Named as the ‘World’s Greatest Living Explorer,’ in the Guinness Book of Records, Sir Ranulph Fiennes is the first person to reach both North and South Poles by foot. He also made it into the record books by completing seven marathons on seven continents (including Antarctica) in seven days – soon after receiving emergency heart surgery. Only then did he take up climbing, starting with the North Face of the Eiger.
At the age of 65, at his third attempt, Ran became the oldest Briton to conquer Everest. In 2013 Ranulph launched The Coldest Journey, an attempt to cross Antarctica on foot during the southern winter where the temperature falls to minus 90°C. He was forced to withdraw when he suffered severe frostbite, but still claims that “if you are lucky enough to be able to walk around without a crutch, you might as well go for it.”
The expedition raised $2m for the charity Seeing Is Believing. In 2015 he completed the Marathon des Sables – the equivalent 6 marathons in 6 days across the Sahara Desert (renowned as the toughest race in the world) as a major fund raising challenge for Marie Curie. Also in 2015 he took on his latest national tour `Sir Ranulph Fiennes: A Life at the Limits’ In 2016 Sir Ranulph embarked on another challenge – The Global Reach Challenge – in order to raise funds for Marie Curie. By completing the latest adventure, he will become the first person to have crossed both polar ice caps and summited the highest mountains on each continent!
He inspires and entertains conference and after dinner audiences throughout the world. Presentations draw a connection between nature’s most dangerous and difficult challenges, and the day-to-day hurdles we all face.
Teamwork, determination, patience, discipline and creative thinking are all critical in expeditions; we may not risk our own lives in the same way, but the parallels are clear even in less hazardous occupations. Ranulph explains the challenge of raising £40 million in sponsorship, finding the right volunteers and planning complex journeys beset by political, personal, geographical, financial and physical obstacles.
To him, building a team with the right balance of character and attitude is paramount. Persistence, tolerance, fitness, agility and the ability to perform under extreme pressure are all factors in his remarkable endeavours as they are in any competitive environment. There is another dimension to the expeditions. A huge amount of scientific research has been carried out by Ranulph Fiennes’ teams, and charities such as Marie Curie and the Multiple Sclerosis Society have benefitted to the tune of many millions.
He has also written numerous books including the UK bestseller (Times and Telegraph) in 1991 The Feather Men, and in 2003 the top selling biography (Times) of Captain Scott. My Heroes was published in 2011, the same year The Feather Men was released as a major motion picture Killer Elite (www.killerelite.com). In 2013 he published, Cold: Extreme Adventures at the Lowest Temperatures on Earth. His latest publication in 2016 was Fear – Our Ultimate Challenge. Daily Telegraph listed Ranulph Fiennes as ‘One of the world’s top ten speakers.’
Other feedback on his motivational presentations includes:
- “… you now have around 3000 avid Google fans who have been raving about talk ever since you took to the stage” (Google)
- “Sir Ranulph was absolutely brilliant – his outstandingly professional delivery and content was captivating to the audience – ALL CLASS! – an incredible story shared in a humorous and modest fashion.” Western Australian Local Governors’ Association Annual Conference
- “… the entire room was spellbound by your words and adventures, they were truly inspired by you” De La Rue
- “the presentation was extremely entertaining, witty, inspiring, thought provoking and humbling, the best speaker we have ever had and will find it difficult to follow next year” Philips
- “Ran was fantastic. He gave us a completely different perspective.” Accenture
- “Ran was inspirational and extremely funny with it. A very dry sense of humour and so many amazing tales to tell. His picture presentation was just incredible – from the beautiful to the gory – they captured the essence of his travels. The audience were fascinated by his stories and very amused at his poker straight face when cracking jokes.” Greenvale AP Ltd
- “Sir Ranulph exceeded expectations. Everyone was well and truly blown away by his speech.” Nexus Underwriting
- “The feedback was extremely positive – from a sceptical audience.” Goldman Sachs
- “… possibly the best speaker I have heard … thoroughly entertaining and inspirational” Essex Chamber of Commerce Dec 2017