Fiennes -33C frostbite frustration

07 March 2013 08:12

Nursing his wounds: Sir Ranulph addresses a Heathrow Airport hotel press conference after flying back from his Coldest Journey expedition

Nursing his wounds: Sir Ranulph addresses a Heathrow Airport hotel press conference after flying back from his Coldest Journey expedition

Sir Ranulph Fiennes has told of his frustration at being forced out of the Coldest Journey expedition across Antarctica by frostbite. The explorer, 68, has vowed to support the 2,000-mile trek, which has taken five years to plan, through fundraising. Sir Ranulph suffered frostbite after taking off his outer gloves to fix a ski binding in temperatures of about minus 33C.

He was earlier injured in a fall while skiing at base camp training in Antarctica. He told a press conference at a Heathrow Airport hotel after flying back to the UK that he is on pills. A surgeon told him that two of his fingers might require surgery and two definitely would not.

Of course, you don't need to be a famous explorer to know the value of good travel insurance. But whether you are crossing Antarctica or flying to France on a day trip, such reliable protection gives you piece of mind. Sir Ranulph's colleagues will continue their quest to conquer the last great polar challenge - to cross Antarctica in winter. They are expected to begin later this month in a bid to raise $10 million (£6,587,180) for a sight charity.

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