The Singapore Women’s Everest Team (SWET) comprises of 6 young women who are attempting to summit the world’s highest mountain in 2008. Besides being the first all-female team from Singapore, we are unique as all of us come from diverse backgrounds and experiences, bound by a common aim to challenge our personal assumptions and boundaries.
Formed in 2004, we have proven our mettle as one of the toughest climbing teams in the city-state: climbing at least a mountain every year. Other than that, we’ve also made our case that we’re a team who aren’t afraid to gallop past conventions and pursue our desires.
With that in mind, the objectives of our expedition are to:
1. Increase female participation in the Singapore mountaineering scene
2. Provide a platform for like-minded young climbers to realise their dreams
3. Motivate individuals to develop themselves to their fullest potential
Everest, symbolically, embodies values of passionate pursuit, resilience, tenacity, and a sense of enterprising adventure. SWET encapsulates our firm belief that passion and conviction can bring dreams into reality. In spirit, this expedition extends beyond mountaineering. Through our journey, SWET provides a platform for us to attempt the seemingly-impossible, and we hope to inspire others to do likewise.
In the words of our PM, “…ten years ago, I don’t think you could have imagined a women’s team wanting to go and climb Mount Everest, but today, there is…”
– Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Inaugural National Day Rally Speech 2004 (22 Aug 2004)
In our quest, we are honored to have on board as our patron, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, and 2nd Minister for Trade and Industry.
We’re not all-talk-and-no-action. Since the formation of our team, we’ve been taking steady steps in training and expeditions in preparation for Everest. In doing so, we’re proud to report that we’ve summited every mountain we’ve stepped on. Here’s what we’ve achieved so far:
Technical Mountaineering Course – New Zealand, 2004
Mera Peak (6476m) – Nepal, 2005
Ice-Climbing – Sichuan, China, 2005
Siguniang Mountain (5276m) – Sichuan, China, 2006
Muztagh Ata (7546m) – China/Pakistan border, 2006
Cho Oyu (8021m) – Tibet, 2007
For more on the team, visit our official website!