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Ed Buckingham

Ed Buckingham
Ed Buckingham
Ed Buckingham
Ed Buckingham
Ed Buckingham

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Ed Buckingham is the author of Seven Summits and is known for climbing the highest mountains on each of the 7 continents.


Ed Buckingham is a truly inspirational and a motivational man. Working for the Royal Mail for 28 years, an adventurer and author from his native origin of Cornwall. Coming from a background of hill and coastal walkers Ed has through sheer hard work and determination turned himself into a world class athlete. At the culmination of his quest, he emerges as a capable climber, fit and strong, competing in triathlons running full and ultra marathons, climbing mountains and delivering the post.


Edward Buckingham was born and raised in Cornwall, where he still lives and works today. He was the first Cornishman to climb the highest summit on each of the world’s seven continents and he is probably the first postman to achieve this amazing feat. Edward has published a book called 7 Summits: 1 Cornishman Climbing the Highest Mountain on Earth, which tells of his hard-ship and near-death experiences in the ultimate test of endurance.

Edward was awarded the Cornish Gorsedh award for Exceptional Endeavour in 2013 in recognition of being the first person to raise the St Piran’s Cornish flag on the summit of Everest. If nothing else Edward is an inspiration in how far a bit of motivation and a lot of determination can take on person.

Edward has faced setbacks along the way, with it taking him three attempts to climb Mont Blanc (the first two occasions being weather conditions), having minor frostbite and recovering from a cruciate knee ligament injury in 2007, to go on and then climb Everest. Through perseverance he re-grouped and came back again and again, to face his greatest challenges and pushed him to the limits both physically and mentally. 

Speech Topics:

  • Personal Resilience
  • Remaining Positive
  • The Unknown
  • Achieve Against The Odds
  • Inspirational To Others


  • 7 Summits, 2016: "7 Summits is the story of a Cornishman climbing the highest mountains on each continent.  The story starts from a position of adversity but then goes on a challenging, dangerous, exhilarating journey.  There have been setbacks along the way but ultimately has been hugely rewarding and lets not forget successful. Through it all I have an appreciation of my humble background and maintain my integrity and dignity I was brought into this world with."

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Met Ed properly at the 2017 Port Eliot Festival, where he guest presented at Survival Wisdoms Outdoor Adventure St and. He is an extremely charismatic and inspirational guy, who by his nature can inspire and motivate anyone to get up, and do something outdoorsy! What a story, from a survival perspective what drives him and what keeps him safe is absolutely fascinating! This guy has quietly done it all, 1 Cornishman, 7 Summits. The questions what's next?

Richard Pyshorn Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society and Director and Founder of Survival Wisdom LTD

I have known Ed for some time as we both are members of the same running club. I had known he had climbed mountains but knew of no real idea to what extent. I recently went to a networking event where Ed was the main speaker and was blown away. I would without hesitation recommend Ed to anyone who is looking for a motivational speaker.

Nick Taylor, Business Owner

I heard Ed Buckingham speak recently at the Plymouth Women in Business Networking event. The story of his adventure to complete the 7 Summit Challenge was awe inspiring and proof that dedication, passion and self belief is all you need to accomplish your dream. Brilliant!

Tess Stuber, Director of Beach Schools Sw and Partner at Energy and Power Tech Services Plymouth