Posted on 27 02 2013
Disappointment for The Coldest Journey Team
Sir Ranulph Fiennes has been forced to pull out of perhaps his greatest challenge yet, an unaided journey across Antarctica during winter, after getting frostbite during a training exercise.
Further to continued bad weather at The Coldest Journey base camp in Antarctica,
Ranulph Fiennes remains in the team’s caboose. The Ice Team are waiting for a break
in the snow storm and are working on the best way to get Sir Ranulph to the
Princess Elisabeth Station for evacuation, which we hope will now be tomorrow.
Regarding Fiennes’ injury, Dr Robert Lambert, the Ice Team doctor, said: “Ran has
frostbite injuries to four fingers of his left hand, sustained during his usual ski training
regime in Antarctica. As with all frostbite, it is still too early to determine the full extent
of the injury; however treatment is progressing well, and Ran is bearing up with his
usual fortitude and good cheer. Ran himself has made the very difficult decision not
to continue with his attempt to ski across Antarctica in winter, a decision with which
I concur. In the circumstances I think this is very wise. To continue skiing with this
injury in these conditions would be to invite much more severe damage.”
As a point of detail, we would like to clarify that the frostbite was sustained whilst Fiennes
was making adjustments to one of his ski bindings which had become loose,
and there was no failure of the binding. It was whilst making these adjustments
that he briefly removed his glove.