Prince Harry Reaches The South Pole After 200-Mile Trek
Prince Harry reached the South Pole on Friday, Dec. 13 along with his ‘Walking With The Wounded’ Team UK after a 200-mile hike across Antarctica.
Walking With The Wounded
Walking With The Wounded is a charity organization devoted to helping wounded veterans. The walk to the South Pole was originally conceived as a three-team race or veterans, each led by a high-profile leader. Prince Harry led Team UK, and the other two teams, Team USA and Team Commonwealth were led by actors Alexander Skarsgard and Dominic West. However, the competition aspect of the walk was called off on Sat. Dec. 7 after safety concerns were raised.
The race was originally expected to take at around 20 days, with the groups walking in temperatures as low as -58 F and carrying huge, 70kg sleds behind them. According to People, the teams were scheduled for 12 hours of skiing a day, with only 10-minute breaks every two hours.
Prince Harry joined the walk to raise awareness for the charity, but he joked his real reason for leaving for the South Pole was to “get away from [Prince William’s] screaming child."
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