After what seemed like endless delays, three teams of wounded veterans began their Antarctic race to the South Pole today at 13:35 GMT (that’s 8:35am EST). Prince Harry, Patron of Walking With The Wounded, joins Team Glenfiddich of the UK while True Blood actor Alexander Skarsgård joins Team Noom from the United States and actor Dominic West is the honorary member on the Commonwealth’s Team Solder On.
Although the brave warriors saw a successful launch event in Trafalgar Square on November 14, they later faced delays from their jumping off point in Cape Town and at their base camp in Antarctica due to bad weather. It may have been miserable for the participants, but thankfully all of us at home had Sky New’s Paul Harrison entertaining us with amazing photos of Harry.. and his beard.
While the teams geared up for the big departure last night, Captain Guy Disney – who took part in 2011′s North Pole expedition - spoke with The Telegraph about team member Prince Harry: “I’d say Harry is a dynamo within the team, and he’s been a laugh. He brings a huge skill set to the party – and we’re very lucky to have him on board.”
From the start, it appears Captain Disney may have been spot on, as Expedition Manager Victoria Nicholson reported in her audio diary that “Team Glenfiddich were first out of the starting blocks with Prince Harry leading.”
The teams are aiming to complete the 205-mile journey through positively freezing temperatures (that is a massive understatement), tough terrains and all-around rough conditions in 16 days. During that time, be sure to follow Walking With The Wounded for constant updates and donate to the cause if you can. Most of all, please do not forget that these men and women are overcoming unimaginable obstacles to reach a goal that most of us would never consider going after.
Oh and Prince Harry, please do not forget to bring me back a penguin for Christmas.