Sir Ranulph Fiennes says he has been left "frustrated" at being forced to pull out of an Antarctica expedition because of frostbite. The adventurer was injured after a fall at a base camp and developed frostbite after taking off his outer gloves in temperatures of -33 celsius.
Speaking after arriving back in the UK, Fiennes explained how the expedition had been five years in the planning.
Prince Charles has given his royal seal of approval to the Ice Team before they embarked upon their mission to walk across Antarctica during the coldest time of the year. The Prince of Wales is the patron of the Antarctic Winter Crossing Expedition 2012.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes to set off for coldest journey on Earth
The world's greatest living explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, is receiving a royal send off from Prince Charles as he begins his latest record breaking challenge. He's attempting to become the first person to cross the Antarctic on foot during winter.
The expedition will take place in temperatures as low as -70C, much of it in total darkness. Our Science Editor Lawrence McGinty has been to meet him.
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.