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Coldest journey on Earth for explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes

By Ray Cooling

UK explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes is taking on one of the world’s most hostile environments and last remaining polar challenges by attempting to cross Antarctica in winter - the coldest journey on Earth.

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Having never been attempted, the expedition - consisting of Fiennes and five colleagues - will also provide unique and invaluable scientific research that will help climatologists. Additionally, it will form the basis for an education programme that will reach up to 100,000 schools across the Commonwealth.

Leaving London in December on board the South African ice-strengthened research ship, S.A. Agulhas, the team - led by 68-year-old Sir Ranulph - began its epic challenge to complete the “Coldest Journey” - the first trans-Antarctic winter expedition.

Kitted out with the latest scientific equipment, the team seeks to bring back a wealth of information about climate change and pave the way for a new dawn in Antarctic year-round exploration.

In addition, the Coldest Journey is attempting to raise 10 million dollars for Seeing is Believing, a global charitable initiative to fight avoidable blindness.

On 21 March 2013, the equinox, the six expedition members will begin a six-month journey to reach the Ross Sea. Their route from the Russian base of Novolazareskaya to Captain Scott’s base at McMurdo Sound - via the South Pole - will test the limits of human endurance.

During this time the group will travel nearly 4,000 kilometres (2,480 miles), mostly in complete darkness in temperatures as low as minus 90 degrees Celsius. The team will have to...

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