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A 'Swee't Everest expedition
13:41 p.m. EST Mar 11, 2004
Everest summiter, Khoo Swee Chiow, known as ‘Swee’, will be attempting to climb Everest this spring without oxygen support from the South Side. If he makes it, Swee will be the first Singaporean and Southeast Asian to summit without oxygen.

He plans to take off for Everest in just a week’s time. The Malaysian-born, Singaporean climber has ascended Cho Oyu in 1997, Everest in 1998, and Shisha Pangma Main in 2001. He also finished both the Kosciuszko and Carstensz versions of the Seven Summits in 2000.

Moreover, the adventurer has skied to the South Pole in the 1999/2000 season and to the North Pole in 2002 (in a guided, supported expedition).

After Everest, Swee isn’t done though. He’s 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 and is the title sponsor for Swee on his attempt this year.

How Swee feels about his upcoming attempt, “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.”

This year won’t be the last of the Singaporeans on Everest either. Next spring Dr. Robert Goh will lead a team from Singapore on another oxygenless summit attempt.

Image of Swee on the summit of Vinson courtesy of DareToDream.com.



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