Fiennes frustrated at frostbite

Sir Ranulph Fiennes says he is "frustrated" at being forced to pull out of an expedition across Antarctica because of frostbite.

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A Royal goodbye for the Ice Team

Prince Charles has given his royal seal of approval to the Ice Team before they embarked upon their mission to walk across Antarctica during the coldest time of the year. The Prince of Wales is the patron of the Antarctic Winter Crossing Expedition 2012.

Prince Charles with Sir Ranulph Fiennes Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
His Royal Highness spoke to members of the expedition Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
A large crowd gathered for a chance to meet the Prince of Wales Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire


Ice team sets off on Antarctic challenge

The Ice Team: Brian Newham, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Ian Prickett and Spencer Swirl (not pictured Richmond Dykes and Dr Robert Lambert) Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The six man team who will attempt to walk across Antartica over the next six months have set sail on their ship the SA Agulhas.

Brian Newham, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Ian Prickett, Spencer Swirl, Richmond Dykes and Dr Robert Lambert hope to raise more than six million pounds for charity.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes to set off for coldest journey on Earth

The world's greatest living explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, is receiving a royal send off from Prince Charles as he begins his latest record breaking challenge. He's attempting to become the first person to cross the Antarctic on foot during winter.

The expedition will take place in temperatures as low as -70C, much of it in total darkness. Our Science Editor Lawrence McGinty has been to meet him.


Fiennes to undertake six-month Antarctic expedition

  • The name of the expedition is called 'The Coldest Journey'.
  • The expedition will begin on 21 March 2013 at the winter equinox.
  • It will take six months in total - crossing Antarctica to reach the Ross Sea and has taken 5 years to plan.
  • Fiennes is aiming to travel 2,000 miles across the continent over six months, mostly in complete darkness and in temperatures approaching -90C.
  • The SA Agulhas will take on board technical equipment and supplies including two 20-tonne tractors, two cabooses, scientific equipment, fuel sleds, specially heated clothing and Antarctic cold weather gear, and a variety of food supplies.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes to set off on coldest adventure yet

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

The veteran explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes is to set off on his coldest challenge yet today - a journey across the heart of Antarctica during the winter.

His expedition ship - the SA Agulhas - will receive a Royal send off from the Prince of Wales before it departs later today.

Over a six month period, the team will travel 2,000 miles across the ice, mostly in complete darkness and in temperatures close to -90°C.

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