Often described as the ‘World’s Greatest Living Explorer,’ Ran 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
ageof 65, at his third attempt, Ran became the oldest Briton to conquer Everest.
In 2013 Ran 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 “if you
are lucky enough to be able to walk around without a crutch, you might as well
go for it.”
Ran Fiennes 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.
Ran 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 Ran’s remarkable endeavours as they
are in any competitive environment.
There is another dimension to the expeditions. Ran Fiennes’ teams have carried
out a huge amount of scientific research, and charities such as Marie Curie and
the Multiple Sclerosis Society have benefitted to the tune of many millions.
Performing under extreme pressure
Preparation, perseverance and pulling together - in the face of extreme pressure
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