3:08 pm, Mon 04 Mar 2013 Explorer back from Antarctic
Fiennes will fundraise instead
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.
12:30 pm, Mon 04 Mar 2013 Explorer back from Antarctic
Sir Ranulph press conference
At a press conference this morning, the West-based explorer brought journalists up to date...
"The vascular surgeon said that, in his opinion - he wasn't sure - two of the fingers definitely would not require surgery and two of the fingers might require surgery."
– SIR RANULPH FIENNES
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.
You could not put a better team together. I'm very pleased with, and proud of, the team in charge of the crossing. Everything is going totally on schedule as of today."
– SIR RANULPH FIENNES
11:56 am, Mon 04 Mar 2013 Explorer back from Antarctic
Sir Ranulph's frustration
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.
8:38 am, Mon 17 Sep 2012 West News In Brief
Sir Ranulph Fiennes attempts new Antarctic record
Sir Ranulph Fiennes plans to walk across Antarctica in winter
Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire
Explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes has announced that he's to lead a record-breaking trek across Antarctic. The 68 year-old who lives on Exmoor plans to head the first team to walk the continent during winter. The six-month expedition is due to begin next March.
Fiennes is described by the Guinness Book of Records as the world's greatest living explorer. His achievements include becoming the oldest person to climb Everest at the age of 65.
Seven years ago he recovered from a heart attack and a double by-pass operation. Fiennes will start his latest challenge on the Pacific ice shelf where Captain Scott died a hundred years ago.