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Adventurers head to new base camp

Prince Harry and his fellow Walking With The Wounded expedition competitors are making their way to their second base camp ahead of the race to the South Pole.

Harry will race with a team of injured British servicemen and women against groups from the US and the Commonwealth in an expedition organised by the charity Walking With The Wounded.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said : "Prince Harry and half of the Walking With The Wounded teams have left Novo today for their second base camp at 87 degrees south. The rest of the teams will leave Novo tomorrow to join them, where they will all spend a few days acclimatising to the altitude and colder temperatures.

"The race to the South Pole is still due to start around 30th November."

In total, 12 injured service personnel who have overcome life-changing injuries are taking part. They have tackled challenging training programmes to prepare themselves for the conditions in Antarctica.

Trekking around 15km to 20km a day, the teams will endure temperatures as low as minus 45C and 50mph winds as they pull their 70kg sleds, known as pulks, towards the southernmost point on the globe.

Harry took part in some of a Walking With The Wounded expedition to the North Pole in 2011.


From Belfast Telegraph