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Frostbite ends explorer's Antarctic trek

LONDON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes says he's pulling out of an Antarctic winter trek after suffering frostbite in temperatures down to minus-22 degrees F.

Russia turns down pole explorers' request

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Russia has refused to allow a group of British explorers to start a first-ever winter expedition to the South Pole from its Novolazarevskaya base.

Prince Philip resumes public schedule

CAMBRIDGE, England, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Prince Philip of Britain attended a dinner Tuesday in Cambridge, his first public appearance since he was hospitalized with a heart attack at Christmastime.

Explorer says he dozed before car crash

LONDON, March 8 (UPI) -- Police say British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes told them he "dozed off" on the motorway before veering head-on into another car.

Briton, 65, scales Everest fears

LONDON, May 26 (UPI) -- The oldest Briton to climb Mount Everest said he looked down just once because a fear of heights makes him dizzy.

British explorer plans 2nd try at Everest

LONDON, March 30 (UPI) -- Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the British explorer who had a heart attack near the summit of Mount Everest in 2005, plans another try at scaling the summit.

Fiennes to wed again, honeymoon on Everest

EXFORD, England, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Less than a year after losing his wife to cancer, the man described as the world's greatest living explorer, Britain's Ranulph Fiennes, will marry again.

Virginia Fiennes, wife of explorer, dies

EXETER, England, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Virginia Fiennes, wife of explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, has died in Exeter, England, after a short illness at the age of 56.

Man runs seven marathons in seven days

NEW YORK, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- A British explorer who suffered a heart attack only four months ago, broke a world record Sunday by running seven marathons in seven days. The New York marathon was No. 7 for Sir Ranulph Fiennes, reported ic Wales, the web site of the Trinity Mirror. Fien

Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, 3rd Baronet, OBE (born 7 March 1944), better known as Ranulph (Ran) Fiennes, is a British adventurer and holder of several endurance records. He is also a prolific writer. Fiennes served in the British army for eight years including a period on counter-insurgency service while attached to the army of the Sultanate of Oman. He later undertook numerous expeditions and was the first person to visit both the north and south poles by surface means and the first to completely cross Antarctica on foot. In May 2009, at the age of 65, he climbed to the summit of Mount Everest. According to the Guinness Book of World Records he is the world's greatest living adventurer. Fiennes has written numerous books about his army service and his expeditions as well as a book defending Robert Falcon Scott from modern revisionists.

Fiennes was born in Glasgow, Scotland shortly after the death of his father, Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, who was killed in action in the Second World War at Monte Cassino in 1944. Fiennes inherited his father's baronetcy, becoming the 3rd Baronet of Banbury, at his birth. Fiennes is the third cousin of actors Joseph and Ralph Fiennes, and is a distant cousin of Britain's royal family.

After the war his mother moved the family to South Africa where he remained until he was 12. Ranulph then returned to be educated at Eton, after which he joined the British Army.

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