20 January 2014 by David Ward
The world's greatest explorer opens a new chapter for Wexas Travel on London's Southbank
Wexas Travel was thrilled and extremely proud to host Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the world's greatest living explorer and Wexas Travel honorary president, at their new offices on London's Southbank, where he shared stories from some of his many amazing adventures around the world, as well as officially opening the company's brand new workspace and an exciting new chapter in the life of Wexas Travel.
Wexas Travel has a long-standing relationship with Sir Ranulph Fiennes, which dates back to the company's humble beginnings in the 1970's and the forging of a friendship between the legendary explorer and Wexas chairman and founder Dr Ian Wilson.
Since then the company has been privileged enough to help Sir Ranulph with some of his more complex travel arrangements, including, in 2003, a somewhat hectic flight schedule that saw him, having recently recovered from heart surgery, complete seven marathons in seven days on seven continents, taking in Patagonia, the Falkland Island, Sydney, Singapore. London, Cairo and New York in the space of a week.
His record as a trailblazing adventurer and philanthropist is quite extraordinary, having led expeditions to every conceivable corner of the globe, including the first team to circumnavigate the earth via the north and south poles, travelling only by land and sea. He's also the oldest British person to have summited Mount Everest, a feat he achieved in 2009 at the age of 65, and which made him the first man to cross both polar ice caps and stand on the summit of the world's highest peak. His record as a fundraiser is just as impressive, having raised more than £14 million for UK charities including Marie Curie, the British Heart Foundation and the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes' new book Cold: Extreme Adventures at Lowest Temperatures on Earth is available from all good book shops.