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Richard Parks reaches top of Denali

Posted 4 July 2011
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Richard Parks reaches top of Denali
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Rugby-player-turned-adventurer Richard Parks has taken one step closer to his goal of becoming the first man to climb the highest summits on each of the five continents.

The 33-year-old used his climbing gear to summit North America's highest mountain Denali last week and has now completed eight legs of his 737 challenge.

He now has just one more climb remaining before achieving his dream of becoming the first person to scale the continental summits and stand on the North and South Poles in the same calendar year.

Parks called in from the top of the mountain to say that while the journey to the top was gruelling, the satisfaction when there made all the effort worth it.

"What an epic and brutal nine days it's been. As far as summit climbs go it's been really tough, we have pretty much broken trail all day and we are both shattered now but what an amazing feeling," the former Wales flanker added.

So far, Parks has scaled Mount Vinson, Aconcagua and Kilimanjaro among others.