Richard Parks conquers jungle peak of West Papua
FORMER Gwent rugby star Richard Parks told of an “adventurous and mysterious” trek as he climbed the highest mountain in Australasia and completed the first half of his global expedition challenge.
The ex-Dragons and Wales player reached the summit of the 4,884 metre high Carstenz Pyramid in West Papua, Indonesia on Wednesday, local time.
This followed a seven-day trek and climb and represents the completion of the fifth of nine legs.
It means Parks is still on track to become the first person to climb the highest summit on each of the world’s seven continents and venture to the north and south poles in seven months.
He described the climb, starting from dense tropical jungle, as “the most elusive, mysterious and adventurous of the seven summits.”
While it has the lowest summit altitude, it is the most technically challenging as it involves difficult scrambling, rock climbing and abseiling.
Parks also trekked through jungle to base camp, which involved walking through rivers, mud and torrential rain in extreme humidity.
There were also concerns that the Japanese Tsunami might hit West Papua and cause delays, however, the island remained unaffected.
Parks has now successfully completed The South Pole, Mount Vinson in Antarctica, Aconcagua in South America, Africa’s Kilimanjaro and now Australasia’s Carstensz Pyramid. Next up is the North Pole.
He is hoping to raise £1 million for Marie Curie Cancer. Follow him at 737challenge.com.
Source : South Wales Argus