In-the Library Talk: Phongun Razi-Climbing in The Burmese Himalayas
A presentation by Mr Rod Baber
He will give a talk on a climbing trip in The Burmese Himalayas. Phongun Razi lies in the eastern reaches of the Himalayas. At 3,635m /11,926ft high, Phongun Razi is typically snow-capped all year and higher than many walking peaks in Western Europe. Starting from Yangon (Rangoon) they flew to the northern outpost of Putao, followed by a short drive to the trailhead. Starting from farmland they entered the jungle moving upwards to pine and then rhododendron forests, passing through villages of the Rawan and Lisu tribes on this locally guided trek. From local trading routes they then followed huntsman’s paths up to the snow line. At the summit they had views stretching across the Himalayan chain and into Assam in the far north of India. The remoteness of this mountain means that the forest remains undisturbed, so is of great interest to conservationists and botanists. However even now tourism is beginning to make small marks on this pristine environment which they hope can be managed through local education on sustainability.
Rob Baber held the 2000 Guinness World Record for climbing the highest point of every European country in the quickest time.
The record was completed in 835 days from the first summit of Hvanndalshnukar in Iceland to Mt Ararat in Turkey (47 sovereign states in total). In 2007 he set the Guinness World Record by making first mobile call on summit of Everest. He is currently a High Ropes Instructor Trainer/Rescuer for Vertex, a Technical Advisor/instructor/trainer and operational support for SS Great Britain, is involved in fundraising for Tree of Hope & James Hopkins Trust and is owner and operator of Zooropia Bristol Zoo. UK’s busiest recreational high ropes course and Head 4 Heights Ltd. Educational High Ropes Course Keynes Country Park as well as providing High Ropes consultancy services.
3 June 2015
Where: This is an 'In-the-Library' talk to be held at the Royal Society for Asian Affairs, 1st Floor, 25 Eccleston Place, London SW1W 9NF at 6.30pm. Cash bar and nibbles are available from 6pm. Space is limited to 30 attendees, so early prior booking by telephone is essential (020 7235 5122) to avoid disappointment. Attendees who turn up without confirmed bookings may regretfully be turned away.
Tickets: Members and their guests only. Free