At 18:49 on April 10th, Ripley Davenport became the first person to
swim the Kenmare River in 11 hours and 47 minutes.
Many respected locals that have lived and worked by the Kenmare
River said it couldn't be done or a shorter route should be
considered as conditions are unpredictable and extremely
dangerous. 26.6 miles/42.8km later he arrived at Kenmare Pier under
heavy skies - very emotional and exhausted.
An indisputable test of his human endurance that ultimately
conveys a message to everyone that anything is possible and anyone
can achieve a dream that transcends all boundaries.
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Ripley Davenport is a British explorer, adventurer and entrepreneur. His accomplishments range from leading an international team on a 1000
mile journey, on foot, across the Altai Mountains and Gobi Desert, an expedition that established many notable achievements, which included
an education through expedition program to over 30 schools around the world. He was the first to attempt a solo and unsupported traverse
across Mongolia in 2010 and the first person to swim the Kenmare River in Ireland, a non-stop 26 mile/42km self sufficient adventure swim
without boat support.
Ripley is an owner of two businesses, a brand ambassador, and a motivational speaker. He has travelled throughout Europe, Asia, Northern and
Southern America, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia in the southern Atlantic Ocean, the Greater and Lesser Antilles (West Indies) and
regions in Africa, such as Ghana and Namibia.
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Ripley Davenport is a British explorer,
adventurer and entrepreneur.
His enthusiasm for the wild, untamed
places are essential principles in his life.
His fascination of desert travel developed
from a tattered hardback and its seductive
sepia images of Lieutenant Colonel Thomas
Edward Lawrence. Having already swum
twice across the Equator, Ripley has
returned to the sea.
Each adventure requires determination,
dedication, passion, goal-setting,
perseverance, self-motivation, overcoming
setbacks, confidence and ambition and the
wonderful assistance from the following
companies and organisations that make it
Ripley is proud to be sponsored by
numerous companies, organisations and
Learn more about Ripley's Partners...
Ripley's story is a journey of self-discovery
and perseverance, which he believes has
defined the individual he is today.
Ripley talks about courage, vision, failure,
risk-taking, overcoming adversity and
achieving the impossible, no matter how
steep the odds and living with Multiple
It's a story of dedication, disappointment,
radical changes and pride.
Book Ripley as a speaker...