Sir Ranulph Fiennes in first TV interview since failed Antarctica trek

Sir Ranulph Fiennes, one of the most respected explorers of our time,was left extremely frustrated after being forced to pull out of his latest expedition, a 2000-mile trek to Antarctica, when he was struck down with frostbite.

In his first TV interview since he returned to Britain, Sir Ranulph, 68, talks about how it felt having to return back home while training for the trek, called The Coldest Journey, which saw him attempt to make history as the first person to cross Antarctica in winter.

He’s made history as the first man to have trekked unaided to both the North and South Pole and to cross the Antarctic on foot, as well as the oldest Briton to summitt Mount Everest.

And despite pushing 70, he refuses to give up on pushing the boundaries.

Speaking to Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes on This Morning, the adventurer said despite his disappointment he won't be broken by his failed bid.

“Over 42 years 50 per cent of our expeditions haven’t succeeded because we’re trying to break records and it would be arrogant [to always think you can do it] when better teams of people haven’t done win some, you lose some, so you don’t cry over spilt milk.”

Sir Ranulph was struck down with frostbite when he took his gloves off for 20 minutes to fix the bindings which had come loose on one of his boots, in the bitterly cold temperatures which can plummet to minus-90 degrees.

Check out the video in the player above for more from Ralph who talks about the challenges he faced to even get the expedition organised, how it felt to be forced to pull out, and his admiration and respect for the team who are still hoping to push ahead when it begins on March 20.

The team are raising money for the charity Seeing is Believing which helps those suffering from blindness. Find out more from the charity’s official website.

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