Live updates

Advertisement

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

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.

Sir Ranulph to begin frostbite treatment

The explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes - who lives on Exmoor - is due to begin treatment for severe frostbite in South Africa.

He was flown out of Antarctica last night after being forced to abandon his latest challenge. He had hoped to be one of the first people to cross Antarctica in winter but his team say the expedition will go on without him.

I have undergone a number of tests on my frostbitten hand both in Antarctica and since arriving here in Cape Town, and I am due to have additional tests here before leaving for the UK.

I feel very lucky to have been treated with the upmost care by extremely well trained professionals and have felt in safe hands throughout.

The warmth of Cape Town seems a million miles from the conditions my expedition partners are experiencing right now on the ice.

Those five men are forever in my thoughts and I wish them all the luck in the world for the expedition ahead.

Under the expert leadership of Brian Newham, I know that they have every chance of pulling off this extraordinary feat and making me and people across the Commonwealth extremely proud.

It is a very difficult and dangerous undertaking, but if there is any one group of people who can do it, it is them.

But now my focus is on returning to the UK, getting well and throwing all of my energy into helping the team there promote our aims, and making sure we raise $10 million for Seeing is Believing as we have set out to do.

– Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Sir Ranulph Fiennes to receive treatment for frostbite

Sir Ranulph Fiennes to receive treatment for frostbite Credit: ITV News West Country

The explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes - who lives on Exmoor - is due to begin treatment for severe frostbite at a hospital in South Africa. He was flown out from Antarctica last night after being forced to abandon his latest challenge.

He had hoped to be one of the first people to cross the continent in winter but the expedition will go ahead without him. Once he's back home, Sir Ranulph will work on promoting and education people about the mission.

Advertisement

  1. West Country (W)

Sir Ranulph Fiennes heads home

After days of waiting, Sir Ranulph Fiennes is due to begin his journey home from the Antarctic this evening. The 68-year-old explorer, who lives on Exmoor, was forced to pull out of his latest expedition because of severe frostbite.

He had hoped to be one of the first people to cross the continent in winter. He's due to be flown to South Africa for medical treatment before returning to the UK. Anton Bowring is the Expedition Co-leader.

Sir Ranulph stranded at Antarctic base camp

Sir Ranulph Fiennes was injured in a fall while skiing during training at base camp Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Sir Ranulph Fiennes remains stranded at his team's base camp in Antarctica because of the bad weather.

The Exmoor based explorer, 68, has been forced to pull out of an expedition to walk across the continent because of severe frostbite.

He was injured after a fall while skiing during training at a base camp in Antarctica. He used his bare hands to fix a ski binding in temperatures of around minus 30C.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes medical team say it's too early to determine the full extent of the injury but treatment is going well.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes forced to quit Antarctica expedition

Sir Ranulph Fiennes has had to pull out of his latest expedition after developing frostbite. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The Somerset based explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes has had to pull out of his latest expedition.

He was leading a team due to try to cross Antarctica in winter.

The expedition is billed as 'The Coldest Journey'. Sir Ranulph had to leave the group after developing frostbite.