As if there was any doubt before, it can now be confirmed that British adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes is indeed a complete bad ass. The man who has been dubbed “The World’s Greatest Living Explorer” apparently survived a three car pile-up a few weeks back, just one day after he finished a major endurance event.
Investigation into what actually happened is still ongoing, but it seems that Fiennes Jaguar rammed into another vehicle before careening off into a third. Reports from the scene of the accident seem to indicate that Sir Ran was in the passenger seat at the time, and may have sustained minor injuries. Certainly not enough to bother a man who famously cut his own fingers off rather than wait to let them heal from frostbite.
At the age of 66, the polar legend doesn’t seem to be slowing down. The night before the accident he was taking part in a 42-mile long endurance challenge called the High Peak Marathon, and he always seems to be planning some other new adventure. Of course, his resume is already impressive enough. Not only is he the first man to visit both the North and South Pole on foot, he has also climbed the Eiger Northface, summitted Everest, and run seven marathons, in seven days, on seven continents. In short, he’s tougher than all of us.
Thanks to the Wend Blog for the heads up on this story. They speculate that Ran is indestructible, but I have another theory. He just might be a sophisticated cyborg sent back in time to make the rest of us all look bad. He’s like a damn Terminator. He can’t be bargained with. He can’t be reasoned with. He doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And He absolutely will not stop, ever.