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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published September 20 2012

Weather Talk: Adventurer plans to cross Antarctica during winter

British adventurer and explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who is 68, is planning the first-ever Antarctic crossing during winter. Fiennes, along with five colleagues, will be traveling 2,000 miles in six months in temperatures as cold as minus 90 at an average altitude of 10,000 feet, all in the total darkness of the Antarctic winter.

They will benefit from modern technology as they will be using specially designed snow tractors to pull their sledges, as well as battery-warmed clothes and breathing apparatus. The expedition will include a number of scientific endeavors but will also be a fundraiser for blindness.

They are scheduled to depart from London in December, a century after the death in Antarctica of British explorer Robert Scott. They will begin their Antarctic journey in March 2013, at the beginning of the Antarctic winter.

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