Oldest mountaineer of Malaysia to undergo intensive training for 2nd Everest mission

21st Sep, 2016 | Tourism Mail Crew

PORT DICKSON:  Malaysia’s oldest mountaineer James Lee Chong Meng will begin intensive training soon to prepare himself for his second mission to conquer Mount Everest in April next year.

[caption id="attachment_487" align="alignnone" width="849"]james_lee_chong_meng Malaysia’s oldest mountain climber James Lee Chong Meng poses with the Jalur Gemilang at the Everest[/caption]

Lee, 68, said the intensive training would involve him climbing several mountains including the Lobuche East and Imsa Tse (Island) Peaks in the Himalayan mountains.

“I chose to climb in Nepal because the mountains there are more challenging, with heights of more than 6,000m from the sea level.

“According to the plan, training is expected to be held in October and November, subjected to the weather conditions there,” he told Bernama.

Lee, who is president of the Port Dickson Pantai Lions Club, said although he had previously failed to conquer Everest due to bad weather, it did not break his spirit to continue trying to scale the world’s highest mountain.

“As long as I am still strong, I will continue the mission to climb Everest as that is my biggest dream.

“I am not easily disheartened and will achieve my dream of reaching the top of Mount Everest,” he said.

On May 19, Lee had to call off his final ascent to the Mount Everest summit due to bad weather.

Lee, who is on the Lions Mount Everest Expedition 2016 mission, had aimed to conquer the 8,848-metre high Mount Everest in 70 days.

The expedition, which was organised by the Lions Club International District 308 B1, was aimed at boosting awareness of the environment in society and demonstrating the ‘Malaysia Boleh’ spirit.