South Pole Success!

WWTW | December 13, 2013

[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/124664251" params="color=ff0000&auto_play=false&player_type=artwork" width="530" height="289" iframe="false" /]After four weeks and 200km, the Virgin Money South Pole Allied Challenge teams arrived at the South Pole at 12:48pm GMT on Friday 13 December – a day considered unlucky for some, but a monumental day for all the team members involved.

“We’re here I am about 10 meters away from the Pole. Everyone is sort of scattered now, we’ve been here for about 20 minutes maybe half an hour. It’s an amazing feeling, it really is.

Every single one of these twelve deserves it. I mean they have dug out blind to get here, Duncan you know, it’s just remarkable the fact that someone with no legs has made it here, and to have done it in record breaking time, no doubt.

And Ivan as well, when I look across I see him being guided around you know, totally blind, from America, and absolutely hates the cold, and you know he’s not doing it for himself, he’s doing it for his buddies back home, and that goes for everybody, every single one here.

All 12 of them have different reasons for being here and I don’t think it’s necessarily something that for all of them that it will, either tonight or tomorrow or when they get back home, but what an amazing journey for every single one of them and this charity really does do amazing things. It’s not just for the small minority that are here but hopefully in time to come through the documentary, and all the stories back home. It will just prove to everybody that there’s so much that can be made possible when you think that nothing is left.

But I’m so proud, I’m so chuffed and I’m so privileged to be here with all these guys and girls, and well done to Ed and Dags and everyone who’s organised this, what an amazing accomplishment. I think we’ll be having a few whiskies tonight and then everyone’s looking forward to getting home.

Mission success.”

- Prince Harry, Expedition Patron

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77 Responses to South Pole Success!

  • Congratulations! Enjoy the whiskey! I’m really proud! And dammit Harry, I’m so in love with You! I wish I could be a part of Your world. You are the Alpha to my Omega! I’ll post this song that I could have sworn You wrote for me one last time… (as I’m sure this is my last chance to *maybe* connect)if it means something to You, I’m sure You have the means to find me, as You have so many times in dreams before. Anyway… so glad You are all safe and headed home. Soldier to soldier, I knew You could do it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prglWNpgYoU

  • Agnea Solheim says:

    Congratulations to you all ! Well done !

  • Matthew Overton says:

    Brilliant, just brilliant! BZ to you all – and a safe, speedy return to your homes.

  • Susan Miyata says:

    I’ve often thought about the struggle men and women in the armed forces face when they return to civilian life from the extreme, intense conditions of conflict. How can they relate to civilians, their unimaginable experiences? In addition, to suffer physical or mental injury is inconceivable challenge to me and yet it is a true issue. I would like to congratulate and thank all those who have arranged and participated in this cause to raise awareness and funds to help those who truly deserve peace after they’ve sacrificed for us.
    Many thanks and Happy Holidays to all!
    Susan from Canada

  • Sarah Glenister says:

    You are all so amazing and I am in awe of your physical fitness and strength of mind. Congratulations!!!!
    With Love
    Sarah Patricia Daley-Glenister
    xxxxxxxxxxxx

  • Janet says:

    Harry – you’ve proved yourself to be an active member of walking with the wounded. You’re not just hot air you actually get out there and do your bit – that’s really important. I know you’re proud of your guys n girls but we are all proud of you and appreciate that you have to fight against red tape to be able to give the support that you do. . It means a lot.

  • Kathy says:

    A well deserved CONGRATULATIONS to all!!!

  • Marrion & John McCarter says:

    Well done to all of you, all of you certainly deserve a few whiskeys! We have been tracking your journey all the way from South Africa and are very proud of you. Well done Harry for you fantastic effort and to all the families left back home, be proud!

  • Erin Chase says:

    Big Congratulations to you all! Well done. Been with you in spirit every step of the way…much easier on my end I’m sure!
    So very happy for you.
    With much love and respect, Erin

  • Kevin says:

    Hip – Hip – Hooray!!
    Congratulations to everyone. We observers can only imagine the pride you are feeling right now.

    God speed on your return.

  • Hazel Slater says:

    Wow you are all fantastic. Dunc it is such a privilege to be your Mum, you have all conquered the harsh unknown, not only the South Pole but your injuries and all that goes with it,cant wait to see you on your triumphant return. Prince Harry you have done such a lot going with these Men and Women to the South Pole as a Mum I thank you. xx

  • Thida Rotanak Ouk says:

    Look, struggle but warmed ! Have a great trip of this event.

  • Elizabeth says:

    Congratulations to all. Just amazing to hear you made it. We can feel your excitement all the way up here in Canada.So proud of all of you. Safe trip home. Thank you HRH Prince Harry for using your position to bring attention to this crucial charity and thank you to the reporters for reporting this important news to the world. God bless you all.

  • Gayle says:

    Fantastic news. Your endurance and courage is inspiring.

  • Raquel barker says:

    Congratulations to everyone
    Wow you guys made it .
    Dear Harry :-) be safe have fun

  • well done harry your a credit to your mom she must be smiling from heaven and saying THATS MY BOY

  • Arlene says:

    Congratulations to you and the team. Enjoy your whiskeys.

  • Agnes Solheim says:

    Congratulation to all ! Well done !

  • sjjb says:

    well done on getting there pity the race ended but you still made it through to the end hope you all enjoy the drinks tonight and look forward to seeing this on tv soon

  • Gareth Jones says:

    Congrats Harry.
    Your Mum would have been so proud and may I say thanks for all you are doing to help so many.
    ttfn..

  • josephine frances plank says:

    WELL DONE HARRY AND ALL THE GREAT TEAM XXX…….

  • Judy says:

    Congratulations to each of you on attaining team and personal goals all the while overcoming the tremendous obstacles Antarctica put in your path.

    As much as I have enjoyed following the Challenge, I’m glad everyone arrived safely and can now look forward to coming home to family and friends.

    Happy Christmas to all team members… stay safe, stay warm, enjoy those hard-earned whiskies.

  • Alicia says:

    Congratulations to all of you!!! I’m so proud of you Prince Harry for going above and beyond and also the group of heroes who like you make Historic accomplishment happen!!! God bless all of you in a safe return home.

  • thank you says:

    I am so thrilled for you all and completely humbled. Thank you for allowing us to, in some way, follow along on this journey and know that what you all have done has been inspiring.

  • Beldam Family says:

    Brilliant news. Fantastic achievement by you all, what courage you have. Safe journey home for Christmas and well earned celebrations. We shall drink to you all tonight. xx Richard, Julia Vanessa & Charlie

  • Steph says:

    Congratulations to you and your team for the outstanding 200km treck in the South Pool we are all proud of you. All my love from OTTAWA CANADA!!!!! ♥

    P.S.: If it was possible you insprire me to do the same :)

  • Paloma Polson says:

    Your achievement is immense. You are all amazing fighters, that have proved to the whole world , that is possible to achieve our goals, if we really want to, that there is not such a thing as can’t . You are all heroes in more ways than one.
    I personally worked with thousands of young people, of all abilities and we never consider any of them disable, they are all achievers , I will use your achievement with those that they have problems believing in themselves.
    Thank you.

  • Margaret says:

    Congratulations. You are an amazing group of people and I am glad you all reached the South Pole together. Have a safe journey home.

  • Karen J. Pottruff says:

    So happy everyone made it safely. Enjoy the moment! Wishing you all a merry Christmas.

  • Well done Harry and all the team members – what an incredible achievement. Many congratulations to you all.

  • Gudmann Levy says:

    Congratulation to all ! well done !

    Gudmann Levy in Iceland.
    manninn@hotmail.com

  • Karol D says:

    Congratulations to all! I am so happy and proud of your achievement!

  • John McFaul says:

    Congratulations to all of you! You had the courage to step on to the playing field and sacrifice to win the game. You did all this and even made it to the South Pole!
    Well done.

  • Jan olsommer says:

    God bless you all. Not only for having the courage to do this, but for having the courage to go on in life. You are all inspirations to this world we live in! Safe trip home…..

  • Joe and Jenny says:

    Congrats to all Team Glenfiddich. We’ve been thinking of the rigours of the challenge since we left Cape Town. Delighted to see the challenge end so well after the difficult start and that you will all be home safe and sound for Christmas. Captain Ibi- looking forward to new year beers. Rest of the team welcome!
    I have got agreement from a few people I know to get a day together to help ex servicemen with job applications, interviews and that sort of thing. Look forward to making that happen in the New Year.
    Joe and Jenny

  • Elizabeth says:

    congratulations to all. What an experience you have all had. Must be an amazing feeling to be at the bottom of the world!

  • Congrats! says:

    To All –
    You did it!!!!! Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your journey with us, and for your willingness to challenge yourselves in order to be a voice for the mission. This kind of trip takes courage, but perhaps even more so, it takes courage to tell your stories. Thank you!
    Wishing you warmth and home safe for Christmas! :)

  • Lori Ann Glier says:

    Dear Team,

    Congrats, Well done you just finished such a successful mission, all the best in all your other Journey’s in life!

    All my love to all,
    Lori Ann

  • Maria and Trisha Glasgow and MD USA says:

    You are all Brilliant and well done everyone

    Happy X-Mas to you all and enjoy.

  • Congrats on reaching 90 degrees south! Enjoy the moment and reflect on the great achievement by our wounded warriors. Very proud of you all!

    Regards,

    Paul H. Weseloh
    90 Degrees South Leadership

  • Marnie Dadsden says:

    C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S to you all.
    Not only wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, but more importantly, wishing you all the SAFEST journey home.
    God Bless
    Marnie

  • r says:

    A fantastic achievement for a very worthy cause. For the people who went as leaders, to encourage & motivate the teams, to those who have overcome adversity in more ways that one and showing that anything is possible when you have faith, and to the sponsors and organisers- you have many people’s admiration. Events like these should be more widely published and are worth supporting.

  • Elaine Storm says:

    An amazing journey for some amazing warriors! What a fantastic experience they’ve had. For years to come, they will all have such incredible stories to tell!
    Well done team!

  • johar says:

    i and my family Pray for You All Brave and Great Participants, May God Bless You and Your Blessing Families.
    We Wish You a Very Happy Merry Christmas, from The Bottom of Our Hearts <3
    We Salute You All Great Heroes.
    Warmest Regards.
    johar and family

  • Kadesh Hendricksen says:

    What an amazing experience for You as a Mom (or Mum as You say :) )!! I’m really proud and inspired not knowing them personally, so it must just be a really great feeling for You!

  • Ashley says:

    I’m so proud to be a Helly Hansen employee today. Watching you all conquer this challenge wearing HH to keep you warm, dry and safe makes everything we do seem to matter. Congratulations on your success!

  • Margaret says:

    Congratulations everyone, so pleased you made it. You are an inspiration to us all. Have a safe journey home and best wishes for the future.

  • pastor Sylvia joplin says:

    I am so happy to hear that you are at the South Pole! Thank you for walking so long and is harsh weather for the cause of Walking with the wounded. Price Harry your mom is looking on you, and she is so proud of you! You all did extraordinary!Wishing you all Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year 2014! A question, Will you accomplish climbing Mount Everest next! :) God Bless You all, Pastor Sylvia Joplin

  • rachelle greene says:

    Congratulations to everyone!

    perhaps i should pick up a bottle and toast to your accomplishment!!!

    Godspeed and keep you all safely home….
    <3

  • Willa Henry says:

    Congratulations to all you brave strong men and women! Harry…your Mum is looking down and has a huge proud smile! Willa

  • Jim Merrifield says:

    Well done all of you.

  • Jim Merrifield says:

    Well done Harry and all.

  • Mike Donaghue says:

    Congratulations Seamus and all the team on a phenomenal achievement, live dad

  • Beryl fuller says:

    Very proud of all of you , showing strength and courage all the way to the South Pole , congrats have a safe journey home ! I am a Lyme born in London , now in US this to my dad American gi who met my British mom and fell in love , the British never give up , love to ur family ,u and all ur team mates , Carry on , a great accomplishment !

  • Cheryl says:

    Congratulations to all the teams!! It has been such a pleasure and inspiration to follow your preparations and progress. How exciting to finally reach this goal.

    But I know that this is only the beginning for all of you. Best wishes and best of luck to all of you going forward…

  • Mila Vidin says:

    Congratulation, Harry is someone specia. Now slovly and cafully retur home….Kisses for all….

  • Lori VanBuskirk says:

    I am so happy for the teams successful completion of the challenge. My Dad, Jim Weeks! Was part of the Operation Deepfreeze exhibit back in the late 50′s and early 60′s. he has been following your journey each day. He has taken a bad fall down some steps and has a very serious head injury that will include a very long and uncertain outcome. I look forward to sharing Prince Harry’s team success with him when he is able to wake up. He has been reliving some of his explore days while tracking this journey. I think his current challenge will be much harder than his days flying DC3′s down there. Keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

  • Barb says:

    Admiration. Astonishment. Gratitude. Wish your picture was on the front page of every newspaper worldwide so every wounded warrior would know what you have done…each one alone…and as a team. WOW!!! Beautiful.

  • Nancy Simpson says:

    Job well done. Congratulations. Proud of all of you !!!

  • Congratulations on a job well done. We are proud of all of you !!!

  • Andy says:

    Well done! Very appropriate that all the teams came in at the Pole together. Special thanks to Team Soldier On, you provide a shinning example to the Veterans of both Canada and Australia.

  • Joyce Francis says:

    Congrats to you all!! What an amazing feat. I’m so glad that you all made it to the South Pole as one unit instead of groups. Godspeed and safe return home in time for Christmas. Thanks Prince Harry for going on the trek and especially highlighting these amazing soldiers and this organization.

  • Eileen Feeney says:

    Congratulations to you all especially Duncan – we knew you would make it.
    Eileen, Aimee & Shawn xx

  • Stephanie humphries says:

    Harry, you are a true and giving human being. You really are an amazing person along with all the others you choose to surround yourself with….great success!

  • Suzanne Collard says:

    Congrats to all – an awesome accomplishment!

    My husband is in Antarctica as well, traveling with Expeditions 7. Maybe your groups will meet up at Novo and share some Shackleton’s recipe whisky! : )

    Safe journey home,
    Suzanne Collard

  • Nice getting to see You in the dreaming last night. I always feel like the world has become perfect when I get these visits from You. I read You’d be camping there for 2 days, which sounds ideal… to really feel out the place You worked so hard to get to. I hope You are getting good rest. <3

  • Deborah says:

    We are so proud of all of you. Congratulations. Great team. Great leadership. Great inspiration. And if I may be so bold as to speak for my currently snow-bound nation…Canada is so proud of our two trekkers as well as the entire team. Now get warm and get home! Hugs await.

  • when the most complains the problems of everyday, those ones that are reason for that,achive great vitories.

    congratulations to all.

  • Anne says:

    Congratulations team. What a great walk you have completed to support those treasured soldiers. Good on you, you are all heroes.
    Great job Harry for doing something like this that is so challenging as a charity events to support the soldiers.
    My thoughts are always with you all. Keep strong and best wishes for your future. Love to you all. Anne

  • The Andrews Family says:

    Congratulations from the Andrews family we are all proud of you Duncan & the teams for completing your challenge. We are very proud to be british and to have Prince Harry out there with you all. We hope to catch up with you soon, have a safe journey home & wishing you all a very Happy Christmas!

    Lots of love Scott, Liza & Kaylee xxx

  • Gwynwyvar says:

    I haven’t been able to comment much as i have been ill, but I am so thrilled for you all!

    Congratulations!

    By now you are most likely nearing home. And i hope definitely someplace warmer.

    Your journey has been an inspiration. I hope it raises the awareness you need, as well as the money for the good work you plan to all!

    Hope you all get home safely
    ~Gwyn

  • Pierrette Agen - Mom says:

    Congratulations to all the teams, participants and support crews! Your journey to the South Pole is a victory and an inspiration for all. We can’t wait to hear your stories, see the photos and share your experience through your words and videos. Come home soon we miss you.♡

  • chris merchant says:

    Congratulations to all the national teams.

    A triumph of the human spirit and a fantastic example of what can be achieved.

    Wounded but not down, where do these fantastic people go from here? My guess would be, where ever they blooming well choose!

    Bless em all.

    Truly inspirational.

  • JP says:

    Well done!!!!! That was a tab and a half!!!! It one extreme way to get a white Xmas! I’ll enjoy a dram to toast your efforts and admire my bottle of ‘spirit of a nation’.

  • johar says:

    Congratulations To All Great and Brave Heroes, You have Done the Historical Noble Cause Work, May God Bless You All and Your Families, With Happiness, Joy, Great Health, Prosperity, and Success, Once again Congratulations To You for Your Unforgettable and Remarkable Bless Work from The Bottom of our Hearts <3 i and my Family Wishing A Very Happy Christmas and Wonderful New Year 2014 To You All Brave Heroes <3 You Are Always in Our Prayers <3 LOVE YOU SO MUCH from johar and Family <3 <3 <3 <3

  • Bed & Breakfast LA COSTA - Cassino says:

    CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU ALL!

    Edoardo Grossi
    B&B La Costa

  • johar says:

    Many Congratulations and Greetings To All Brave Heroes, for Your Great Success. We Love You So Much, Best Prayers with Greetings To You All Blessing and Great Heroes from The Core of Our Hearts <3 <3 <3 <3 and we so glad to Looking forward to hearing your coming Humanitarian Noble Cause Initiative. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR KEEP IN TOUCH <3
    Best Wishes with Respectful Regards.
    Johar and Family <3 <3 <3 <3 LOVE YOU SO MUUUUCCCCHHHHH :)

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