London: British explorer Ranulph Fiennes has pulled out of an expedition to cross Antarctica because of severe frostbite.
Sir Ranulph is said to be `gutted,` but his five team-mates will still embark on the 2,000-mile trek, dubbed as the `Coldest Journey`.
According to the BBC, the 68-year-old was injured after a fall while skiing during training at a base camp in Antarctica.
He used his bare hands to fix a ski binding in temperatures around -30C.
His evacuation to South Africa is being hampered by blizzard conditions, the report said.
According to the report, Sir Ranulph`s team members are likely to face some of the toughest conditions on Earth, near permanent darkness and temperatures dropping close to -90C.
The expedition, from the Russian base of Novolazareskaya to the Ross Sea, is due to begin on 21 March, the start of winter, and is expected to take six months.
The journey is to benefit Seeing is Believing, a charity which tackles avoidable blindness.