Tuesday, 27 Sep 2005
Olympic House (formerly known as Sports House)
World's Fastest Woman to the Seven Summits
Tuesday, 27 September 2005
2/F Sports House (presently being renamed Olympic House), So Kong Po, Causeway Bay
Drinks 6.30 pm Lecture 7.30 We are delighted to welcome to speak Hong Kong resident Annabelle Bond who has not only climbed all of the highest peaks in the seven continents but has become the world's fastest woman to do so. In this lecture, Annabelle tells the story of her epic climbs around the world, illustrated by slides richly illustrating the beauty of the mountains. Annabelle first reached the summit of Mount Everest at 29,029 ft on 15 May 2004. Following this remarkable achievement she decided to attempt to climb the other 6 highest peaks in the shortest possible time and if possible break the women's record. On 14 August 2004, she reached the summit of Mount Elbrus in Russia, at 18,481 ft the highest mountain in Europe. She then moved to Africa and reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro at 19,339 ft on 20 September 2004. Then in Australia, she climbed Mount Kosciuszco at 7,310 ft on 19 October 2004. Taking advantage of the southern hemisphere summer, she then climbed the Vinson Massif at 16,067 ft in Antarctica on 8 December 2004, followed by the 22,880 ft Aconcagua in Argentina on 19 December 2004. Then, achieving her vision, she reached the summit of Mt. McKinley at 20,320 ft in Alaska on 14 May 2005, to worldwide press acclaim. Annabelle was educated in Hong Kong and overseas and in 1991 began a real estate career in Hong Kong with FPDSavills, where she became a director in 1999. A regular competitor on the MacLehose race, she held the Hong Kong women's mountain half marathons title for 3 years. Annabelle then set out travelling, including trekking to Everest Base Camp and over the Chola Pass into Gokio, running the Inca Trail and the Ausangate circuit, and then climbing Mount Aconcagua in Argentina. She went on to climb in Bolivia, ride across Ecuador and go to Argentina to learn to play polo. Following this she started preparations for her Everest climb and her Seven Summits triumph. Members and their guests are most welcome to attend this lecture, which is HK$50 for Members, HK$100 for Members' guests and HK$150 for others.