Archive for January, 2008

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putting on weight

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

It was 4 sets summit path, 4 sets rangas path & 9 sets jungle fall for bukit timah training today.
And it’s never wise to do bukit timah circuit the very next day after staircase training @ Toa Payoh. 
Only into the 1st set of summit path, I could feel my quads burning and legs generally sore. My legs did not feel fresh at all and it seemed as though I was doing my 4th set during my 1st set! Glad that Esther, Maomao, Chu and later on Lihui were training together as well and somehow we completed all the sets in about 3 hours.
i simply love the feeling after a great training session.
We had a session last Wed with Roland Krueger, Managing Director of BMW Asia and also the first German who skiied to the South Pole unsupported. Very inspiring and humble person who was ever ready to share his expedition experiences. He told all of us that we should put on more weight. During his South Pole expedition, his team drank oil and ate mayonnaise. Cool. Hmmm judging from our rather intensive training schedule, I think it is quite difficult for us to put on that much weight, Although I must say I’ve been eating more than 3 meals a day! (albeit unconsciously) As Esther says, maybe we should consider eating weight gainers…… it’s time to bulk up!

A legacy of adventure

Friday, January 11th, 2008


Sir Edmund Hillary passed away today of a heart attack, at age 88.
He was the first man to stand atop the world’s highest mountain, together with his Sherpa Tenzing Norgay in 1953.
It has been 55 years since the first ascent of Mount Everest.
I wonder how he felt when he finally stood on top of Everest after so many failed expeditions before his.
He was also so humble to the point that he only revealed that it was him who first set foot on Everest only years after Tenzing’s death. There have been previous controversies about who was the first man to reach the summit.
I guess to him, it wasn’t about the fame and glory, but rather it was about the brotherhood.
He also did alot for the people in Nepal, he helped funded and built schools, hospitals, health clinics and airfields. Nepal was a place that held such a special meaning in his heart.
Although he is no longer present, I believe his heroic and selfless deeds and his legacy of adventure and exploration will continue to live on.

When we embark on our Everest climb in mid March, which is also the 55th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest in 1953, I believe it will also be a climb to remember Sir Edmund Hillary, together with Tenzing Norgay, for they were the ones who showed the world that it was humanly possible to reach the top of the world’s highest mountain.

“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

ice climbing!

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

Ice Climbing in Sichuan, China from 20 – 28 Jan 2008


This is a photo taken by maomao, who went to Sichuan for ice climbing in late Dec together with 2 other MIR guys.
According to her, Kim Boon, our instructor who is currently in China has ‘grand plans’ for us to ice climb up super duper long (and seemingly never ending) ice walls as training for the Lhotse face on Everest. Gulp. Imagine climbing continuously for hours on the vertical ice wall where it is nearly impossible to rest properly. I can suddenly feel my heartrate increase 5 times, as well as the burning sensation in my calves . 
But yay, can’t wait to be off climbing again!