Singapore's Mount Everest climber Khoo Swee Chiow will be off to the North Pole on March 6.
He hopes to become the fourth person in the world to complete the Adventure Grand Slam - getting to the top of the highest summits in the seven continents as well as trekking to both ends of the Earth.
If Khoo succeeds, the 36-year old will also be the youngest person in the world to complete the feat.
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DESPITE his North Pole achievement, some other adventurers are keen to rain on Mr Khoo Swee Chiow's parade.
There have been rumblings of discontent over the 37-year-old calling himself an 'adventurer' when he had a guide to show him the way.
On Monday, Mr Khoo completed the Adventure Grand Slam, which entails climbing the highest summits in the world's seven continents, and conquering the two Poles.
It marked the end of a two-month bid to conquer the North Pole, which he had embarked on with Canadian guide Paul Landry, and a dog to help warn them about polar bears.
Mr Khoo has just flown back from the North Pole to Resolute Bay, Canada.
Although most of the dozen mountain- climbing enthusiasts interviewed yesterday cheered Mr Khoo's Pole victory, some felt it was no big deal.
Except for Singapore-based Australian mountaineer Alan Silva, others in the local mountaineering community who questioned his Pole bid declined to be named.
Mr Silva, 40, said that the 800-km trip across the frozen Arctic Ocean was a mere trek through ice.
He himself has climbed six of the seven summits without a guide. He said: 'It's not really a difficult thing, all he had to do was battle the cold.'
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