First Malaysian Grand Slam Ex­plorer

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY G. SURACH

PUTRAJAYA: Na­tional ex­plorer Muham­mad Muqharab­bin Mokhtarud­din ( pix) has be­come the first Malaysian to be recog­nised as a “Grand Slam Ex­plorer” fol­low­ing his latest con­quest of the South Pole, yes­ter­day.

Pop­u­larly known as Qobin, the ex­plorer con­firmed his achieve­ment via satel­lite phone to the me­dia af­ter reach­ing the 90 de­grees point of the South Pole at 11.05am Malaysian time, yes­ter­day.

Hav­ing com­pleted his 111km jour­ney to the South Pole in seven days de­spite the harsh ter­rain and tough con­di­tions, he is ex­pected to spend the night at the point be­fore leav­ing for the Union Glacier, Antarc­tica to­day.

It was re­ported that Qobin had en­dured ex­treme cold tem­per­a­tures of -26°C caus­ing his fin­gers to suf­fer from pro­longed numb­ness dur­ing his jour­ney to the South Pole point.

The Grand Slam Ex­plorer ti­tle is awarded when one fin­ishes climb­ing seven high­est peaks in seven con­ti­nents in the world, as well as ex­plor­ing the North and South Pole.

Pre­vi­ously, Qobin suc­ceeded in two mis­sions, which were among the con­di­tions, namely con­quer­ing the world’s seven high­est peaks in seven con­ti­nents be­tween 2004 and 2010 and ski­ing in the Arc­tic in April.

He is ex­pected to re­turn to Malaysia on Sun­day.

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