Prince Harry is a patron of the charity Walking With The Wounded
He will join ex-servicemen and women on a grueling trek to the South Pole
Harry and his teammates spent a day in a -35C cold chamber to prepare
They practised skiing and putting up their tent in the icy conditions
17th September 2013
He has always been the 'action man' of the royal family, but Prince Harry has taken on his toughest challenge yet.
The royal, who turned 29 last Sunday, has just spent 24 hours in a giant freezer to simulate the gruelling conditions he will face when he treks to the South Pole this winter.
Harry will take time off from his day job as an Apache helicopter pilot in the Army Air Corps to compete with a group of injured British servicemen and women in the Walking With the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge.
The group practised putting up tents and using cross trainers inside British engineering design specialists MIRA's whole-vehicle environmental test chambers
Prince Harry braved the icy conditions during a cold chamber training exercise with the 'Walking with the Wounded' South Pole Allied Challenge 2013 British team
Get used to the cold: The youngest Prince rubbed his hands for warmth as he prepares for the South Pole
Over 15 days in November and December, the fourth in line to the throne and his team will race against rivals from the United States and the Commonwealth to the southern-most point on the globe.
The marathon charity effort will see them travel a distance of 208 miles, in temperatures of up to minus 50 degrees – all while carrying custom built arctic sledges known as pulks, weighing in excess of 11 stone.
It is no mean feat considering each of Harry’s four team-mates have amputated limbs after sustaining horrific injuries in Afghanistan.
On Monday the tightly-knit group were subjected to the cold chamber at a training facility in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, where cars and military vehicles are normally put through their paces.
They had to ski for up to two hours at a time before taking a brief 10 minutes and then repeating it again all over again