This time his plan is to be the first person to cross both polar ice caps and climb the “Seven Summits”. At first, the plan might sound audacious, but thanks to his extensive history of major expeditions, he is well on his way to accomplishing his mission.
Previous adventures have seen Sir Ranulph ski across both the Arctic and Antarctic, while he has also conquered Kilimanjaro, Mt. Elbrus and, the biggest of them all, Everest. That leaves him with just Carstensz Pyramid, Mt. Vinson, Anoncagua and Denali to complete scaling the tallest peaks on all seven continents. Achieving this feat will give him the distinction of being the only person to accomplish all of these endeavours.
For the 72-year old adventurer, his greatest challenge will likely be Denali but, given he has already scaled Everest, this challenge shouldn’t be particularly challenging, save for the unpredictable weather and unique technical terrain that he will face.
While reaching the North and South Pole, and scaling the Seven Summits has been achieved before (and there is even a name for this – the Explorer’s Grand Slam), no one has skied across the entire Arctic and Antarctic, via the North and South Poles. A fact that will surely make this achievement stand out from, and above, the rest of the field.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes plans to complete the remaining climbs by Winter 2017.