Fiennes conquers Everest
21st May 2009
The British adventurer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, reaches the summit on the third attempt. Heâ€™s the oldest Briton to reach the top.
He has crossed both polar ice caps and climbed the highest mountain in the world; the first person to do all three things.
Sir Ranulph who is 65, set out 3 weeks ago.
He was raising money for the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity – his wife, mother and sister all died from the disease within 18 months.
Last time he attempted it he said he would never try again as it was so difficult, but when he realised the charity would not receive the money he decided to give it another go.
He deliberatly kept this attampt low key as he said he did not want to raise people’s expectations and then fail again.
Speaking from the summit he told the BBC what it was like. “We came to the summit as dawn broke. It was very, very cold.”
For more news on his successful climb see the full story on the BBC.