It’s been a good start to 2017 with four of our distinguished Cordon Rouge Club Members featuring in The Exploration Issue for British National carrier’s in flight magazine, High Life. Read across the globe, this is a real testament to the Club whose members continue to be regarded as the most accomplished and inspirational explorers and adventurers.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Ed Stafford, current Chairman Leo Houlding and Cecilie Skog have all been paid tribute to in the special- edition issue, for their extraordinary feats in the field of adventure.
Featuring on the cover of High Life is one of Maison MUMM’s most legendary Cordon Rouge Club Members, Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Named as ‘The World’s Greatest Living Explorer’ by the Guinness Book of World Records in recognition of his remarkable achievements over the last 50 years, some of his astonishing feats include being the first person to cross the Antarctic and Arctic Oceans, completing 7 marathons in 7 days in 7 continents – Marathon des Sables, and becoming the oldest Briton to climb Mount Everest.
Sir Ranulph is currently mid expedition and recovering from an injury sustained while ascending Aconcagua, South America’s highest mountain, as part of his latest expedition in a bid to complete The Global Reach Challenge, a journey across both polar ice caps and navigating the seven summits in aid of Marie Curie.
Alongside Sir Ranulph on the cover of the magazine is fellow Cordon Rouge Club member Ed Stafford. Undoubtedly the most incredible of Ed’s achievements has been becoming the first man to walk the entire length of the Amazon River – setting out from the Pacific Coast in April 2008 and finishing 860 days later at the Atlantic Ocean – an expedition that earned him a place in the 2011 Guinness Book of World Records, and the award for ‘European Adventurer of the Year’ in 2011.
In the line-up of the “world’s most courageous adventurers” are also Cordon Rouge Club members Leo Houlding and Cecilie Skog. Leo’s most notable expedition is Ulvetanna, a mile- long climb on the northeast ridge of Antarctica, nicknamed the ‘Wolf’s Tooth’ by the locals, while Cecilie holds the title of first woman to complete the Explorers Grand Slam – the World’s 7 highest peaks and both poles.
On February 7th, the Cordon Rouge Club members will assemble for their Annual Dinner to delegate and vote in new members to the Club. The process involves each member nominating a candidate for consideration followed by heated debates and a deciding majority rule. Prospective new members are then invited to officially join the Club and so their journey as a Cordon Rouge Club member begins.
We raise a glass of MUMM to The Cordon Rouge Club and here’s to a daring, victorious, celebration filled year ahead.