"It stands to become the longest solo and unassisted walk ever completed."
Ripley Davenport, a former British soldier, will attempt the first recorded solo and unassisted traverse across the huge land mass of Mongolia, on foot from east to west, starting in April 2010.
Ripley will be hauling all his supplies and equipment weighing over 150kg in a specially designed wheeled trailer around 2750km in 90 days or less between 47° and 50° latitude.
The main reason for this solo walk is to raise funds for two charities that support children: Hope & Homes for Children, and UNICEF.
Ripley Davenport, 39 years old, served 7 years in the British military as a Combat Paramedic. He served in the first Gulf War, Bosnia, Northern Ireland and in the West Indies on numerous Anti-drug patrols aboard the Royal Navy ship HMS Active.
During his service, Ripley successfully completed many courses, such as intelligence photographer, survivalist, ships diver and rescue swimmer.
Since 1992, Ripley has completed 9 expeditions to the remote corners of the world, from the polar regions to the deserts of southern Africa - from suffering extreme sub-zero temperatures and storms at 7,000m to the unbearable sand storms and desert heat.
"For me, it is not just about pushing my limits. It’s about overcoming challenges, and living my dreams.
This challenge will test everything I've got,” says Ripley. "I'll be battling with the extremes, loneliness, exhaustion and no doubt - a few blisters, water intake will be my main priority in Mongolia.
I hope the public will get behind me and support the worthy charities I firmly believe in. By combining my thirst for adventure I can support and raise money for causes closest to my heart.
I hope that this trek will change something in my life, create a new perspective, reset my mind to enjoy all these small things we normally take for granted. I also believe that this expedition has the power to change something in other people's life's."
Ripley juggles his time between preparation and training for his next expedition. If time permits he then pursues his passion for fly fishing.
Ripley has remained covert in the World of being an extreme adventurer who also has a solid and senior corporate background.
He is now a teacher and leading motivational speaker aided by his remarkable military experience and a lifetime of achievements.
He supports UNICEF and Hope & Homes for Children.
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