British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, described by the Guinness Book of Records as “the world’s greatest living explorer,” became the first person to circumnavigate the globe via its polar axis during his epic Transglobe Expedition. Sir Ranulph has led more than thirty expeditions to places as cold as Antarctica and as hot as the desert of Arabia, where he discovered the lost city of Ubar – the “Atlantis of the Sands.” Sir Ranulph also led the Pentland South Pole Expedition, which achieved the first unsupported crossing of the Antarctic continent and was the longest unsupported polar journey in history.
Formerly a member of Britain’s revered SAS commando, Sir Ranulph Fiennes was seconded to the forces of the Sultan of Oman, where he was credited with putting a stop to the advancement of Communist rebel forces across the Arab world. Sir Ranulph has also written 19 books, including several bestsellers. His book The Feather Men is currently being produced into a film in Hollywood, where his family name is already well-known. His cousins, Joseph Fiennes and Ralph Fiennes, have starred in motion picture hits such as The English Patient and Shakespeare in Love.
On 2 November 2003, Sir Ranulph and Dr. Mike Stroud completed perhaps the biggest challenge of all. Both men ran seven marathons in seven consecutive days on seven continents as part of the Land Rover 7x7x7 Marathon Challenge, becoming the first humans to do so. Sir Ranulph successfully completed this phenomenal feat despite suffering from a massive heart attack and undergoing a double by-pass operation just four months prior to the start of the week-long ordeal.
In 2006 and again in 2008, Sir Ranulph made two unsuccessful bids to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain. However, in 2009, he -along with guide Kenton Cool and watchmaker Michael Kobold- reached the summit with the use of supplemental oxygen. At the summit, the team raised a flag depicting the Navy SEAL trident. As part of the expedition, Sir Ranulph became the oldest Briton to scale Mt. Everest and the first man to walk to the North and South Poles and to reach the summit of the Himalayan peak.
When he is not planning expeditions, scaling mountains or running races, Sir Ranulph can be found cutting the ends off his frostbitten fingers with the help of a vice and a fret saw, or burning the fray ends off of his nylon ZULU watch strap using a lighter. Sir Ranulph wears a Soarway Diver in stainless steel and, on occasion, one of the latest Kobold prototypes. Sir Ranulph Fiennes is Kobold’s brand ambassador in chief and has held that post since 1999.