Richard moved to London aged 18 to study English Language before becoming a creative copywriter and marketeer. However, his thirst for independent travel, adventure and sport has seen him visit many far-flung corners of the world.
In April 2009 Richard created and lead ‘The Everest Test’. This involved taking 50 people and 1 tonne of specialist equipment up to Mount Everest Base Camp to play an official full-format game of Twenty20 cricket. The match was played on a dried out lake bed at 5165m above sea level, adjacent to EBC. The expedition raised £200,000 for The Himalayan Trust and The Lord’s Taverners as well as setting a World Record.
The experience of seeing this project through from a daft idea to such a success sparked something in Richard. In January 2010 he went on a wilderness leadership course that saw him undertake a 6-week traverse of the Northern Ice Cap in Chile. Happily, he is now doing more expedition leading and less marketing!
Richard says: ‘The biggest buzz of leading these types of expedition is just seeing people surprise themselves’.