Korea encore – Namsan hiking

Arrived early Monday morning at Incheon Airport, my second trip to South Korea

Incheon Airport 2012

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Norwegian completes Great Wall of China walk

42-year-old Norwegian Robert Loken has became (self proclaimed) the first person in the world to have walked the Ming Dynasty Great Wall from end to end…

Robert Loken Great Wall of China walk

Loken sold his house and quit work to follow his 21 year old dream of walking the Great Wall of China. 601 days after setting off from Jiayuguan in the Gobi desert, he arrived at the Hushan Great Wall on the North-Korean border on December 1, thus accomplished his epic mission. Quite a feat. Congrats.

Going to Kinabalu, Sabah

Will be having an adventurous holiday in the Sabah State in East Malaysia; leaving on Thursday (Mar 5), followed by a trip to Penang State to visit my sister and nieces.

The blog will not be updated for at least a week, probably two depending on internet availability; see you all again then. Meanwhile, sharing some Flickr photos of Mount Kinabalu, a 4000+ metre mountain that I am going to climb in Sabah…

Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia
Mount Kinabalu from afar (Image by Austin)

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Mt Everest – busiest, oldest, youngest and the first

It has been a busy week for Mount Everest.

Last Thursday (May 22) a record 86 mountaineers reached the 8,848m (29,029ft) summit of the world’s highest mountain. Among them is 47-year-old Appa Sherpa, who broke his own record for the most ascents after climbing the mountain for the 18th time. [BBC]

Bahadur Sherchan, a 76-year-old Nepalese man, has become the oldest person to conquer the mountain. He broke the record on Sunday (May 25) previously held by Japanese Katsusuke Yanagisawa, who climbed the mountain at age of 71 in May 2007.

The youngest Everest conqueror is Ming Kipa Sherpa who made it to the top in May 2003 when she was 15. Yes, a SHE. [Guardian]

Today (May 29) is the 55th anniversary of the first successful ascent to Everest summit. New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay were the first to reach the peak in 1953.

Olympic flame reached Everest summit

China’s 19-member mountaineering team has managed to carry the Olympic torch to the summit of Mt Everest, the world’s highest peak on Thursday (April 8).

The final ascent was broadcast live on China’s national TV, with a Tibetan woman taking the Olympic torch at the last steps to the top of Everest.

Beijing Olympic flame reaches top of Mount Everest

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