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I'm not crying over spilt milk ..or split fingers; Explorer jokes about frostbite agony.

Byline: Jennifer Cockerell reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk

SIR Ranulph Fiennes yesterday tried to laugh off the frostbite that forced him to pull out of an Antarctic trek and said it was just one of those things.

The explorer, 68, spoke as he returned to London after damaging his fingers by taking off his gloves as temperatures plunged below -30C while training for The Coldest Journey.

He admitted he was frustrated to miss the charity expedition but joked: "I am not going to cry over spilt milk or split fingers."

Fiennes said he had to choose between frostbite and dying from the cold after he fell and one of his ski bindings came loose.

He took his gloves off in -32 C close to his Antarctic base camp 11 days ago.

Fiennes added: "If I hadn't, I'd have sat there, gone nowhere and died of cold. It's just one of those things."

Fiennes may need surgery on at least two of his fingers.

He amputated his own fingertips in 2000 after suffering frostbite at the North Pole.

His team's bid to be the first to trek 2000 miles across Antarctica in winter will go ahead without him in a fortnight.

The expedition will raise money for the charity Seeing is Believing.

Fiennes said: "Having spent five years on this, I am going to make sure it succeeds."

Actress Joanna Lumley, a trustee of the Tawt Trust who are behind the expedition, added: "This is the most extraordinary adventure."

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