Richard Parks: a Guinness World Record

It’s been five years since our pal, Richard Parks, completed his record setting 737 Challenge. But as of today, 29th July 2016, Richard has been officially recognised as a Guinness World Records title-holder in the new category of ‘Fastest completion of the Explorer’s Grand Slam (Last Degree) by a male’.


After completing his 737 Challenge in less than seven months, Richard became the first person to climb the highest mountain on each of the world’s seven continents and stand on all 3 poles (North Pole, South Pole and summit of Everest) in the same calendar year.

Richard stated; “To be recognised as an official Guinness World Records title holder is a wonderful honour, but what is equally special to me is that a new category was created to mark my record.”

©Copyright Guinness World Records
©Copyright Guinness World Records

During a Facebook Live Q&A with Richard at the Guinness World Records’ headquarters at 11am GMT, Richard accepted his title and said, “This is another proud day for me, my family and my team. I couldn’t do what I do without their love and support. When I think back to 2011, the journey is most powerful to me – like life I guess! I had never climbed a technical mountain, yet from the darkest period of my life and having recruited a wonderful team around me, together we achieved something incredible against the odds! Both physically and charitably. Through writing my book Beyond the Horizon and as an ambassador to Wales’ Year of Adventure, it has been a privilege to have the opportunity to give back and share my experiences. It’s my opinion that challenging ourselves outside of our comfort zones is more important than ever. From post-injury depression, the frostbite on Everest, the crevasse fall on Denali, the risk of selling of everything I owned to fund it, the months of deprivation training, even the brutal slog through the jungle just to get to base camp of Carstensz Pyramid… I would go through every second again!”

We are very proud of Richard and his astonishing accomplishments, and are excited to receive this news. You can see our award winning work for Richard’s 737 Challenge here.