TMF Group sponsors Sir Ranulph Fiennes Global Reach Challenge
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TMF Group sponsors Sir Ranulph Fiennes Global Reach Challenge

14 July 2016

TMF Group's global ambassador, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, is undertaking the Global Reach Challenge to become the first person to cross both polar layers and climb the highest mountain on each of the continents.

Conquering new territories not only requires ambition, but also local knowledge and experience. TMF Group, which provides these elements to companies, is pleased to sponsor its global ambassador, Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE, in the realization of the Global Reach Challenge.

At age of 72, the explorer has just returned from climbing Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe, and aims to become the first person to cross both polar layers and climb the highest mountain on each continent.

In a race to secure the record before anyone else, Sir Ranulph will climb four more mountains in less than a year; Monte Carstensz in New Guinea (Oceania), Mount Vinson in Antarctica, Aconcagua in Argentina (South America), and finally Denali, the highest peak in North America and one of the most dangerous and difficult mountains in the world Climbing. He has already successfully climbed Everest in Asia (2009) and Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa (2004), and has reached the north and south poles, crossing the Antarctic continent and the Arctic Ocean.

Sir Ranulph explained: "In 2009, I was the first person to complete what was then the Grand Slam. Established in the New York Scout Club and elsewhere, this meant being the first person to cross the Arctic Ocean, in the surface of the Arctic Ocean, the Antarctic continent and the highest mountain, Everest - also known as the third pole.

"However, I later learned that the adventurous world community had expanded the boundaries, now the Grand Slam has expanded to include the Arctic, the Antarctic and not just Everest, but also the highest mountain on each of the seven continents.”

Along with the goal of achieving the world record, Sir Ranulph is also on a mission to raise funds for Marie Curie, a UK charity that provides vital services and support to people living with a terminal illness, and their families, in the whole country.

After three attempts to reach the summit of Everest, Sir Ranulph said he would leave any other mountain for the "fittest" climbers. However, several events caused him to change his mind. "Climbing four mountains in a short time will certainly be a challenge, especially the Denali in Alaska, which only has a success rate of 18% during this season of the year. However, with experience and local expertise, I would really like to go. This effort also raises money for Marie Curie, a worthwhile cause. "

The Global Reach Challenge is financially sponsored by the TMF Group.

Fiennes continued: "Our sponsor is TMF Group, which has the experience of dealing with local problems to help companies establish overseas, including any company or individual that wants to establish or expand their business in remote areas. As well as our sponsor, we have to do everything meticulously in the remote area, and in that we are good. "

Frederik van Tuyll, CEO of TMF Group added: "Sir Ranulph Fiennes is the best explorer in the world, he has inspired many generations with his perseverance and dedication, and has gone to extremes to complete some of the toughest and most difficult challenges in the world.

"He has shown that to be successful in remote areas requires not only tremendous ambition, but also detailed knowledge and local experience, so he surrounds himself with a solid team, all experts in his field." TMF Group understands this too, and we are excited to be part of the Global Reach Challenge team. "

Follow Sir Ranulph's progress, you can also view photographs and videos related to the Global Reach Challenge on our website, available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

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