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Full report: Cumbrian man joins Fiennes' Antarctic trek

Sir Ranulph Fiennes set out on his latest adventure today, December 6.

This time a mountaineer from Cumbria will be playing a crucial role on his support team.

The team will cross Antarctica during winter, when temperatures there can fall to minus 90. It is something that is never been done before.

Watch Lucy Taylor's report here:


Antarctic expedition begins

Brian Newham from Caldbeck will join Sir Ranulph Fiennes as part of a six strong team who will attempt to cross the Antarctic for the first time in history.

During the expedition they'll cover two thousand miles in temperatures as low as -90 degrees Celsius.

The team have set sail from London on a journey to the South Pole, with the aim of reaching Antarctica in mid-January 2013.

They'll spend two months preparing for the challenge. They'll test all of the equipment and carry out scientific work.

The gruelling six month trek will begin on March 21st.

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Fiennes to undertake six-month Antarctic expedition

  • The name of the expedition is called 'The Coldest Journey'.
  • The expedition will begin on 21 March 2013 at the winter equinox.
  • It will take six months in total - crossing Antarctica to reach the Ross Sea and has taken 5 years to plan.
  • Fiennes is aiming to travel 2,000 miles across the continent over six months, mostly in complete darkness and in temperatures approaching -90C.
  • The SA Agulhas will take on board technical equipment and supplies including two 20-tonne tractors, two cabooses, scientific equipment, fuel sleds, specially heated clothing and Antarctic cold weather gear, and a variety of food supplies.

Cumbrian man's Antarctic adventure: Full report

When Sir Ranulph Fiennes leads the world's first ever attempt to cross the Antarctic in Winter next year, one man from our region will be part of the six strong team to tackle the challenge with him.

Brian Newham is about to set off on a gruelling four month, 2,000 mile expedition in temperatures as low as -90 degrees Celsius. Ryan Dollard went to find out why.