PADDED SELL A cold-weather sta­ple just keeps get­ting cooler.

The Peak (Singapore) - - Contents - JEN­NIFER CHEN

If a Google search turns up no trace of an in­di­vid­ual, does he ex­ist? The Young Pres­i­dents’ Or­ga­ni­za­tion says he does, and surely the group that as­sem­bles global chief ex­ec­u­tives is a rep­utable source of in­for­ma­tion. Nonethe­less, with no photo sur­fac­ing, I had my doubts – un­til I met An­thony Teen in the flesh. Af­ter speak­ing to him, I gathered why he has no dig­i­tal foot­print: Pri­vacy con­cerns aside, he’s just too busy liv­ing.

Teen is the sort of dare­devil who, in his youth, would climb moun­tains with skis strapped on his back so that he could fly down the slopes. Ski­ing led to moun­tain climb­ing, the type that re­quired days crawl­ing up a cliff and ver­tig­i­nous overnight camps on a por­taledge. The 46-year- old Kiwi has de­fied death, a real risk in his com­mu­nity of ex­treme skiers and clim­bers. And he has chan­nelled all his hard- earned knowl­edge into cre­at­ing a suc­cess­ful busi­ness. That story is on Page 30.

More than that, we have as­sem­bled in this edi­tion in­di­vid­u­als who have left their pam­pered en­vi­ron­ments to tackle the el­e­ments or for­eign cul­tures. Ad­ven­turer Mike Horn has swum the en­tire stretch of the Ama­zon and cir­cum­nav­i­gated the Arc­tic Cir­cle. And who could have imag­ined the im­mac­u­lately coiffed Paige Parker of to­day hav­ing to bathe in Siberia, con­tor­tion­ist style, to ac­cess trick­les of wa­ter, and hav­ing her hair fall out be­cause of its sus­pect qual­ity? Yet, these are the char­ac­ter-mould­ing ex­pe­ri­ences that one does not get in school, the un­for­get­table ad­ven­tures that one tells one’s grand­chil­dren.

Life be­yond grades? Oh yeah.

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