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Sir Ranulph Fiennes to tackle Coldest Journey

Report by Rob Gillett, Video by Ashley Fudge

Veteran explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes says they will be using all the help they can get as they head off on an expedition to cross the Antarctic.

The expedition, entitled the Coldest Journey, will see Sir Ranulph and his five-man team attempt to cross the continent over a six-month period.

The journey across the Antarctic has never before been attempted during the winter but a Norwegian exploring team recently crossed the Arctic during the summer months.

Sir Ranulph explained that friendly rivalry between the two nations had been a factor in driving him to complete the coldest journey on Earth.

He said: "The Norwegians do consider the polar regions to be theirs, and not for the Brits or the French and that to muck around in."

Speaking of a previous expedition in 1974, the explorer continued that a Norwegian newspaper had run a story claiming that he and co-explorer Charlie Burton had taken a prostitute with them on their sledge.

"Luckily, my late wife was watching our departure so she knew that there was no prostitute, and anyway, at minus 40 certain things are impractical." he said.

At 68, Sir Ranulph is the oldest explorer to attempt the crossing and has been described by The Guinness Book of Records as "the world's greatest living explorer".

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