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Sir Ranulph to attempt second Everest climb


By  Unsigned,   Tuesday, 01 April 2008

Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who is 64, is going to make a second attempt to climb Mount Everest despite his wife's concerns about his health.

If he makes it to the top, the adventurer will be the first man to scale the world's highest peak and to cross both the Arctic and Antarctic ice-caps via the north and south poles.

He hopes to raise £3 million for Marie Curie Cancer Care and will be accompanied by expedition guide Kenton Cool and medic Robert Casserley.

Sir Ranulph suffered a heart attack during a failed attempt in 2005. He was 300 metres from reaching the summit.

This time he will take the South Col route from Nepal, which is the route made famous by Sir Edmond Hillary in 1953.

The intrepid explorer, who has circumnavigated the world along its polar axis and led the first hovercraft expedition up the Nile, climbed the north face of the Eiger in March 2007.

Another career highlight of Sir Ranulph's is running seven marathons in seven days on seven continents.