The Coldest Journey

Sir Ranulph Fiennes – the world’s greatest living explorer – aboard the SA Agulhas, docked at Wood Wharf in London’s Docklands (30 November 2012).

A few days later on 6 December 2012 (the images were embargoed until that date), the Agulhas sailed for Antarctica, where Sir Ranulph and five other expedition members will attempt the first ever winter crossing of the Antarctic continent – a distance of over 2,000 miles, which will take around six months, mostly in complete darkness and in temperatures as low as -90C.

Sir Ranulph with expedition co-leader Anton Bowring

It is hoped that the expedition will raise US$10 million for the charity Seeing is Believing. For further information visit

I was invited along to Wood Wharf to meet Sir Ranulph by one of the expedition sponsors, Paramo, who are the main supplier of technical clothing to the expedition.

Photos © Rudolf Abraham. No unauthorized use.

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