Khoo Swee Chiow


Khoo Swee Chiow

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Khoo Swee Chiow epitomises the spirit of adventure, having completed the Adventure Grand Slam (climbing the 7 summits and reaching both poles)

This is all the more amazing coming a society that is preoccupied with financial security and the rat race.

The first full-time adventurer in Singapore, Khoo dedicates himself to the pursuit of excellence in adventure, inspiring others to push boundaries boldly, but responsibly.

A prominent public figure with his community involvement and profile, Khoo enjoys sharing his experience with others through talks, workshops or adventure training.

Khoo is an experienced motivational speaker, having given more than 200 talks to public organizations. He covers areas including: Vision; Preparations in meeting challenges; Life-long learning; Performing under pressure; Risk-taking; Handling failure; Achieving peak performance; Passion; Courage; Teamwork; Leadership.

An intrepid photographer, his talks are visually engaging with beautiful photos taken on his expeditions used to communicate his passion and illustrate his points.

Khoo Swee Chiow climbed Mt Everest in 1998. In 1999, he skied to the South Pole, covering a distance of 1,125km in 57 days. In 2000, he completed the Seven Summits and became the 1st South East Asian to achieve this feat. The Seven Summits are the highest mountains on each of the seven continents in the world. In 2001, he climbed Shishapangma (8027 meters) in Tibet without oxygen aid.

Having worked for Singapore Airlines in the IT division for 6 years, Swee Chiow quit his job in January 2001 to attempt skiing to the North Pole. But he had to abort the mission after 9 days due to some frostbite injuries. Not one to give up easily, he made a 2nd attempt the following year. After 45 days, he reached the North Pole. He is now the 1st South East Asian and the 4th person in the world to complete The Adventure Grand Slam, that is, the South Pole, the North Pole and the Seven Summits.

Besides planning, organising and training for expeditions, Swee Chiow gives motivational talks to a wide range of audience schools to corporations.

In 2003 he wrote a book called "Journey's to the end of the Earth.

He has been called Singapore's very first professional adventurer. However, he is happier to simply let people know that he is merely chasing his dreams. One of his powerful messages is "If I can climb Mt Everest, so can you."

Climb 7 Summits (including Everest twice); Ski to South Pole; Ski to North Pole; Cycle Singapore-Beijing; Swim Malacca Strait; World's Longest Scuba Dive


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