Prince Harry begins North Pole trek
Prince Harry is going to serve as best man at his older brother Prince William's wedding to Kate Middleton in April, but first, he is off to the North Pole.
Harry, 26, is joining a team of eight men on part of their trek, aimed at trying to raise more than $3 million for charities supporting injured British service personnel.The group includes four soldiers who were wounded dring active service in Afghanistan, including two amputees.
Harry is a Royal Patron of the charity Walking with the Wounded and has himself served on the front lines in Afghanistan. He is now in training to become an Apache attack helicopter pilot for the Army Air Corps.
Harry joined the men at their base camp in Longyearbyen, north Norway on Tuesday, March 29. There, they will undergo three days of training, a Prince of Wales official statement said. The prince and the others will trek for five days above the Arctic Circle and and Harry will depart the ice on April 5, before William's April 29 wedding, and return to the United Kingdom, it said.
Accompanied by two expedition leaders and a Norwegian polar guide, the rest of the men will continue their four-week, 200-mile expedition of the frozen Arctic Ocean, it added.
Inge Solhiem, the expedition's polar guide told the UK version of GQ magazine, which features Harry on its cover, that Harry's training so far has been going very well.
The North Pole, Solhiem said, is "unpredictable" and "deadly," adding: "If you're not paying attention it will just slap you. You can walk ten miles in one day, pitch your tent overnight, and the ice will have drifted you back eleven miles in the opposite direction."