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"Look for a Brave Spirit" is the Fiennes family motto. A thousand years of courageous and resourceful ancestors, traceable directly to Charlemagne, live on in Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes Bt (Baronet.)
Born in England in 1944 and brought up in Africa, Ranulph Fiennes followed his father's path into the Scots Greys before joining the elite SAS regiment. He was then the youngest captain in the British Army but was dismissed for blowing up the film set of Doctor Doolittle. After two years with the Sultan of Oman's forces, he began a series of expeditions: Up the White Nile in a hovercraft; parachuting onto Europe's highest glacier; forcing his way up 4,000 miles of the mightiest rivers of Canada and Alaska; trekking on foot and unsupported to the North Pole and the great Transglobe expedition in which Ranulph Fiennes and his companion Charles Burton became the first men in history to reach both Poles.
In 1993, Sir Ranulph and Dr. Mike Stroud completed the first entirely unassisted polar journey across the Antarctic Continent, the longest polar journey in history. For ninety-seven days the two men fought pain, starvation and snow blindness, dragging 500-pound sledges across the frozen roof of the world. Their physical struggle against the elements soon turned into a psychological and mental struggle between the two explorers.
Ranulph Fiennes has been at the forefront of many exploratory expeditions. His expeditions around the world include:
Transglobe (the first surface journey around the world's polar axis)
In November 2003, Ranulph Fiennes and Mike Stroud completed an incredible seven marathons in seven days: a global adventure that began in the wilds of South America and finished in New York's concrete jungle. This after Sir Ranulph suffered a massive heart attack only four months before the start of the Land Rover 7x7x7 Marathon Challenge, which ended at the finish line of the 2003 ING New York City Marathon.
The Guinness Book of Records described Sir Ranulph Fiennes as "The World's Greatest Living Explorer." He has achieved many exploratory world records in hot deserts and the Polar Regions, and raised millions of dollars for charity. He is a best-selling author and a top motivational speaker whose presentations inspire, motivate and entertain at conferences and dinners. By drawing the analogy between nature's most dangerous and difficult challenges and the very real day-to-day challenges faced by everyone, Sir Ranulph Fiennes involves each individual in his audience on a personal level.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes is the author of 15 books; the most recent, Race to the Pole: Tragedy, Heroism, and Scott's Antarctic Quest, arrived in bookstores in November of 2004.
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