Monday, November 8, 2010

Adventurer Chessell hangs up his boots

Adelaide adventurer Duncan Chessell, a three-time conqueror of the world's highest mountain, has hung up his climbing boots and is planning to go prospecting for gold and uranium.
Chessell has joined newly formed company Endeavour Discoveries as its managing director and will take a break from leading expeditions to such places as the Himalayas or Antarctica for a few years.
"I have faced many challenges and overcome almost all of them by working with extraordinary teams of people on seven continents and have enjoyed almost every minute of it," Chessell said in an email to his clients and supporters on Monday.
"I have now reached a stage where I am over living from backpacks though.
"So thanks for coming along for the ride, sail, paddle, walk, climb - it has been simply awesome."
In May this year Chessell became the first Australian to reach the summit of Mt Everest three times in an expedition hampered in its final push by heavy snowfalls.
His triumph followed his two previous trips to the top of the world in 2001 and 2007.
Chessell has sold his Chessell Adventures company to friend and sales and office manager Katie Sarah.
Sarah was part of the group that reached the Everest summit this year.
As the boss of Endeavour Discoveries Ltd, he plans to take the company to a public float in the next 12 to 18 months.
"We are aiming to discover gold and uranium deposits in South Australia and the Northern Territory," he said.

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