But this trek is not merely another notch in Fiennes’ belt (which, presumably, is comprised entirely of notches). Ironically, the expedition team hopes ‘The Coldest Journey’ will draw attention to global warming — namely, the effect that climate change has wrought upon the polar ice cap. Fiennes additionally intends to raise $10 million for Seeing is Believing, a charity organization that assists the blind.This motivation has been behind many similar treks so you may be able to guess what the outcome is. ;-)
Yes, the outcome was described in The Telegraph and uncountable other outlets:
Sir Ranulph Fiennes abandons Antarctic crossing after frostbiteDuring a (Southern) summer training for his trek, he made the "small slip" to remove his glove at –30 °C. Previously, he cut fingertips on his hand so that doctors wouldn't have to amputate the fingers.
Unfortunately, such a previous case of frostbite makes one more susceptible and sensitive. So his new frostbite is another problem, perhaps a greater one, and the plans for the "Coldest Journey" have been abandoned.
At any rate, he managed to draw attention to global warming as he planned. Global warming has clearly caused his frostbite. While global warming warms the globe, it brutally cools down the volumes of air surrounding gloves that have been just taken off.
More seriously, I want to assure all heroes and not quite heroes that even if a real ongoing trend or process deserved to be called "global warming", it just cannot have any detectable implications for the old wisdom that the polar regions are damn cold. Global warming – independently of the subtle questions about its causes – may have added 0.15 °C per decade. In two decades, since your last visit to the frozen continent, it could have contributed 0.3 °C to the temperatures over there. But there's still about 50 °C by which Antarctica is colder than what your fingers would find comfortable! When it comes to the experiences of an individual who visits the frozen continent, global warming is at most a 0.01 sigma effect and that's surely considered a non-effect by everyone familiar with statistics. As long as you are mostly rational, the concept of "global warming" just cannot and shouldn't possibly affect what you do with your gloves! ;-)