Archive for November, 2007

such forgetful beings we are

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

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as i pack for my short trip to Annapurna Base Camp (which really translates to one big mess in my room), i can’t help but miss the mountains and the outdoors, sorting through my gear and clothings.

what is it about the mountains that keeps us going back, even when thoughts like ‘this really sucks, why am i even doing this’ enter our minds so often when we’re climbing.

maybe lihui is right, mountaineers are such forgetful beings. perhaps if we could only be as forgetful in other aspects of our lives, living might be a tad easier…

a jar full of thoughts

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

“I love people. Everybody. I love them, I think, as a stamp collector loves his collection. Every story, every incident, every bit of conversation is raw material for me. My love’s not impersonal yet not wholly subjective either. I would like to be everyone, a cripple, a dying man, a whore, and then come back to write about my thoughts, my emotions, as that person. But I am not omniscient. I have to live my life, and it is the only one I’ll ever have. And you cannot regard your own life with objective curiosity all the time.”

— 1950-07-07
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

rock and ice

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

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lihui and i went climbing yesterday at the yishun SAFRA wall. the difference between yesterday’s session and our previous sessions was the presence of KIM BOON, who taught us how to climb properly, finally.

so instead of the elephant stampeding we assume whenever we try to heave ourselves up the rock walls, we were training to do proper footwork. point left, point right, hang and rest… it was tough work doing the drills (not to mention scary being on a very LOOSE belay), but it was a major relief to see that we finally look human while maneuvering up the wall.

people usually think it’s a natural progression to move from rock climbing to mountaineering. in my case at least, it’s so not true. and personally, i really think they’re 2 very different sports which require some strands of similar skillsets.

i have to work on my forearm strength. soon. if i want to enjoy the ice climbing course 2 months from now, and if i want to move gracefully up an ice wall like what you see in the opening picture (btw that’s one of the ice cliffs on cho oyu).

We’ll be at the Marmot Mountain Festival!

Sunday, November 4th, 2007

Marmot Mountain Festival
Ice Cold Beer (SMU)
15 Dec, 3pm – late
$30 per ticket
Available at Campers’ Corner
Tel: 6337 4743, #01-13 Capitol Blg

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The first of its kind, the Marmot Mountain Festival is going to be a totally chill-out event for all adventure-enthusiasts and wannabes. Think lounging around in big open tents with free flow of booze and racks of meat served amidst a movie marathon.

We’ll also be sharing our Cho Oyu experience at the event, complete with never-before-released footage. So grab your tickets fast! (Ticket sales will contribute towards making our Everest climb next year possible.)

shuffling with wings

Saturday, November 3rd, 2007

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which is actually quite cute. yes thanks lihui, i thought i shd thank you here since you’re gng to claim the credit for this present anyway.

touching the void to go surfing

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

my next read, courtesy of lihui…

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and after i slip in the conclusion of my Hard-Boiled Wonderland rendevous with Murakami, i shall embark on this…
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