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.
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.