After reaching the South Pole on December 27th, Richard has now completed the first of the famous seven summits he aims to tackle to become the first ever person to climb the highest mountain on each of the world's continents and venture to The South and Geographical North Poles, all against a seven-month clock.
In an exclusive interview from the top of Mount Vinson and also after his descent back to high camp, Richard said:
"We have had great weather on summit day today. We have been moving really quickly - we got up to the summit in about four hours and 50 minutes which is really fast as the normal times this season have been six-nine hours. We got up there and were rewarded with the most breathtaking views. We timed it to perfection.
"I do feel privileged to be on Vinson, you can look around 360 degrees and 90 per cent of the scenery you see is untouched by human hand, it is absolutely amazing. From a challenge point of view, it's fantastic to get the first mountain under my belt and hopefully we can build on confidence and momentum now going in to Aconcagua".
Richard's 737 Challenge aims to raise £1 million for Marie Curie Cancer Care. You can follow Richard's progress and find information on how to donate at www.737challenge.com.