Personal best

Personal best

The Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon is held annually on May 29 to commemorate the first successful ascent of the world's highest mountain by New Zealand explorer Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay in 1953.

Tuesday, 14 August, 2012, 1:00pm

Leading the way to the pinnacle

Mount Everest was in the headlines again this spring when 10 climbers died, including Chinese national Wang-yi Fa, triggering memories of 1996, the deadliest year on the peak.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:58pm

Fuelling up for high adventure

After six months of training and six weeks of acclimatisation, Rob Hart reached the summit of Everest on May 14. The finance high flier had also lost 15 per cent of his body weight despite all his efforts to eat as much as possible.

21 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Hongkonger off to the Himalayas for some dancing lessons from God

American novelist Kurt Vonnegut says unusual travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God. That could be Hong Kong mountaineer Dominic Brieger's mantra.

There's much easier ways of seeing the world but mountaineering can also be a spiritual experience that even a seasoned climber like Brieger admits can often only be felt and rarely adequately described.

15 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

The ultimate challenge

Six years ago, Wang Lei made a decision that changed her life forever. Inspired by two documentaries on mountain climbing, the 38-year-old Chinese-American decided to challenge herself to the limits of human endurance.

11 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Faith and fate guide climber to top of Everest

An unshakeable faith in his ability spurred a mountaineer to become the fourth Hongkonger to reach the world's highest point.

'Whether you say it's from God or heaven, it is by fate that I am given the ability to climb,' said mountaineer John Tsang Chi-sing.

17 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Elation, pride and tears as torch reaches roof of the world

Most people were elated that the Olympic torch had been carried to the roof of the world, but there were also murmurs over the need to spend so much on the climb.

'I felt very proud when I heard that the torch-bearers had successfully climbed to the top,' said Xu Hao, a 30-year-old logistics worker in Beijing.

9 May 2008 - 12:00am

Motivated by mountains

Rock climbing is an arduous and risky sport in most people's eyes but it's a passion for Chung Kin-man - mountains are his motivation.

Before Chung achieved the feat, only five people had climbed the highest mountains on each of the world's seven continents, and reached both the North and South Poles, and none were Chinese.

9 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Scaling the heights of an ambition

Among your dozens of climbs, which was the most memorable?

18 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Team scales Everest in quest for precise measurement

A Chinese team reached the summit of Mount Everest yesterday in a mission to discover whether the world's tallest mountain is still growing.

23 May 2005 - 12:00am

Mountaineer fell to death

A spokesman for the family of Cathay Pacific pilot Christopher Grassman, 39, who died on Friday climbing Mount Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas, said news reports blaming the accident on an avalanche were incorrect. He said Grassman fell to his death.

30 May 2002 - 12:00am

Cathay pilot killed in fall from world's third-highest peak

A Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific pilot with a passion for the outdoors has died in a Himalayan mountaineering accident.

Christopher Hugh Grasswick, 39, of Mid-Levels, fell to his death on Friday on his way down from a successful ascent of the north face of 8,586-metre Mount Kanchenjunga.

29 May 2002 - 12:00am

Peak of endurance

MOUNT EVEREST, 8,848 metres of tragedy and triumph. The outer limit of inner space, where success comes one cramponed step at a time. The Everest 'Death Zone', 8,224 metres and higher, warns humankind against trespassing on a molecular level, shutting down biological functions, such as digestion, from lack of oxygen.

14 Jun 2000 - 12:00am

HK woman climbs Everest

A former member of the Hong Kong women's squash team has become the latest SAR resident to conquer Mount Everest. Lily Leonard, 44, reached the 8,850-metre summit yesterday after a climb of nearly 11 hours from the last camp at 8,000 metres.

25 May 2000 - 12:00am


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7 May 2000 - 12:00am