Showing posts with label Malaysia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Malaysia. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Man Completes 5000 Mile Trek Around Asia For Charity

For more than a year American Winston Fiore has been wandering around Southeast Asia, crossing through nine countries and covering more than 5000 miles (8046 km) on foot. The former U.S. marine undertook this journey to raise funds for a charity that he started called Smile Trek, and yesterday he completed his walk having raised nearly $66,000 for the organization.

Smile Trek was launched to raise money to help repair cleft palates on children in developing countries.  A cleft palate is a birth defect in which a child is born with a permanent gap in his or her lip that requires reconstructive surgery to repair. It isn't an especially difficult thing to fix but in poor and under developed nations most children who are born with a cleft palate never receive the medical attention they need to close the fissure. Through his efforts, Fiore hopes to help change that for at least some of those children.

His journey started last October in Singapore and led him into Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, China, Taiwan, the Philippines, and Brunei. Since he was walking the entire way, he needed good maps and directions to help navigate through that part of the world and he apparently relied heavily on Google Maps for his directions. I came across his story on the Google Blog, which included the video below. That video comes across a bit like a commercial for G-Maps, but it is also very well done and shares some moments from the trek too. 

Covering 5000 miles in just 408 days is fairly impressive. I can't imagine all of the amazing and wonderful encounters he had along the way. I love Winston's story, his sense of adventure and his dedication to a good cause. 

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Video: Wingsuit Pilots Buzz Petronas Towers

At 1483 feet (451.9 meters) in height, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur are amongst the tallest buildings on the planet. The two iconic twin-towers make for a striking image on the city's skyline. Naturally, they make a tempting target for two wingsuit pilots who just had to see how close they could get to the buildings. The video below shows them leaping out of a prop plane and flying by the towers at high speed, all caught on helmet cam of course.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Video: Climbing Malaysia's Dragon Horns

I missed the first video in this series when it hit the web a few weeks back while I was out of the country, but fortunately I came across the second video while reading The Goat this morning. They feature climbers Cedar Right and Lucho Rivera, who recently visited an island in Malaysia to bag a couple of peaks known as the Dragon Horns. They undertook this expedition to raise funs for the Big City Mountaineers, and managed to bring in about $4000, which was generously matched by The North Face.

The rest of us get some excellent videos of their adventure, which you'll find below.

Rumble in the Jungle: Part One, The Unclimbed Horn from Cedar Wright on Vimeo.

RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE: Part Two, The Dream Route from Cedar Wright on Vimeo.