Khoo Swee Chiow: Adventurer

When: Sun, November 4, 1:30pm – 5:00pm, 2012
Where: Corezone, 42, Jalan SS2/24, Petaling Jaya
Admission: MYR 25
Info: MyCoreZone 

 Malaysia-born adventurer Khoo Swee Chiow climbed Mount Everest in 1998 and in 1999, he skied to the South Pole, covering a distance of 1,125 km in 57 days. In 2001, he climbed Mount Ararat in Turkey In that same year, he climbed Shishapangma in Tibet becoming the first South East Asian to climb an 8,000-metre peak without supplemental oxygen.

In 2002, he skied to the North Pole and became the first South East Asian and the fourth person in the world to complete "The Adventure Grand Slam" that is, the South Pole, the North Pole and the Seven Summits. In that same year, he cycled from Singapore to Beijing in 73 days covering 8,066 km.

In 2004, Khoo attempted to climb Mount Everest without oxygen but had to turn back 400 metres below the summit due to exhaustion. On December 5, 2004, he successfully swam the Straits of Malacca from Tanjung Rupat in Indonesia to Port Dickson, in 22 hours over a distance of 40 km.

On December 25, 2005, Khoo broke the world record for the longest scuba dive done in a controlled environment, in this case in a tank. He stayed in the mineral-water-filled tank for 220 hours, breaking the record by 7 hours and 30 minutes, surpassing British diver Michael Steven's 1986 record.

On July 31, 2012, Khoo Swee Chiow, became the first man in South-east Asia to reach the summit of K2 in Pakistan. K2 is considered the world's most treacherous and technically challenging mountain. [Wikiepdia]