The Straits Times
Published on Oct 03, 2012

Singapore mountaineers scale and name virgin peak in China


A 6,000m-tall mountain in China's Qinghai province that previously had no name is now called Sangay Ri - or Lion Peak in Tibetan - in honour of Singapore.

The name came from two Singaporeans - veteran mountaineer David Lim, 48, and Mr Mohammed Rozani Maarof, 45, a climbing and safety specialist - who were the first to reach the peak on Sept 23.

It is the highest virgin mountain scaled by any South-east Asian mountaineer.

It is traditional for climbers of virgin peaks to name them and register the names with the local authorities.