Team firefly's, Richard Parks, will attempt to become the first person in history to collect a blood sample and muscle biopsy from the summit of Mount Everest.
On 1st March, St David's Day, Welsh Extreme Environment Athlete Richard Parks announced his next World first expedition.
In May, Richard will attempt to become the first person in history to collect a blood sample and muscle biopsy from the summit of Mount Everest. He will also climb the highest mountain in the world without using supplemental oxygen.
Project Everest Cynllun, a British research expedition, will showcase the effects of extreme altitude on the body and mind. The data collected will form a pilot study for a research group aimed at understanding the mechanisms that underpin dementia and human resilience. The main focus of this challenge is to explore the link between low blood oxygen levels in the brain and cognition.
The expedition will push Richard physically and mentally further than ever before. He said: "I've been immersed in the development and training for this project for 18 months now and it's awesome to be able to finally talk about it!"
"I'm prepared to be pushed further than I've been before, however the opportunity to collect this pioneering data justifies the effort. It's a privilege to be able to use my performance to add value to our world."
To find out more about Project Everest Cynllun visit: www.richardparks.co.uk
Richard has been undergoing intensive training and extensive testing in the environmental chamber at University of South Wales to prepare for this challenge. It is good to hear he has been recovering with firefly™ after these sessions! See his tweet.