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We’re back from the top of the world!

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

Thank you for your support and well wishes. We’re now Singapore’s first all-women’s team to successfully summit Mt Everest (8850m). Look out for our public talk where we’ll share with you our Everest journey!”

…and our 1st Friends of SWET Newsletter is born!

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

As a team, we’ve always maintained that our Everest journey would not be possible without the support of our friends. You know who you are. We lovingly call you the Friends of SWET, or FOS for short.

And what are friends for if you don’t keep in touch? So our FOS Newsletter is our little way of staying in contact with our friends, to let them know what we’ve been up to, how they can join our journey, where we are in terms of fundraising and how they can help.

Here’re some quick snippets of the newsletter. If you’d like to be a Friend and be updated about our journey, drop us an email at!


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 2004 Speech.

Formed from diverse background and experiences, the Singapore Women’s Everest Team (SWET) is forged by a common aim to challenge personal assumptions and self imposed boundaries. Through our expedition, we aim to:
1. Be role models of a highly motivated team
2. Set Everest as a symbol to motivate Singaporeans to pursue their own ambitions
3. Increase female and youth participation in the local mountaineering scene

Since our team came together in 2004, we have had a string of successful training expeditions gearing towards Everest. This Sept, we will be going on our next technical training on Mount Chola in China, where we will focus on crevasse-crossing skills we’ll need to navigate the Khumbu icefall next year.

When we’re not away on an expedition, we spend 6 days every week doing physical conditioning. Our local physical training is focused on building cardiovascular endurance through long runs, anaerobic endurance through interval training and gym work, as well as building performance specificity through pack-carrying training sessions at a 30-storey HDB block and Bukit Timah hill.

Join us! We would like to invite you to join us on our Bukit Timah training session on 21 June 2008. Please email info@womenoneverest to indicate your interest.

Trek to Everest Base Camp – Have a taste of sleeping at 5,400m above sea level!
Our expedition will be a milestone for Singapore and you can be part of this historic event. Embark on the Everest Base Camp trek – your journey will include a one-night stay at Everest base camp, something exclusive to members of this trek.

Travel period: April and May 2009
Trek briefing and registration: Oct 2008.
Participants need to commit to training – staircase climbs and Bukit Timah Hill trail walks. Training commences Dec 2008.


Silkair Team Building Workshop
SWET conducted a half-day team-building workshop for 18 SilkAir cabin crew trainees at SAFRA Yishun on 22 May.
“The fact that [Singapore Women’s Everest Team] come in and teach them to work together with each other as females and as a team – I think it’s really helpful to them and they’ve had immense fun this whole day.”
– Stephanie Yap, SilkAir Media & Marketing Comm Exec

SWET invited to talk at Rotary Lunch
SWET was invited to talk at the Singapore Rotary Club at Raffles Hotel on 14th May.
A short excerpt from Jane’s talk follows, “Climbing has touched each of us in intimate ways and we all strongly believe that each and every one of us has his or her own Everest to climb. For us, Everest essentially symbolizes the ultimate dream, be it to sail around the world, run a marathon or aim for that career high. This is the message that we take to our audiences and also young listeners when we go to schools across Singapore to share our journey with students, with our hope that they might awaken in themselves a spark that will ultimately lead them to their own Everest.”


Sharing session with Cedar Youth Alumni
Lihui and Esther, both ex-Cedarians, were invited back to Cedar to give a talk to their youth Alumni members on 9 May. Their mountaineering journey truly exemplifies Cedar’s school motto to persevere. They have been invited to address the entire school population in the coming months. Look out for the next update.

SWET Introduces “Aspiring Mountaineers’ Programme”
To further benefit our youth with the experience of SWET’s four-year journey of leadership and self-discovery of our Everest climb, we will be launching the Aspiring Mountaineers’ Programme (AMP) in July 2008.

AMP is a confidence-development programme that aims to empower our youth to dare to dream and to persevere in their ambitions. The programme is catered for youth between the ages of 15 and 21. All activities of AMP will be conducted by members of SWET and by the specially formed AMP Support Crew where additional manpower is required.

The Aspirng Mountaineer’s Programme is a youth initiative programme developed by SWET and partnered with the National Library Board. If you want to bring this programme to your students or your child, contact us at

As we actively source for sponsors, here’re a few ways you can support us and be part of our Everest journey!
– Adopt a Metre on our Virtual Everest for $10 onwards at our website,
– Refer us contacts for corporate sponsorship
– Refer us contacts for corporate team-building workshops
– Purchase any of our merchandises to support us
Postcards: S$10 for a pack of 8
Dri-fit T-Shirts: S$30ea
Car Decal: S$5ea
Badges: S$5ea

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.


marmot mountain festival – more!

Friday, December 28th, 2007

am posting some more… coz i feel like it =)


and many many more here!

Marmot Mountain Festival

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

hey guys, here’s a whole buncha pictures taken at the Marmot Mountain Festival. so for those who missed out on the fun and food, feast your eyes below!


and many many more here!

knock your (christmas) socks off

Friday, December 21st, 2007

our christmas socks are up for sale on our Adopt-A-Metre site!

bid for our socks! (ok that sounds a tad weird)
though i still think mine’s the nicest-looking, haha…