, with a summit elevation of approximately 20,320 feet (6,194 m), is the second most difficult challenge for the team after Mount Everest in the Seven Summit quest.
He now has 61 days to climb Alaska's Mount Denali
and smash the world record of 187 days for the seven summits.
This fall they plan on climbing the highest peak in the Rockies, Mount Robson in British Columbia, then onto Mount Denali
in Alaska, and next to the highest peak in the Western Hemisphere, Mount Aconcagua in Argentina.
This May, Swarner hopes to summit Mount Denali
, the highest peak in North America and complete his seven continent tour.
Jeff Smith, who played for his hometown Cardiff Devils, told the Echo how five members of his team had to drop out of the assault on Mount Denali
, the highest peak in North America, which is also known as Mount McKinley.
Jake, from Tetbury, Glos, has also scaled Mount Elbrus in Russia, Mount Aconcagua in South America and Mount Denali
, North America.
North & South Poles Mount Denali
, Alaska Mount Vinson, Antarctica Mount Everest, Nepal Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania Mount Aconcagua, Argentina Mount Elbrus, Georgia (Summer 2005) Carstenz Pyramid, Indonesia (Fall 2005) NOTE TO EDITORS: * LIVE SATELLITE MEDIA TOUR FROM NEPAL SCHEDULED FOR MAY 24, 2004 * INTERVIEWS WITH WILL CROSS AVAILABLE FROM EACH TREK, VIA SATELLITE PHONE AND E-MAIL * PHOTOS AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE TREKS * DAILY UPDATES FROM CLIMBS CAN BE VIEWED ON THE WEBSITE: WWW.
Richard is the first man to scale Mount Vinson, Aconcagua, Mount Kilimanjaro, Carstensz Pyramid, Mount Everest, Mount Denali
, Mount Elbrus as well as venturing to both the North and South Pole in the same year.
Speaking from the top of 20,320ft Mount Denali
, where temperatures can drop as low as -59C, the former Wales, Pontypridd and Perpignan player said: "What an epic and brutal nine days it's been.