Fiennes "reignites
..a race row..."
Polar Racism?
Peary Diary
Fiennes defibrillates
Polar Failure
Man-hauling vs dogs
World's Greatest
Fiennes explorer or travel writer?
Who found Ubar?
Fiennes and Stroud polar suffering
Guinness backs Peary
Guinness history?

$ Titles of nobility

An Irish beer company once said Fiennes was "The World's Greatest Explorer". Why?
Fiennes "reignites
..a race row..."
Polar Racism?
Peary Diary
Fiennes defibrillates
Polar Failure
Man-hauling vs dogs
World's Greatest
Fiennes explorer or travel writer?
Who found Ubar?
Fiennes and Stroud polar suffering
Guinness backs Peary
Guinness history?

$ Titles of nobility

Nova's website does not mention Fiennes as discoverer
A race row | Racism? | Diary | Dogs | Failure | Explorer | Suffering | Myths | Peary | Home
Greatest living explorer denies title —
"My passport says I am a travel writer"
• His passport says he is a travel writer(1)
• In the UK he is available as a celebrity/motivational speaker.
• In an interview Fiennes says he's an expedition leader, not an explorer.
• His adventures have been endurance treks, not exploration.
(1) Traveling is not exploring. Trekking across remote but previously discovered areas is called tourism or having an adventure, not exploring. Exploring is journeying for a scientific purpose such as mapping, documenting flora & fauna.
Q: Is it a myth that Fiennes is the "World's greatest living explorer?"
A: Yes; that was once printed in Guinness
But we can't find when it was printed or what he claimed to have explored. We think this "greatest explorer" hype is simply an outdated, and incorrect, "publisher's dust jacket" item parroted by the media.
Says Fiennes
"The problem is knowing what people mean by the word 'explore'. I've done 32 years of expeditions, only one of which was as a true explorer, as opposed to what I call myself—an expedition leader."
http://www.travelleronline.com/travel_talk/chatranulphfiennes.shtml
Q: Does Fiennes truly claim he discovered the Arabian city Ubar?
"...Fiennes led several expeditions in the great deserts of Arabia, before finally finding the city in Oman in 1992."http://www.speakers.co.uk/SubPages/Speakers/6071.htm

"After numerous attempts he found the Lost City of Ubar ...in 1992, his biggest expeditional success so far." http://www.angelfire.com/biz5/beeswing/ranulphfiennes.html

"Ranulph has led over 30 expeditions...The discovery of the lost Arabian city of Ubar" [http://www.tracyedwards.co.uk/fiennes.html] He is laconic, maddeningly matter-of-fact: discovering a fabled lost city in the Oman desert in 1992 was "luck."
http://www.time.com/time/europe/eu/magazine/0,9868,188819,00.html

"The Guinness Book of World Records describes Fiennes as the world's greatest living explorer. He was at the helm of the expedition that found the Lost City of Ubar."
http://www.januarymagazine.com/profiles/rfiennes.html

"TIME: What's next? FIENNES: ...maybe I'll try for another lost city in Arabia."
http://www.time.com/time/europe/eu/magazine/0,9868,188819,00.html

"Question: Which expedition are you most proud of? Sir Ranulph Fiennes: I think probably locating the lost city of Ubar in the early 1990s,..."
http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/03/world/antarctica-walk-scott-expedition
A: Nasa and Nicholas Clapp found Ubar, not Fiennes!

Fiennes was hired to do logistics!
It WASN'T HIS expedition at all..and we're supposed to believe his other "claims?"
 
Who really found Ubar? Nicholas Clapp found Ubar. What did Fiennes really do? Apparently he only handled logistics & financing.

Clapp found Ubar
"... it was one of the strangest phone calls that the NASA space agency had received…A hesitant voice on the end of the line said: 'I would like to talk to someone about using the Space Shuttle to look for a lost city.' With these few words, began one of the most extraordinary quests of the 2Oth century. A quest to solve a mystery which had baffled scientists and explorers for a thousand years."  http://www.guidedones.com/issues/reports/ubar10.htm

"...Nicholas Clapp...made that -fateful phone call to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California back in 1983. 'It was a little nutty, a little eccentric,' he reflected years later. 'But as an amateur you can do things the professionals can't.' What Clapp didn't know then was that he was about to embark on a 10-year odyssey. And that his 'amateur' efforts would culminate in what Time magazine heralded as 'one of the three major scientific events' of the 1990s."

"Clapp found Ubar. His revelation that the city had indeed collapsed into an underground cavity also proved that ancient 'myths' are often founded on sound historical fact."

Major Find

"The idea of searching for the lost city of Ubar was conceived in 1981 by Nicholas Clapp, a Los Angeles filmmaker and adventurer...with the help of Mr. Hedges, recruited a team of experts in several fields.

Analysis of the space images was directed by Dr. Charles Elachi, ...Working with him were Dr. Blom and Dr. Robert E. Crippen,...Alan Jutzi, ... assisted with archival research. Dr. Zarins, a professor at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield ...is still at the site directing the excavations....Sir Ranulph Fiennes, a British polar explorer...directed logistics for the expedition and helped arrange financing from Omani backers.

http://www2.ups.edu/faculty/velez/FL380/Ubar/Page2.htm
"Nicholas Clapp,... became absorbed with the legend of Ubar...
using ultramodern techniques,
to uncover this "Atlantis of the Sands."
(review at Amazon.com)

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