Ranulf Fiennes Bt OBE

Worlds Greatest Living Explorer
Ranulf Fiennes Bt OBE

Who Am I

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. 


Speech titles  

Performing under extreme pressure 

Preparation, perseverance and pulling together - in the face of extreme pressure 


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