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Tom Chew

May 20, 2010

Partenerul meu pentru traseul Cassin este Tom Chew, un american stabilit in Hong Kong. Pe Tom l-am cunoscut in Sichuan (E-Tibet) in ianuarie 2006 cand Tom experimenta cu escalada in gheata. Am pastrat legatura si am catarat impreuna in anii urmatori in Hong Kong.


My parter for the Cassin Ridge is Tom Chew – an American living in HK. I have met Tom in Sichuan (E-Tibet) in JAnuary 2006 while he was getting the hang of ice climbing. We kept in touch and climbed together, the folowing years, in Hong Kong.



I am a 51 year old mechanical engineer working as Director of Operations for Measurement Specialties in Shenzhen, lifelong athlete (USA National Cycling Team 3 yrs in the 80’s, marathon and ultra-marathon running including (4) marathons (2:55 @ Boston) and (3) 100Km Charity Trailwalker runs) who has been climbing avidly for 8 years out of our Hong Kong location.  Mostly rock climbing, but with more and more interest in the high mountains.  Here is a summary of my climbing experience:

  • Climbing and lead climbing alpine water ice on three separate trips in Sichuan Province Si Gu Niang Shan region of China
  • Three separate 5,000m winter accents of peaks one, two, and three, of Si Gu Niang Shan, each progressively more technical (from hard hiking of snow fields to some roped alpine rock)
  • Walter Peak 2,900m in Mt. Cook region during NZ Alpine Guides climbing school.
  • About 50 first accents of new rock routes both trad and sport in Hong Kong up to Yosemite grade 5.11, pioneered 3 new crags here.
  • Rock Climbing all over Southeast Asia, and parts of USA, plus where ever else the chance came up.
  • Eagle Peak multi-pitch rock trad lead at altitude in Lake Tahoe Desolation Wilderness Area via 5.7 route, lead and minor rescue of injured climber on decent
  • Yosemite 7-pitch trad lead of “Via Aqua” 5.7 accent of Yosemite Falls
  • Mt. Kinabalu, 4000m+ hike and scramble
  • Lauberhorn, winter accent from Grindewald, Switzerland
  • Mt. Biking in Tibet over high passes 5,000m+(only one to make it on the trip)
  • Turned back by bad weather on the Ball Pass route (solo) on my last visit to Mt. Cook.
  1. Anneliese W. Moeller
    June 5, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Good luck Tom! I hope your journey is exhilirating (yet safe). I will be keeping track of your progess. I am not telling Rege in case he gets any crazy ideas! Take care!

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