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Richard Dunwoody successfully scales Mount Aconcagua in Argentina

11th February 2009

At the end of January Richard Dunwoody summitted Mount Aconcagua in Argentina, the second highest of the seven summits (6,962 metres), and the highest mountain in the world outside Asia. Richard Dunwoody is one of Britain's most successful jockeys and a truely inspirational, motivational speaker.

Aconcagua, which has already claimed the lives of six people this year, has only 40% atmospheric pressure at the top, meaning that altitude sickness is common. Richard had to cope with this lack of oygen as he took the 'Canaleta' route to the summit. During the nine hour final haul to the summit, Richard was taking up to six breaths a step. 

The expedition, led by polar adventurer, Henry Cookson, took 14 days with temperatures as low as minus 20 degrees centigrade. Surprisingly, near the top at the same time were the owners of Boscean Chieftain a horse Richard won on three times in 1994! This was Richard’s second attempt to conquer Aconcagua having first tried in 2003.
Richard said: “I’m delighted to have now finally achieved this with a great team of people and led by Henry Cookson, who did an excellent job in getting me to the top!”.
The motivational speaker will take on his next major challenge, for charity, in the UK in May 2009 this year.  If you would like to book Richard for a corporate event please call us on +44 (0) 208 365 3200 or email us on info@speakerscorner.co.uk  

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