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Sir Ranulph Fiennes opens our new office

Meeting Sir Ranulph Fiennes

....the worlds greatest living explorer

I was incredibly excited to find out that ex SAS and veteran polar adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes would be our guest for the day and officially opening our new office on the banks of the Thames.

Since the 1960’s Fiennes has been an adventurer, he has led expeditions up the White Nile, is the oldest British person to reach the summit of Mount Everest and his most notable trek was the Transglobe Expedition between 1979 - 1982, when he and two others journeyed around the world on its polar axis, using surface transport only, and in rather nippy conditions of minus 92 degrees.

Fiennes has led the following expeditions, and in total has raised over 14 million for UK charities.

  • 1967 - Jostedalsbreen Glacier Expedition
  • 1969 - The Nile Hovercraft Expedition
  • 1970 - 2nd Jostedalsbreen Glacier Expedition
  • 1971 - The Headless Valley Expedition
  • 1976 - 78 - Greenland: Hayes Peninsular Expedition
  • 1979 - 82 - The Transglobe Expedition
  • 1986 - 90 - The Unsupported North Pole (Canadian) Expedition
  • 1990 - The Unsupported North Pole Russian Expedition
  • 1991 - The Discovery of the Lost City of Ubar
  • 1992/1993 - The Unsupported Antarctic Continent Expedition
  • 2000 - The Arctic Solo Expedition
  • 2005 and 2008 - Everest Tibet and Everest Nepal summit Attempts
  • 2007 - North Face of the Eiger
  • 2009 - Everest Nepal Summit (Became the first person ever to summit Everest and cross both polar ice caps)

Only four months after suffering a heart attack and undergoing a double heart bypass he completed 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents, just think of the jet lag!

The marathons were as follows:

  • 26 October - Race 1: Patagonia - South America
  • 27 October - Race 2: Falkland Islands - "Antarctica"
  • 28 October - Race 3: Sydney - Australia
  • 29 October - Race 4: Singapore - Asia
  • 30 October - Race 5: London - Europe
  • 31 October - Race 6: Cairo - Africa
  • 1 November - Race 7: New York - North America

During his visit to our Southbank office Fiennes described a few of his extraordinary adventures, he showed us a selection of photo’s he’d taken along the way, these included the lost city in Oman, equipment used on his expeditions, and of course his frostbitten fingers, which on arrival home from the North Pole he sawed off in his Exmoor garden shed! Fiennes is an incredibly modest man with a great sense of humour, we were engrossed in his stories and listened intently as he described a few of the highs and lows he encountered. He’s the kind of man you wouldn’t mind sitting next to on a very long flight. I could have listened to him for days.....

Sir Ranulph Fiennes opening the Wexas office

Pictured l-r Managing Director Steve Allen, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Dr Ian Wilson, Chairman

Sir Ranulph Fiennes has been using Wexas since 1972 for his travel arrangements and is one of the company’s Honorary Presidents. Wexas were responsible for the travel arrangements connected with some of his epic trips, including the seven-marathons-in-seven-days-on-seven-continents, which came with a number of logistical challenges.

I feel immensely lucky to have met the greatest living explorer, it’s highly unlikely that I’ll climb Mount Everest anytime soon, or spend a few months living on an iceberg; however this has definitely ignited my desire to visit more of the barely accessible regions of the world. Where will your next expedition take you?

Cruise lines such as Silversea, Hapag Lloyd and Compagnie Du Ponant offer a selection of Arctic and Antarctica voyages, plus many more.

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