Latest News

Back to Latest News back


HF Industries’ Chris Skinner publishes account of Himalayan motorcycle expedition

HF Industries’ Chris Skinner publishes account of Himalayan motorcycle expedition
June 5, 2020

Chris Skinner, the widely known Managing Director of leading fitness supplier HF Industries, has authored and released a book accounting for a journey he and a group of friends undertook to see “Mt Everest by motorbike”.

With a lifelong passion for motorcycles and a love of adventure and travel, the book Everest and Beyond - The Himalayas by Bike, charts a motorcycle journey Skinner and his party undertook from the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu to the city of Lhasa, capital of the Chinese region of Tibet.

Skinner, whose own collection of motorcycles includes a Royal Enfield, and his fellow riders undertook the journey on hired Royal Enfield 350cc Bullet bikes - a robust design manufactured in India since the 1950s.

On these trusty machines, the group rode the highest roads on the planet with, as Skinner explains, “white knuckles beneath black skies, through savage conditions, boggy roads and closed highways, armed checkpoints, dubious food and the occasional hot shower.”

Describing the journey as “a group of ordinary blokes doing something very interesting", Skinner advises “this is the story of a bold plan-rashly formulated over quite a few drinks, and carried out by people more likely to be seen in VIP lounges than the slopes above Base Camp, or struggling for breath in the world’s highest towns.

“We braved brutal altitudes for one of the rarest views on earth - Mount Everest on a clear day.

“Along the way we met fantastic strangers who became fast friends-and saw the outlandish in a mystical land.”

With the book featuring high quality photographs of Nepal and Tibet, including real life and typical scenery, not just postcard views, Skinner adds "reading the book is the closest thing to going there yourself.”

After following this sometimes awkward, sometimes inspiring journey to Everest and Lhasa, Skinner hopes that it may “inspire readers to set off in pursuit of their own inappropriate objectives.”

Chris Skinner's 40 plus years of achievement in supplying the fitness industry is profiled in the latest issue of Australasian Leisure Management.

Click here to view this issue.

Everest and Beyond - The Himalayas by Bike is published by Halstead Press Publishers and can be ordered at

Images: The cover of Everest and Beyond - The Himalayas by Bike (top), Chris Skinner as most will know him as the hands-on Managing Director of HF Industries (middle) and [second from right] with his fellow riders beneath Mt Everest (below).

Related Articles

13th March 2020 - Chinese and Nepalese Governments close Mount Everest to climbers

9th February 2020 - Choosing a Pilates teacher training program

5th January 2020 - Pilates 100-year journey to be a global fitness phenomenon

15th August 2019 - Nepalese Government set to introduce experience rules for Mount Everest climbers

28th May 2019 - 11 die on ‘overcrowded’ Mount Everest

13th May 2018 - Adventure Travel Trade Association shares report on trends in adventure tourism

8th November 2017 - New research shows adventure travellers’ relationship with risk

3rd March 2017 - Conference to explore US$7.88 trillion adventure tourism market

29th July 2015 - Nepalese tourist trekking routes set to reopen

24th June 2015 - Responsible Travel member tour operators raise over $1 million in wake of Nepal earthquake

30th November 2014 - UN report shows growing value of global adventure tourism

17th June 2014 - HF Industries release Pilates for Fitness Facilities publication

4th February 2013 - Himalayan stadium reaches new heights

4th November 2012 - ATTA and UNWTO to advance responsible adventure travel

6th September 2012 - Tibet to receive 10 million tourists this year

20th July 2010 - HF Industries add to their Balanced Body Pilates products

Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all


Leisure Concepts brings the world’s leading fitness equipment brands to Australasia - these include True Fitness, Atlantis Strength, Merrithew (Stott Pilates), Intenza Fitness,…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Technology / Wellness


Abel Sports

INTRODUCTION Abel Sports is Australia’s leading manufacturer and suppliers of Goal Posts, sports ground safety netting systems and coaches boxes for Stadiums ,Sports Clubs, Councils and…

read more

Recreation / Sport / Venues



Clubware’s online gym software is not your run of the mill management system. It has been carefully designed to incorporate all the elements that a fitness club would need. How did we do that?…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Recreation



We are the leading providers of kids fun multi-sports programs for Sport and Recreation Centres. Programs cover twelve common sports as well as Gross Motor Skill Development and suit children from as…

read more

Fitness / Play / Recreation / Sport / Wellness


XBODY Australia Pty Ltd

PROVEN BUSINESS CONCEPTS WITH XBODY XBody’s goal is to see you and your EMS business succeed. That is why we don’t just sell equipment, we provide know-how, expert knowledge,…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness



With its sleek good looks and easy-to-use yet powerful functionality, Envibe is the premium fitness club software for the Australasian leisure, recreation and fitness industry. We are the most…

read more

Aquatics / Fitness / Recreation / Technology



Playrope Aqua-Fun, are the Australian & New Zealand exclusive distributors for Vortex Aquatic Structures International, the world leader in aquatic playgrounds and urban water landscapes.…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Parks / Play / Recreation


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business