True Blood’s Alexander
and former The Wire star Dominic West
will go head-to-(frigid) head with Prince Harry in a trek across the South Pole
For Prince Harry, a Monday training session alone offered “some of the toughest conditions on Earth.” (Though we quite like his extra-rosy cheeks!)
He got to work training for the arduous physical challenge
just a few days after his 29th birthday, spending an entire day
confined to a cold chamber set to frosty temperatures as low as -35°C.
Harry is a patron of the Walking With The Wounded charity, which helps British soldiers with physical and cognitive injuries and is responsible for planning the South Pole Allied Challenge.
A spokesman for the charity explained, “As part of their
ongoing training, the teams will spend 24 hours, starting today, in a cold
chamber to acclimatize for some of the toughest conditions on earth.”
This means battling winds of up to 60 mph and freezing
temperatures while practicing their long-distance skiing and improving skills
like tent assembly and breaking down their camp.
Prince Harry’s team, Team Glenfiddich, is comprised of injured servicemen, and the expedition celebrates the courage of these men and women. In November they will all fly to Cape Town, South Africa, and then on to Novo, Antarctica to prepare for the race.