Sir Ranulph Fiennes presents an evening called Mind Over Matter at Chelmsford Civic Theatre.

PUBLISHED: 16:54 19 June 2017

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes presents an evening called Mind Over Matter at Chelmsford Civic Theatre on Monday, July 3, He will talk about his life, childhood, misdemeanours at school, army life, frostbite and early expeditions including projects which put him into the Guinness Book of Records and got him described as Britain’s greatest living explorer.

Since the 1960s Fiennes has been an adventurer. He led expeditions up the White Nile on a hovercraft in 1969 and on Norway’s Jostedalsbreen Glacier in 1970. One notable trek was the Transglobe Expedition he undertook between 1979 and 1982 when he and two fellow members of 21 SAS, Oliver Shepard and Charles R. Burton, journeyed around the world on its polar axis, using surface transport only. Nobody else has ever done so by any route before or since.

As part of the Transglobe Expedition, Fiennes and Burton completed the Northwest Passage. They left Tuktoyaktuk on 26 July 1981, in an 18 foot open Boston Whaler and reached Tanquary Fiord on 31 August 1981.

Their journey was the first open boat transit from West to East and covered around 3,000 miles (2,600 nautical miles or 4,800 km) taking a route through Dolphin and Union Strait following the south coast of Victoria Island and King William Island, north to Resolute Bay via the Franklin Strait and Peel Sound, around the south and east coasts of Devon Island, through Hell Gate and across Norwegian Bay to Eureka, Greely Bay and the head of Tanquary Fiord. Once they reached Tanquary Fiord, they had to trek a further 150 miles via Lake Hazen to Alert before setting up their winter base camp.

7.45pm. tickets, £20 (special discounts £7) from 01245 606505 or www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres.

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