Climbing and Mountaineering
South Korean Oh Eun-sun became the first woman to conquer the world’s top 14 peaks after reaching the top of Annapurna in Nepal on Tuesday.
There are 14 independent peaks on earth over 8,000m above sea level (referred to as the Eight-Thousanders). Italian Reinhold Messner was the first to reach all the peaks in 1986. A total of 20 men and woman have completed the feat.
There are still some questions over Oh’s record though, as there’s dispute on whether the 44-year-old Korean has reached one of the tops in 2009.
Alain Robert, nicknamed Spiderman, climbed successfully to the top of Malaysia’s iconic 88-storey Petronas Twin Towers on September 1…
The 46-year-old Frenchman is famous for scaling skyscrapers and famous architectures across the world, without safety equipments.
This was Robert’s third attempt to conquer the 452m Petronas Towers, formerly the world’s tallest building. He made the first attempt in 1997, and the second a decade later; both climbs were thwarted by authorities on the 60th floor.
He was subsequently arrested and fined RM2000 (~USD567) for illegal trespassing.