Rock climbing is catching on in Hong Kong

Veteran climber Conway Leung leads a mountaineering team up Ma On Shan, also known as Horse Saddle Mountain. Climbing is becoming increasingly popular in Hong Kong, which offers some good locations for enthusiasts of the sport.

On any given Saturday, hundreds of people will mill around Central in search of the perfect brunch spot. But for the avid outdoor climber, Central's largest boulders offer a far different type of pursuit.

Tuesday, 28 May, 2013, 11:10am 1 comment

Japanese mountaineer, 80, becomes oldest person to conquer Everest

Adventurer Yuichiro Miura (right) and his son Gota pose for a photo as they leave camp to begin the last stage of their ascent. Photo: AFP

Yuichiro Miura, who took the standard southeast ridge route pioneered by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay 60 years ago, reached the top of the 8,848 metre mountain at about 9.00am local time, accompanied by three other Japanese climbers, including his son, and six Nepali sherpas.

24 May 2013 - 9:01am

Hong Kong-based climber sets off on expedition to scale Mount Everest

Austrian-born Paul Niel and his team have set off on a nine-week long expedition to scale the famous mountain, which at 8,848 metres is the highest in the world. They will also make an attempt at Lhotse, the world's fourth-highest mountain.

21 Apr 2013 - 8:00am

Student poised to be first openly gay climber to conquer 'Seven Summits'

Cason Crane and mum Isabella are avid climbers. Photo: Paul Yeung

Cason Crane, 20, already has five of the "Seven Summits" under his belt and was due to begin his quest to scale the highest of them all, Mount Everest.

31 Mar 2013 - 5:48am 2 comments

Nepal avalanche sweeps away climbers

A tourist is rescued by a helicopter after an avalanche on Mount Manaslu in Gorkha village, Kathmandu, Nepal, on sunday. Photo: EPA

Rescue helicopters flew over the high slopes of a northern Nepal peak again on Monday to search for climbers lost in an avalanche that killed at least nine foreign mountaineers.

26 Sep 2012 - 10:31am

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. It's the world's highest marathon, starting from Everest Base Camp at about 5,400 metres above sea level.

14 Aug 2012 - 1:00pm

A Day to Die For

A Day to Die For by Graham Ratcliffe Mainstream Publishing, HK$204

13 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

History-makers Part 24: Tenzing Norgay

Quick Facts Profession: Mountaineer Famous for: Conquering Mount Everest Born: May, 1914, Khumbu, Nepal Died: May 9, 1986, Darjeeling, India Married: Dawa Phuti, Ang Lahmu and Dakku

From modest beginnings

Find words that mean: trip, something nobody is certain of, self-governing, moved to another place, the very top

3 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Warning after girl gets frostbite from dry ice

An 11-year-old girl suffered severe frostbite after she rested a birthday cake packed in dry ice on her lap during a 20-minute car ride, the Consumer Council said yesterday in warning the public to beware of the dangers of mishandling dry ice.

16 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Over the brink - and back

Sitting on top of the world isn't much fun when you're clinically dead. Ask Lincoln Hall. The experienced climber's lifeless body had no pulse when Sherpas who accompanied him to the summit of Mount Everest came to the depressing and arguably logical conclusion he had breathed his last.

4 May 2008 - 12:00am

Everest's social climbers horrify mountain purists

Every year the crowds flocking to climb Mount Everest grow, creating an annual jamboree that appals many mountaineers.

23 May 2007 - 12:00am

Fund-raiser a tall order

To help raise funds for an educational trip to the developing world over the summer months, a group of West Island students will abseil off their school building on Saturday.

The abseiling event is part of a 'Money Management Programme' which will help the 25 students raise between HK$24,000 and HK$34,000 - the amount required for a World Challenge expedition in June.

21 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

579 days to go

Fans the world over know religion and politics don't mix with sports and should be kept at a safe distance. Indeed, the Olympic charter rules that the games be free of politics and religion during the two-week indulgence in patriotism and competitiveness.

7 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Molehill out of a mountain

My elder son was glued to the television more than usual the other day, watching a man wearing not a lot clamber at speed up an especially dangerous-looking artificial slope constructed in the name of extreme sports. As the guy reached the top and slid belly-first down the other side to claim a new record, my flesh and blood uttered a whistle of admiration.

26 May 2006 - 12:00am

Abseiling rescue ends woman's suicide attempt

A firefighter abseiled down a building in a daring operation to rescue a suicidal woman.

Officer Leung Wai-hung, 33, was part of a six-member special rescue squad who raced to the roof of 15-storey Yiu Ming House, on the Yiu Tung Estate, yesterday after the woman was seen standing on a ledge on the 13th floor just after 7am. She was wearing only a pair of trousers.

26 Apr 2006 - 12:00am