Sir Ranulph Fiennes climbs highest peak in Antarctica


British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes has successfully climbed to the summit of Mount Vinson, the highest peak in Antarctica.


Mount Vinson: Overlooks the Ronne Ice Shelf near the base of the Antarctic Peninsula. The massif is located about 1,200 kilometres (750 mi) from the South Pole.

The feat forms part of his pledge to climb the highest mountain on every continent between August 2016 and May 2017.

The 72-year-old faced minus 40C temperatures and severe winds to climb the 16,050ft (4,892m) peak.



Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

He said: "I am delighted to have completed this stage of my challenge."


His team said he reached the peak of Mount Vinson at about 23:00 GMT on Tuesday 6th December.

The explorer from Exmoor, Somerset, is halfway to completing the Global Reach Challenge in aid of Marie Curie. Sir Ranulph has been raising funds for Marie Curie since the death of his first wife Ginny in 2004. He has raised £18m in total for charity and aims to raise £20m for good causes in his lifetime.

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