Climbing Equipment

Street threads

Peyton pending

Sunday, 10 January, 2010, 12:00am

Challenge to scale new heights

Before I tried it out last week I thought rock climbing was silly.

Why put all that effort into hauling your own body weight upwards just for the sake of it.

It's not even a race and you can't score points - what kind of sport is that? It is an easy way to relieve stress they say, but so is lying on a beach doing nothing!

5 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Abseil access safest way

After reading Simon Birch's letter ('Abseiling surveyors can hasten building safety', South China Morning Post, September 1) and Lydia Ho's report on abseilers ('New safety law grounds building-check abseilers', September 5), I am at a loss to understand how the Labour Department thinks that bamboo scaffold and gondolas are safer than qualified and experienced rope access personnel.

14 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Hayes' Charming City to anchor Triple Trio attack

Charming City can anchor Triple Trio bets in the fourth event on tomorrow's Sha Tin dirt and grass card.

The David Hayes-trained youngster is improving and should relish the move to 1,400 metres.

There's been plenty to like about his past two efforts when on each occasion he would have finished closer but for bad luck.

22 May 1999 - 12:00am

Icons of our time

Name: Combat Camper.

Age: Teen up to mid-life crisis.

Occupation: Mild-mannered something-or-other.

Hobby: Striding out into the Great Hong Kong Outdoors at the weekend, fully prepared for any eventuality (five days of living rough, etc), even though civilisation is never more than spitting distance away.

4 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

Bound body found

The body of an unidentified elderly man, his arms and legs bound with white nylon rope, was found on a flat on Yuen Long Estate after neighbours complained of a strong smell.

20 Apr 1996 - 12:00am

A risky cleaning procedure

IN November, I took photographs (which I have sent to the South China Morning Post) of the cleaning of the Science Museum walls by workmen using what is generally considered to be a ship-painting technique called the ''bosun's chair''. At the time I felt this to be a rather dangerous method of cleaning a building, but thought it was probably a one-off situation.

10 Jan 1994 - 12:00am

Industrial rope access safe

I REFER to the article headlined ''Safety expert warns of dangers in using mountaineers for high rise maintenance'' (South China Morning Post, August 4) .

The precise nature of the work has not been made clear, whether it involves climbing or merely attaching ropes to the structure for the inspectors to traverse down using abseil techniques.

11 Aug 1993 - 12:00am