Magazine article Geographical

Fear

Magazine article Geographical

Fear

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FEAR

by Sir Ranulph Fiennes; Hodder & Stoughton; 20 [pounds sterling] (hardback)

Panic, Fiennes tells us, is to be avoided at all costs. On the other hand, fear is a welcome mechanism that enables the body and brain to work at their best. In his latest book, which deals largely with the experiences of 'the world's greatest living explorer', Fiennes takes the reader through situations that have made him anxious, at times nervous, and on occasion 'scared stiff '.

One might assume that fear is unknown to a former SAS officer who has led more than 30 expeditions to the world's most inhospitable corners and has climbed Everest. Not so. Fiennes has suffered from some very basic human phobias, such as falling from heights and spiders. In this book, he puts forth numerous, highly readable accounts of how he has confronted these fears. Some, like vertigo, were tackled with extreme measures: for instance, climbing the North Face of the Eiger. …

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