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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8060649.stm

Veteran British adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes has reached the summit of Mount Everest, succeeding after two previous attempts ended in failure.

He is the first man to cross both the polar ice-caps and climb 8,850 metres (29,035ft) to the world's highest peak.

Sir Ranulph, 65, who had kept this latest attempt at climbing the mountain low key, said from the top he was pleased but "felt dreadful".

"This is the closest you can get to the moon by walking."

The explorer began his latest attempt at climbing Everest three weeks ago.

He becomes the oldest Briton and the first British pensioner to scale the world's highest mountain.

The adventurer told the BBC: "We came to the summit as dawn broke. It was very, very cold."

He said he had been narrowly beaten by a group of 12 Indian army soldiers to the summit but that there was a "lot of chatter" once they arrived.

Sir Ranulph turned back from the summit on his first attempt in 2005 after having a heart attack.

Exhaustion forced him to turn back when he tried to climb it again last year.

His efforts this time are raising money for the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity - his wife, mother and sister all died from the disease within 18 months.

The BBC's Andrew North joined Sir Ranulph during the first two days of the climb and said it was obvious that a "bull-headed determination" drove him on.

The adventurer spoke to our correspondent by radio from the summit.

"He did say he was really pleased to have got there. He also said he felt dreadful, exhausted from the climb and was looking forward to getting down," said Mr North.

"You could tell he was very relieved," he said, adding that the pace of his climb was "remarkably fast" having reached the summit from the highest camp in just nine hours.

During his career Sir Ranulph has led more than 30 expeditions.

The explorer is perhaps best known for a three-year transglobe expedition - the first successful circumnavigation of the world on its polar axis - which was completed in 1982.

He also travelled to the North Pole unaided, along with Dr Mike Stroud, as well as a 97-day trek across Antarctica.

Sir Ranulph had a triple heart bypass in 2003 after suffering from a heart attack.

Only four months later, he and Dr Stroud ran seven marathons in seven days on seven continents.

A truly Great Briton and a welcome relief from all the thieves and vagabonds who sit in our Parliament, litter our board rooms and ruin our daily lives.

Hip hip!!

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A remarkable man.

Pity he doesn't want to stand as an MP.

Just finished reading his autobiography, he's self depreciating in a very British way. Inspired me to start climbing more.

P.S. I think he stood as a conservative MEP.

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The man is a god amongst men, a real hero for us all.

Make him the new speaker, and give him a big stick to keep order. Just don't let him near a film set ;)

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A great man who history will recognize far better than we will present day.....

Isn't he just a spoilt rich kid who never grew up and has the time and money to indulge his fantasies???

This place used to be so cynical, I think we have an infestation of government moles trying to create a positive atmosphere in this hellhole country.

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Isn't he just a spoilt rich kid who never grew up and has the time and money to indulge his fantasies???

If he is, he does it with style!

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The thing about this guy is that he doesn't sit behind a keyboard whining about how sh!t life is, he just gets up and does it.

His biography 'Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know' is a very worthwhile read.

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The word hero is overused these days, but in Ran's case I think it is quite applicable. He symbolises the quiet persistence and strength of character that is the stuff of legend. I wish I could harness just a fraction of his determination, but alas we can't all have such qualities.

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Not bad at all for a 60 something. I doubt I could make it to base camp and I'm not even 40 :-(

It's amazing what a couple of weekends of wandering up and down pen-y-fan will do for your fitness levels.

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gosh, if he had a heart attack, theres no hope for any of us!

It gets worse. Four months after a heart bypass operation he ran seven marathons on seven continents in seven days.

I don't know why he just doesn't call himself Superman and be done with it ;)

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I'd vote for him. Didn't he cut his own frost-bitten fingers off? What a guy!

He didn't just cut them off he did it in style.

Utterly impassively, he recounts the grisly DIY amputation. 'I took the Black & Decker vice from my tool shed and with the micro saw blade, I cut off the dead finger and thumb ends of my left hand. I did it slowly and carefully. When it bled, or was painful, I moved the saw away from the living flesh to the damaged flesh.

'Yes, I did have to cut into my own bone, but it was very shrivelled - the whole thing was like the flesh of a corpse. I put on a dressing to mop up the blood. I did it for financial reasons. I would have had to pay £6,000 to have it done by a surgeon.'

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