Two Ti­betans lead Grand Slam team to South Pole

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By PALDEN NY­IMA in Lhasa and SUN XIAOCHEN in Bei­jing

Ti­betan moun­taineers have proved their world-class com­pe­tence once again af­ter two climbers from the re­gion achieved “seven plus two” on Sun­day — reach­ing the high­est peaks on all seven con­ti­nents and Earth’s two poles.

Tser­ing Tan­dar and Dechen Ngodup, sent by China Univer­sity of Geo­sciences in Wuhan, Hubei prov­ince, where they are grad­u­ate stu­dents, reached the South Pole at 6:16 am on Sun­day. In do­ing so, they fin­ished the nine-chal­lenge ad­ven­ture known as the Ex­plor­ers Grand Slam, which has been ac­com­plished by only about 50 peo­ple in the world.

Chi­nese climbers first achieved the feat in 2005 when Wang Yongfeng, cap­tain of the na­tional moun­taineer­ing team, reached the South Pole to con­quer the last chal­lenge on his seven plus two list.

The team from China Univer­sity of Geo­sciences ini­ti­ated its own chal­lenge in May 2012 af­ter suc­cess­fully climb­ing the world’s high­est peak, Qo­molangma — known in the West as Mount Ever­est — from the north slope in the Ti­bet au­tonomous re­gion.

The team that reached the South Pole on Sun­day com­prises three stu­dent ex­plor­ers, in­clud­ing the two Ti­betans, as well as two pro­fes­sors.

Af­ter leav­ing Wuhan on Dec 2, the team climbed 4,892-me­ter-high Mount Vin­son, the high­est peak on the con­ti­nent, on Dec 14 to achieve the eighth chal­lenge on their list.

Re­grouped and re­freshed, the team started to march to­ward the South Pole on Dec 18, de­spite extreme cold and strong winds, and suc­ceeded seven days later.

“It is much more dif­fi­cult to trek and climb in Antarc­tica than any­where else in the world,” Liu Rui, the team’s li­ai­son, told Xin­hua News Agency.

Tser­ing Tan­dar and Dechen Ngodup played a sig­nif­i­cant role in lead­ing the team un­der such con­di­tions, re­ly­ing on their rich ex­pe­ri­ence in high­alti­tude moun­taineer­ing, said Liu.

Ny­ima Tser­ing, deputy di­rec­tor of the Ti­bet au­tonomous re­gion’s Sports Bureau, said the com­ple­tion of the chal­lenge this time sig­ni­fied the start of a tran­si­tion in Ti­betan moun­taineer­ing.

“Ti­bet’s moun­taineer­ing has been trans­form­ing from the tra­di­tional phase of climb­ing high to the new pe­riod of de­vel­op­ing an in­dus­try. It has grown to a wider range of sports in­clud­ing ski­ing, paraglid­ing and res­cu­ing.”

Be­hav­ior un­der which com­pa­nies that hold per­mits to process haz­ardous waste vi­o­late na­tional rules for such han­dling.


Vi­o­la­tors will face de­ten­tion or im­pris­on­ment and fines. In cases with par­tic­u­larly se­vere con­se­quences, vi­o­la­tors will face at least 10 years in prison and fines.

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