Real-Life Superhero of the Week: Ranulph Fiennes

Most little kids dream of having grand adventures during playtime. But for our Real-Life Superhero of the Week, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, that became a reality.

Ranulph was born in Berkshire, England. After attending Eton College, Ranulph enlisted in the British Army – following in the steps of his father, who died shortly after Ranulph’s birth of wounds he sustained during WWII.

Ranulph served in the Royal Scots Regiment as a demolitions expert. After his service, he set his sights on exploration. Ranulph was the first person to completely cross Antarctica by foot and was also the first explorer to reach the North and South Poles solely through surface means.

In 1992, Ranulph was head of the expedition that may have discovered the remains of the lost city of Iram in present-day Oman. It was actually described as far back as 1,400 years ago in the Quran.

Even though his love of expeditions started at a young age, Ranulph was able to continue his travels well into his 50s. He participated in 7 marathons across 7 continents in 7 days as a way to raise money for the British Heart Foundation at age 59. If that wasn’t impressive enough, this was just 4 months after Ranulph suffered from a heart attack and underwent bypass surgery.

A normal person might have been satisfied with all these accomplishments, but not Ranulph. At age 64, he summitted Mount Everest. He became the oldest English person to do so.

Ranulph is also a published author and holds honorary doctorates from the University of Portsmouth, the University of Central England, and the University of Plymouth just to name a few. He also received the Polar Medal for his expeditions to both poles.

Finally, Ranulph was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1993 for his work raising money for charities. He’s raised over £14 million.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes managed to have incredible adventures around the world while helping to save it at the same time. Isn’t that the very definition of a real-life superhero?

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Written by Roselyn Sebastian 

Image Courtesy of Wikipedia

Most little kids dream of having grand adventures during playtime. But for our Real-Life Superhero of the Week, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, that became a reality.

Ranulph was born in Berkshire, England. After attending Eton College, Ranulph enlisted in the British Army – following in the steps of his father, who died shortly after Ranulph’s birth of wounds he sustained during WWII.

Ranulph served in the Royal Scots Regiment as a demolitions expert. After his service, he set his sights on exploration. Ranulph was the first person to completely cross Antarctica by foot and was also the first explorer to reach the North and South Poles solely through surface means.

In 1992, Ranulph was head of the expedition that may have discovered the remains of the lost city of Iram in present-day Oman. It was actually described as far back as 1,400 years ago in the Quran.

Even though his love of expeditions started at a young age, Ranulph was able to continue his travels well into his 50s. He participated in 7 marathons across 7 continents in 7 days as a way to raise money for the British Heart Foundation at age 59. If that wasn’t impressive enough, this was just 4 months after Ranulph suffered from a heart attack and underwent bypass surgery.

A normal person might have been satisfied with all these accomplishments, but not Ranulph. At age 64, he summitted Mount Everest. He became the oldest English person to do so.

Ranulph is also a published author and holds honorary doctorates from the University of Portsmouth, the University of Central England, and the University of Plymouth just to name a few. He also received the Polar Medal for his expeditions to both poles.

Finally, Ranulph was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1993 for his work raising money for charities. He’s raised over £14 million.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes managed to have incredible adventures around the world while helping to save it at the same time. Isn’t that the very definition of a real-life superhero?

What did you think of this article? Let us know in the comments, on Facebook or Tweet us @SuperheroYou!

Written by Roselyn Sebastian 

Image Courtesy of Wikipedia

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