Sir Ranulph Fiennes

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By Christina Bakerwriter and educational journalist

Discover the remarkable life of a great explorer

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

At the age of 63, when most of us are looking forward to a relaxing retirement, Sir Ranulph Fiennes was defying a heart condition, frostbite injuries, vertigo and a fear of heights to climb 6000ft up the notorious North Face of the Eiger. When the Guinness Book of Records (Guinness World Records Ltd, HB) described him as ‘The World’s Greatest Living Explorer’ in 1984, they should have printed the side note: ‘But you ain’t seen nothing yet!’ His famous overland polar circumnavigation, the Transglobe Expedition (1979-1982), was merely the start of a lifelong string of incredible journeys that make Indiana Jones and James Bond look like amateurs.

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