Bad weather is keeping Britain’s Prince Harry and a team of UK veterans stranded in South Africa, their take-off point to Antarctica, where they will race U.S. and Commonwealth teams on a trek to the South Pole.
Swedish actor and True Blood star Alexander Skarsgard is an honorary member of the U.S. team, while Dominic West, perhaps best known for his role as McNulty in The Wire, joins veterans wounded in combat from the Commonwealth nations of Canada and Australia. The seven-person teamalso include a guide and mentor.
They are trekking more than 200 miles (322 kilometers) across Antarctica, in temperatures as low as -35 degrees Celsius (-31 Fahrenheit), to raise money for the charity Walking With The Wounded.
The three teams left London for Cape Town on Sunday, and had been due to fly to Antarctica’s Novolazarevskaya (Novo) Station on Tuesday, but a polar storm has kept them grounded.