Hong Kong-raised adventurer-explorer Annabelle Bond is in town this month to talk about achieving her goal of being the fastest woman to climb the Seven Summits - the highest peak on each continent - and her present goal of raising millions of dollars for The Eve Appeal in aid of ovarian cancer research. She completed her feat in 360 days and credits her participation in Hong Kong's 100km Trailwalker event over the MacLehose Trail in 1997 to 2000 - she came second in the women's section on year - for her success in climbing the summits. Bond, 36, spent 22 years living in Hong Kong and she still considers it home for many reasons. She will be giving a presentation to the Royal Geographical Society ( www.rgshk.org.hk ) on September 27 from 6.30pm at Sports House in So Kong Po, Causeway Bay. It won't be a technical talk about how much her pack weighed or what equipment she used. Bond prefers to share her thoughts while showing pictures and videos of her one-year adventure. She is still afraid of heights, but has learned a lot in the past year and wants to share that experience with her audience. 'For me it was great self-learning and actually gave me confidence in myself to go out and try things,' she said. One of the reasons she is glad to be back in Hong Kong is because she feels she has been living 'nowhere' for quite some time. 'I was in Aspen for a conference, the UK filming a pilot for an adventure show and France because I might be doing a trip to the North Pole next year. So I've just kind of been on the go,' she said. 'And I'm working on my book, so I've been in London a little bit.' After being in Hong Kong last week, Bond flew back to Aspen to lead a climb for some corporate clients over the weekend. She will return to the SAR next Tuesday. The longest she has been in one place recently was the three months she spent climbing Mt Everest last year. 'I've been so busy off the mountains. I almost feel like going off to climb just to get away from it all. I'm so tired,' she said. The eldest daughter of HSBC (Holdings) chairman Sir John Bond raised all of the funds for her Seven Summits attempt through corporate sponsorships. 'It's funny because when I first told him I was doing Everest I think he thought it was another of Annabelle's whims. She's off to do something crazy. When I left I remember it was sort of 'have fun a Base Camp, darling'. Those were his parting words, thinking I wasn't going any higher. 'And then, as I spent more time there and did Camp One, Camp Two and I touched Camp Three I think he suddenly realised, 'Wow, she's really serious about this'. Now he has read every single thing you can read about Everest. So he knows what I went through.' When she made it to the top, she said her father was very pleased. 'He was addressing about 50 bankers in Austria and he knew I had gone for the summit. Mum found out that we'd made it and she was crying and slipped dad a note in the meeting. He went 'Yessssss' ... and all these bankers must have thought the HSBC share price has gone through the roof or something. 'I think I earned his respect and finally I've got above the family dogs in terms of affection. I only had to climb Everest, but you know he was really, really cool about it.' Her sister Lucy climbed Kilimanjaro before Bond was even considering an attempt at the Seven Summits, while brother Jonathan has no real interest in mountaineering. Perhaps the Bond girls get their adventurous streak from their grandmother Christine Bond, who was 21 when she went exploring the Himalayas in the late 1920s with legendary British mountaineer Hugh Rutledge. She is 97 now and lives in England. 'In my mind, she was always one of the pioneers of adventure travel and exploring. In those days, 1928-29, to go from England to Nepal, I mean really,' Bond said. 'Even nowadays, on my own, I was nervous. I think it took a lot of guts. They had never seen Westerners before, so whole villages would come out to see them. She was so ecstatic when I went so she was very encouraging. She had all my online diaries read out to her because she's losing her sight. She was really, really proud of me and very sweet.' Bond recently signed on with the IMG agency. 'I'm like their guinea pig because they mostly focus on golf and tennis athletes. It's an experimental thing.' Besides a possible trip to the North Pole, she is arranging a charity climb up Kilimanjaro in the latter part of next year. 'I want to take the money I've raised for my charity through the #1 million [$14 million] mark and I'm at #850,000 now. 'I want to take some high net-worth individuals and celebrities. That's how you get the cash.' The Seven Summits Bond climbed are: Everest (8,850m) in Nepal, Kilimanjaro (5,895m) in Tanzania, Aconcagua (6,962m) in Argentina, Denali/McKinley (6,195m) in Alaska, Vinson (4,897m) in Antarctica, Elbrus (5,633m) in Russia and Kosciuzko (2,228m) in Australia. Carstensz Pyramid (4,884m) is Indonesia's highest peak, but it was closed to climbers. It has recently been reopened and Bond is considering an attempt on it. Tickets for Bond's talk at the Royal Geographical Society on September 27 are $50 for members, $100 for members' guests and $150 for others. Call 2583 9700.