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