Sir Ranulph Fiennes

At 68 years old, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, dubbed the World's Greatest Living Explorer, is about to embark on his latest venture. He will lead a 14-month expedition

 

At 68 years old, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, dubbed the World's Greatest Living Explorer, is about to embark on his latest venture. He will lead a 14-month expedition to cross Antarctica during the Southern Hemisphere winter. The crossing itself will take 6 months during which time they will experience temperatures as low as -90C and a period of several months of non-stop night, although they will have light from the moon, cloud permitting, for 2 weeks out of 4 as it waxes and wanes.

The expedition will travel in 2 vehicles, specially modified to cope with the extreme temperatures, but speeds will be slow as the vehicles will be preceded at all times by two members of the team on the ground just ahead of the vehicles, operating equipment for the detection of crevasses. The vehicles will be crammed full of scientific equipment, and, among other things, they expect to bring back measurements to show the effects of global warming on that part of the world.

During the interview the TV interviewers asked the usual question "At your age, isn't it about time you slowed down?".  Instead, why didn't they make more of the fact that in general people could be capable of doing more things far longer in their life if they work at it. It's not an accident that he is able to do what he does. In an interview following his ascent of Everest he referred to the fact that his wife trains him physically as part of his preparations for his expeditions. It would be interesting to know what the training consists of.

We wish him well on this new adventure.