Sir Ranulph Fiennes is the only man alive ever to have travelled around the Earth’s circumpolar surface (more people have been to the Moon!)
His record-breaking expeditions include travel by riverboat, hovercraft, manhaul, sledge, skidoo, Land Rover and ski
Described by many as “the world’s greatest living explorer”….
I wanted only to do as my father had done. He was killed commanding the Royal Scots Greys in Italy in 1943. But I could not pass A Levels. So I could not get to Sandhurst. Leading expeditions was the “Second best” choice.
My late wife Ginny, inspired me to attempt various expedition records. And she was always a key planner and member of our projects.
The biggest obstacles to our polar challenges was unseasonal weather and bad equipment selection.
Our biggest triumphs came through careful planning and excellent luck.
To be patient and keep picking away at the end target.
Learning through early failures to adapt as necessary and then try again.
Vertigo and spiders have always scared me. Spiders I eventually learned were OK. But I never cured the vertigo.
To enjoy the great outdoors and to observe its wonders is surely one key to happiness.
Of our various projects, the most unforgettable has been our 26-year long (8 expeditions) search for a lost city in Arabia as it was so elusive.
My father has always been my hero although he was killed 4 months before I was born.
I will write a 100,000 word biography on Shackleton.
Our family moto is Forte Posce Animum (“Look for a Brave Spirit”)