Alex Skarsgard joined Prince Harry’s 208-mile ‘Walking With the Wounded’ trek

Back in 2011, Prince Harry made a trek to (or close to) the North Pole as part of an awareness-raising campaign for wounded soldiers, specifically the organization Walking with the Wounded. Harry almost froze! But he was in good spirits and the campaign was very effective and Harry earned some high marks for his charity stunt. Several months ago, he announced a new charity stunt – he was going to walk to the South Pole. And he’s inviting anyone who wants to come, basically. Which is why Dominic West and Alexander Skarsgard are going to take part!

Actor Alexander Skarsgard is to join Britain’s Prince Harry on a charity trek to the South Pole.

The True Blood star will lead a team of wounded American soldiers in a race against the royal’s British rivals and a third troupe from the Commonwealth nations led by The Wire’s Dominic West.

The teams will cover a distance of around 208 miles (335 kilometres) and those taking part have already started a gruelling training routine.

The Walking With the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge, which will raise money for charities to help wounded soldiers, will take place in November (13).

[From Contact Music]

Is it okay if I think that this is amazing? It IS amazing. It’s really, really cool. Dominic West and Alexander Skarsgard get lots and lots of bonus points for taking part in this really amazing charity stunt. They’ll raise awareness and lots of money. And you just know Alex and his team of Americans will win. Alex is a VIKING. He knows how to do this.

Photos courtesy of WENN, Fame/Flynet.

 

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  1. GiGi says:

    Alex was a soldier, right? It makes sense that he’d take part in this – and it is an awesome idea :)

    • Amelia says:

      Yeah, Sweden had national service when Skasgard was 18/19, I think (it’s a shame more countries don’t, IMO).
      The Viking will do well in the South Pole! :)

      • GiGi says:

        I agree. My friends who’ve had to do national service have really appreciated it. The only one who didn’t was my friend who’d gone back to Iran for his father’s funeral (a government official who’d been imprisoned by the new regime) and was arrested and made to serve 2 years to the government who’d killed his father. Yikes!

      • HWalesWatch says:

        Reply to the person who asked if this was only for men…This is third major expedition Walking With the Wounded has undertaken & the first w/female vets. Margeaux Mange will be repping the US and Kate Philip the UK. While I’m also super excited about the hotness here the bigger story are these wounded vets who are making the walk too. They are the superstars. Check them out at http://www.walkingwiththewounded.org.uk

      • Anna says:

        @HWW – I meant the national service in Sweden :) But thanks anyway!

      • Alyce says:

        National Service (as in joining the military) is great in countries like Sweden that don’t go to war all the time. It’s horrible in countries like the US where it’d be like “What, you’re 18?…Off to Afghanistan/Iraq/etc with you!”

        Now I do wish there were some sort of program where everyone had to volunteer (help build houses, pick up trash, work at battered women’s shelters, etc). Just my opinion though.

      • Kitten Mittens says:

        Alyce
        If everyone were forced to volunteer to build shelters and whatnot it wouldn’t be volunteering by definition. It would be mandatory.

        18 year old men in the USA do still get a kind of enlistment card saying they can be called upon if needed. A predetermined draft in a way. No more birthday lottos.

        And that system doesn’t work for all nations. We all know the good stories, but there are also bad stories of young adults being forced and terrified of training or combat or crimes committed while in training. Dr. Ruth’s story is a good example of the good and the bad sides of this. I love her so much. Also, most of those nations are just better off than the USA in many aspects so to say 1 thing makes it better is unbalanced.

        And I think it was here a while ago there was an article how Kesha fled her country to avoid service and was asked to return, but never did. Can someone conform or deny that?

      • Tara says:

        PHarry deserves a lot of credit for not only doing active service but for raising money and awareness for veterans’ issues. It is this that finally made me forgive his stupid ass for wearing a nazi uniform to a costume party. So I basically think it was a stupid stunt by someone who still had some growing up to do. I think he is a great guy. And a smokin hot guy, to boot. Good job PH!

      • bluhare says:

        hwaleswatch: Your link comes up with nothing! Have you not started yet?

  2. He’s just so cool! He makes me happy and proud to be scandinavian :)

  3. T.fanty says:

    I would totally get stuck in a wilderness with those two boys. West could share my sleeping bag (for warmth, of course) and ASkars can share the stash of whatever Swedish liquor he has in the 27 flasks he will undoubtedly have strapped to his body. It’ll be a blast. I’ve got my D of E – I could totally do this.

    *rushes off to find hiking boots and a Kendall mint cake*

  4. Sixer says:

    I love Dominic West. Hiddles, take note: this is how you conduct yourself as an Old Etonian without getting up Sixer’s delicate little nose.

    I could do a great deal with Dominic’s twisty mouth. Or his twisty mouth could do a great deal with me. Either way is good.

  5. Sixer says:

    PS: big up to Askars too. The Walking with the Wounded program is brilliant. Some of those guys have climbed Everest. Everest!

  6. phaksi says:

    My ovaries may burst!! :) They are both gorgeous

  7. Anna says:

    I dont know if I’d bet against the ginger prince quite so fast…

  8. blue marie says:

    it’s a really cool thing they’re doing, good on them..I knew there was a reason I liked Skarsgard (well, other than being hot)

  9. Nya says:

    Alex was in the Swedish navy and is friends with Marines from his days filming Generation Kill, so this makes sense.

    I just imagine Alex and Harry getting batshit drunk and naked when they finally make it…..

  10. Vesta says:

    Alex did his mandatory army service and he’s Swedish so a trek in cold conditions should be a picnic to him. I’m not sure he’ll equip with the liquers though; I bet just some akvavit would be enough for his refreshment :)

    But yeah, this is cool thing (och kämpä på Alex!).

  11. Kelli says:

    If it were possible for me to love Alex even more, I just fell more in love with him. This is amazing and I hope they all raise a lot of awareness and money for the cause. :)

  12. Mrs.Darcy says:

    Hot, I hope there are lots of pics! And seriously, well done to them for devoting time and real effort to such a great cause.

  13. Maureen says:

    This is SEXY. Men roughing it the wilderness, mountains, whatever, banding together, going it against the odds, surmounting all obstacles in their path–and for a good cause, too?? This is sexy as h*ll to me. I am aroused just thinking about…Kudos to Alex and the others involved. Big props.

    P.S. Don’t forget that not only did Alex do hardcore military time, he also spent several months doing hardcore training with the US Marines for Generation Kill. You know who else would be SO awesome at this Walk with the Wounded excursion? Henry Cavill. That dude is pretty but he’s strong and tough as h*ll.

  14. skilo says:

    His Royal Highness Prince Hot Harry and ASkars together in the South Pole should have those people who keep track of polar ice melting concerned, because that area is going to be exposed to a lot of extreme hotness at one time.

  15. lucy2 says:

    This is really great and inspiration of all involved.

  16. Lucy says:

    Great for him!!! Really like it when actors/other celebs do stuff like this.

  17. Milo says:

    Skars AND Prince Hot Ginge? Yes, please!

  18. Camille (TheOriginal) says:

    Dom AND Alex = Awesome.

  19. cr says:

    “I’m honored to be working and training alongside these soldiers to raise money and awareness for this very worthy cause,” Skarsgard said in a statement issued by Walking With The Wounded.

    The U.S. team was thrilled to get him. “He is a great asset and has bonded really well with all the team members during training,” added the U.S. team’s polar guide, Inge Solheim…

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2013/09/10/skarsgard-of-true-blood-to-race-prince-harry-to-south-pole/2794457/

  20. Lexi says:

    Alexander skarsgard and dominic west! Those fine ass men! Daaammmn!

  21. LostinSpace33 says:

    Just one more reason I love and admire this man! And his teammates all have very inspirational stories…one wounded soldier is even blind!