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Beyond the Limits
     

Beyond the Limits

by Hachette UK
 

Sir Ranulph Fiennes has been hailed by the GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS as the world's greatest living explorer. Following his most recent unsupported attempt to reach the North Pole which nearly cost him his life, he looks back on three decades of adventures in all corners of the globe and what he has learned from them.

Reflecting on such diverse themes as the

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes has been hailed by the GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS as the world's greatest living explorer. Following his most recent unsupported attempt to reach the North Pole which nearly cost him his life, he looks back on three decades of adventures in all corners of the globe and what he has learned from them.

Reflecting on such diverse themes as the importance of choosing the right team, monitoring the opposition and dealing with the media, Sir Ranulph presents a breathtaking collection of photographs from his personal archive and discusses the - sometimes painful - lessons he has taken away from each expedition. From the famous and successful Transglobe voyage in the early 1980s to his life-threatening attempt on the North Pole in 2000, this is a riveting and enlightening insight into the life of an extraordinary man.

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My admiration for Ran is unbounded and thank God he exists. The world would be a far duller place without him—HRH PRINCE CHARLES

The world's greatest living explorer—GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS

KLIATT
Ibsen wrote "There is always a risk in being alive, and if you are more alive, there is more risk." Ranulph Fiennes has patterned his life after these words, even before he included them in his latest book. The Guinness Book of Records nominated him as "the world's greatest living explorer," but before earning such a title, Fiennes went through a short period of desperate unemployment. Out of the British Army after eight years in German and Oman, with considerable survival and language skills but no job offers, he started work on a book about his experiences on an expedition up the Nile. Offers to lecture on this subject followed. Fiennes discovered that "Expedition lectures were easy to give . . . expeditions might well provide a viable format for self-employment. If I could organize and carry out an expedition a year on a fully sponsored basis then, even though nobody would pay me for doing it, I could recoup my expenses and make a basic living while planning the next year's journey." (p.29) With a game plan in place, Fiennes has followed this course for 30 years, going everywhere from Egypt to Norway, Antarctica to British Columbia. Unlike previous professional travelers such as H.V. Morton or Charles Doughty, this is not a meditative guide, with lots of history thrown in. Colorful photographs throughout enhance a breezy text. Every chapter ends with a section entitled "The Lessons Learned." Two of these are: "The fewer people involved with any given project, the better. There are very few exceptions to this rule." and " When hi-tech systems fail, be ready to revert immediately to traditional means of doing the job." (p.159) An enjoyable but optional purchase for public and highschool libraries. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2000, Little Brown UK, dist. by Trafalgar Square, 223p. illus., Ages 15 to adult.
—Katherine Gillen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316857062
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
7.75(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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HRH Prince Charles
My admiration for Ran is unbounded, and thank God he exists. The world would be a far duller place without him.

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Bt, OBE, is the world's most celebrated contemporary adventurer and explorer. A former member of the SAS, he has been a leader of major expeditions to both poles and elsewhere in the world for over thirty years.

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