- Posted December 14, 2013 by
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The Prince In South Pole
The expedition consisted of teams of seven young military veterans and celebrities from Great Britain, United States and the Commonwealth – former British colonies.
Last Saturday the three groups teamed up into one due to inhospitable conditions of the ice desert and “elevated stress levels” of the participants. All of them covered many kilometers on skis every day in severe weather conditions, carrying sleds with over 70 kilograms of payload.
The journey to the South Pole began November 17, when participants departed London to South African Cape Town. From there the travelers flew to the airfield adjacent to the Russan Novolazarevskaya Antarctic station, where they stayed for acclimation.
Before embarking on the journey, Prince Harry trained in Great Britain in a special cold chamber. A similar 2011 trip to the North Pole was cut short by Harry due to his brother’s (Prince William) wedding.
At the time, the event, organized by Walking With the Wounded, a veteran NGO endorsed by Prince Harry, also had participants from the British military, who were injured in the line of duty. The objective of both events is to attract the public’s attention to the problems of veterans and the disabled and to collect donations for charity.