Prince Harry’s South Pole race suspended, but trek continues

The hike was interrupted for safety reasons and because of the extreme weather conditions and the state of the surface on which the route passes.

The teams will continue their trek to the South Pole, but they together and not in competition.

“Until now, the three teams have been racing against one another across the Antarctic plateau, but yesterday I took the decision to suspend the race,” expedition director Ed Parker said in a statement.

“The reason for this is entirely simple—safety, which remains the core principal of our expeditions. While all three teams were progressing well, it was becoming evident that there was a higher degree of stress imposed on the team members, due to unprecedented terrain on the plateau.”

The prince got involved in the expedition in support of the Walking with the Wounded charity which encourages war veterans to excel at incredible physical challenges.

Harry’s group includes male and female soldiers who served in Afghanistan or Iraq.

A video of the 29-year-old joking on the phone with the Row2Recovery team in the Canary Islands was posted online.

“It’s minus 30 [Celsius] here, apparently it’s plus 30 where you are,” Harry says.

When skipper James Kayll talks about their 3000 mile row, saying it was “a little bit further than your walk,” Harry answers back: “Rowing 3000 miles is a hell of a lot easier than walking 300 kilometers, by the way.”

Watch the conversation below.