Archive for January, 2008

Join us at Everest Base Camp!

Saturday, January 19th, 2008


You. Yes, you. If you’re itching for some adventure, why not join our 18-Day Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek!

Meet us at the foot of the highest mountain in the world, and stay one night at Everest Base Camp itself.

For details like trek itinerary, just hit our website at, or email us at

We hope to meet you on Everest!

for the kid in each of us…

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

Never stop being a kid. Never stop feeling and seeing and being excited with great things like air and engines and sounds of sunlight within you. Wear your little mask if you must to protect you from the world but if you let that kid disappear you are grown up and you are dead.

— Richard Bach, ‘Nothing by Chance,’ 1963.

the need to put on weight

Monday, January 14th, 2008

to put the headline in context, each member in the team loses about 4-8kg each time we come back from any mountaineering expedition (that’s about 5-7% of our body weight).

so in the face of everest in less than 3mths, we all need to bulk up. here’re some ideas/suggestions given:

– drink oil (literally)
– eat mayonnaise (1kg every day for 10 consecutive days can gain you quite a bit)
– eat one tub of ice-cream everyday for 2 weeks, just before we sleep
– drink those GNC weight-gainers
– wolf down one snickers bar every night before we sleep
– for tea breaks, consume about 5 donuts

we’re not skinny. trust me, none of us in this team can be described as skinny. and we already eat A LOT (i believe during our Cho Oyu expedition, we scared the chinese waitresses with our immense appetite. before she could bring out the next dish on the table, all the plates were already cleared – into our stomachs).

so much as this is a happy problem for us to solve, we’re finding it a tad difficult to stomach all that extra food, on top of our already pretty full-on diet. especially so when we’re training like mad, so those extra calories are hard to stay on.

we thought about having a weekly buffet session for the team, but then we already see one another more than we meet our families, so that’s a no-go.

well, this eating/weight-gaining issue is going to be yet another obstacle we shall have to overcome. so excuse me while i go for my millionth donut…

the passing of a hero

Friday, January 11th, 2008


Sir Edmund Percival Hillary (20 July 1919 – 11 January 2008) was a New Zealand mountaineer and explorer. On 29 May 1953, he and Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers known to have reached the summit of Mount Everest. They were part of the ninth British expedition to Everest, led by John Hunt. (from wiki)

“The explorers of the past were great men and we should honour them. But let us not forget that their spirit lives on. It is still not hard to find a man who will adventure for the sake of a dream or one who will search, for the pleasure of searching, not for what he may find. ” – Sir Edmund Hillary

The Singapore Women’s Everest Team mourns the passing of the legendary Sir Edmund Hillary…

one foot into the new year

Friday, January 11th, 2008

as usual, it’s been a crazy couple of weeks for the team. we honestly mean it when we say we see one another more than we see our families sometimes, ha. and we can’t exactly help it because if you look at our training schedule:

monday- team run, meeting
wednesday – stairs
saturday – bukit timah

and then there’s 2 gym sessions on top of 1 or 2 more individual runs each week.

that’s not all, there’re the millions of emails to check, things to agree on for the expedition, minute details to work out as a team…. it’s no wonder our meetings usually last late into the night, well past the time for supper even.

and recently, we’ve been busy training and preparing for the upcoming ice-climbing trip to china, sichuan. we’ll be gone 20th to 28th jan (next week! *gasp*) and there’re lots of things to do before then… crampons to sharpen, arms to tone up, calves to strengthen, sleeping bags to repair, gear list to finalise, air tickets to collect…. you get the picture.

but we’ve been in this for so long (the past 4 years?), all this have become part and parcel of our lives. training, preparing, meeting, expediton, climbing. sometimes i wonder if we’ll actually still be ourselves if we’re NOT doing this, ha.

with the new year just past the door, and one foot into 2008, we’re all excited about this ice-climbing trip in china. it’s going to be the final run-up practise for us and we gotta make the most of it… with the neverending Lhotse Face waiting for us in Everest, we’re going to need all the practise we need.


No Glory

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

Mountain climbing is somewhat different from many sports. Perhaps it is not thought of as a sport by some.

Unlike triathlons and running races or even racquet games, where there are throngs of people watching, to see how one performs at different stages, and more so to cheer, to welcome athletes at the finishing. When we climb, we are pretty much on our own, no spectators to greet us at the summit.

There is no competition in mountain climbing. I mean, we don’t race to get to the top, and hence, there’s no excitement to that extend, therefore, no audience to woo.

In principle, it is between me and the forces of nature, or me and my weakness. No other forms of human considerations, my decision dictate my fate in the mountains. It is this simplicity that draws me to want to keep climbing.

I am thrilled by the view and sense of achievement when I stood on top of a mountain. Instinctively, I know that it is only half a journey done, I still have the other half of the journey to battle with.

Whatever, there is no podium to stand on, no medals to win, no spectators to wave to. There is no glory for mountaineers, and I am perfectly fine with that.

Give Life Intention

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

29 December 2007
A day of giving thanks and setting intentions for the new year ahead
A meaningful event that Barney and Agnes started at Minds Transformation and I am very glad to be part of it.
To be in a community of people who are taking the step forward to change themselves and to develop themselves to the fullest of their potential.
The power to change oneself is the same as the power to change the world.

I give thanks to these people whom have been part of my journey in climbing Everest, giving their unwavering support and contributions to our cause,
my family who has been there for every of our public events and fund raising initiatives,
my friends who rallied behind me lending their voice and hands in spreading the message,
my superiors and colleagues who bore the gap and held the fort while I was away in the mountains and
my good fortune that I have managed to stay mishap free through all these mountaineering expeditions.

Is climbing Everest a selfish sport, a sport that only a few enjoy?
Or in my case, a bout of suffering of cold, fatigue, headaches and breathlessness.
So much so, I have been mulling over this for years and wonder why did I continue on this journey?
The purpose of it has not really hit me until that afternoon when Barney asked me to share my story.
In which, a few people came up to me and shared that they were inspired to pursue their own dreams after listening to my story of climbing Everest.
To run their 5km run or to begin their exercise regime.
To climb their own Everest.

It is only on this path that I embarked on the road of self-discovery, that I found that I had the capacity to do so much more.
That I start to uncover this innate confidence to overcome any seemingly fearful challenges and insane lifestyle that I would not usually start on.
Wake up at 4am for a run, crazy, run a full marathon, insane, yet, these are the ‘new’ stuff that I’ve been pushing the boundaries.

When is the last time that we do something impossible?
Take the step forward, find your dream and climb your own Everest.