Challenge Leg #5 completed – Carstensz Pyramid

Richard Parks has passed the half way point in his world first 737 Challenge successfully summiting Carstensz Pyramid, the highest mountain in Australasia and the 5th leg of his 9 leg world first expedition.

737 Challenge Leg 5 Carstensz Pyramid

He reached the summit of the 4,884m/16,023ft mountain at 8.28am local time on Wednesday 16th March, 11.28pm on Tuesday 15th March UK time, completing his trek and climb in 7 days.

Parks’ quest to become the first person to climb the 7 continental summits and reach all 3 poles in 7 months continues on track, the next two legs see Richard take on the North Pole and Everest.

Carstensz Pyramid was always going to be a tough leg of the challenge. Rising from the dense tropical jungle of West Papua in Indonesia, Carstensz is the most elusive, mysterious and adventurous of the 7 Summits and has represented an arduous physical and mental test for Richard. Speaking from the summit, Richard said; “It took us just under 7 hours of pretty tough technical climbing to summit today. Conditions were good except we had heavy snow on the summit ridge so we had to dig some of the fixed lines out. I am pretty shattered, it’s genuinely been a really tough trip but an amazing experience and I am really pleased to get the 5th leg under my belt”.

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