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    BBC News - Ranulph Fiennes pulls out of Antarctic challenge

    Sir Ranulph Fiennes has pulled out of an expedition across Antarctica in winter because of severe frostbite.

    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.
    Seems a bit a rookie error but there you go. Noting that he already lost fingers on one hand**, that sounds pretty bad news.

    Note, this is before the crazy "cross the Antarctic in darkness at -90" mission even started.

    **This is not the first time the explorer has experienced frostbite. In 2000, he lost the fingers on his left hand during an unaided attempt to reach the North Pole.

    When he returned to the UK, he was told he would have to wait several months before they could be amputated to allow the partially damaged tissue to heal. But he decided to do the job himself and carried out the amputations using a fretsaw.
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    And I like the BBC's helpful advice
    Almost all cases of frostbite can be prevented by wearing appropriate clothing and avoiding unnecessary exposure to cold
    Which cases can't be prevented by staying in the warm I wonder?
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    lets be honest we are a bunch of keyboard warriors, Sir Ranulph has more balls than the lot of us combined.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vetran View Post
    lets be honest we are a bunch of keyboard warriors, Sir Ranulph has more balls than the lot of us combined.
    More balls but fewer fingers...

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    Quote Originally Posted by vetran View Post
    lets be honest we are a bunch of keyboard warriors, Sir Ranulph has more balls than the lot of us combined.
    Come here and say that! Then I'll apologise profusely and buy you a coffee
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sysman View Post
    More balls but fewer fingers...

    Probably about the same as Diver

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    I liked Ranulph Fiennes autobiography. Getting kicked out of the SAS for taking too many risks. Admitting that his behaviour in a state school (climbing to the top of the school roof regularly etc) would have had him in borstal but in public school they just encouraged him to climb etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vetran View Post
    lets be honest we are a bunch of keyboard warriors, Sir Ranulph has more balls than the lot of us combined.
    I'd rather have my fingers than his balls tbh.
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