Sir Ranulph and his five-man team will cross the continent during winter over a six-month period. Going with them will be two machines to help carry their equipment.
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The announcement is part of a £500 million cost-cutting drive which will take place over three years.
A chilly north for the glens of northern Scotland and the Highlands but otherwise a frost free and generally mild night.
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