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 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. Highlights from his desert journeys range from being the first to attempt a solo and unsupported traverse across Mongolia followed
directly by leading an international team on a 1000 mile crossing of 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.
Ripley has travelled extensively all over the world on 4 different continents. He has travelled throughout Europe, Asia, Northern and Southern
America, the West Indies and regions in Africa, such as Ghana and Namibia. He's even been as far south as the Falkland Islands and South
Georgia in the southern Atlantic Ocean.
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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...