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Climbing Techniques

Guided climbs on Mt Everest no longer 'mountaineering'

I read about Mount Everest ('Peak paradox', June 8) with interest. I spend a lot of time in the mountains, the Himalayas in particular. While I have never attempted Everest (the idea scares me), I have enormous respect for those who do.

Monday, 28 June, 2010, 12:00am

Abseilers can still be used

I refer to Michael Wilkinson's letter (South China Morning Post, September 10), querying the amendments to Part VA of the Construction Site Safety (Amendment) Regulation and the ban on the use of abseilers from carrying out building inspections.

16 Sep 1999 - 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

Marines, police take the plunge for charity

ANGLO-IRISH co-operation will take a dive tomorrow when 10 Marines jump off a building in Central with three Belfast policemen for charity.

However, safety experts say it could take more than the luck of the Irish for the men to come through the stunt unscathed: they plan to jump not once, not twice, but nine times each off the Prince of Wales Building.

19 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

Abseil charge

THE Labour Department is prosecuting a company involved in a fatal accident in August when a British technician fell eight floors while abseiling down a Mid-Levels apartment building. CAN Civil and Structural Engineering Services has been charged with failure to ensure ropes and lifting gear were examined by a competent inspector and certified to be in safe working order.

16 Feb 1995 - 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


MILITARY personnel, the Police Tactical Unit (PTU) and even rock climbers learn it. The first two need it to rescue people from great heights, but the latter? They do it for fun and it's Abseiling is the descent from a high point - usually the sheer face of a cliff) - by means of a double rope belayed above and arranged around the climber's body so he can control the slide downward.

2 May 1993 - 12:00am