Singapore’s best known
adventurer, Khoo Swee Chiow, will embark on his most dangerous challenge yet
as he attempts to climb the world’s highest mountain without oxygen. If
his attempt succeeds he will be one of only six percent of climbers worldwide to have
completed the climb to Everest without the aid of oxygen.
Swee Chiow, 41, already holds
the title of the first man in Singapore and Southeast Asia, as well as the
fourth in the world to complete the Adventure Grand Slam, which consists of
scaling the World’s seven highest mountains, and reaching the North and South
Khoo Swee Chiow climbed Mt Everest in 1998.
In 1999, he skied to the South Pole, covering a distance of 1,125km in 57
days. In 2000, he completed the Seven Summits and became the 1st South East
Asian to achieve this feat. The Seven Summits are the highest mountains on
each of the seven continents in the world. In 2001, he climbed Shishapangma
(8027 meters) in Tibet without oxygen aid.
Having worked for Singapore Airlines in the
IT division for 6 years, Swee Chiow quit his job in January 2001 to attempt
skiing to the North Pole. But he had to abort the mission after 9 days due to
some frostbite injuries. Not one to give up easily, he made a 2nd attempt the
following year. After 45 days, he reached the North Pole. He is now the 1st
South East Asian and the 4th person in the world to complete The Adventure
Grand Slam, that is, the South Pole, the North Pole and the Seven Summits.
Besides planning, organizing and training for
expeditions, Swee Chiow gives motivational talks to a wide range of audience
from schools to corporations. His book is Journeys To The Ends Of The
Earth by Khoo Swee Chiow
He has been called Singapore's very first
professional adventurer. However, he is happier to simply let people know that
he is merely chasing his dreams. One of his powerful messages is "If I can
climb Mt Everest, so can you."