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Ripley Davenport

Ripley Davenport is an explorer whose story is one of dedication, disappointment, radical changes and pride, and it appeals to audiences of all ages. His presentations are shrouded in a package of humour and reflective personal insight, dealing candidly with the hardship of the journey and how it has affected him, and his family to audiences around the globe.


About Ripley Davenport

Ripley Davenport has been on a journey of self-discovery and perseverance, which has defined the individual he is today. He draws on his experience to motivate and inspire others to achieve their potential. Ripley is an adventurer and ultra-endurance athlete. His latest projects include exploring self sufficient long distance open water swimming.


Ripley Davenport was inspired by the adventures of Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Edward ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ after flicking though a faded selection of black and white images. So no surprise that as an adult Ripley has trekked through deserts and been exposed to some of the harshest living conditions on the planet for over two decades. Ripley is driven by awe of the dangerous, arid vistas dotted around the world.

In 2011, he was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.  His  fascination with the desert started when he found a battered, dog-eared copy of the adventures of ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ many years ago.

Since then, he has found a determination to do something beyond physical and mental limitations. In his words, “nothing to do with career and sponsorship benefits but more to do with injecting joy, triumph and even heroic failure into my life.”

Ripley Davenport’s Adventures

To date he has climbed mountains,  walked across vast desolate deserts, swam stormy seas towing a kayak and dived into the abyss on one breath. He has worked in Marine Search and Rescue helping to save the lives of men, women and children, Furthermore, he has completed several ultra-endurance events and he is still swimming in some of the roughest waters in Europe.

He is a Brand Ambassador for BRL Sports Nutrition. In addition, he has been appointed a Schools Ambassador for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland. And he is an advocate for Water Safety & Drowning Prevention.

In 2011 he was elected as a Fellow at the Royal Geographical Society (IBC). This resulted in him being granted Membership International at the Explorers Club in 2014. Audiences include P&O Cruises, Rotarians, and many schools.

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