A night of exploration
The world’s greatest living explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, had audience members in the palm of his hand as he relived his most astonishing feats during a special evening at the Royal Geographical Society organised by Jaguar Land Rover. With JLR having provided vehicles for Sir Ranulph’s adventures for more than five decades, there were no better hosts to put on a night celebrating all aspects of exploration.
Meandering through the cavernous interior of the RGS, guests took in an exhibition of stunning Mount Everest photos before feeling what it’s like to climb the famous mountain with a virtual reality experience in the Map Room. Meanwhile, in the downstairs Foyle Reading Room people could follow in the footprints of historic explorers by perusing a bespoke display of artefacts – including George Mallory’s boot and Charles Darwin’s sextant – celebrating over 500 years of travel and exploration at the RGS.
The highlight of the evening, though, was the riveting talk by Sir Ranulph who took everyone on a journey through his incredible life – from his time in the Army of the Sultanate of Oman to becoming the first person to visit both the North and South pole travelling on the surface. After a meet and greet with the explorer, guest filed into the chilly night air past a range of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles parked outside that only added to the desire to go out and explore.