Wounded vets, Prince Harry reach the South Pole

This undated photo made available by Walking with the Wounded on Dec. 7, 2013 shows Britain's Prince Harry, right, during training near Novo, Antarctica, ahead of an Antarctic charity race. Organizers of the race say they are suspending the competition due to harsh conditions but plan to continue the journey to the South Pole. AP/Robert Leveritt, Walking with the Wounded

LONDON -- Prince Harry and his fellow adventurers have made it to the South Pole.

Harry, 29, is a member of one of three teams involving injured soldiers that set out two weeks ago on the 200-mile Walking with the Wounded South Pole Challenge.

Members of the U.S. team have been filing blogs for CBSNews.com during the challenge. 

Army Capt. Ivan Castro, who was wounded by mortar shells during Operation Iraqi Freedom, wrote Thursday: "The pain: feet, back, shoulders - everybody has pushed themselves really hard, but it's well worth it," he added.

 

 The charity said Friday that the teams arrived at the South Pole at 13:25 GMT (8:25 a.m. EST).

The challenge was initially a race but organizers suspended the competitive element last week due to harsh conditions.

Actors Dominic West and Alexander Skarsgard also were on the trek with teams from Britain, the Commonwealth and the U.S.

Harry, an army Apache helicopter pilot who has served in Afghanistan, spent several days in 2011 trekking with wounded servicemen on a similar expedition to the North Pole.


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