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7 Things Ranulph Fiennes Has Taught Us

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes…what a hero!

He’s been dubbed the ‘world’s greatest living explorer‘ by Guinness Book of World Records and we couldn’t agree more. It’s fair to say he’s achieved quite a lot during his lifetime and, as he celebrates his 71st birthday on the 7th of March, we’re certain that retirement is still a long way away.

In fact, next month Sir Ranulph will attempt to complete the gruelling Marathon de Sables in Morocco, with the aim of raising £2.5 million for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Known as the ‘toughest footrace on Earth,’ the six-day ultramarathon will see participants running 156 miles across the Sahara desert in 50C heat. We can’t say we’re envious of him.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes is a true legend and there are many things we can all learn from Britain’s best-loved explorer…

1. Age doesn’t matter

You don’t need to be young to be adventurous! If Sir Ranulph has taught us anything, is that age is nothing but a number. Five years ago he became the oldest Brit to climb Mount Everest, and now he’s taking on a 156 mile marathon aged 75. So long as you’ve got that thirst for adventure, it will never go away.

2. The best adventures are shared adventures

Sir Ranulph has carried out many adventures with a partner in tow. He went on eight huge expeditions with his late wife to try and find the Lost City of Ubar. They found it in 1992, after beginning the search in 1968.

If you’re more of a lone adventurer, that’s OK too. But, there’s something great about sharing once-in-a-lifetime experiences with someone by your side.

3. Being adventurous inspires others

You can use your adventurous side to inspire others, whether they are your friends, family, or complete strangers. Sir Ranulph’s expeditions have inspired others to be more adventurous: rugby player Richard Parks, for example, has recently conquered the highest peaks in all the world’s continents and poles in record time. His inspiration? Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

4. Adventure is the best medicine

So, you’re feeling a little under the weather, you want to stay in bed this weekend and not go out. In 2003, Ranulph Fiennes ran seven marathons in seven days in seven continents – just three and a half months after a huge heart attack and a double bypass operation.

Instead of lying there feeling sorry for yourself, get out and do something – you’ll feel much better for it.

5. Being adventurous makes you interesting

It’s true. We can’t get enough of Sir Ranulph Fiennes. We watch him on TV, we listen to him on the radio, we read his books (of which he’s published more than 20). Traveling the world makes you interesting, there’s no doubt about it.

6. You can use your adventurous streak to do great things

After completing next month’s ultra-marathon, Sir Ranulph will hope to have raised a staggering £20 million for charity during his career. Why not use your adventurous side to do something that really makes a difference?

Check out Charity Choice for more ways to give back to your community.

7. Adventure makes you wise

You are guaranteed to learn many things during your travels, through the people you’ll meet, the places you’ll visit, and through your own personal experiences. You’ll learn a lot about life, but also a lot about yourself. In a recent interview, Sir Ranulph was asked what he’s learned during his travels and he replied: “God made people with two ears and one mouth, so you do a lot better if you listen before you open your mouth.” Hear, hear!

So, are you ready for your next adventure? Start this weekend by booking yourself a trip to one of our Go Ape tree-top courses!

PHOTO CREDIT: Gary Salter

Britain’s Most Celebrated Explorers

Great British Adventurers

Oh, to live the life of an explorer.

Spending your days traveling around the world to all those amazing places, meeting new people and discovering new things. Sounds great, right?

Many great explorers have come out of Britain. They’ve scaled the highest mountains, battled the wildest seas and crossed treacherous land – all in name of exploration and discovery. Explorers, our hats are off!

Here are some of Britain’s most celebrated explorers, both past and present:

Sir Wilfred Thesiger

Sir Wilfred Thesiger was an explorer and travel writer, most known for his books on Arabia, which have inspired people like fellow explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Thesiger travelled across the world’s second largest desert, the Rub’ al Khali, twice, tackling dunes that were 100 miles long and 1,000 ft. high.

Thesiger visited countries across the world and in north Kenya he was known by tribes as the ‘old bull elephant who walks by himself.’ Thesiger died in 2003 and donated over 23,000 travel photos to the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford.Mary Kingsley

Mary Kingsley

Mary Kingsley was an explorer and writer who travelled the world to study different cultures. She spent lots of time with African tribes, some of them said to be cannibals, and her work has been significant in our understanding of these groups.

Mary climbed the 13,225 ft. Mount Cameroon, taking a daring route that had never been attempted by a European before.

George Mallory

George Mallory was an English mountaineer who was involved in the first three expeditions to Mount Everest in the 1920s. He became one of our favourite explorers after we read that, replying to someone who asked why he would conquer the world’s highest mountain, he replied: “Because it’s there”!

Mallory vanished along with his climbing partner during his third expedition in 1924. His body was only discovered in 1999, and it is still unknown as to whether the duo ever made it to the mountain’s summit…

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Described by the Guinness Book of Records as ‘the world’s greatest living explorer,’ Sir Ranulph Fiennes has many astonishing achievements under his (climbing) belt. He’s the first person to visit both the North Pole and South Pole by surface means, the first person to reach Mount Everest’s summit and cross both polar ice caps, and together with Mike Stroud became the first person to cross Antarctica by foot. The list goes on (and on, and on…).

The explorer cut off the tips of his fingers after suffering frostbite, and completed seven marathons in seven days on seven continents in 2013, just 4 months after suffering from a heart attack and undergoing a double heart bypass operation. Sir Ranulph, we salute you!

Check out the BBC interview below with Sir Fiennes as he discusses the moment he cut off his fingertips.

We’ve got a lot of love for explorers (keep an eye out for our upcoming post on modern day pioneers!). If, after reading this, your feet are a little itchy (not literally), then don’t you think it’s about time to do some exploring of your own? If you don’t really want to set off on a round-the-world trip, just visit one of our Go Ape courses to spend the day exploring the tree tops! See you there!

Celebrate Your Adventurous Side!

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Each and every one of us has an adventurous side. And if you’re sat there shaking your head, trust us – you do have an adventurous side, you just haven’t discovered it yet!

The dictionary definition of an adventure is an “exciting or unusual experience.” Being adventurous means that you regularly involve yourself in exciting and unusual experiences – you take risks, you enjoy trying new things, meeting new people and visiting new places. Being adventurous means living life to the full.

Of course, the Go Ape tribe are big on adventure. We thrive on it. Come discover why we’re celebrating adventure this spring.

For us, nothing beats getting outdoors and trying something new. It’s that pulse-pumping, ‘oh my gosh, what am I doing?’ kind of buzz you get from trying something for the first time. And once you develop that thirst for adventure, it’ll never go away.

With the weekend coming up, here are some ways you can get up, get out and celebrate your adventurous side!

Hit the road

Being adventurous is all about being spontaneous. So, round-up a few friends, pack a picnic and embark on a random road trip. Don’t plan, just drive! By not having a destination, you’ll discover new and intriguing places to explore. Just don’t forget to pack the sat nav for the journey home.

Make friends

Meeting new people will open the doors to plenty of new experiences and adventures. This weekend, make a conscious effort to talk to someone new. It may be the woman who sells you your morning paper, a neighbour, or someone at your yoga club. Many people feel nervous meeting new people for the first time but remember, even your closest friends were strangers once.

Embrace the present

“I’ll learn a new language next year,” “I’ll start writing a blog next month,” “I might try that new restaurant next week.” Stop! You need to start living life in the present, which means replacing ‘next year,’ ‘next month’ and ‘next week’ with ‘today’!

Scare yourself

This weekend, plan or do something that takes you out of your comfort zone. It doesn’t need to involve extreme sports such as sky diving, bungee jumping or white water rafting; it can be something much simpler such as singing karaoke with a mate on Saturday night, watching a scary film, or finally asking that one person out for a drink.

Go Ape

Of course, this list would be incomplete without mentioning Go Ape. Celebrate your adventurous side by unleashing your inner Tarzan at one of our tree-top courses! It may your first time there, you may be looking to conquer your fear of heights, or meet some new people. Whatever your reason, a trip to Go Ape is a great way to celebrate your adventurous side!

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