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'Fiennes' new book provides unsparing accounts of his expedition hardships, including months drifting on a disintegrating, polar-bear-haunted Arctic ice floe, and seeking shelter from 200mph winds while pitching his tent in the icefields of Antarctica... A stirring read' Book of the Month, Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine

'How did you lose several fingers? A mystery. I know what I can and can't do at minus 30 and minus 40. It was a normal icy day. I was not in a danger zone. If you try peeling a banana with mitts on, you can't. Therefore you take them off. I took 'em off and saw my hand had gone white. The same hand had done a winter ascent of the Eiger. I knew what it had got itself into. I had to get back to safety, which meant putting the hand in my crotch, the only warm place. I was in a whiteout. An Irishman came back very kindly to help - endangering himself' Kate Kellaway

'One of the world s greatest living explorers has described in a new book how his wife s thoughtfulness enabled him to survive a heart attack on Everest. The brush with death is one of several narrow escapes recounted in Cold' Sian Griffiths, Sunday Times

'Perhaps when you are as driven as he is you can never be fulfilled but Fiennes, who once used a fretsaw to cut off his frost-bitten finger tips, is probably assured of legend status. Not just because of the £14m he s raised for charity, his contribution to science and his catalogue of physical achievements, but that he personifies, as this book testifies, the indomitability of the human spirit and the belief that anything is possible' Flemmich Webb, Independent

'Tracing the history of polar exploration, [Fiennes] finds men deranged by isolation; ruthless captains abandoning unwanted crew in the uninhabitable Arctic; scurvy merrily rotting the gums of every man it touches. He relates, in juicy detail, stories of cannibalism and the public outcry they provoked at home' Stefanie Marsh, The Times

'This celebration of the most brutally cold places on Earth covers man s early discoveries through to the first crossing of the Antarctic during winter.' --Evening Standard

About the Author

Sir Ranulph Fiennes was the first man to reach both poles by surface travel and the first to cross the Antarctic Continent unsupported. In the 1960s he was removed from the SAS Regiment for misuse of explosives but, after joining the army of the Sultan of Oman, received that  country's Bravery Medal on active service in 1971. He is the only person yet to have been awarded two clasps to the Polar medal for both Antarctic and the Arctic regions. Fiennes has led over thirty expeditions, including the first polar circumnavigation of the Earth, and in 2003 he ran seven marathons in seven days on seven continents in aid of the British Heart Foundation. In 1993 Her Majesty the Queen awarded Fiennes the Order of the British Empire (OBE) because, on the way to breaking records, he has raised over £14 million for charity. He was named Best Sportsman in the 2007 ITV Great Briton Awards and in 2009 he became the oldest Briton to reach the summit of Everest.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 11091 KB
  • Print Length: 517 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1471127826
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DF7J51A
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews
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By D. Elliott TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Feb. 2015
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One of the world's greatest living adventure explorers is Ranulph Fiennes (1944 - ). He may be best known for his polar expeditions, but he has undertaken a variety of physical challenges including ascents of the Eiger North Face and Mount Everest plus river, sea and desert events. He is a prolific writer and has written over 20 books recording his exploits and commenting on associated events. `Cold', subtitled `Extreme Adventures at the Lowest Temperatures on Earth', was first published in 2013 after he was forced out of an attempted Antarctica crossing due to frostbite.

`Cold' concentrates on expeditions and record breaking ventures where cold weather was a determining factor in success or otherwise. Ranulph Fiennes commences with trips to Norway and Greenland, but always with a view to uncharted destinations. A significant portion of his book is the planning, trials and execution of a Transglobe Expedition taking in both North and South poles, but also for separate journeys and crossings of the Arctic and Antarctic involving Canada, Alaska and the Northwest Passage, and even a trip around the world's greatest land mass from Ireland all the way East to Newfoundland. Ranulph Fiennes clearly has a competitive obsession and he has used his adventures to raise millions for charities, but readers will ponder over what were his doubts and fears, and what drove him to put himself in such deep danger and to suffer horrific hardships. What is to be made of his brief mention of 7 marathons on each of the world's 7 continents in 7 days - after heart surgery! There are insights to feelings of apprehension, reactions to isolation, responsibilities etc. where humour often makes light of the mental stress and physical back-breaking demands and punishments endured.
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Having been evacuated from Antarctica, suffering from frostbite in his hand caused when trying to adjust the bindings on his skis, clearly left Ranulph Fiennes at a loose end. With nothing planned, what better than to turn out another book. Yes, this probably is a gratuitous opportunity to write about himself and his past expeditions. Who cares - Ran has had more feats of endurance than anyone else and even at his advancing years shows no signs of letting up. The theme is 'cold' and this aligns well with the majority of his expeditions. This book reads really well and is packed full of fascinating information. Ran clearly knows his field and this includes related history, biology and science. I thoroughly recommend this book.
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Bought recently as i was looking for an inspirational read and this is certainly ot. I would also recommend googling the places mentioned to get more of an idea of the vastness and difficulty of the terrain Ran find himself in. Great book!
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By S. JIM on 5 Jan. 2014
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I am currently reading this book and it is fascinating. It gives an excellent picture of life in a number of ice and snow conditions.. It makes one wonder why on earth he and his wife did it.
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I liked everything about this book, it pulls you in all the way start to end. The passion ran Fiennes, Ginny, Charlie and Mike have to cross the most extreme voyage is outstanding. He didn't stop with one expedition, he kept challenging his ability to the extreme, fear of danger or death was the last thing crossing their mind. No one can fail to consider the contribution Ran did to humanity in all aspect of life. He lived a great life full of adventure. Great book. Thank you Fiennes
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An engaging read, having not read other books by Fiennes I was inspired by a recent talk he gave at The Natural History Museum, I thoroughly enjoyed it the book.

I normally enjoy modern mountaineering adventures, this book touches neatly historical journeys in a way that surprisingly caught my interest, having always ignored history books.

The odd mistake in hardcover (p 100 gets oC & oF mixed up? Doubt my body would thrive with a core temp of 99oC!).
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No doubt Ranulph Fiennnes is brave but the book failed to explain any purpose to his expeditions other than his own satisfaction. What it did do was to (unwittingly?) highlight the amount of pollution in the form of human waste and abandoned equipment, left in these remote areas by all explorers and resident scientists.
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One death defying expedition after another, just when you start feeling relieved that he lived to tell the tale of one, he is then off planning another. A thoroughly inspirational and palm sweating book of one mans obsession for taking life to the most extreme places on earth.
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