practically. She was the one who used to fix the water or the generator at our farm. Now, I cannot ask her anymore where to turn the tap off or how to find the fuse.”

His wife’s cancer may well have been smoking related, and he feels guilty about having introduced her to smoking in their teens. “I spent 30 years trying to get her to stop,” he says.

Ranulph – “Ran” – first met Virginia Pepper when he was 12 and she was nine, shortly after his war-widowed mother moved from South Africa to the West Sussex village of Lodsworth.

Mrs Pepper asked him to play with her two sons. “I was taken to the attic where they kept their train set,” he remembers. “When a train fell off, I bent down to pick it up and there, under the table, was Ginny. She had extraordinarily big, blue eyes and, for the next four years, I was love-lorn.”

Ran was so smitten that he would climb trees to watch her ride past on her pony. When her father, a local chalk quarry owner, got wind of the young, penniless baronet’s enthusiasm for his daughter, he took a dim view of this “wild and unruly” boy.

The romance developed when, aged 13, Ginny was sent to boarding school in Eastbourne. Ran had, by then, left Eton for a crammers in Brighton, hoping to get the A-levels that would allow him to go to Sandhurst. Riding over on his motor scooter, he would visit her at her dorm.

Obstacles fanned his ardour. When Ginny was moved to a higher dormitory, he climbed drainpipes. When her father banned their correspondence, they used letter-drops.

Even when she was made a ward of court, he carried on seeing her. Eventually, her father had her tailed by Securicor. Visits to a hotel were revealed. But he only succeeded in separating them when he sent his daughter off to Spain for two years after one of Ranulph’s more dangerous pranks.

By that time, he had given up on A-levels and Sandhurst, gone into the Army, served in Germany and trained with the SAS.

“Whatever Ginny’s dad did only encouraged us,” says Sir Ranulph, who had found in Ginny a girl who shared his love of adventure. From the earliest days, they would plan expeditions together. She had the ideas and found sponsorship; he carried them out. “She was totally loyal,” he says, as well as funny and determined.

But his military career meant there were long partings. “Although I loved her more than I can possibly say, I also saw marriage as a trap,” he says. So even after he proposed, and was accepted, he left his 21-year-old fiancee for two years to go to Oman.

“I wanted to be the commanding officer of the regiment that my father had commanded when he was killed near Monte Casino, four months before I was born. I hoped that, despite not going to Sandhurst, I would show an ability to command in a war situation.”

Ginny worked as a secretary for ICI and then as a field agent for the Scottish National Trust. At one point, furious at Ran’s reluctance to set a wedding day, she returned his ring. He bought a motor bike and drove to her caravan north of Inverness, begging her to rethink.

In 1970, they finally married in the village of Tillington, West Sussex. “From the start, she knew what kind of a life it would be. I thought I could make a living from expeditions and she supported the plan. She never, ever begged me to stay behind.”

It was she who suggested navigating the Nile by hovercraft and she who put together the Transglobe Expedition that won him his place in the Guinness Book of Records as Britain’s greatest living explorer.

Though shy, slight and elfin, she terrified many people. She usually avoided expedition photographers by locking herself in the lavatory. But sometimes she hit them. “Her fierceness was only skin deep,” says Sir Ranulph. “I loved and respected her strength.” They ran a country farm estate in Exmoor, Somerset, where they raised cattle and sheep. Ginny built up a herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle while Fiennes was away on his expeditions. The extent of her support for him was so great that she became the first woman to receive the Polar Medal. The two remained married until her death from stomach cancer in February 2004.

Fiennes then embarked on a lecture tour, where in Cheshire he met horsewoman Louise Millington, whom he married at St Boniface’s Church, Bunbury, one year and three weeks after Ginny’s death. A daughter, Elizabeth, was born in April 2006. He also has a stepson named Alexander.

Family time: Sir Ranulph his wife Virginia and their dog Bothy. (Image: Rex)

In 1969 Fiennes led his first expedition: a journey by hovercraft up the White Nile River that began in eastern Sudan and ended at Lake Victoria in southern Uganda. The following year he left the military and married Virginia (“Ginny”) Pepper, whom he had met as a child and who, until her death in 2004, would be the collaborator on many of his subsequent expeditions and adventures. A trip to Jostedals Glacier in Norway (1970) was followed by the first north-south traverse of British Columbia, Canada, via water (1971) and by a northward trek into the Arctic (1977) in preparation for his circumpolar expedition.

Preparation for what came to be called the Transglobe Expedition began in 1972 and occupied much of Fiennes’s and Ginny’s time during the rest of the decade. The trekking team, led by Fiennes and including fellow Britons Charles Burton and Oliver Shepard, had a support crew of some three dozen people, including Ginny. They departed from Greenwich, England, in September 1979, attempting to stay as close as possible to the Greenwich meridian as they journeyed southward over land and water until they reached the coast of Antarctica in January 1980. They remained there until October, when Fiennes, Burton, and Shepherd departed on snowmobiles for the South Pole, which they reached on December 15. Setting out again after a short time at the American base there, they arrived at the Scott Base on the west coast of Antarctica in mid-January 1981, having made the continental traverse in a record-setting 67 days.

There they were met by their support ship, the Benjamin Bowring, and the rest of their team, and over the next several months they undertook a series of sea voyages northward through the Pacific Ocean, arriving at the Yukon River delta in western Alaska at the end of June. In July and August Fiennes and Burton (Shepard had by then left the expedition) headed east and north in an open boat through the Northwest Passage to Ellesmere Island in Nunavut, Canada, before proceeding on foot in September to the settlement of Alert on the island’s north shore. After wintering there for five months, the pair set out for the North Pole in mid-February 1982, arriving there on April 11 after an arduous trek by snowmobile and sledge. The journey home was no less challenging, hampered by difficult ice conditions and stretches of open water. After the two spent more than three months on a drifting ice floe, the Benjamin Bowring was able to retrieve them and sail home to Britain. The expedition arrived back in Greenwich in August, some three years after they had departed and after having travelled some 52,000 miles (84,000 km).

He even discovered a lost city of Iram in Oman. A true explorer indeed.

In 1993 he became the first man to WALK across the whole continent of Antarctica, unsupported. It took him just 93 days.

Remarkable as the transpolar journey had been, Fiennes subsequently undertook similar pioneering and challenging adventures. Between 1986 and 1990 he and the British physician and adventurer Mike Stroud made several unsuccessful attempts to reach the North Pole unsupported (i.e., without outside contact or resupply) and on foot before deciding to try the same feat in Antarctica in 1992–93. They did cross the continent—in the process setting a distance record for unsupported polar treks—but they were forced to abandon their quest just short of the opposite shore. Fiennes attempted one more polar feat: a solo unsupported hike to the North Pole that he had to abort after falling through the ice and getting severe frostbite on his hands that eventually necessitated amputating portions of fingers on his left hand.

In addition to his polar exploits, Fiennes pursued other adventures. Among the most notable was an expedition that in 1991 discovered the ancient trading city of Ubar in Oman. For sheer audacity, however, perhaps nothing topped his running (with Stroud) seven marathons on seven continents in seven consecutive days in 2003—though the “Antarctic” race was actually in the Falkland Islands—a feat he accomplished some four months after suffering a heart attack and undergoing bypass surgery. In addition, in 2009 Fiennes became the oldest Briton to successfully climb Mount Everest after he twice (in 2005 and 2008) had to turn back short of the summit because of his heart condition (he actually had a heart attack while on the mountain in 2005).

He attempted to walk through the north pole solo too but he suffered from frostbite on his left-hand fingers.

He has earned his reputation by surviving the most hostile environments on Earth. This includes being the first person to visit both the North and South Poles and scaling Mt. Everest.  In 2000, Fiennes travelled across the Arctic alone. Along the way, his sledge carrying all of his food and equipment fell through the ice. Fiennes had no choice but to pull the sled free because he was on his own. He pulled off his gloves and dipped his left hand into the frigid water, which hovered around 30 degrees Fahrenheit. “My fingers were ramrod stiff and ivory white. They might as well have been wood … I had seen enough frostbite in others to realise I was in serious trouble. I had to turn back,” Fiennes wrote in his autobiography.

The explorer was evacuated the next day. Fiennes learned at the hospital that the top third of all of his fingers and half of his thumb would have to be amputated. The surgery would cost more than £6,000 (over $9,000 today). Fiennes wasn’t keen on spending that kind of money to lob off his digits.

So he took matters into his own hands (This next bit is not for those with a weak stomach):

“I purchased a set of fretsaw blades at the village shop, put the little finger in my Black & Decker folding table’s vice, and gently sawed through the dead skin and bone just above the live skin line,” he wrote. “The moment I felt pain or spotted blood, I moved further into the dead zone. I also turned the finger around several times and cut into it from different sides. This worked well, and the little finger’s knuckle finally dropped off after some two hours of work.”

Three years later he ran seven marathons on seven continents in seven days.

Suffering for his cause: Sir Ranulph inspects his war wounds in ‘Poles Apart’ in 1991. He has suffered a severe heart attack and 4 months later he ran 7 marathons in 7 continents in 7 days for the British heart foundation.

  • Born UK 1944, just after his father was killed in the war.
  • Brought up in South Africa
  • Back UK, Eton College
  • Failed A Levels
  • Joined Royal Scots Greys (Tanks). Cold War
  • Joined SAS 1965/1966. Youngest Captain in the British Army
  • Fought Marxist Terrorists 1968-1970 and received the Sultans Bravery Medal from HM the Queen
  • 1984-1990 Vice President of PR and Adviser for Western Europe to Chairman of Occidental Petroleum Corp.
  • Married childhood sweetheart Ginnie Pepper in 1970 and together they launched a series of record breaking expeditions that kept them ahead of their international rivals for three decades.
  • Some of these huge challenges include:
    • First to reach both Poles (with Charles Burton).
    • First to cross Antarctic and Arctic Ocean (with Charles Burton).
    • First to circumnavigate the world along its polar axis (with Charles Burton). ‘This 3 year, 52 000 mile odyssey took intricate planning, 1900 sponsors, a 52 person team to handle, complex communications, meticulous planning and iron determination mixed with flexibility. The circumnavigation has never been successfully repeated.
    • Led the first hovercraft expedition up the longest river in the world (the Nile) in 1968/1969.
    • Achieved world record for unsupported northerly polar travel in 1990.
    • Led the team that discovered the lost city of Ubar on the Yemeni border in 1992 (after seven previous search expeditions over a 26 year period).
    • Achieved world first in 1992/1993 by completing the first unsupported crossing of the Antarctic Continent (with Mike Stroud). This was the longest unsupported polar journey in history.
    • In 2003, only 3½ months after a massive heart attack, 3 day coma and double bypass, Ranulph Fiennes (with Mike Stroud) achieved the first 7x7x7 (Seven marathons in seven consecutive days on all seven continents).
    • March 2005, climbed Everest (Tibet-side) to within 300m of summit raising £2 million for the British Heart Foundations new research MRI scanner.
    • March 2007, Sir Ranulph climbed the North Face of the Eiger (with Kenton Cool and Ian Parnell) and raised £1.8 million for Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Delivering Choice Programme
    • Winner of ITV Greatest Britons 2007 Sport Award (beating the 2 other main nominees Lewis Hamilton and Joe Calzaghe)
    • May 2008, climbed Everest (Nepal-side) to within 400m from summit raising £2.5m for Marie Curie Cancer Care Delivering Choice Programme
    • Marie Curie 2008 ‘Above and Beyond Award’ Winner
    • Successfully summitted Everest May 2009 with Thundu Sherpa making a total for Marie Curie of over £6.2m. The oldest Briton ever to summit.
    • Becomes the oldest Briton, at the time, to complete the Marathon des Sables – the ‘toughest footrace on earth’ in aid of Marie Curie.

Sir Ranulph 500 miles from Spitzbergen during transglobe expedition. The next time he tried to do the Antarctic walk solo he had a kidney stone attack and had to delay it. But fear not, it did not deter him from trying other dangerous things. (Image: MirrorPix)

Ranulph Fiennes has led the following 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.

Ranulph Fiennes makes his way down Aconcagua in the Andes after being struck down with a bad back. Photograph: David Carter/Marie Curie/PA

Ranulph Fiennes is a Badass. Even at 73, he is still running marathons across continents. And it’s not as if he is not bothered by problems of old age. He has plenty of those and more. But he still wants to keep pushing boundaries of what a normal human being can do and explore.

In January 2017, Fienes was airlifted from Aconcagua in the Andes when he was overcome with severe back pain, just a few hours from the summit.

Fiennes was scaling the 6,961-metre (22,838ft) mountain as part of his attempt to become the first person to cross both the polar ice caps and climb the highest mountains on each of the seven continents, a challenge that is raising money for the terminal illness charity Marie Curie.

Speaking from Mendoza in Argentina, Fiennes said: “I was within just a few hours of the summit but problems with my back meant I couldn’t continue. I’m very frustrated but I’ve learnt that at my age you can’t ignore any pain. I’m going back home to the UK and get my back looked at before I do anything else.”

Fiennes alluded to the physical difficulties his challenge entailed before he set off, saying at the time: “Another obstacle I will face is that things aren’t as they were in the past: the body, with the same amount of training, can’t achieve the same things, so success in this challenge is by no means guaranteed.”

After 2 unsuccessful and unlucky attempts to scale Mount Everest, he finally did it in 2009, as a 65-year-old man.

Fiennes is more than halfway to completing the Global Reach Challenge for Marie Curie. Despite having a heart attack and undergoing bypass surgery in 2003, he has since climbed Kilimanjaro in Africa, Elbrus in Europe and Vinson in Antarctica.

He also reached the summit of Mount Everest in 2009, reaching the top of the world’s highest mountain at his third attempt and becoming the oldest Briton to achieve the feat.

To complete the world first, he still needs to reach the top of Aconcagua, Carstensz in Indonesia, and Denali, the highest peak in North America.

The Guinness Book of World Records has named him “The World’s Greatest Living Explorer.”

How does he do it?

“There’ll be a voice in my head saying I’ll have a heart attack, I’ll get hyperthermia, I’ve got a family, it’s stupid to carry on. That sort of wimpish voice tries to appear logical, finding reasons for stopping. You have to fight it. I’ve had it so many times.”

Ranulph Fiennes wishes for a younger body. He has said that if he was any younger, he would be exploring the oceans and even outer space.

With his unbelievable record, I believe him 100%.

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