Beyond The Horizon

At the age of 31, Richard Parks lay in an empty white room at the back of the house his parents were renting. The successful rugby career that had dominated his adult life had just been finished by a shoulder injury. Devastated, he could see no future for himself.

A line from his grandmother’s funeral, which he’d had tattooed on the inside of his arm, inspired him to emerge. After 21 days of solitude, he stepped out of the white room and threw himself into a new life in the dazzling, wide-open spaces of mountains and wildernesses. Within two years, he had become the first person in history to climb the highest peak on each of the seven continents and ski to the North and South Poles in the same calendar year, completing the feat in less than seven months. Now he is one of the world’s leading extreme-environment athletes.

Beyond the Horizon is a tale of redemption and astonishing endurance, set against the backdrop of the most extraordinary locations on Earth