World: Sir Ranulph Fiennes Will Attempt Record Antarctica Trek
British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes said that “everyone’s grandmother” is now climbing Mount Everest as he unveiled his new challenge – a record-breaking trek across Antarctica in winter.
The 68-year-old will lead the first team on foot across Antarctica during the southern winter, aiming to cover 2,000 miles (3,219km).
The team of six will brave temperatures as low as minus 90C (minus 130F) during their six-month journey.
Sir Ranulph said his forthcoming expedition is one of the last remaining polar challenges, with a winter crossing of the Arctic having recently being completed by a Norwegian expedition.
“It is the last really big expedition left in these days when everybody’s grandmother goes up Everest at weekends,” Sir Ranulph told reporters in London.
He said his wife and children “weren’t terribly thrilled” with his latest challenge.
The expedition, to begin in March, is being called the Coldest Journey On Earth, with an estimated budget of £6 million.
The Holy Qur'an states:
"And every one has a goal which dominates him; vie, then, with one another in good works." [Holy Qur'an, 2:149]
The Ahmadiyya Post, World. 18 Sept 2012