British legend Sir Ranulph Fiennes will be returning to Everest in the Spring to attempt to become the oldest Brit to top out on the mountain. According to this story over at MountEverest.net, Sir Ran will be once again looking to raise money for the Marie Curie Cancer Care Foundation.
Dubbed the “World’s Greatest Living Explorer”, Fiennes has lead quite an interesting life of adventure. He’s gone up the White Nile via hovercraft, visited both Poles, discovered a lost city in Oman, completed 7 marathons, in 7 days, on 7 continents, and at the age of 62 he climbed the Eiger. Not bad, but that doesn’t mean he’s slowing down just yet. He also participated in the Victoria Falls Expedition celebrating the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the falls by David Livingstone. (Dr. Livingstone I presume!)
Fiennes attempted Everest back in 2003, but turned back an hour into the summit climb due to health issues. In the Spring of 2008 he’ll be climbing from the South side, and he’ll be joined by U.K. guide Kenton Cool, who has summitted Everest 5 times and topped out on the Eiger with Sir Ran. The third member of the group will be medic and high altitude cameraman Dr Rob Casserley.
You have to admire Fiennes determination and grit. He’s showing no signs of slowing down, and it’ll be great to follow his Everest expedition next year. He just keeps adding chapter to his his own story, and he’s going to have to continue to release new editions of his autobiography, aptly titled Mad, Bad, and Dangerous To Know.