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Sir Ranulph Fiennes eyes new polar challenge

Sir Ranulph Fiennes has already visited the North and South Pole but now he plans to go one step further, by being the first person to reach the South Pole during Winter.

At the age of 68 he will have to walk across the whole of the antarctic in round the clock darkness and temperatures of -70 centigrade.

Our Science Editor, Lawrence McGinty reports on the explorer, hoping for another entry in the history books.

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes to announce Antarctica challenge

Adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes will today announce plans for a six month expedition across Antarctica during the southern winter - where temperatures plummet to -90C.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Credit: Jane Mingay/PA Archive

The 68-year-old British explorer will lead a team across the terrain next year in a challenge which is being called the Coldest Journey.

Sir Ranulph's team will travel by ship to the Pacific coast of the continent before starting the journey on the equinox on March 21, 2013.

The adventurer's previous challenges include climbing Mount Everest and travelling from pole to pole.

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