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The Exmoor-based explorer has been speaking of his disappointment at having to pull out of an expedition to cross the Antarctic in winter. He has been planning it for the last five years.
The 68-year-old is now receiving treatment for frostbite to one of his hands.
At a press conference this morning, the West-based explorer brought journalists up to date...
His team-mates will continue with the 2,000 mile trek, which they are expected to start later this month.
Hailed as the last great polar challenge, the journey to cross the continent has never been attempted during winter. Sir Ranulph would have been the oldest explorer to try.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes said today (Mon) that he was "frustrated" at being forced to pull out of an expedition across Antarctica due to injury.
The 68-year-old, who lives on Exmoor, was speaking at a press conference after flying into Heathrow. He was injured in a fall while training at a base camp.
He developed frostbite after taking off his outer gloves to fix a ski binding in temperatures of around minus 33C (minus 27.4F).
It has forced Sir Ranulph to quit the Coldest Journey expedition, which has been five years in the planning. He will continue to support the project through fundraising.