Ranulph Fiennes delighted after conquering Everest despite suffering from vertigo

May 27th, 2009 - 1:48 pm ICT by ANI  

London, May 27 (ANI): Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who became Britain’s first pensioner and oldest person to have conquered Everest last week, is happy that he could scale the Himalayan mountain on his third attempt despite suffering from vertigo.

The 65-year-old told a press conference in Londonto that overcoming his phobia at considerable heights was his main concern.

“I get vertigo, and don’t like looking down. But if you are there, you might as well look once,” Sky News quoted him as saying.

“When I actually got to the top, the emotional side of getting there was, to some extent, blurred by amazement at what we could see.

“Way down below, you could see the top of all the frilly clouds, and here, there and everywhere you’ve got mountain tops poking through.

“To use a cliche, it’s just like fairyland,” he added.

On the back of his success, Sir Ranulph has become the first explorer in history to reach the world’s highest peak as well as the North and South Poles.

His remarkable achievement raised 3million pounds for cancer charity Marie Curie. (ANI)

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