Explorer back from Antarctic

Sir Ranulph Fiennes has returned to the UK after pulling out of his Antarctic expedition through injury. The 68 year old held a press conference after flying into Heathrow.

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

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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.