Dec. 8, 2013 at 11:03 AM ET
The trek will continue, but it’s no longer a race to the finish line.
Prince Harry’s South Pole expedition to benefit wounded warriors will still go on as planned, but the teams are now working together to complete what has been a more difficult trek than expected.
“Over the last couple of days I felt a little uncomfortable with some of the stress placed on team members as a result of very harsh terrain conditions that we are encountering,” said Ed Parker, an organizer of the trip.
Three teams have been battling it out for the last five days, competing against one another in an effort to be the first to cover the 200 miles of the route, snaking through some of the world’s harshest terrain with temperatures that have plummeted to minus 30 degrees.
The trek is meant to raise awareness for Walking with the Wounded, which helps those injured in military service. The teammates of all three teams are made up mainly of American and British military veterans injured in combat.
It is a trip that got off to a rocky start.
The trek began two days behind schedule due to bad weather, which caused the teams to delay their flight from South Africa.
Harry's team will now work with the other teams, one led by actor Dominic West ("The Wire") and "True Blood" star Alexander Skarsgard. The teams are hoping to be standing on the South Pole by Dec. 16.