In 1984 the Guinness Book of Records described Sir Ranulph
Fiennes as the “World’s Greatest Living Explorer.” And with his highly motivational and entertaining presentations, The U.K.’s Daily Telegraph has listed Ranulph Fiennes as “One of the World's Top Ten Speakers.”
Sir Ranulph was awarded the Sultan of Oman’s Bravery Medal in 1970, the Explorers Club of New York Medal in 1983, the Royal Scottish Geographical Society’s Livingstone Gold Medal in 1983, the Royal Geographical Society’s Founder’s Medal in 1984, and both he and his late wife received the Polar
Medal in 1987.
In 1993 he was awarded an OBE for “human endeavour and charitable services.”
Sir Ranulph has, through his expeditions, raised large amounts for charities. He has led 22 major expeditions to remote parts of the world including both Poles.
In 2003, only three and a half months after suffering a massive heart attack and double bypass operation, he
ran 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days.
In 2004 he came second in the International North Pole Marathon and, in 2005, he raised £2m through his ascent to within 300 metres of the Everest summit ridge for the British Heart Foundations new research MRI scanner. In March 2007, he climbed the North Face of the Eiger and raised £1.8m for Marie Curie Cancer Care’s delivering Choice Programme. Also in 2007 Winner of ITV’s Greatest Britons 2007 Sport Award and in May 2008, climbed Everest (Nepal-side) to within 400m from the summit. In May 2009 he successfully summitted Everest, raising nearly £3m for Marie Curie Cancer Care. To date he has raised about £14 million for UK charities.
He is the author of 18 books including The Feather Men (a UK # 1 Bestseller), Beyond the Limits, Captain
Scott, the bestselling biography of 2003 and his autobiography of 2007, Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know.