Sir Ranulph Fiennes

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On Thursday 6th November, the College was extremely privileged to host an afternoon talk by Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Visiting on the launch date of his new book “Cold”, Sir Ranulph spoke in great detail about his experiences in brutally cold environments, offering advice for aspiring explorers. Described as “the world’s greatest living explorer” by the Guinness Book of World Records, Sir Ranulph was first to reach both the North and South Poles and first to circumnavigate the world along its polar axis. In 2003 he completed the first 7x7x7 (seven marathons in seven consecutive days on all seven continents), illustrating his versatility in a number of different environments.

BBC Radio 4 presenter Justin Webb and Sixth Former Michael Godson interviewed Sir Ranulph and questions were taken from the floor. Some of the most interesting questions included; “what has been your most dangerous experience?” to which Sir Ranulph recounted his loss of several fingers to frostbite on a solo expedition. Overall, the interview went very smoothly and with an approximate attendance of around 400 people, it was a very successful evening for the promotion of the Geography Society as well as giving the boys the opportunity to meet Sir Ranulph Fiennes in person and have a book signed by him.

Many thanks to Mr Fletcher and Miss Woolley for organising the event in conjunction with Dulwich Books and the publisher Simon and Schuster.

John Reed

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