SAR man conquers Everest

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 May, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 May, 1999, 12:00am

Mountaineer Mike Trueman has conquered Mount Everest on his third attempt, it was announced last night.

But tragedy still follows the former corporate communications manager of Modern Terminals Ltd of Kwai Chung in his relationship with the world's highest mountain.

A statement released last night in Hong Kong by Mountain High Adventure said Trueman, 47, reached the summit at 9.26am on Thursday after climbing through the night with his partner Pasang Dawa Sherpa.

A young British climber who reached the summit shortly afterwards failed to return to the South Col and is missing, presumed dead.

Trueman's first attempt on the 8,848-metre summit in 1996 was aborted after eight climbers were killed when a surprise storm engulfed the peak and Trueman, a former Gurkha officer, was called in to co-ordinate the rescue.

In 1997, Trueman took over an expedition after leader Mal Duff of Scotland was found dead in his tent, but that ascent had to be curtailed.

Trueman, who has lived in Hong Kong for more than five years, now organises trekking and mountaineering trips full-time. He was expected to leave Everest Base Camp yesterday.