Ropes firm to aid Ranulph’s colossal trek

Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire

A DONCASTER-based rope manufacturer has been called upon to support big name explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes in what has been described as his toughest challenge to date.

The fearless adventurer will be taking on a trek across the Antarctic in winter known as ‘The Coldest Journey on Earth’.

To help his cause, Sir Ranulph has the backing of the Commonwealth and sponsors, including Doncaster’s own Bridon International.

Sir Ranulph, who was the first person to completely cross Antarctica on foot, will be joined by five colleagues as they test their limits of human endurance whilst covering 2,000 miles in six months by crossing the polar plateau.

Bridon, a technology leader in the manufacture of steel wire and fibre ropes, has been asked to provide the fibre rope solutions to assist on the expedition.

The manufacturer, based in Doncaster’s Balby Carr Bank, has donated a total of 34 Steelite fibre ropes which will be used to tow the 20,000 litres of fuel needed for the expedition.

Jon Templeman, chief executive of Bridon, said: “Supporting one of the world’s greatest explorers in this challenge is a great honour and we are proud that our world class ropes will be a part of this journey.

“Our ropes are conceived and constructed for the world’s most demanding applications for use in the most challenging conditions and The Coldest Journey will certainly demonstrate their quality.”

The expedition members will begin the six-month journey on March 21, 2013.