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IMAGES: Bid to cross Antarctica in winter abandoned

The Coldest Journey expedition has abandoned its attempt to cross Antarctica in winter using Caterpillar tractors.

The team, originally led by explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, has come to a severe crevasse field, leading it to change plans.

Having travelled more than 300km at an altitude of 2.8km, it decided on safety grounds to end attempts to traverse the field in the darkness of the Antarctic winter.

The team is safe and well and will focus on advanced scientific work for the rest of the winter.

Sir Ranulph, who previously pulled out of the trip with frostbite, said: “Although we are disappointed not to be completing the crossing as intended, the team is now refocused on the valuable educational and additional scientific work we can carry out and the continued fundraising for our charity Seeing is Believing.”

UK Caterpillar distributor Finning supplied two bespoke Cat D6N track-type tractors for the expedition. 

Sir Ranulph spoke to NCE last month.

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