Known as Britain's greatest living explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes is a legend of our time and an inspirational figure. He has written numerous books and is in high demand on the corporate circuit as a motivational and after dinner speaker.
Background - The Army
Sir Ranulph Twisleton Wykeham Fiennes was born in 1944 and educated at Eton. He served with the Royal Scots Greys for a time before joining the SAS. In 1968 he joined the Army of the Sultan of Oman and in 1970 was awarded the Sultan's Bravery Medal. In the same year he married his wife, Virginia. Virginia was the first woman to be awarded the Polar Medal in 1987. She passed away in 2004.
Career – Expeditions
Since 1969 when he led the British Expedition on the White Nile, Ranulph Fiennes has been at the forefront of many exploratory expeditions. Described in 1984 as the "World's Greatest Living Explorer" by the Guinness Book of Records, his expeditions around the world have included Transglobe (the first surface journey around the world's polar axis) in 1979/82, during which Ranulph and Charles Burton became the first people ever to reach both Poles by surface travel. Other challenges include, North Polar Unsupported Expedition (furthest north unsupported record) in 1986; Anglo Soviet North Pole Expedition in 1990/91; co-leader of the Ubar Expedition (which in 1991 discovered Ptolemy's long-lost Atlantis of the Sands, the frankincense centre of the world); leader of the Pentland South Pole Expedition (which achieved the first unsupported crossing of the Antarctic Continent and the longest unsupported polar journey in history) 1992/93. In May 2009 at the age of 65, Ranulph successfully reached the summit of Mount Everest following a failed attempt in 2008.