the north face apex bionic Explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes to conquer Eastleigh
Sir Ranulph served in the British Army for eight years including a period on counter insurgency service while attached to the Army of the Sultanate of Oman.
The 73 year old old Etonian has led more than 30 expeditions and was the first to visit both the North and South Poles by surface means and the first to cross Antarctica on foot.
In 2003 and only three and half months after a massive heart attack, a three day coma and double bypass he along with fellow adventurer Mike Stroud did seven marathons in seven consecutive days on all seven continents.
Two years later he climbed Everest to within 300 m of the summit, raising 2 million for the British Heart Foundation’s new research MRI scanner.
In 2007 Sir Ranulph climbed the north face of the Eiger with Kenton Cool and Ian Parnell, making 1.8 million for the Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Delivering Choice Programme.
And In May 2009, at the age of 65 and when most people are thinking of sloping off to retirement he climbed with Thundu Sherpa to the summit of Mount Everest.
From his self deprecating tales of academic failure, through his time in the Forces, to discovering lost Middle Eastern cities and his many and varied expeditions, it’s amazing how much one man has crammed into his life.
He also has graphic images of how his epic death defying sorties have left their mark with hands and feet that had been subjected to extreme cold and ravaged faces exposed to pure Ozone.