Caffe Bene Himalayan Traverse Expedition 2016 in Nepal
Kinabalu One-day ascent , 23 August 2013. David makes the first 1-day mobility-impaired climb of Borneo's summit
Qinghai Virgin Peaks Expedition 2012: Tackling 6000m virgin peaks in the Tanggulashan area of Qinghai, China
1st Singapore Everest Expedition: online dispatches of the landmark 1st Singapore Mt Everest Expedition, led by David Lim
Aconcagua 2000: David Lim and Tok Beng Cheong tackle the Polish Traverse in Feb 2000, as part of David's comeback climb from disability
Tien Shan Expedition 2000: David and members of the 2001 Everest Expedition lead and trained a team of novices in the first ever Singapore expedit...
Ojos Del Salado - Chile 2001: The Everest 2001 Expedition’s major warm-up climb prior to the Everest climb in 2001.
Singapore-Latin American Everest Expedition 2001: A climb on the North Rodge of Mt Everest, led by David Lim
Climbing the fabled Mount Ararat in 2001: ” I was fascinated by the tale of Noah’s Ark since I was a kid. In 1986 I took the opportunity to tra...
Ascent 8000: Expedition to Cho Oyu and Shishapangma, two 8000m peaks in 2002 by disabled Singaporean mountaineer David Lim
Alpine Rock in Borneo -2010:Why We Need Heroes: Climbing with Borneo alpine rock with Sir Chris Bonington, the legendary British mountaineer.
Extreme Desert Crossing 2007:David and Shani make the 5th ever recorded crossing on foot of the Salar de Uyuni
The “Spirit of Singapore Expedition 2009”, makes 3 virgin peak ascents including the tough peak later named Majulah Peak
Iran Expedition 2006: Multi-peak ascents in Alam-Kooh, and a climb of the long north ridge of Damavand in the Alborz peaks.
Ojos del Salado 2005: The highest volcano in the world --"Of my many adventures and climbs worldwide, there are a few which taught me the lesson t...
Nike Timing Mt. Fuji Climb 2004: David, Ting Sern and Masaharu make an attempt on Mt Fuji in the winter from the Yoshida trailhead.
Mountain of the Star Expedition 2003: An all-disabled mountaineers’ ascent of Pico de Orizaba, 5700m, Mexico’s highest peak and North America...
Maccoffee Tienshan Virgin Peaks Expedition: David leads his team to make the first virgin peak ascents by a Southeast Asian expedition. The team cl...
Kilimanjaro 2011: David Lim returns to Kilimanjaro to climb it from the Rongai Route.
Elbrus 2003: Climbing highest summit of Europe - in 2003. David teams up with Grant and Rudolf in Russia...
Kilimanjaro Challenge 2004: Four disabled mountaineers atempt a remote route on the northern icefields of Mount Kilimanjaro (5895m), the summit of ...

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Drove into the Kunlun range today for a acclimatisation hike near Yuzhu Peak(6178m)’s basecamp. Trekked to the glacier snout and bac’; reaching 4400m-on our first foray up high.6.8km round trip over 3 hours. Pleasantly tired after some breathlessness on the high bits of the ridge. Roz attempted to launch his collapsible kite! Ever Upwards! David

More mystery food on the flight and a Muslim meal, followed by the scrum at Geermu/Golmud airport. Golmud is dry, dusty, with intense sunshine and 12 deg temps. Glad to be here and a great LED display welcome to “David Lim and Rozani- Singapore Lonyala Expedition” at the Salt Hotel. Ever Upwards! David

Ever Upwards! David

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….You make lemonade. With half a day to kill in Xian, we hired a car, found a guide and drove 1.5 hours to the renown terracotta warriors’ musuem and archaeological site; first discovered in 1976. Hundreds of handmade oven-fired statues made at the behest of Qin Huangdi, China’s first emperor – a megalomaniac in many ways Ever Upwards! David

Thanks to Grant, my buddy, I got a lift to the airport. Rushed from a late ex-kunming connection to find the xian-golmud flight cancelled. Stuck in xian for a day.bummer Ever Upwards! David

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With Callyn Poh at Canon Singapore; and our new D20 all-weather cameras- now with built in GPS and HD video. Canon has been my digital imaging partner over 4 expeditions since 2001. Thanks so much! Ever Upwards! David

It’s been over six long months training this middle-aged body of mine using a new regime of high intensity circuits, plenty of strength building and some help from my personal trainer Magesh who identified several weaknesses and imbalances I had. Basically over the decade since I became partially-disabled from Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), I’ve learned to compensate and ‘cheat’ – allowing my stronger muscles to take up the slack  – resulting in my weaker muscles really deteriorating when i should be working them harder – much harder.  I work on a typical 3 days ‘on’ one day off’ routine with a minimum of 5 workouts a week.  From Feb to April, the P90X system kicked ass in building a tolerance to high-intensity work, and helped me, for the first time ( in the  14 years since GBS) actually be able to crank several chin-ups at a go. Since then a week might comprise:

– 45 minute runs with a hill section
– maximum intensity staircase sprints up a 22-story block x 4
– weight circuits including core work
– mass building work, including heavy squatting and lifts
– Bukit Timah hill climbing sessions with reps on staircases or long hikes with a  15kg pack ( a lot less of this with the new fitness regime)

The tough part is actually getting enough of the right nutrients to feed the body the right way, and getting enough protein sometimes requires drinking it – in the form of protein shakes like GNC’s 100% Whey Protein drink mix; and combing some vitamin supplements like GNC’s MegaMens multivits.

Work is now moving towards gear, clothing selections, expeditions meds, communications, and this week – food for the upper camp of the expedition. Our high camp tent: a toss-up between my 2 kg Macpac Summit tent (it’s so small when you smile your teeth touch the walls) and the 3.7kg Hilleberg Nammatj 2 GT (see pic on left, cat not included ). The most time consuming part of these trips is the tweaking, repairing of new and old gear for a climb. Packing, by comparison, is the fastest part of the preparations.

My crampons will be lightweight aluminium, and my new plastic Koflach insulated boots come in at a manageable 1100gms. A new brain bucket comes in at 280grams instead of my 10-year old helmet that’s well over 400grams.

What’s new is also a new carbon-fibre brace which I’ll check out on the hill – the Kinetic Research Noodle AFO. Amde from carbon-fibre, this lightbut strong brace my be a key part in helping me climb better. All this work, of course is not possible without the approval of my wife Maureen who sometimes still wonders how long I will continue to climb (when it stops being fun is my usual answer).

In any case, a nice fun hike we did on  Aug 3rd was the 3776m high Mt Fuji, joining the gazillion Japanese and international climbers to see the sunrise (below). Longyala and the Qinghai peaks will be very different!