Swee Chiow to consult on
Thailand’s bid to summit Everest after Norca Everest without Oxygen
Singapore’s best known
adventurer, Khoo Swee Chiow, will embark on his most dangerous challenge yet
as he attempts to climb the world’s highest mountain without oxygen.
If his attempt succeeds, Swee
Chiow will be the first Southeast Asian to have climbed Mount Everest without
oxygen. He will also be one of only six percent of climbers worldwide to have
completed the climb to Everest without the aid of oxygen.
The expedition is expected to
last about 70 days, from 23rd March 2004 and 31st May 2004.
On why he is attempting such
a feat, Swee Chiow says, “The truth is, every time I go out on an adventure,
there is no guarantee that I will come back alive, let alone succeed. There
are always fears and questions in my mind. But the only way to answer those
fears and questions is to do it.”
Despite the apparent danger,
Swee Chiow’s first attempt at climbing an 8000 metre summit without oxygen was
in 2001 at the world’s 14th tallest peak Shishapangma, Tibet (8,021 metres).
This feat was a success and the first step in the direction of his new
Swee Chiow, 40, already holds
the title of the first man in Singapore and Southeast Asia, as well as the
fourth in the world to complete the Adventure Grand Slam, which consists of
scaling the World’s seven highest mountains, and reaching the North and South
Apart from yet another huge
leap in his impressive career, this expedition represents a milestone for Swee
Chiow on two other significant levels – NORCA, a Thai
company based in Bangkok, is the sole and title sponsor of the event. It will
also be the first non Singapore-based company to sponsor one of his
NORCA is a wholly-owned Thai
company which deals with the innovation and production of environmental
“I am indeed honored that a
company from our neighboring ASEAN country of Thailand wants to sponsor me for
this major expedition. I hope I can help forge a stronger friendship among the
people of Singapore and Thailand in my own personal capacity,” said Swee
As icing on the cake, Swee
Chiow has been selected by NORCA to train and lead the first ever Thai
expedition team to Mount Everest, scheduled to begin in March 2006. NORCA will
sponsor the Thai team.
An adventurer himself, CEO
and owner of NORCA, Khun Saroj Pruangviriya was so impressed with Swee Chiow’s
history as an adventurer that he decided to approach him to coach the Thai
team for an expedition only to find Swee Chiow on the lookout for a sponsor
for his newest challenge.
“I watched the movie ‘Into
Thin Air’ about Everest and there were many people who risked their lives to
reach the summit. It made me wonder how people in hot climates prepared
themselves and succeeded in such a challenge. Then last year, I found out
about Swee Chiow. He was the perfect candidate who could fulfill my dream of
finding a coach and leader for the first ever Thai expedition team to
Everest,” says Khun Saroj.
For his upcoming ‘Norca
Everest Without Oxygen’ challenge, Swee Chiow began his
intensive training & preparation in December 2003 and will continue until he
departs on his expedition. He runs 10km 3 times a week and climbs Bukit Timah
Hill and HDB blocks 3 times a week with a 15kg backpack.
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