Magazine article Geographical

Heat

Magazine article Geographical

Heat

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HEAT by Ranulph Fiennes; SimonS Schuster; 20 [pounds sterling] (hardback)

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It was almost inevitable for Ranulph Fiennes to write about confronting some of the hottest climates on Earth. His latest book follows on from his previous work, Cold, which chronicles the author's experiences at some of the world's lowest temperatures, from his crossing of both Poles to the summiting of Everest. Fiennes has survived clashes with Marxist guerrillas in the scorched Yemeni desert and the search for a lost city in the burning sands of the Arabian Peninsula. Now Heat takes us through his latest battle with extreme temperatures, the Marathon des Sables, widely considered the planet's most challenging endurance test. This would be a daunting ordeal for a fit 20-something--Fiennes took it on and completed the 156-mile circuit at the tender age of 71. Everest, which he climbed at 65, could be considered a warm-up exercise. …

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