Richard Desmond Price

Category Three: Nationally Recognised Notable New Zealanders

Date of birth

17 December 1947 at Palmerston North


Eric and Violet Price


Frances Beswick 1988


One son


  • Foxton Beach and Hokowhita (Palmerston North) primary schools
  • Palmerston North Boys' High School
  • Otago University


  • Successfully climbed Mt Everest (1997) at sixth attempt
  • First winter ascent north ridge of Mt Cook
  • Extensive and innovative climbing including new routes in the Darrens and Otago mountains
  • Joined New Zealand Alpine Club in 1970 and is a member of the club's overseas climbing committee
  • Medical adviser since the 1970s for New Zealand expeditions to the Himalayas, China and South America
  • Medical adviser to the New Zealand Naval Search and Rescue Organisation and the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council
  • Involved with search and rescue in Otago and South Canterbury
  • Member of the International Alpine Medical Commission


  • Has researched and written on high altitude medicine and co-authored "Hypothermia – A Guide to its Prevention, Recognition and Treatment"

Last updated: 16 Sep 2021