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Sir Ranulph Fiennes and his goldfish went for a stroll

February 3, 2010

Adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes is widely regarded as a living legend. His accomplishments abound, from demolition expert in the British army to record-setting expeditions around the world, literally: from 1979 to 1982 he and two companions journeyed around the world on its polar axis using surface transport only. The 52,000-mile trek made them the first people to visit both poles by land. 

How hardcore is Fiennes? In 2000 he suffered severe frostbite on a failed North Pole expedition. Back at home was told by his doctor he had to wait several months before amputation while the fingertips dried. When he grew tired of the pain and waiting he took on the job himself, in his garden shed, with a saw. When the first saw didn't work out he went to the village and bought a Black & Decker model that got the job done.

In 2009, at the age of 65, Fiennes became the oldest Briton to summit Everest. He's also an author, and you can watch an animated version of his very short and understated story "Me and My Goldfish Went for a Stroll," in this video.

via the adventure life