Red-faced Harry runs out of breath at Everest launch
Britain's Prince Harry has praised the "staggering determination" of a group of injured veterans attempting to conquer Everest.
The charity Walking With The Wounded launched the ambitious project yesterday to put five war-wounded men on the mountain's summit as Harry agreed to be the expedition's patron.
The British royal even clambered into an altitude chamber at an event staged in London to promote the adventure, to experience some of the conditions the group will face during their epic climb.
He emerged red-faced and slightly out of breath after he was elevated to more than 5,000m above sea level during the demonstration. Harry already has a close connection with the charity as he was patron of its successful bid last year to get a group of unsupported amputees to the geographic North Pole by foot, and even joined them for a number of days on the ice.
Among the guests at the launch event was actor Brian Blessed, who has attempted to reach the top of the world's highest mountain but failed.
Harry said: "Mount Everest -- a name to instil fear into the hearts of seasoned mountaineers, isn't that right Brian?
"Not so for this crop of lunatics with odd numbers of arms and legs but staggering determination," Harry added.