Sir Ranulph Fiennes has been forced to abandon his effort to climb Aconcagua, the highest peak in South America, after suffering from severe back pain.
The 72-year-old had to be helicoptered from the mountain, when he was just a few hours from the summit on Monday (16/01).
His adventures raise money for the terminal illness charity Marie Curie.
I was within just a few hours of the summit but problems with my back meant I couldn’t continue. I’m very frustrated, but I’ve learnt that at my age you can’t ignore any pain. I’m going to come home to the UK and get my back looked at before I do anything else.
To complete his Global Reach Challenge and claim a world first, he still needs to successfully climb Aconcagua in South America, Carstenz in Indonesia and Denali in North America.
Sir Ranulph has raised over £18m in total for charity and aims to raise £20m for good causes in his lifetime.