​Prince Harry Prepares For Charity Event After Cold Chamber

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September 4, 2013

Prince Harry will spend 24 hours in a cold chamber in temperatures reaching minus 40C later to prepare for a charity trek to the South Pole. The Prince will be joined by four other members of the Walking with the Wounded team.

“These men and women have given their all in the cause of freedom, in our cause. That they should once again step into the breach – this time facing down the extreme physical and mental challenges of trekking to the South Pole — just underlines their remarkable qualities,” he said.

The team will endure simulated blizzard conditions as they practice their daily routine including putting up and taking down their tent, cooking meals and skiing for two hours at a time on exercise machines.

The practice session will take place on Sept 16 to 17 at Mira Ltd in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, which specialises in testing commercial and military vehicles under extreme conditions.

In November the British team will race against a team from the US and a combined Canadian and Australian team in a 208-mile trek from the 87 degrees latitude line to the South Pole.

The race is expected to take 21 days, and each day the teams will spend 12 hours skiing, with 10-minute rest breaks every two hours. Putting up and taking down their campsite will take two hours at each end of the day, leaving little time for sleep during the constant daylight of the Antarctic summer.

The Prince, 28, joined the Walking with the Wounded team for the first part of a trek to the North Pole in 2011 and was Patron of their 2012 Everest Expedition, but this year’s challenge will be the first time he has joined the team for the whole of one of its adventures. He has been given special leave by the Army to take part in the challenge, as have other members of the team who are still serving.

The race is expected to take 21 days, and each day the teams will spend 12 hours skiing, with 10-minute rest breaks every two hours. Putting up and taking down their campsite will take two hours at each end of the day, leaving little time for sleep during the constant daylight of the Antarctic summer.

Joining him in the British team will be four amputees who lost limbs while serving in Afghanistan.