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Canadian continues Antarctic trek

A British explorer has pulled out of a group expedition to cross Antarctica during the region's winter, but the team that includes a Canadian says it will continue on without him.

Ranulph Fiennes is leaving the expedition dubbed "The Coldest Journey" after developing a severe case of frostbite.

The 68-year-old and his five-member team had hoped to conquer what has been called one of the last great polar challenges, Canadiantraversing nearly 4,000 kilometres in a place where temperatures often dip as low as minus 70 Celsius.

The expedition said in a statement Monday that the team is working toward evacuating Fiennes from Antarctica, but that the evacuation is being hampered by a blizzard.

But the others, including 28-year-old Spencer Smirl of Peace River, Alberta, plan to carry on with the mission, which aims to raise $10 million for a charity that seeks to prevent blindness.

Smirl, a mechanic, said last month he was looking forward to an unforgettable experience.

The Canadian Press

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