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January 19, 2003
Senior citizen who spends his time
climbing mountainsBY LEONG SHEN-LI
KUALA LUMPUR: Many
people subscribe to the belief that age should not be a barrier to
anything, but retired consultant engineer A.S. Toh lives life in a
way that puts those half his age to shame.
Team work: Cheah (left), Toh and Lim with
their certificates from the Malaysia Book of
Unlike a lot of senior citizens who are only interested in taking
things easy, Toh, 62, has made mountain climbing one of his major
pastimes during retirement.
In 2000, he scaled Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The following
year, he trekked the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal.
And in September last year, he managed to make it up to 5,807m on
the seldom-scaled North Face of Mount Everest in Tibet, China.
His effort earned him an entry in the Malaysia Book of
Records for being the oldest person to trek the North
“I guess you could say that I like adventure sports,” he said on
Friday after receiving a certificate recognising his efforts from
the Malaysia Book of Records.
That was not the only award for Toh, who also scuba dives and
His team, which included information technology consultant Cheah
Kok Chew, 48, project management consultant Kenny Lim, 48, and
telecommunications engineer L.C. Ooi, 59, was given an award for
“highest altitude trekking.”
For their assault of Mount Everest’s North Face the team trekked
for five days from the Tibetan village of Tashi Dzom, at 4,580m, to
Camp II at 5,807m.
They had wanted to push on to above 6,000m but could not go
further because the climb would have been too difficult.
“It was tough, but we were more prepared this time than in our
previous climbs,” Toh said.
Being prepared also meant he did not suffer from the effects of
acute mountain sickness, unlike during the Mount Kilimanjaro climb
when he lost his sight totally for a few hours until he descended to
Toh's story is posted on his websitehttp://www.nakedeyeview.com.my/
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