Sir Ranulph Fiennes
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It is sad to indeed to see that Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the leader of the extremely ambitious winter Antarctica expedition called The Coldest Journey, has been obliged to pull out at an early stage due to frostbite. The expedition set off from Cape Town in January this year.

The expedition is the first to attempt to do a 3,200km (2,000 mile) traverse of the Antarctica during the winter months, when temperatures are of course at their lowest. In fact, temperatures of around minus 70C are likely during the six-month crossing,  and as yet the effect of these on equipment and humans is unknown. The crossing will also be mostly in darkness, adding to the risks the expedition faces.

One of the goals of the expedition is to raise $10 million for the Seeing is Believing blindness charity. The remaining five expedition members have decided to continue with the expedition despite the pullout of Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

Frostbite ends Fiennes winter Antarctic expedition bid

Today News CAPE TOWN — Veteran British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes has pulled out of an attempt at the worlds first Antarctic winter crossing due to frostbi…

We will be watching the expedition closely – it is one of the the most exciting and challenging events in the Antarctic for a long time.