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Here are the hundreds of well -wishes sent to the 1st Singapore Everest Expedition in 1998; starting from the early ones inMarch to the final ones in May 1998. Maybe yours is one of them. We had them coming from all over the world, as very few expeditions at that time were as wired as  ours. The Internet was still new to many even in 1998. After we summitted on May 25th, we received 64 messages in a single day congratulating us. Then Singapore Prime Minister, Goh Chok Tong, in  a letter read outto us via the satellite telephone from Singapore, said “…enjoy the view from the top.”  Only one of the messages was negative. One Singaporean said ” I dont believe you guys climbed the mountain. Where are the photos, where is the evidence?”. Three days later, the summit photo appeared on the front page of our major broadsheet, The Straits Times  newspaper. I sent this heckler an email message which just said ” Buy today’s newspaper.”. Never heard from him again, the gutless wonder. For all of you who supported and believed in the cause, thank you once again. For those snivelling nay-sayers, cynics, and those hiding behind cyberspace aliases, with no worthy achievements of your own, go back to your dark caves and trouble no more those who wish to make something out of their lives and passion.

 

Enjoy browsing,
David Lim

June 2012

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To all climbers: Though I am only a Sec 2 student and cannot do much to help all of you in the expedition, but I hope to give all of you my best wishes. Recently, there are many articles on the newspaper about the Mt. Everest team and I can imagine how tough the training was for all of you. I feel very proud as a Singaporean to know that there are people out there that risk their lives and spend their effort and time to bring glory to Singapore. Therefore, I wish all of you, the whole team a safe journey to the peak of Mt Everest!!! Plant the Singapore flag on the peak of the mountain to make Singapore proud. I

wish all of you the best of luck and (though I an not a christian) may god

bless the team in returning safely!!!

 

Wee Qian Liang

 

I am especially proud that one of my PE teachers, Leong Chee Mun of Raffles Junior College is part of the illustrous team representing Singapore in Mount Everest Expedition. As I read the events far away in Pittsburgh, USA, thanks to the Straits Times web site, I feel a sense of pride in what SIngaporeans can and are willing to do. All the best!

Mark Sin

Challenging the world’s highest mountain is a most heroic endeavor, and proves that a small country can still produce courageous men who dare to dream big and achieve the spectacular.

LuFong Chua

I knew you guys exploits in Singapore before I came to UK for studies. All I can say is to do your best and plant the Singapore Flag where it will be flying with all the Singaporeans blessings. There might be even a second trip even, with me trying.

Nam Sing, Bath, UK

Best wishes to the Everest team. May you all fulfill your dreams and return to Singapore safely. Special regards to Yin Jang, my former neighbour and fellow Rafflesian. Take care.

Joseph Chun

We all know you have trained hard. But I still think it’s harder to beat the elements than your physical and mental strength. take care. Wishing you all a safe journey. God bless!

K.F.Loh

 

So I remember my St. Andrew’s School song ‘ Up and On ! ‘ One

of the line is ” Heart courage scorn defeat “. Have courage boys. Keep it up. Up Boys and ” Keep the flame burning brightly ever All the best and God be with you.

 

Best regards. Roy Tan.

 

Climbing a mountain of the height of over eight tousand is not easy. I wish that you can be able to reach the top,plant the Singpore flag saftly.How proud are we citizens will be if you mountain climbers can reach the top.

 

Dennis Tan Chor Hwee

Hi Folks It’s freezing cold in Belgium and I am a long way from home. !! “But it warms my heart to follow the account of the Everest expedition over the Internet. I am very proud to be a Singaporean and seeing our very own team attempting Everest. Of course , my family and I are routing for success and I wish the team good   weather, strenghth, stamina and good luck for a triumphant expedition. May the Singapore flag fly proudly on that mountain for all to see. Good Luck…..and oh don’t forget to say a prayer to the mountain gods for guidance and blessings as you trek up the mountain.

CHEW Family in Belgium 9/3/98

TO the entire batch of brave warriors, especially my PE teacher MR LEONG CHEE MUN…….. I’ve always wanted to conquer Mt Everest, but I guess it’s pretty impossible for me to achieve it now. Thus, here are all my bestest wishes to you

all……perhaps I’ll be able to join the future batches of warriors in the ultimate conquest of the giant…. All THE BEST!

 

Ray-Jenn

 

hey… this time tomorrow, some of you will be at lukla, starting for the base camp… take care!!! you have come this far (with all the training, sacrifices,money spent) … press on!!! Remember : ‘rest if you must, but dont you quit!’

joanne chua, 10/3

We are extremely proud of all of you and anticipate that glorious day when our nation’s flag fly on the top of the world! The singapore physical education teachers here at loughborough university are behind each and all of you every step of the way!

Lawrenz Sim

Best wishes to all the TEAM MEMBERS. You’ve already done Singapore proud  being the first team to attempt to climb Everest. It’s already an achievement. I am proud to be able to share this event with you. We are with you all the way! TAKE CARE AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

 

From SANLEE,10/3

Hi Brave Ones! I still remember applying for that expedition when i was in the polytechnic. But i guess i was never as good as yu guys! I’m very proud of yu and pls do yur best and don’t give up. I was once told when i was attending Outward Bound School Australia: MIND OVER BODY! Even though i’m right now studying in the US, i will not 4get yu guys are out there 4 the glory of our nation. GOOD LUCK AND HAVE A GREAT TIME UP THERE!

Avin Tai

Purdue University

Department of RHIT (Tourism)

I think the team has all the wishes and blessings. No need to say more. Just to remind them don’t forget the Singapore Flag when they leave. Special wish to Dr Mok, hope he still hasn’t forget, For Honour and Glory.         someone from the formation

Hope you have good luck with everything on your climb.

 

GBS

Hi guys, With the moral support from parents, friends, relatives and stranger like me, just do it- all of you can make it to the top. If you are tired, take a break (kit-kat), always remember – slow slow you will win the race, don’t add pressure to yourself. May the force be with you guys and wish you all the best & luck. Take care.

 

Catherine

 

 

 

Yo! Dr Mok So you finally heading for the highest point after so many years. Wish you all the best and bring back the snow when you reach the peak.

KFC

To all the brave people of the expedition, I take my hat off to you. A mountain,   especially THE mountain of Everest, is seen as the pinnacle of success. Take care of yourselves and go with the knowledge that we of Singapore, and of other countries, admire and respect you, giving you hope, faith, love, courage and strength. Just don’t get too ‘pressurized’ but go on your way with fortitude. Best regards to your families too, who are also courageous   and strong.

Vivien Boey

 

I have had the opportunity of going to Kathmandu sometime in January 1998 and needless to say we could get a view of the Himalayan ranges and the Everest, and must say even from this, the view is specutacular. I can imagine the view you all get from where you are. Best wishes in your endeavours and making your personal dream come true although each of you have different ones but the ultimate I guess is to reach the peak and make Singapore proud. I know you all will make it successfully and return safely home…the rest will be history!!

 

Best personal regards, Kenneth Fong

 

 

Yes, I know that the team will step up. The team will be there. And your DREAM will come true…………..

My Very Best Wishes To YOU

 

Hwee Kin

 

 

Hey to all you guys out here take care of yourself and may god bless you all. You have come a long trainning and all so make it worth your while .

Julian Loh

I am proud of you guys. Taking the point is not easy. We’ll be praying for your climb and safe return.

 

Daniel Man

 

 

PRESS ON, SINGAPORE TEAM!!!! SHOW THE WORLD THAT SINGAPOREANS CAN CONQUER THE EVEREST TOO!!!

IAN PHUA

 

I hope you Everest climbers a veryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy good luck in planting the Singapore flag on Everest. The whole Singapore would be proud if you do so. You know everybody has a Mount Everest to climb. To all mountain climbers.

Leong Chia Thye Lionel

 

 

All the bests and Hey wishes…….

LG

 

 

 

Hi Guys, It is vey interesting and prestigious expedition. I have done some mountain climbing. It did gives me a lot of fun. I hope you guys have a nice fun time and back homeland safely. Wish you all the best, best, best……… go on I’ll like to know! more details on your expedition when you are back. Update me with your fun. Once again, ALL THE BEST, GOOD LUCK, GOOD LUCK.

 

Best Regards

Seenu A Pila

 

 

Dearest Climbers: you gals, really admire the courage you have. Not knowing all of you, I sincerely would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and victoious journey. Once again HIP HIP HOORAY x 3 (in advance).

Wendy Pang

Dr Goh….. Although you may not know us, but we are extremely proud that one of our alumni is actually on the expedition team to Everest!!!! We wish everyone on the team all the best! Give it your best shot, guys!!!!!

 

Chee Kiong

on behalf of Singsoc, Imperial College, London

 

Many climbers of all kinds have touched us with their brave attempts to conquer Mt Everest, but none were ever so close, so much at home with us. The reality of having you people, who have personally touched so many hearts right here at home, being out there in the cold

 

Hi Team, Having just watched a film on an Everest expedition, we understand your arduous journey ahead. We admire your courage and want to wish you all the best as you solidify our belief that nothing is insummountable. We are rooting for you!

Shawn Hoon & Hooi Ng

 

See pushing on to accomplish this daunting mission for all back home, is extremely inspiring. Just 2 to 3 years ago, Mr Leong, my ODAC and PE teacher taught me and the bunch the very basics of mountaineering… basic campcraft and outdoor survival skills, abseiling, rock climbing… or simply setting up ropes and equipment for a short abseil down the side of the council block. Now he’s out there. All of you are out there. Attempting the Ultimate. Maybe you’re all going for it to bring great pride and glory to our nation. Maybe you’re going for it, just “Because it’s there.” Either way, I just want to wish you all the very best. Mr Leong: Thanks for everything. May you and the rest of the team fulfil this great dream and return safely to pass on the wonderful philosophy. Take care and God Bless.

 

Brandon (Batch 10) Raffles ODAC

To all members of the expedition, best wishes in your endeavour to reach the peak of the world’s highest mountain. Especially to Mr Leong, I will always remember your climb to the top of Mount Ophir in   swimming trunks….so I guess the cold really shouldn’t be a problem for you. Good luck!!

Chew Mingfai

University of Chicago

 

To Robert and the Everest Team “Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.” Psalm 71:3 If the “storm in furty beat around me” I’d want to be in solid rock, halfway up the mountain, hiding in the fortress made by nature itself, in the cleft of the rock. May you guys remember that you are not alone but God is with you all the time and He will bring you through all the way.

 

From Helen

 

Hi Johann. I was very surprised that you’re in the team. Well Done. All the Best to U and the team. Take care and beware the Lightning. DO SINGAPORE PROUD!

Eric Lam

Tampines JC ODAC

REGARDS

 

 

I am first a Singaporean and now a Californian for 30 years. The challenge that all of you are about to undertake has kept literally thousands of us spellbound. If you only knew how many people around the world are following this event, it would be mind boggling! All of you cannot immaging how proud you make us feel. I wish all of you a safe assent, plant our flag, and especially a safe decent. Most importantly, have a clear mind, stay focused and God be with all of you all    of the way.

 

John Carter

 

I hope u all come back alive. That’s all i ask cos I know the journey will be tough. Hope u all don’t suffer from frostbite.

 

Nicholas Zheng

Yo Jo! Feeling cold? How’s the Powerbook and the satellite link? Shiok? I think that you are very brave to go to Everest and it really is a chance of a lifetime. Saw your photo on ST interactive of the Nepalese looking curious at the Powerbook and you looking stoned. Will be here hoping for the best for you!

Freddy Ng

Hi Guys! We, in Singapore, are proud of you. Though I cannot be with physically, I am with you in spirit and in prayer. I will pray for your safety and for your success in your endeavour as will all Singaporeans following your cause. Know that there are many who believe in you and when the going gets tough, the tough gets going.Few in will ever get a chance to try to conquer Mt. Everest and you are one of the chosen few. Relish this thought. Once more I salute you team.

Rose

just want to send my deepest wishes to the everest team and they make me feel so proud to be part of s’pore. i’n now studying in the states and missing home and they give me another good reson why. i admire them for their dedication and courage to conquer the mountain and wish them success.

chin

Dear friends: All of you, by now, must be experiencing a state of emotional ‘all-time-high’! As a fellow Singaporean, I’d like to wish you the best of mental & physical well-being throughout your entire journey. Remember: Your moment of ‘epiphany’ awaits you! MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!

Tan Kai Chye

I applaud our bravest Singaporeans to take up this dangerous and risky challenge. Able to plant Our flag on the highst Peak is no easy feat. So I salute to this 11 bravest Men and Women in Singapore and their undying courafe. Wish that u All could acheive your dream and come back in one piece. SALUTE!!!

fifaking

Swee Chiow: We just knew it that one day we will see a picture of you and Mount Everest together! Take care and enjoy!

Brgds-Winnifred and George

HI THERE! hmm…tough climb eh? Don’t worry the whole of Singapore is behind u! So climb on and bring glory to Singapore!We’ll be behind u ALL THE WAY! Auspicium Melioris Aevi

YoUrS TruLy, RI Wellwishers

Dear Shanni and fellow Singaporeans We may be far away but our hearts are close to you. We admire you all for daring to reach out and fulfill your dreams, and not let this oppurtunity of a lifetime to pass. In this mission, you are fulfilling that desire in all of us to be able to overcome seemingly insurmountable difficulties. The hopes and aspirations of the nation which you represent are with you. May God give you peace and bring you strength to carry you through this time.

Tien Hua And Hwee Hwee Hong Kong SAR

Conquer the world’s highest peak and make history for Singapore! All the Best to you all!

Ng Wei Liang

To the Singaporean Mt. Everest Team, Good luck an the ascent . Pray that all involved will remain lucid and healthy . Isn’t it great that you have cyberspace to give you all this wonderful global support? And Shani, my hat off to you!

Best Wishes, CL Krause Whittier, California

Wish all the best to our Mount Everest Expedition Team. May God always be with you guys….Make Singapore flag flying to the top and make Singapore proud. Ole..ole…ole…ole….SINGAPORE.

Well-wishers Su & Family

Good Luck! Will be following you all the way! Kick Ass and Refuse to Lose!

S. Watson

Go, go, go for it guys! Bring glory back to Singapore. We, Yeo cousins, wish you have mercy journey to and back Mount Everest. May Lord see you through this journey of your life.

Eugene Yang

To all members of Singapore Everest Team, Though I am a Singaporean working in Hong Kong but I have been following closely on the progress of the team. I have watched many documentaries and footage of Everest expeditions, both failed and successful and understand the hardwork and risk involved not just in the climb but also the preparation itself. Having come this far is a success in itself and I salute all of you in the team for your courage to attempt such a feat. Thanks for making all of us in Singapore proud and I am sure many of us would be with you in your attempt to reach the top of the world. BEST WISHES ! Regards.

Teo Ser Luck BAcc, MILog, MDipSM Area Manager North Asia – Logistics (Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Korea, Philippines, India)

Never give up cos’ you represent Singaporeans’ spirit, determination and unity. SIngaporeans’ hearts are all out for your success. We, as Singaporeans will be proud of you guys. Heart it through!!!

Kok San.

More important than victory is effort. At the center of effort is courage. Edmund Hillary once said, “It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” We are proud of you!

Nigel Lim

I would like to give my best wishes to the team in their ascent to the summit. Well I am from Nepal and seeing people from Singapore go to a place where I have lived all my life gives me great pleasure. I hope you have a successful and safe journey all the way up to the top of the world and do Singapore proud.

Thanking you, Ayush Agarwal ACS(I)

I am not much of a sport person. However, this evening as I was going thru the net and reading the articles, i am impress on the courage the team have to scale the height of the highest mountain in this world. My wish and prayers will be with the team. This team will exhibit the spirit of Singapore – setting an objective and achieving it ! The road towards it is tough and it should be. Therefore only the very best and discipline team will make it. But at the end of the day, victory will come for those who push themselves to the extreme, in a responsible manner. Whatever height you have scaled then is of lesser importance to the spirit of doing your best for the nation. When times of lonelines set in, remember you have the nation behind you. All great direction began with the first step.

Tham Woon Choong

I am probably the only Singaporean named after the famous Everest conqueror Sherpa Tenzing Norgay. My middle name is Tensing. Through all of you, fellow Singaporeans, I will be able, at last, to live up to my name! I’m rooting for you all the way. Go for it!

Simon de Cruz

Hi , I am really proud of you people braving dangers to climb the world’s highest peak . While we are here safe and sound at home, you all are out there in the cold harsh weather to gain glory for Singapore . But because this is the first expedition, failures because of lack of experience or others is inevitable … I am not trying to discourage you guys but I cannot help but mention it . Well , I’m sure there are other mails to reply to , so I won’t make this mail any longer . Best Wishes and Good luck ! You all will make it back home safely and the Singapore flag will be up there at Everest .

Casper Heng Eng Lung

Best of luck to all team members. Really admire your determination.

From Chua Chu Kang

Hi guys, read about the expedition that you guys are doing on the straits time 0n 23/3/98. Really encourage by your brave act to conquer something there. Keep climbing! must plant Singapore flag on the summit. don’t lose heart. whole nations are with you guys. all the best. May the strength of Jesus Christ be with you always.

Alvin Wong

To Robert Goh: This is Hwee Kia. Just received your postcard and glad to hear from you. I guess you’re still among civilization seeing your mail is still getting through. Anyway, everyone in the family says hi. Remember safety first, we still have a party to go to. Cheers.

Always been dreaming what will it be conquering summit of MT Everest. Hv watch my favourite movie K2 and latest, Seven Years In Tibet(Cho yu), brings me even nearer to Everest. More so in the launching of the Everest Team, sends the adrenaline thru my bloodstream watching U all in action, in Cho Oyu. Finally my chance finally came!! Though not physically, U will be able to bring me thru the Ultimate “Chance of a Lifetime”!!Everybody are all behind U and awaiting for your safe return. Its not gonna be easy, but I am sure all those efforts devoted in won’t go into waste!! All the best!!

Mark Mak Down Under!

Cheerio, Team! I don’t even know if you guys will be reading this, coz from what I can see, there are tons of mails on the ST page! Neverttheless, can’t resist writing to you in every place I can… ! whoooo! Nothing much to say, except the usual (but VERY important) stuff like TAKE CARE! Will be praying for you all! Justin: Have fun, and may the climbing spirit live forever! Edwin: Will be thinking of you all the time, man! Jokes aside, good luck, with all my heart! David: Everest is nothing compared to what you’ve already accomplished and lived thru! Go for it!!! Will be with you always! Chee Mun: You seem to be the most popular around on this page!! *LOL* Best of luck to you! Johann: Thanks for making all this emailing possible! It’s great to be able to keep in touch with the Team! All the rest: I may not know you personally, but hey, who cares? The fact is, I  KNOW you poeple, so BEST WISHES!
Love you all, Nandini

Folks, you are doing Singapore proud. Keep it up and keep the flag flying and most certainly at the highest point in the whole world. Take good care and come
back with more encouters of your conquest story. Best wishes ans God will always be with you, indeed very near to you!

Tan Chor Pang

All the best to the oncoming challeng. Bring us proud and three cheers for you guys!!! Hip Hip Hoory!!! Hip Hip Hoory!! Hip Hip Hoory!!!

Gary Tan
Sheffield,England.

You do proud to our nation and I hope that you are will be successful in your mission. This will show the world that Singaporean are not all City Slickers and are capable of going the physical endurance. By most of all, I hope that you will come back in one piece, safe and sound. Good of Luck

Alex

I’d like to wish good luck to all of you. U can dream the impossible dream. May God Be With U.

Zailani

Just popped in to wish Singapore’s Everest Team a safe and a wonderful journey in reaching their goal. It doesn’t matter if it takes days, weeks or even months to reach there. As long as the spirit and will are able, the body somehow will be able to do it too. Do us proud and plant a flag up there for us back home. It shows that how a tiny nation can overcome such a huge and difficult task. Only wish I could be up there to shout it out. God bless you guys.
Andrew

Good luck to the Everest Singapore team and hope you have great success in your achievement. I also love your web page and have bookmarked it while keeping a track of your progress each day. God bless you all….

Tan Eng Gim

Just to say all the best to you, esp to Chee Mun, my OBS instructor in June 1995. Take very good care of yourselves……

Guys…make sure the Singapore flag flies proudly with the wind at the top of the world….!!! GO!! God bless…

lotsa warmmm wishes… t|zZyBOos

to the Mount Everest Team, i believe all you guys must be under “mounting” pressure to succeed in your summit. remember that we are behind you all the way….(‘though we can’t be there with you) TAKE CARE and BEST WISHES!!! PS:mr leong, we all miss you here at RJC…

jac & joyce

Stoked hear about the apple mac on its way up Everist(when only the best will do) good luck guys!!!!

David Rowe

David, I have faith on you all from the very first day you plan the expedition. They struggle to fund to the expedition is as hard as the climb itself but I think with the preparation and training nothing ia in surmountble. Victory to all.

ong kim seng.

hi there, team, so, how does it feel, getting to BC at last?! heard temperatures are dropping badly round there, take care! Johann: please don’t feel pressured to reply my mails.. mine are just bits of news and wishes, and i’m happy enough if the team gets to read them! I was listening to the onefm broadcast yesterday, and heard what justin said about the cookies and cream ice cream on the ground! sheesh, man, justin, you’re koool! i honestly feel you add the very essential tons of life and energy to the team updates!!! keep going, fella! edwin: still thinking about you a lot. yesterday, one of the people in our OBS team called me up. do you remember xiu ting? he was the overall IC for our watch. he wanted me to convey his regards to you — he found out just yesterday that you were gonna scale everest! David: sorry to hear about your flu. get well soon — you have a mountain to climb!!! that’s it for now. will be emailing to the southcol address! bye!

cheers, nandini

Try your best and may God protect you.

Kengoh

I sincerely hope that you guys will make it through!! It really takes great courages and strengths to conquer this great mountain. GOOD LUCKS TO U!!!

Hello, I know it takes so much determination and scarifice just to train to the expedition. What you are doing up there is something we can just think about. You know very well the odds you are facing, so try to come back alive.

Hong Hwee

Hi guys Take care and hope that all of you will bring glory to Singapore.

Best regards Nancy Wong

To the Singapore ‘s Everest Warriors, I’m a Singaporean studying in Perth, and have been following your team’s progress pretty closly. I first read about your expedition one or two years back, and have hoped for this day to come. Now, its finally here, and you guys have just reached base camp! Bravo! I’ll take this opportunity to wish you guys all the best, you truly deserve the best Nasi Lemak, Satay, Bak Kut Tay, Rojak, Mee Pok ….. when you come back home… and home you shall return. On behalf of all proud Singaporeans studying in Perth, I wish you guys safe journey, and focus on your dream, the dream of all Singaporeans!

SharkMan

I have been following the progress of the Singapore’s MEET in London. It takes a lot of courage and sacrifices to plant our country’s flag on Everest’s summit. Just want to wish the team the very best in their climb. Look foward to your safe return!

S D Tay (London)

Men and women of valour! Remember that the rest of Singapore is here to give you support!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Yup, yup,

we’ll be here to support you and hi guys! Tell us what u all see on the other side.

Luke & Ange

All the best to you, guys. God Bless.

Chris Kwan

The force is strong in you.

student6

I heard that youu all are going to conquer the highest mountain in the world. I do feel proud that all of you are brave enough to climb it. To tell you frankly, i really admire you. Good Luck to all of you and hope that everything will go on smoothly. I hope you will suceed in conquering the mountain. May God Bless You Always!

Jing Sheng

Hey there folks, The first time I saw Everest was when I went on the trek to Kala Pattar. At that time, my hope was that one day, one of our kind would be there, to prove to the world and to ourselves that we can do it too, that we have brave hearts too. I just want to say that I wish the team all the best. I pray that you will find the strength every minute to brave the winds, the ice, the snow, and fulfill what you’ve set out to do. We are all behind you, in heart and soul and mind, and whatever the outcome, you will always emerge as models to our young to be brave and forward looking always and to try things that appear beyond reach. For only then will we know our true potential. Good luck, take care, and be brave.

Mui Yim

Hi All, I have been staying in Colorado, USA for the past 16 months and I have just learnt about your PK expedition. Staying here at about 6,000 ft above SL, and staring at the Rockies mountains everyday, I can understand your desire to go for the big one. The perspective I got from living in the mountains is a sense of humility and respect. A few thousand feet up, the temperature drops and the winds heighten. Water turns to ice and snow, and the air is rarified. Humans are fragile and the forces of nature strong. As you take the small, difficult steps towards the summit, remember that thousands of Singaporeans are taking those steps with you. All our prayers and thoughts are with you to overcome the challenges and make it all the way. Best wishes and the best of luck.

CH&AT

Take it easy man, I know you guys made it up to Base Camp one day ahead of schedule, but fast does not necessary mean good up there. Remember the lesson of your many predecessors, take your time, make the wise decision and stay cool.

Josephine Gan, Los Angeles

To : Edwin Seow and the rest of the Everest Team, The path to your dream is UP! do us proud and see you in the next Whitley gathering .

Jeffrey Wang Monash Uni .Australia

Dear climbers, The men in blue from the harbour sends you warm blessings and wishes so that you will accomplished what you had started and end in a very happy way. We wish all of you to return to our homeland safely even though if you fail to set you feet on the world’s highest peak, trying is a good sign to others that you can be a small nation but with the will power and co-operation we Singaporeans can be a world conqueror. Wish you all the best

Cpl. 618 PSA Police

To the team which will be climbing the Everest: Wishing all of you a safe journey and best of luck. Do our country proud and one more thing. May God be with you all. Good luck!

From: The pupils of Sec 2/5, Temasek Secondary School

My heart goes out to the courageous team who are risking their lives on a very dangerous mission few would dare undertake. They are the heroes who bring glory and honour to our country. Good luck and may God be with you…

from Albert Ngiam

Our best wishes for the Singapore’s 1st Mount Everest Expedition Team! Best of luck, guys (and gals)! We hope you all will accomplished your mission and bring glory to Singapore! Good luck!

From Jasmine Sia, too Tay Yiming, Tham Weiying and whole bunch of friends! Smile Always! :) @–}—

Team Everest, wishing all of you the best in your courageous attempt. Do Singapore proud. Mr. Leong, ODACians young and old are all firmly behind you. All the way, Sir!!

Tan Feng from Berkeley, USA.

Hello, My name is Matthew Evans and I am a teacher at Wyoming Seminary in Pennsylvania, USA. I teach 7th grade Social Studies (12-13 year olds). We are studying about Everest and the Himalayan Range and we are interested in learning about what it takes to climb the Highest Peak in and the World. We would love to hear from you and your team. I understand that you may be very busy and most likely concentrating on more important things, so we will follow your progress through the website. We are all wishing you well and will continue to watch as you climb closer to your goal. Best of Luck and we’ll all pray for good weather!

Matthew Evans

Facing Everest from Base Camp , they conquered Her by taking the first step up. In David and Goliath, David took the giant to task with the First swing. If you think about it, the Bible never even described if the Giant had a chance to return the compliment. ‘Seize the moment.”

Kelven Tan

hey pple: namaste! while the rest of the singaporeans toll diligently under bundles of work… there you are guys ‘enjoying’ yourselves with the scenic climb *sigh*.. anyway, you pple seems to be doing fine.. so keep it up and show us your stuff! *grins* remember that “Where there is a will, there is an Inheritance Tax.” oops.. i mean when there is a will, there is a way!

cheerio, pheri bhetaunlaa (hope we meet again) (in cyber hehe) zozo

good luck / have fun / safe trip

from nicole ng & mum / dad

I’m proud that you guys reach the base camp earlier than expected. I love rockclimbing and I admire your determination and strength in challenging your mental and physical limits. Climbing is a personal thing but your achievements would certainly bring pride and attention to climbers in Singapore. Meanwhile, all the best and may the Force be with you

regards, Kian Wee

We are proud of you, everyone of us back home. Godspeed, plant our flag on the roof of the world. Be safe, take 2.

Danny Lim

I am a student of Temasek Secondary and I would like to wish you the best of luck on your climb. I have been following closely to the news about the Mount Everest Expedition and I would like to say ” GO CONQUER THE MOUNTAIN!!!”

Janny

God Be With You.

Sean

well done, people of the everest team!

Yoke Fong

The students of 3A 3B and 3E at Kranji Secondary School wish you all the best on your exciting expedition. We are following your progress daily on the internet! Up you go!

Simon Ruddell – English Teacher.

Dear Team, i am inspired by the TV production of your trip and i hope to climb my own mountain one day. May you continue to inspire our younger Singaporeans to climb their own mountains and overcome any obstacles along their ways. May you all continue to have the guts and stamina for the next lap up there. KEEP IT UP!

With sincere hopes, Leonard Kok. Peace be with you all.

I wish all of you warmth and strength today and for everyday to come for this adventure. I cannot express my admiration for all your determination, tenacity and sheer will power to engage in this life project. Wish as I might to be there to share your triumphant, joy and cramps, I can only do so much as to let you know that I am with all of you in each step u take for now the rest of the trip. Hang in there, you are the pride of everyone of us in Singapore.

Ang Siew Li

You are the admiration of the whole nation!

Ang Siew Li

I have read much about expeditions to the Mount Everest and felt that to conqure the summit, it will require altimate strength and endurance. Therefore i salute to our guys who are on their way up to the summit and wishing them all the best, God bless all of you and remember – you are not alone! God is with you and so is the whole country.

Willie Loh

Yo! Do Singapore proud yah? I hope you guys have not met up with much difficulties.. anyway, always remember that the whole of RI will be behind u always..so TRUDGE on and make sure u do Singapore proud! All the best!

BKSH on behalf of all ze Rafflesians!
Good Luck from Brazil!!!

 

Osvaldo Pontes

 

As I read the progress log of your journey I am getting excited that you will reach the summit soon. With strong well, power mind set I believe you all can make it and of course you also need luck and good feng shui. I wishing you achieve your goal and making proud for Singapore !!! take care of your health and good rest.

 

Benjamin Lim

 

 

Dear David and his 7 muskiteers, I read with awe and delight on your establishment of Camp 1 at 6100m on Everest. I guess the 300 odd metres Khumbu Icefall which at times ran into hundreds of feet in thickness, may pose

as one of the biggest hurdles enroute to the summit of Everest. I remember in the Autumn of 1991 when I attempted to push on to Camp 1 of Nanga Parbat in northern Pakistan in almost waist-deep snow, my efforts were thwarted by poor visibility and treacherous terrain. Though my group was never equipped to   climb the “killer mountain”, we were able to push beyond the base camp towards camp 1 in sneakers and without proper climbing gear. I believe the next few weeks would be the greatest challenge in your prepara- tions to subdue the merciless mountain and do treat this godess with the due respect – Everest is a schizophrenic mountain. Like a woman with many different personalities, you never really know which one you are dealing with. Allow me to wish you and every members of your group all the success  and best of luck in attaining the national goal of planting the Singapore’s flag on the summit of Chomolungma. May the LORD continue to bless each and every member of the climbing contingent.

 

Leong Yue Soon

 

This is especially for Chee Mun. You crazy psychopath!! I always knew you’d do something like this. Climb that piece of rock you call a mountain and come home safe. Best wishes to the Team.

 

Wung Yew

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greetings, from Canada I was fortunate to see your team depart on the 12 of March from Singapore . I saw the faces of a group with a large vision. All the best in your efforts and a Summit to be conquered for you all and your country.

 

Cheers Jeff Dicks

 

 

Meet you all at the top!?(spiritually) Be strong! Do us proud , Plant the S`pore Flag & safely return back here!

 

Mohd Adnan

May you guys do Singapore proud!!!!

 

From Eng Peng

 

 

 

Dear members of the Singapore Everest Team On this day, Good Friday, when Jesus Christ was lifted up on the cross between heaven and earth, I remember all of you in a special way as you progress on your climb up the rooftop of the world. I follow your progress every day with keen interest. I am proud of you. Keep the Singapore flag flying high. All of us, your fellow citizens, are behind you each and

every step of the way. Always remember that you are not alone. We are with you. God is with you. I pray that He will protect you and bless your efforts with success. May God strengthen you with his power and grace. May He open the way ahead for you and remove all obstacles in your path. May He calm the elements and make the weather conducive for you. We look forward to welcoming all of you back home. Make Singapore proud. God bless you.

 

Warmest regards

Bernard Joseph Lim

 

 

Dear Edwin, Was thinking about you all of yesterday, and thought I’d send another msg to the ST wishes site. I really hope you’re doing fine….. I heard you have a dry cough, but what the heck. Hope your’e having fun, socialising at EBC. Tons of other people have been calling me up, poeple from our watch, tht is. Remember Marcus? He called and asked abt you the other day. Xiu Ting was among the first. Then Annabelle *(Flying Fox 2- remember???) You’re definitely popular!!! But that’s not what I wanted to write about. I just wanted to tell you how proud I am to be acquainted with someone like you — someone with loads  of courage and tons of perseverance and gallons of fortitude. Thanks for everything, Ed. Keep going! We have faith in you!!!!

 

Love, Nandini

Good luck guys! We’re all right behind each and everyone of you. Do us all proud!

Anthony Teo

University of Strathclyde(Glasgow)

 

 

Hi comrades Though I am very busy at work, but thoughts of my Singaporean comrades scaling the Everest peak slips in and out my mind. Wondering how it is like to be in your shoes? It must have been real tough, I believe!! That is why it only takes the toughest few to make it to the top and I believe ours is the toughest Singapore Team that will plant our Singapore flag on top of Everest. Go on comrades, I am always with you in thoughts. I believe all Singaporeans are waiting for your victorious return. All the best!!!

 

Regards Mdm Tan

 

HI ALL, To be at the summit is always my wish, but it seem that I will never be able to fulfill it. Hope that you “guys” can made it to the TOP OF THE WORLD with our colours spike on and made SINGAPORE proud. ALL THE BEST AND TAKE CARE OUT THERE…….GOD ALWAYS WITH YOU GUYS!

Amos

 

Got a question for the climbers. How do you respond to nature’s call when climbing at such cold weather and high altitude ?

Yukitta

 

Hi Robert Goh

Although we don’t know each other. I am sending you my best wishes. God will protect you from any harm. May the wonders at Everest lighten your life everyday. Keep going ……….

 

Best Regards Emily

Remember me? Joe – AJ Mount Ophir Trip 1998(Ngee Ann Dragon Boat). How are you? Bigger challenge than Mount Ophir! Please take care. If possible or by any chance, please do write us a postcard. When Thricey and myself read the news, we weren’t sure whether is that you but now we can confirm it is you. Both of us wish you and your team well and successful for the climb. Take care.

Scutter

 

Regarding Lim’s exhibition to the summit. Is there any way of keeping me updated via e-mail on the teams progress, and are you planning any form of audio perfomance, photo session etc. during the climb?????????? I wish you all the best and my you and the team succeed.

 

Regards, Niels Andersson

 

 

I wish all the climbers the very best of luck and bring glory to our country by conquering Mount Everest. P.S. could anyone write my name(Poh Weijie) in   the snow when you are at the top of the summit. thanks.

Weijie Poh

 Hello, I really appreciate being able to log on and read the adventures as they unfold before the teams eyes. I love to read, feel, and experience what they encounter through their words. If I can escape for a moment each day, and readthe progress of teams on the mountain, the trivialities of everyday life seem to slip away from my mind, and the things that are really important in life take their place. On Everest, no-one is concerned about getting a bill mailed in on time, climbing the corporate ladder, etc. It is all about staying alive, watching each others backs, and returning home safely to those that you love. and experiencing the feeling of standing on the roof of the world for a few timeless moments. I would imagine that the world below looks completely different from the summit of Everest. God bless, and God speed on the mountain.

Jim Travis

Nice to meet you guys! Best wishes as you near your summit bid. Keep reminding yourselves that at some past point in time you wanted to do this. Stay safe and in the good graces of  Chomolungma.

Jimbobean

keep it up , we are proud of you ! we know what a Singaporean can achieve ! my sincere Thanks to you all !!!

Larry Lai

Just a few lines in jest,
Chumulangma,Sagarmatha,Everest,

Take the challenge,face the quest,
This may be your life’s biggest test.
From the Ah Bengs,Ah Lians to the office worker at his desk,
The whole of Singapore wishes you all the best.
Don’t forget that on the mountain you’re just a guest,
And whether or not you succeed nonetheless,
We all are proud of you and can’t wait to welcome you safely back to our nest.
This the mantra of the Green Tara,tutelary goddess of Tibet and Nepal..”OM TARE TUTARE TURE SVAHA” (the E is prounced as eh). You may find this useful in times of need. In case of dire emergency when there is not enough time to enunciate the whole mantra, the short form “OM TARE TAM SVAHA” will       suffice.

With warmest regards, From TonyLes

Just to show my support and wish the Everest Team all the best.

Wee Shoong.

Dear Ying Jang, This is Tiong Peng and Suzanne from New Life BP Church. We are coming home from Boston soon. We are praying for your safety and health. You are very brave to attempt such an expedition. May the Lord’s mercies and protection be with you and your fellow team members.

ear Everest Team, Wishing you strength and perseverance in your quest for the summit. Tracking your progress from San Diego….

Tony & Veron P.S. We got the champange ready :-)

To Johann, Hey Dude, take care. I heard you fell sick. Waiting for you to come back and give me an account of your climb. Remeber to take back some Everest snow

Jack Lim

I am very excited that the team is so close to the summit. I am doing a project for my schoolwork about your expedition to Everest. I send you best wishes and hope that you reach the top safely.

regards, Samuel Laffy, aged 9.(Australian living in Singapore.)

Congrats to the team for making it to Camp 3. I am sure all Singaporeans are
already very proud of your achievements so far. Neverthless, take care and I will be watching your progress earnestly. I will be waiting for the day when the Singapore Flag can be placed on the summit of Everest. What a wonderful sight it will be. Just imagine ….. the Singapore Flag on the summit on the front page of our local newspapers. That will be the day I will be waiting for. Good luck.

Boon Hong, Marine Parade.

Dear Edwin, I am sure that the going is pretty tough out there but I am sure that you have the mental tenacity and physical strength to pull this historical ordeal without a scratch. Every one at home wishes you all the best especially my mother if she is  still alive, but I am sure that she gives you her blessing wherever she may be. Do us proud by hitting the Summit and come back to a hero’s welcome. I just had dinner with the family as it is my third brother’s birthday and the whole family express their well wishes on your team’s journey.

With regards, Raymond & Jennifer Ee

Hi Brave Climbers, Icy mountain, chilly wind, Nearer the sky, oxygen thin; With full commitment and dedication, We’ll send you our congratulations!

Regards Vincent-Malaysia

OU CAN DO IT !!! I BELIVE IN YOU ALL AND PLEASE TAKE EXTRA CARE WHEN ACCENDING!!! GOD ………… BLESS…………………..

FROM :KWEK MINGDA

Just like to wish each and every one of you the very best in your final push for the summit. It’s something that I’ve always dreamt of doing but have not got down to doing tho’ I have done many treks in the Himalayas and KTM is a favourite place of mine. Go for it guys,I know all of you can do it. Plant the Singapore flag on the summit and give all Singaporeans another reason to stand tall and proud. Take care and God Bless.

Warmest Wishes, Alan

Hi there! All in Singapore are reading and getting your news. My school is doing a project on the climb. TCS featured my students networking with you, the team members as well as other climbers from other countries. You are doing Singapore proud and our students are learning beyond the confines of the classroom when they follow your news. Take care and see all of you home safely when the project is completed.

SP Tan (Principal) Pioneer Secondary School

Please be remember that we have noted your hard times and hard work to climb up Everest’s summit. Our mind & spirit is with you guy. May the Lord brings you safety to the final destination. See you back in Singapore soon.

Best Wishes, Siew Keong & Caris

Hi Guys, Just to let you know, from the News I’ ve watched on TV, you all are doing a great job up there on Mount Everest. So please continue to go for the limits. And let me quote what Walt Disney had said: “All our dreams can come
true – if we have the courage to pursue them.” (Walt Disney) So you see, if you set your hope on a dream and work on it. Some day it will come.

Kelvin They

It is late in your expidition and you are probably getting ready for a summit bid by now. I’m just writing to wish you continued success on your bid for the highest prize in mountaineering. Take care of each other and all come back to share some amazing stories from your expidition. Good Luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tim Clancy Jr

I wish them all the best and plant the Singapore flag on top of the world next to the one who beat us to it previously!!!

Veronica Rose
You are all very brave and tough ! For whatever calling or reason to embark on this climb, may you achieve it. You have reached so remarkably far to conquer yourselves. With God’s Blessings, you will make it to the top and safely back to the proud cheers of our countrymen, to the love of your families and most of all, to your own attainments. God is with you always.

Winnie

All the best to you guys. Though many have climbed before your attempt, but it’s takes lots of guts, grits, courage and determination to do what you guys are doing. May the gods of all religions watched over you guys, fly the flag for Singapore. In the midst of the current asian crises, at least there is a sliver lightnining to keep asia proud.

Best endeavours, David Ong Loke Min

Dear Shani, The change in weather at your Everest? camp gave us some worries. Hope no one feels the need to take unnecessary risks. We all want you back safe and sound. The Everest will always be there.

Love , Kuku

hi bravehearts of singapore everest team: the summit is waiting for you! Go for it!! i like your appetite for adventure and height. Afterall, it’s about 54.62 Bukit Timah hills high! “A small step for man, a giant leap for Singaporekind” !! Hey, my pals and i will be going to Base camp too (by 24 May hopefully), provided we don’t die from mountain sickness. Let’s take photos together, ok ?!? yes? yes? Now i understand why non adventurers like my mom for eg, think that we have gone nuts. ” what?!? go on a tour to torture yourself just to see rocks ?!?” “no mom, there’s gold in one of those caves……” soldier on folks. see ya there. Take care. Got eat char kuay teow or not? Everest here we come !!!

leek@pacific.net.sg

Dear Everest Team, Hope you guys make it to the top of everest. Make our country, all of us and you guys proud. So show us the courage and make it there. We’ll be behind you supporting.

Huan Wei

Dear climbers, It’s great to find that there are still people who dare to live their dreams. I read about the harsh conditions in the papers today. Nature seems to be hostile but I believe in the strength of the human spirit. (this may be easy 4 me to say because I’m not the one up there now…) No matter whether you can make it to the summit or not, you are already the pride of Singapore. Take heart, press on and keep that passion burning in your hearts. Take good care of your health. We are behind you in spirit.

Agape, Xinyi

To the brave heroes of Singapore ! My family and I wished all of you well and may God protect all of you and bring you all home .

Regards The Jollys….

Just a simple note. My best wishes to all of you for your courageous effort. My son is amazed by the teams’ effort, sacrifice and courage. He is waiting eagerly for Singapore’s flag to be planted at the top of the world. Good luck! and Go for it.

Best regards KC & Adwyn

As a Singaporean, I’m very proud of you up there who have so much courage and will power to try and achieve the tough and almost impossible mission of scaling Mt. Everest and would like to contribute this quote as a word of encouragement:- “History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heart-breaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats – B.C.Forkes” You can also surf my web page at http://www.ntu.edu.sg/home/taphin/hin.htm for more compiled jokes, stories, myths and other valuable links to entertain yourself.

APHIN

When a dream joins forces with an intention, the result is a reality – with all good wishes!

C Kiew

Just to let you know that we’re praying for good weather for you guys to continue your climb. May God keep you all safe.

familylim at Scottsdale, USA

Guys, push on and don’t give up… meanwhile, do take care of yourselves as well! chee leong, although u might not be able to remember me but i’m one of ur obs trainee (from spe) back in june 1996. just want to say — good luck and keep the spirit high! cheers!

jenny soh raleigh international singapore

whatever you decide, we are all behind you guys………. take heart, you have made us very proud already just being there,,,, GOD BLESS YOU ALL………

andguess

hi, ladies & gentlement, I sincerely wish you all can make it & go back to your country ( Singapore ) safely. Take Good care & best wish from me ( gary@brunet.bn ) from Brunei… Hope to hear the Good news from u……

Gary Liau

I’m proud of all of you up there. Continue to go up and up till you all reach the peak! Never give up no matter what happens. Good luck and all the best!

Ng Wei Liang

A warm hello to all of you out there! We are very proud of this expedition that you are undertaking. Nevermind that hundreds of men and women had conquered the Everest before you, you are the ones who will make the trip meaningful to the hearts of Singaporeans out there. Across the 7 continents and 5 oceans, all Singaporeans will salute to you the day you plant our flag on the mountain top. Good Luck! Ganbare!

Kok Chye Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo

nice to hear that the weather is getting clear over there. do TAKECARE of yourselves, this is very very important. i am proud that what the Everest team have done so far. looking forward to hear good news from the Everest team. GOOD LUCK to all of you, you need it.

CS Tan

Hello this is the seventh grade class from Dover, Oklahoma. We want to know what it is like on Mount Some of the things we would like to know is; what kind of food you eat there, how deep the snow is, how many people have gotten killed in the last expeditions, how much training they need, and how much difference it is from up on Mount Everest than down flat ground. What requirements do you need to be able to climb mount everest? What are some of the biological and ecological Hazards? What kind of equiptment do you need? Do the climates change as you go up? How old are some of the people on the expedition, and some of the past climbers that have died? The 7th grade class from Dover wishes you the best.

Thank you for your time, Sarah, Dusty, and Keshia

In the face of coming bad weather it is time that the Singapore team beat a retreat We surely don’t want any Singaporean mountaineer to ever -rest there! Everest will always be there and another opportune time can always be found. Safety first always and not personal ego or national pride should dictate otherwise.

Chan Beng An.

ALL THE BEST, N TAKE CARE!!!!…..DON’T OVERDO IT!!

Chan Weng Yew

Guys, I’m praying hard so that the weather will be fine and you all will be ready to make the final push to the summit! We will be very proud if it comes true so that we can see our national flag up there – an auspicious location definitely! Majulah Singapura… May the weather be kind to all mankind up there!

SIMON YAP

Hi everybody! Hope you all are going strong at Everest despite the adverse weather conditions! People may ask why you all subject yourselves to such adverse conditions and attempting such a dangerous (they may say foolhardy) attempt. They are probably those who have never trekked in Nepal and experienced for themselves the irresistible lure and beauty of the mountains. In short, we climb mountains because it’s there. I’ve gone trekking in Nepal twice of which once was in the Everest Base Camp region. Reading about all that you all are going through set my adrenaline pumping and a flood of memories of my previous unforgettable trekking trips. I missed the challenge and everything about it. Many friends couldn’t understand why I went back to Nepal a 2nd time…actually the first time my plane was about to land in Kathmandu, when I saw the looming majestic mountains and the vast landscape, I had told myself, I would be back. And I did, a year later. Told many people that I wouldn’t be going back to Nepal so soon as I would like to travel to other unvisited countries 1st, who knows, I may like those places even more….but found it very difficult. Nepal is addictive, after not having gone last year, I am feeling the itch now and a strong desire and urge to go again and experience for myself the feeling all over again. Anyway, do GIVE YOUR BEST TO THE BEST OF YOUR ABILITY. But If the weather continues to stay foul, then perhaps your goals may turn to dreams to be held back. Nobody will be more disappointed then you all if the attempt is jeopardised. Here maybe you are may need some luck ie the weather will turn for the better, and here I wish you all the very best and good luck. God Bless!

Warmest regards, Chew Ling

Good luck,good fortune,don’t mis-step,and enjoy the view!!!

Bonnie Washburn

Dear mountaineers, As the going gets tough,the tough gets going.Despite all the setbacks that you might have faced or will be facing,i believe all the efforts will pay off when you have conquered this mountain.It will be the best moment of your life.Work hard towards the target and don’t give up.Hope to see our flag flapping at the peak of Everest.Do us proud.

Ryan Goh

GO GO GO…and keep the updates coming…We are all very interested.

JOLLY

We know it’s getting much more tougher by the day, but hang on. You’ve already gone so far – our spirits are with you. Take care, all. But, if it is impossible to you. carry on, we’ll understand, so no exceptional risks pls.

Mei Chun

I cant feel like you do at the top, but I know it is really gruelling! I admire your guts. Best wishes to you all! You need one more person with you there, and He is there! So dont worry. Victory is yours. God bless you all there.

Sam

To the Everest Team and support staff, May the Lord Bless you and protect you. May you find strength and wisdom as you continue to scale to the top of Everest. Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; Where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

- St. Francis of Assisi

Chong Kai & Wendy Singapore

The very fact that you are almost reaching Mt Everest tells all of us your bravery and determination. Whether you succeed or not is not IMPORTANT because LIFE is not all about winning and losing. Just make sure that everyone is safe. Take good care of your health and keep yourselves warm.

Roger

I LAST WROTE TO YOU data. WHEN YOU LANDED IN KATHMANDU. ALONG WITH MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, I HAVE FOLLOWED YOUR PROGRESS DAILY. EVEN THOUGH NOT THERE, WE HAVE SHARED YOUR MOMENTS OF TRIUMPHS AND DISAPPOINTMENTS. YOUR PERSERVERENCE IS EXEMPLARY AND SHOULD STAND AS A MODEL FOR OTHERS AROUND THE WORLD. CONTINUE TO STAY TOTALLY FOCUSED. YOU WILL KNOW WHEN YOU ARE THERE FOR WHEN YOU REACH OUT, YOU WILL TOUCH THE FACE OF GOD!

JOHN CARTER

Dear Guys, Really proud of you people to have stretched so far to achieve this dream. Hope the weather will turn well and all of you can make it up there. Esp. to Edwin Siew, you’re my team IC in OBS. Never really get to meet you as you were busy preparing for your trip. Go for it. Look forward to see you back in Ubin.

aDAM

Hi Men, Nothing special… Best Of Luck ! & May the POWER be with U’ll !

Warmest Regards, Siew Wah

here’s wishing you great success in ascending the highest mountain in this world! Carpe Diem, seize the day!

limmienchew

I just want to send my best wishes to all the brave hearts at Everest. Do not let the weather dampen your mood. Take care and good luck! Best regards from

Joanna Lee.

I am a long time stay at home mountain climber. At least now, at 41 years of age, I can use that as an excuse not to attempt something so dangerous and exciting as climbing Everest. I read the updates daily and I have a friend at Base Camp now. I envy him and the rest of you . Enjoy this great day and relish in your courage and the beauty that surrounds Life will never be the same for you, for you are challenging nature, and I pray that you all enjoy and return safely. I’d love to hear from you. Stay strong.

Ron Chandler Meridian, Idaho USA

Top of the world……remember that song guys? Wishing and hoping you guys will be there soon. All the best of luck and hope you guys made it safely up and down.

Yazid Ahmad

GO on man. HOpe u will succeed!

Eugene Ni

Continue to go up! Never give up no matter how difficult it is. Good luck and all the best!

Ng Tse Peng ;-)

Dear Ying Jang, We are now in Ottawa, Canada and are still praying for you. The road seems to be getting tougher ahead but the Lord knows and will guide and protect His own. Keep on going and praying, perhaps thru’ this, your faith in the Lord will increase.

Tiong Peng

To: Every climber of Mt. Everest We wish that the yet-to-be 1st conquerers of Singapore can succeed in their dreams to scale the world’s highest peak. We admire your courage, endurance and strength to take up this “impossible” challenge. How I wish I could be one of you… We await the impending good news and hope that all will return safely with the forever smiling faces!¡ =fi

Tan family of Singapore

I have no particular interest in mountain climbing other than acknowledging that it is a very heroic adventure. I became more fascinated, however, when I heard about a PowerBook being used to transmit pictures and reports. It is very exciting that my PowerBook 1400 can bring in those terrific pictures and I almost feel like a team member. Thank you for making such an amazing experience so real for all of us.

Ron Leppke

We have been reading about your progress and praying for your safety. Let God be your guide and strength in your final assault, weather permitting.

Tan Sor Poh

I will keep my wishes short.I know from the news that the weather has worsen. I have been following the news daily for your progression. I hope that you all will keep up your drive to achieve your goal.I must say that you make me feel very proud as a singaporean.I wish you all the best.Good luck.

Goh Siew Hiok

All the best on your next attempt. Hope you gays will be back safely, Good luck!

Kenny Lo

Dear machomen of Singapore, We feel tired? you bet. We feel frusted? you bet but did we give up hope just because of our failure in the first attempt you bet
we do not, NEVER,NEVER,NEVER.OUR DEPRESSIVE MOOD ARE ALREADY GONE AND AM GEARING UP FOR THE NEXT ATTEMPT.tHINK POSITIVELY,PSYCHO YOURSELF WELL IN EVERY STEP YOU TAKE ON THE WAY UP. We the Chua family is always beside you on your journey up. We will never experience this
adventure in this life but wr are sure glad and happily enveying you out there. So GO GO GO  and the best of bestest to YOU.Gooood Luck and God speed. Bye.

From Biceps.

Hi there, I haven’t really been tracking you guys only until recently. Your failed attempt to reach Mount Everest should not be taken as a failure. I believed you all made the right decision to turn back under those extreme weather conditions. The peak will still be there and there will be opportunity for you to make it up there next week. I watched a movie recently about two of the world top climbers leading an expedition up there but ended up in disaster. After the movie, I realised that when you are up there above the death zone, things are pretty iffy. Brain don’t function the way you want and your body is totally exhausted. What I am trying to say is just ignore what other say about your “failed” attempt. I strongly believe   that it takes a lot of courage to turn back when you are just 1-3 hours away. Take care and wish that your next attempt will be successful. May the Almighty be with you!

Chee

Blow wind blow
Blow away the cyclone
Blow away the bad weather and strong winds
Climb, guys, climb
Climb the world’s tallest peak
Climb and conquer mt Everest!
But remember, safety first and we’re always behind you all

Best regards, All at Timberplus creation

Hi Guys! Never give up!! U can definitely make it and fulfill your dream. Supporting u all the way………

Ms SC Tan

Dear Team, Read that there are some obstacles now. Do go on strong. Peak or no
peak, we know you have tried. I am a school teacher. I will share to my girls about the perserverance and determination of all of u. I am sure they will be pround of you. I am!
Regards,
Priscilla.

Specially to Edwin,
Remembering the golden words that you had taught us as you lead us thru’ the
races in Ngee Ann. The “never say die” attitude and aggressiveness that had been cultivated among us. Take care and light will shine upon you.

Thomas Ng.

Hi there, Hope that you guys can get it UP there as soon as possible to do us           Singaporeans proud. Do take good care of yourselves and get back in one whole piece!!!!
Best Wishes From Sharon (Singapore)

Most people are born to stay in the bottom of the mountains. Some would feel slightly better at the half way camps. Few scale great heights ! Cause you will never know how small the world is till you reach there …… Go on Singapore……… U can do it.!!!

Michael Tee

Dear Jo, Felt incredibly nauseous on Mt Kilimanjaro and that was only 5895m. Exams starting in <2 weeks. :-P Hello to Mr Leong too.
Take care, Gav.

Don’t bother about critics from others. They just like to talk and nothing better to talk. These people should be dumped at the summit and get frozen there….so they won’t be able to talk !! Hi guys, I had today brought my family to the Singapore Science Centre to watch the ‘Everest’ show. It was indeed a real good one. My little daugther asked me…. Papa, are these people (climbers) from Singapore ? Proudly I answered….No ! But the Singapore guys will make it tomorrow  . Even if circumstances do not permit, we are still very very proud for
you guys up there. Hi fellows, it is not all  that important whether our Singapore team make it or not. It will be more imortant that ALL of you guys come back fully intact and safely. Kiasu methodology at times are rather useful ! Believe me, apart from the few ‘trying to be smart people’, there are countless of Singaporeans who are supporting you guys up there. We know it is ultimately – endurance, confidence & determination, etc to make it to the top. My family & I will like to give all of you our blessing for whatever is happening up there. Take care……..and see you back in Singapore

Simon, Aileen & Sarah.

Regret to learn your first attempt failed. Must be very frustrating. With all that bad weather, bad luck and unkind comments from some Singaporeans. But I know that everyone on the team is strong and resolute and you know what to do.  But I must say don’t do it at the expense of any lives. Just try your best. Again   these words may be meaningless as you are so near yet so far. Being                sportsmen, I know you have the urge to ‘just do it’. I pray for good weather and good luck for your next attempt. TAKE CARE.

Fong Weng Kiong

Hi!You must be cold out there.Wish you all that you may reach the top of everest safe & sound,happily & cheerfully!!! Bye!!!

Leong Kum Heo

All the best, friends. Courageous attempts and safe descents.

Fellow Singaporean
Koh

Do not dwell on failure. Stay focus and determine to reach your goal. I am sure you guys will not settle for a second best. Whether you think YOU CAN OR YOU
CAN’T, you are very RIGHT. What a magical moment when you reach the TOP OF THE WORLD. Remember only YOU and YOU ALONE can experience that. God will help those who help themselve first. So get plenty of rest now. READY… GeT-SeT…GO GO GO ! GO GO…

estella

Wishing our Singapore team the best. Never give up. You’ll make it someday    and that someday is not far away!

Victor Sim

Another great achievement by people from little Singapore. Congrats, we are all very proud of you and to be Singaporeans.

From the Ong Family in United Kingdom.

Congratulations!!! All your efforts finally paid off!!! You made it!.. We made it!!! We are proud of you !!! Thanks!!!!

Steve and his gangs from CSO Reliability (Seagate)

To all Everest Team members, This goes out to you and all your hardwork!!!Well, all the hard work really paid off and it’s really nice to see the Singapore flag planted on the Everest!!! And do have a safe journey back home! Once again, three cheers for the Everest team……….hip, hip, hooray!

Sincerely, Terri Koh

Finally guys!! Congratulations and Jubilation….. U’ve done what seems impossible. U’ve shown the people who are about to give up their lives what is possible…Thank you…..U’ve encouraged many of us to strive for what we seem is impossible in life…Thank u once again for your courage and encouragement…

SC Tan

congratulations to the first Singapore team ever to attain this wonderful achievement. Good on ya guys! From the Equator to dizzying heights the sky’s your limit now.

Kathleen Rosley

Great Job! It must have been beautiful up there, and you must have felt wonderful up there – whether you hit the peak or not – to be on top of the world! Wishing you a of the world! Wishing you a safe journey back too!

Stella

CONGRATULATIONS!! i knew you guys could do it …. ;-)

Joanne Chua

Congratulations for doing Singapore proud.   I’m sure everyone in Singapore will
applaud your achievement. Now that you’ve completed the mission, do take care on your way back to base camp and Singapore. Once again, CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Alan Woo

Hello, Unbelieveable was the word that i can ever think of….. I am really proud of
our achievement…..Congrats guys! You deserve all the praise,honour,glory….All
that the four years of physical and mental preparation are not wasted… Once
again,special thanks to you people for making that day so memerable for yourselves and the whole entire nation and Singaporeans PS:Did you sing “majullah Singapura” up there ?

Bernard

Hooray, team!! You did it!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bayar mend hurgee!! (Congratulations in
Mongolian) I’m so happy that you made it to the top and that all the climbers are
safe. Yay! Yay!

Yee Ling in Australia (Melbourne)

I must admit I have not been following closely about the progress of the Singapore Mt Everest Team. However, when I heard the news that you guys have
finally put a tiny country flag on top of the highest peak in the world, I must say you have done all Singaporean very very proud. My warmest congratulation to
everyone in the team and especially to Mr Edwin Siew and Mr Khoo Swee Chiow
for their determination to persevere even with such adverse weather condition.
Wish all of you the best and a safe journey back to Singapore. The whole nation can’t wait to celebrate the greatest achievement completed by any Singaporean in this century.

Yeow-Ghee Well wisher from S’pore

My congratulations to the Singapore Mount Everest Team! You have done the National proud! Singapore, will definitely scale greater heights! Best wishes for all your endeavours!

TAN Chuan Shin, UMIST Manchester.

Always knew you guys could do it. Just a matter of time. Congrats and best wishes.

Warmest regards, haiyong

Dear team, as someone who’s tracked your progress regularly since before the
Cho Oyu days, I say with all my heart that WE ARE PROUD OF YOU!!!!!!!!! Edwin: Hats off to you, man, I KNEW you’d do it. BTW, I met Chyril… she’s following
the team’s progress closely as well! SWEE: CONGRATS!!!! It’s a BIG payoff, isn’t it? Worth the wait, eh? To all the rest: CONGRADULATIONS to you all, too. You’re the real heroes around here, done all the hard work the summitters have!!!! A TRILLION cheers for all of you!

Love, Nandini

TO THE PROUD SINGAPORE EVEREST TEAM: congratulations! well        done,Singapore is really proud to say that they have had their own people up there! I will be writing a whole report on your team and on your expedition!   thanks for your efforts to keep us updated.MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

Catherine Farlow

My heartfelt congrats to the S’pore Everest Team. When I heard the news over the radio this mornin,I simply felt exuberant & overjoyed!!! Your success is also the nation’s success. For each & every member of the Team, we’re real proud of YOU!!!!!!!

DID IT HK

To our Singapore Everest Team, CONGRATULATIONS for the successful summit attempt, you guys have endured and have claimed the prize. Most importantly,
THANK YOU for doing SINGAPORE proud!

Fong Kum Kuen

Congratulation! to one and all for the successful climb. For the two men, Singapore salute you for putting us on top of the world. MAJULLAH SINGAPURA.

Joha Hassan Bishan, Singapore

Hi Guys! WHAT CAN I SAY??? You guys made it! YES! YOU GUYS MADE IT!!! I
knew from the beginning that somehow, our Singapore flag will fly proudly at the top of the world! This is brilliant and I’ll never ever forget this phrase -
“Nothing is easy before they are difficult”. That was exactly what happened when the first attempt failed. My hopes were high and I’ve never doubted you guys! I know you all willl make it no matter what! For the rest of the guys who didn’t make it at the first attempt, don’t be disheartened. No one will blame you for sure because this is a very risky expedition. We can fully understand… The fact that you have made it to Camp 4 is good enough. Tell me, how many of us would have this opportunity to even get to the Base Camp in the first place? I know I won’t for sure! Once again, my heartiest congratulations go to Edwin and Swee
Chiow and not forgetting Justin, Robert, Roz and the whole team. I salute you guys! Regardless of who actually made it to the summit is not significant as this success is for everyone including we Singaporeans home!!! We have made Singapore and Singaporeans proud… God bless and may you all have a safe
journey home on June 5. See you and take care!

SIMON YAP

HOORAY !!!!! You guys (gals have made it too) !! You have brought glory to Singapore. May God Bless You All a safe return journey.

Regards, Harry

Hi there folks, There is great joy in the office today when I broke out the news to my colleagues about the team reaching Everest Peak. We want to send our congrats to the team for hanging in there courageously and showing the Singapore spirit! For the past month, the talk in the back  office, or at least in the
circle of colleagues and friends I have has been on nothing but the team’s progress. There’s more to talk about now in the office, and among fellow
trekkers who have experienced life in the Himalayas and can understand the mental and physical energy one needs to walk in the montains let alone climb
them. We’re happy for the team, and hope that you will have a safe journey home……….

Mui Yim

By conquering the world’s highest mountain, all of you have brought pride and glory to all Singaporeans. Congratulations on the succcess, all of you deserves
it.

qin

Cheers to our Singapore Mt Everest Team. You have succeeded to put our Singapore flag on top of the world for all Singaporean. A BIG THANK YOU! You have made us feel on top of the world today. You have made us all proud to be a
Singaporean. It is not only when you have succeeded that we are proud of you. The disappointment of the first attempt did not deter us from admiring your
determination, guts and hard work and our appreciating the great effort you
all did. The attempt itself is to us already a great job done. The reaching of the summit is of course an extra bonus. All the years of hard work with limited fund
and unkind words received are blown off when you reach the top of the mountain. When my baby grows up I am proud to tell him, we Singaporeans have conquered the Mt Everest 25/5/98. May you be blessed with a safe descent. 3
million hearts are cheering and welcoming you home.

Mi Yin

CONGRATS, You guys have shown that even a small island of Singapore can achieve anything possible regardless of how much difficulties we’re faced with. Now that all of you have done our nation proud by reaching the summit of everest, you have also given us a greater will to strive and succeed for our country. Congratulations once again, now Singapore sits proud at the top of the world!

Nicholli Ee

Hi…Congratulations to Team Singapore for having successfully reached the peak of Everest! Feel like I have reached there too!

Andrew Lee

Thumbs up guys, I truly admire your determination to conquer the top. This is a
valuable lesson to all of us —Determination=Success. Have a safe journey home.
Take care and GOD BLESS

LUv alwaz Levin

heYlo pPle…. veRRrrrrrrrrrRRRRRrrrrrrr gLad u GuyS fouND a place foR ouR fLag..hiaKzz (fengshui goot not???? hee2) yA noE..u aLL mAde uS soooooooooo Proud kaEeee…(mebbe jealousy..hahah) nO lar…u alL diD a fANastaTIc jOBb….rellieee…(heh..our whole skoo pray fer ya dis morning…) hiP2
hurRAy2…hmm..we bE waiTIn feR uR bacK hERe in sInGaPoRE!!!!!!!!!

t|zZyBOos..~=0fi

It is not important how far you fall, but how high you bounce. Congrads on reaching the top of the world. Sending my regards from Canada.

Poi Chung (in Montreal)

Please send our congrats to all those who sacrifice their time for the sake and pride of our nation. All of us out here is proud of their achievements. Well done !!

jean

lotsa of congrats to the everest team…u guys have persevere thru adverse conditions to reach where u r today…i m we are very proud of what u people have achieved n hope that all of u will be able to receive the deserved respect n credit when u people return to singapore…what the everest team had done has indeed paved the the road for the growth of outdoor activities , mountaineering n rockclimbing in singapore . i hope the team will get a chance to go on antional television when they come home to give an account of their experiences during their stay at everest.

adam tan

kongrats! u have done an excellent job…beating all odds and going to the limits of
courage and endurance… so proud of you!

John Tan

gong xi, gong xi, u guys made it! i’m so happy for ya. i’ve just came back fom Mount Ophir,though it’s nothing to Everest,I know exactly how u guys feel when u reach the summit. my frens and i were talkin’ bout u guys on 24.5.98 (I’vr lost touch with the news when I was in M’sia) and i didn’t expect the conquer on the very next day. I’m so proud of u I went round telling everbody Singapore made it, and I even wrote to my fren in Nepal re:the success. OMEDETO!!!

love, emily leaw bc

CONGRATULATIONS!!! You are wonderful climbers. Reaching the peak of Mount Everest is a real feat that moves whole nation feels proud. Your tremendous      achievement reflects team-work, sheer determination, courage and strong faith which overcome all obstacles. Admist the current regional crisis, your success at                 this time brings joy to those who care and follow up every latest piece of news on your trekking of Mount Everest. Now Singapore flag is flying gloriously high and it is beaming as Mighty as Mount Everest. I really feel proud of you and proud of
Singapore. I wish the team make a quick and safe return home.

SeeTho-Tham Wai Wah

Congratulations! You guys have brought pride and honour to Singapore!!! Way to go…….Yee Hah!!!!

Brenda Teo,  Brisbane

I would like to salute to all the people who make this expedition possible,
and of course not forgetting the climbers who brave all dangers during
the climb. The Singapore Everest team has done us proud. Its a nation glory. Thank you. When I heard from news that our team has reached the peak of Mt Everest, I was so overwhelmed & really grateful of the team for giving each & every Singaporean this glory.  Anyway, I feel that even if u guys did not manage to make it to the peak, u all have already did us proud by making an attempt to  this tough mission. At least we made an attempt to try. Once again, thank you guys. Wish u all have a smooth and safe journey back home.

Lydia

We’re proud to have two doctors on the mountain, and I think without your expertise as anaesthetist and surgical-trained GP, those injuries you came across
would have been worse-off. We had held our breath last week and cursed the American team for sabotaging our first attempt where 3 more would have tasted
success, but that’s what Everest is so well-respected for – Murphy’s Law is in effect at all times. Anyway, the medical community salutes you both. Also of course our heartiest congrats to everyone else on the Team. Let there be more!

Khong Kok Sun and all at Alexandra Hospital. 5.30 pm on a working Monday. Really envy you guys in the sun & snow.

Whatever it is, be back home safely is the most important. Congratulations on
your historic ascent.  I hope the feelings amongst the team remained as strong and positive as those relayed on the website.  I enjoyed the enthusiasm and spirit (and detail) portrayed on this site.  I hope we see more exciting news from Singapore.

Best, J. Sarnecki

Congratulation to the Team. I was filled with joy and excitement as I heard over the news of the triumphant victory over Mt Everest. I could feel the discomfort
of my throat and tears (almost) as I heard of how each Singaporean interviewed proudly praised the team. Indeed the team has   one us porud despite of our country size.Similarly  “M’sia boleh, Kita Boleh ” also .

Melvin Sim

hi……………how are you all now. I am here to congratulate you all. I believe that you all are veri happy. As you all finally reach the top of everest.bye.

Annie Sim

Well done. I can imagine the satisfaction you ppl have especially the 2 lad who make it to the top. Three cheers for making me feel proud here among the blokes and blonds here in the fellwalkers soc. What’s next? K2 :) Again I say to you guys well done.

Y.T.R Tan

To the Mount Everest Team, Well done guys and you have all done Singapore proud. Best wishes and have a safe journey back to the nation. It’s yet another    hurdle you have to conquer. Again, well done and your success has shown us that there is absolutely nothing that the nation cannot achieve. Its all in the mind.

Guruking. 26May 1998.

Hey Guys!! you did it!!!! impossible is beaten by you guys!! great!!!! you have brought glory and honor to Singapore you are great!! God bless your team!!!

Adrian Toh
Congratulations to our heros from Singapore. I can’t wait for their return. We should arrange for a big party at the National Stadium for the team. Rminds me of the Malaysia Cup Days when Singapore brought back the cup under Uncle Choo

Naseer Ghani

You had done all singaporeans proud. Here I would like to offer my warmest congratulations to the mount everest team and wish them a safe journey home.

All the best: Jack Ng

Hey Everest Team, You guys did an absolutely electrifying job!!!! Have a safe journey to Singapore!!!

Megan Lim

Best wishes and God’s blessings on your great achievement.

Sundar Selvaraj

Dear Climbers, I was glad to hear that 2 of your climbers made to the TOP of Mt. Everest yesterday morning and would like to congratulate the   whole team for making this possible. Climbing Everest has made S’poreans proud of their country for accomplishing sucha feat and it is all thanks to you all. This successful climb has shown that as long as we are willing to strive towards execllence, no matter how difficult the task, S’poreans will be able to complete the task. Once again congrats to the team and have a safe journey back.

Edmund

Namaste!! Congrats to all of you !! Indeed the Lord is with yr team and blessed you thru’ out. Though there were difficulties but all of you managed to overcome all of them with courage & sheer determination. Well done!! (why not make an exclusive interview with all yr sherpas??)

Hsiao Huey

To Singapore’s 1st   Mount Everest   Expeditionary Team   Congratulations to   each and every   member ! The years of planning,training and perservering finally paid off. To the many skeptics and cynics who thought that this was merely a pipe dream, they will now have to eat their own words. Your achievements will always be remembered and inspire all Singaporeans to
dream, strive and achieve greatness within themselves. Your achievements were a clear demonstration of the human spirits. We share in your ecstastic sense of     achievements which culminates in the successful climb to the summit. Nobody can diminish the scale of your achievements by saying that all of you had more  sherpas and supplies than others. These are merely their excuses in a futile attempt to justify their skeptism and cynism against your impecable and immaculate planning. Above all else, WELL DONE. ALL OF YOU HAVE DONE YOURSELVES AND SINGAPORE PROUD. A special note to the TEAM LEADER, DAVID LIM – you should now relish this moment of achievement. Although you have not personally reach the summit, you have more importantly scale over the mountain of skepticism. You have done Singapore proud by succssfully leading your team to great achievement. Thank you very much.

ERIC CHENG

I hope u all come back alive . That’s all i ask cos i know the journey will be r tough . Hope u all don’t suffer from frostbite .

 

Nicholas Zheng

 

 

Dear Climbers, good luck to all of you and hope you all could reach the summit as fast as you could. Hope you all will come back safe and sound. Hope that nobody is injured during the climbing.All the best guys.

 

Muhammad Amin

 

 

Dear Justin, I guess you didn’t expect this email form me. I currently in UK, like many of you, will be scaling some high peaks somewhere! It’s good that you guys are doing well so far! Over here at UK, I’ll be leading my own team of guys up the highest mountain in UK, Ben Nevis. This trip will be executed somewhere on the 14th of April. But of course this mountain of ours ain’t as tall as yours but we’re determine to plant our flag there…just like you! Take care; If a man has more depth, he will scale higher heights.

 

Mark Newcastle,UK.

 

 

the mountain has all the answers you’ll find what you want when you’re there_

 

ang05@hotmail.com

 

 

Lets go all the way as we Singaporeans have always done. Never looking back cause will are achievers. Singaporeans will always be Singaporeans. Proud as we stand united, proud are we for you guys. No matter what keep the flag flying high and might for we will be behind you all the way. God will be with you guys throughout your journey and so will be my prayers. Always A True Singaporean.

 

Gavin.F. Karl

 

 

Singapore’s first trip to the top of the world at Mt Everest. I, Yili and also my friends and teachers will support the climbers all the way up. Tell yourself, I am going to be at the top of the World!!!

 

Teo YiLi(2E1) Xinmin Sec.Sch(1998)

 

 

Hi!! This message is from Adelaide, Australia… Great to see my countrymen attempting to reach the top of the world! Want to wish you all the best and my prayers are with you all.

 

 

I sincerely believe that this team of people will inspire more Singaporeans to want to take this challenge of climbing the worlds tallest mountain.I pray that God will bring everyone back safely unhurt home to their warm loving families that are awaiting for them.

 

well wishes eadwine

 

 

Hi You guys are really great. You deserve to be the true Singapore “Dream Team”. It’s really tough with the rough weather, terrain &amp; all. But do remember that the whole nation is behind you as you conquer Nature’s tallest Mountain. You made us proud. Remember by the time you are back, the World Cup in France will be starting soon. Do take care and May God Bless You with a safe and truely magnificent journey ahead.

 

Best wishes, Lam Peng Yew

 

 

Congrats you courageous lot, 1st Singapore Everest Team (1SET) for you rendezvous at Lukla. Life is full of surprises but the best surprise is what you make out of it. The thought of it is one thing but executing it is another. Your goal to reach the “top of the world” is only like tomorrow. After that it would be something that you have achieve yesterday. What lives on are the priceless treasure of your memories. So, all you brave Singaporean down (or rather up) in Lukla, enjoy every second of what your eyes can see, your nose can smell and your mind and heart can feel, because being there in real life is something none of us can experience. I for one am envious and wished I could be one of the courageous lot (you all think you all want to do this again or not ? If you are, please include me, I am serious you no). So, as all Singaporean from all walks of life trek beside you in this greatest achievement of anyone’s lifetime, GOD BLESS and be with every single one of you. When you are journeying up there, it is your will against the forces of nature. GOOD LUCK you guys (…when you get up there, as everyone had requested that you plant the Singapore Flag (don’t ferget to water it). Well…., I feel it would be most appropriate that you play the National Anthem and lastly, … you allllll, will stand at ATTENTION! …and of course, everyone will sing in one voice with gusto;… ter, ter, ter, ter, ter, ter, ter, terrrrrr….Mari kita etc… etc…)…(oh ya, I almost pore-get, The Pledge… you know … We the citizen of Everest… oops!!! Singapore) Hope this tickle your fancy. Anyway, all the best, this is ‘cool’! MT. Everest, here we come (oh yes…., one little favour, when you are up there, say halo to Ever for me. Tell him I am unable to make it this time round and I have not forgotten my ‘utang’ for the souvenirs I took the last time … the snow and things!).

NOEL ALEX

Come on guys, all the best to you. Greetings from a group of students from the National University of Singapore, Faculty of Arts and Social The Monk Sciences. We know that one of the team mates happened to be a NUS student too!! ALL THE WAY! God Bless you all and may you guys fly the Singapore Flag HIGH!!!!!!

Derrick Chang

 

My wife and I are following your progress closely as we ourselves had trekked from Jiri to Tengboche in Nov. 1993. Wish I was 15 years younger, so that I could join you on your walk to Everest base camp, which we never had the opportunity to visit. Our best wishes on your endeavour and may God bless you all with a safe and successful ascent.

Regards, Vincent Wee

 

 

 

 

Allow me to wish our group of chosen climbers all the best of luck and success which they would certainly need when in the next few weeks where they would have to battle with the ferocity of a 240kph blasting snow gales, treacherous but hidden crevaces that will swallow all unknowing mountaineers, and the unexpected force of crushing avalanches; not to mention the most unpredictable weather on the summit ridges. I remember someone has to say about this merciless mountain which has claimed at least 150 odd lives who dare to challenge mother’s nature at a dizzing and death defying height of 29,028ft. -: “Everest is a schizophrenic mountain. Like a woman with many different personalities, you never really know which one you are dealing with.” In exactly the same manner and fashion, our boys would have to deal with the greatest odds and biggest challenge in their lives where heroes and selfishness would have no places in their priorities and team-spirit and patience with perseverance would perhaps, see them in putting our national flag on the summit of mount Everest. Famed mountaineers like George Mallory, Rob Hall and many others had perished on this mountain and no huge amount of financial backing or sophistication in mountaineering gear will see to the realisation of a much-talked about national objective and goal. It leaves me to wish the entire team all the very best in LUCK and I personally salute them for their thirst for a piece of history and their unfliinching quest for a new chapter in Singapore’s mountaineering history. Lastly, imagine if I am one of the anchor team members of the Everest assault team, the experience of setting foot on top of mount Everest would be one of ecstasy, elation, and for a job well done. Last, but not least,the most arduous and demanding task would be getting down alive to share those glorious moments wit your loved ones ! Thank you for allowing me to share my views on the net. Leong Yue Soon DBF MBA To the Everest Team : Good Luck and Godspeed Winnipeg , Canada Wish you guys all the best. Make us feel proud and show the world that Singaporean can do it too! Although now I am doing minor walk in the mountains in UK, I wish one day I will be like you all to be able to climb the Everest one day. Your success will be my encouragement ! All the best from UK.

 

Chee Chan Hung, Andrew

 

 

Hello there! just wanna wish you guys out there ALL THE VERY BEST!! Be mentally and physcially strong. Just want to let you people know that Singapore is behind you all the way!! And i really hope that everyone of you will make it safely to the top and back here where it’s cosy and warm!! BEST OF LUCK !!

 

franklin :-)

 

Hi guys!!!! We know you DEFINITELY can make it to the top of the world!!!! Do make Singapore proud!!!! Awaiting for your good news in May!!!!!!! You have all our blessings!!!!

 

From all Singaporean students @ Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK

 

Yo Guys! You will REACH the TOP. And while you’re there, enjoy the “hazeless” air. Never Give Up! Just go Up!

Raymond Lay

……GO GET IT !!!!!!!!

 

stella

 

Although a Malaysian, I began studying in Singapore until I finished poly. This creates a bond with the country which is unexpressable. On the occasion which have a deep impact on Singapore young and old, I sincerely wished the Everest team the best. They can do it and will do it.

 

Chung Peng Chan University of Strathclyde, Glasgow Ngee Ann TAS &amp; OBAlumni

 

On behalf of all Malaysians, Here’s wishing the Singapore Everest Team every success in your expedition!!! Take Care &amp; God Bless.

 

Paul

 

 

To Justin and follow climbers; Be Prepared! That’s what Scouting has taught us!

 

Mark Tan 2103 Hippo Scouts. University of Newcastle, UK

 

Good luck to all of you and do take great care of yourselves. Have a safe trip and enjoy yourselves.

Tay Yeow Heng

 

Dear all Wishing you all the best and sucessfully conquer Mount Everest. You lot make us proud to be a Singaporean. Good Luck and take care.

William Choo University of Bath, England.

 

Good luck to the Everest Singapore team and hope you have great success in your achievement. I also love your web page and have bookmarked it while keeping a track of your progress each day. God bless you all….

Tan Eng Gim

 

Hi to all the “Bravehearts” Mountaineers of Singapore (Now conquering Mount Everest): We are very proud of you ! We know you will be putting every ounce of your energy to reach the summit of Mount Everest. We will say a prayer for every step you take to reach the summit. May God bless all of you with a very safe journey.

Regards “Sandenites”

 

My family wishes all the members a safe and successful “conquer” of Mount Everest. We are proud of you all.

Best wishes and regards James &amp; family.

 

 

To all members of the Expedition Team, Namaste! I suppose by now all u guys are familiar with this greeting. I have been to Nepal for a month in 1994, and had enjoyed it most. Just like to wish u guys every success in conquering Mt Everest. I’m proud to be Singaporean, simply because u are there.

Moses

 

 

Oh boy, finally we have our own local team trying to conquer Mount E. Here, I wish you guys all the best in this expedition and your daring act really make us feel proud to be a Singaporean. So take care while you are up there and may God guide you through out the expedition. We will be waiting to see the Singapore flag flying high in Mount E. Good Luck.

 

Cheers Caris Teng University of Liverpool United Kingdom

My family and I wish you guys the very best in this awesome expedition. While we are excited about this history in the making we are also anxious for your safety, so pls be careful and watch your step. We will be praying for you as well as your families for God’s strength, guidance and peace. God bless!

 

Benhur Foo

 

 

 

 

hi Dr Mok, hope u still remember me, this is Ting. we went thru the COCC together. anyway juz to update u…..i had an accident o’er here in oz n broke of all places, my neck! it’s C7 if u noe what i mean. aft 8 mths of rehab, i’m back in uni to complete where i have left out, it’s been really a big task for me and things had never been easy. i’m climbing my own ‘Mt Everest’ o’er here. juz wanna let u know that when times are tough, always remember….The great thing in this world is not so much where we are but what direction we are moving…..that will be the summit for u, man! may God bless u all, and especially u, Mok.

 

from down under, Ting

 

 

Its my greatest wish and hope that our climbers will reach the very top our planet. I would like to wish all the clibers extremely lots and lots and lots of luck, especially to my great Outward Bound Singapore instructor Edwin Siew. Good luck all of u guys!!!

 

luv Rohan Naganathar of NJC.

 

 

I may not know you personally but you have my fullest support and my heart will only stop pounding when you step foot safely on Singapore soil. Once up there please do not stay too long as the climb down is pretty treacherous. Take care!

 

-Chin Chen-

 

 

Hi Guys from the S’pore Everest Team, We know that it is a tough &amp; uphill task that you all are going through. No matter how difficult it is we can be rest assured that you have done your very best to place a name for S’pore at the Summit of Mt Everest. We, back in S’pore, will give you our fullest support, and will always stand by you. We wish you best of luck &amp; pray that everything will be going smoothly for your challenging mission.

 

Ronnie.

 

 

I had an opportunity to visit Nepal in ’93. Our original intention was to get to Kala Pattar but we ended up climbing up Goyko Peak instead for a different view of Everest. The view up there of the mountain vista is simply incredible. This is probably an opportunity of a lifetime to try and scale Everest and be at the top of the world. No feeling can describe standing on top of a mountain, it’s more than just surmounting a physical entity. Jim Whitaker said “You never conquer a mountain. Mountains can’t be conquered; you conquer yourself-your hopes, your fears.” There is much truth in there now thinking of my previous trip in the Khumbu region. We’ll all be following your progress back in Singapore through the web site and the papers. Good Luck and God Speed!

 

Choon Song.

 

 

It is a pity that our Everest Media Team has to cut short their stay and return home soon. However, they deserve a big cheer for their courage and spirit displayed in accompanying the main team (“Team”) to this stage. I believe the Team appreciates the Media Team effort and the Team will be bolstered by it to scale the Peak in everyone’s honour. Go Team GO!!

 

Cheers……Ivor, Tricia &amp; Christel

 

 

Greetings from United Kingdom !! Hi there !! I’ve recently viewed the updated pictures via internet. I must say that all of it looks very fasinating and exciting. Being a Singaporean, I am very proud of what you people are going through !! You have my blesings and prayers. Will Look forward to view the pictures to be taken at the summit and may our flag always fly high !! Hip Hip !! Hooray !!

 

Your sincerely Kelvin Hui and Bee Yen

 

 

Good luck and best wishes to the team……May they enjoy the experience of a life time and i hope they can come back and tell us all about it, whether they get to the top or not, because it must be an uplifting and humbling experience to try for Mount E. Hope that ST would cover each part of their journey in detail, as a lesson for all of us. God bless.

 

Daniel Lee (From NZ)

 

 

Wish you good luck overcoming the holy mountain of Mount Everest!

 

Singariu

 

 

Hey mates, Wishing you all the best during this expedition, we sure know its a tough trip and be assured that we’ll always stand by your side. Take your time during climb, but do come back soon ok. Remember to bring back heaps of photos for the nation to see, we’ll be waiting for them.

 

Jason

 

 

wt’s up guys?,.tell u what guys,.the weather in singapore is hot hoter and hottest, humidity ranges from high, higher and highest,.so enjoy your stay in the himalayas, chill out,enjoy the view and go kick some butt when u guys are on top,. okay guys, relax la “brader” the mountains is there to stay,.no hurry ya, safe journey up and down,.chello,.

 

imran shaari

 

 

to The Team from Singapore, Please do not give up hope . Isee the gale that destroyed our base camp as a blessing in disguise.It happened before the actual ascend. Mentally,my Chua family is with you till you are home and lately maybe you have not read it yet since you are in the virgin wilderness,that mental conc. of physical activities does improve the muscle mass definitely so we are with you too psysically in you ultimate adventure.Deep in our heart we know you can make it but do be careful.Safety first.So all Gods be with you Singapore Team. Bye for the time being and sleep well.

 

Chua Kee Loi

 

 

Ee Kiat (Spock), I rejoice as you realise your dreams. I have a sense of pride as you embark on this endeavour. My prayers for your safety &amp; success go out to you and your team. You guys take care and conquer the mountain! God Bless!

 

Geoff Lim (a la Capt Irk)

 

 

Well guys, it’s really wonderfull that all of you have started to mount to the world’s highest peak and that is one of the best experience in life. Myself being a Singaporean, is very proud of all of you and would keep note of your progress and wish you all good luck &amp; smooth journey ! Meanwhile, keep up the good work and DO send us more adventure of Mount Everest !!!!

 

ALL THE BEST TO YOU, GUYS !!!! Dav and Claude

 

 

All the best for the trip, it is really an amirable thing you all are doing. Good luck and may the force be with you

 

sock

 

 

Dear Johann, remember to think warm thoughts. Or you could try cuddling a yak, or eating a lot of food. Was nice to hear from you and about you in this homepage. Miss you and take care.

 

Sharon

 

 

Hi Guys, We are really so inspired by your courage and determination to conquer the World’s highest.Certainly no mean feat.We have scaled a few mountains in Malaysia, Indonesia and recently our most ambitious attempt was to do Island peak in the Himalayas. It was difficult and extremely cold and some of us experienced AMS or the other discomforts you experience under these conditions, so we know only too well the many difficulties you have to overcome. Ours was a mini experience compared to what you are attempting yet everyone who was in our expedition felt the tremendous pull the mountain has on a person and we all felt the call to get up there. We understand just how you feel.Although only one of us succeeded in making it to the top of Island peak we all shared in the tremendous joy and sense of accomplishment he felt and this, is what we wish with all our hearts for you. So guys every Singaporean all over the World and particularly the members of Serangoon JC ODAC send our wishes to you for a safe and successful climb. May God be with you every step of the way.

 

E.Goon Serangoon JC ODAC

 

 

 

 

Greetings, from the desert of Las Vegas to the team at Mt. Everest!! I am sure that by now you must be very “high”! This is the moment that you had been planning and training for. All the best and enjoy your trip. God bless!!

 

Best wishes Jimmy Teo Tampines JC, kschunk@pacific.net.sg ODAC Pioneer/ University of Nevada Las Vegas

 

 

Dear members of the Singaporean Everest Team, Just wanted to let you all know that altho’ there are many Singaporeans who are not home at the moment, those of us who are abroad are also keeping track of your progress on the Net and rooting for your successful climb to the summit.

 

Regards Elaine and Chee Yong Monterey, California

 

 

hi, and greetings from Papua New Guinea. Just want to say that even if we do not have mountains in our own backyard, JUST CLIMB!!

 

deepest wishes, daphne tan

 

 

Dear Mr Johann, I heard that you were once in the the GEP. Can you remember Mrs Esther Koh ? Well, now she is my English teacher. I am in the GE too. Me, Mrs Koh and my whole class would like to wish you good luck! I hope to be like you one day and represent Singapore in another climb!

 

Azizul Mrs Esther Koh Primary 4BD Rosyth School

 

 

We are proud that at last we Singaporeans are making an attempt on Everest to plant our flag on top of the whole world. Take good care and do not over-pressurised yourselves. We will pray that you will have a safe journey throughout. May God Bless you all !!

 

Harry

 

 

Dearest Uncle &amp; Aunty, Enjoy the scenery &amp; look forward to the beautiful sight that will welcome you. You will make it.

 

Best regards, AARON HO, 8yrs

 

 

Best of luck to the Everest team

 

from Jeff in Denver, Colorado, USA.

 

 

Good Luck &amp; best wishes. And for goodness sake, boil/iodinate your water from camp 2 onwards.

 

Dr SH Khoo (M’sian Everest Expd 1997, British Mt Everest Med Exp 1994)

 

 

Dear Lions, I wish you all the best . in the test of courage. “If you put your mind to it, you can do anything and everything.” God is Great. MAJULAH SINGAPURA.

 

Best wishes, P.Bala

 

 

We pray that god our creator of this magnificient moutain will protect and guide you on your journey. Keep trusting Him in your venture.

 

Jason &amp; Liz Yapp

 

 

I am very proud of you guys. By taking up this special and dangerous task, you have done great honour for yourselves, your family and friends and our country. All the best and I look foward for our national flag to fly high on top of the world.

 

Supporter and admirer Suet Lay

 

 

Hello Guys up there, I am a student in Outdoor Adventure Club in my school. I climbed Mt. Kinabalu before but I think Mt. Everest is A million times tougher than that. You guys are great just to make it there. Good Luck and hope most of you can achieve your aims, you must be terribly proud of yourselves after that. BYE BYE

 

chun wee

 

 

I am watching with great interest your efforts on Everest. Your web page is great and I thank you for setting it up so that the rest of us back here in Singapore can cheer you on. All best wishes to the team for a succesful climb and a safe journey back….Namaste

 

Ken Schunk Bukit Panjang

 

 

The team is doing what many persons have wanted to do but lack the focus and the courage to forgo their task linked to their livelihood and the security of a predictable environment. Best of luck the team and may your inspiration starts many more Singaporean on their trek to their inner self to release the courage and spirit of oneself.

 

Hei Tong

 

 

This is both a courageous and a historic event for the whole of Singapore! Hey take good care. We want to see our flag planted up there, and ALL of you back as well. Trust that when you are there, you will get to have that slight feel (at least) of how great the LORD, the GOD who created this whole earth is. When you marvel at the beauty up there, I’m sure you will realise that the One who make it is much greater! More above that, HE loves us to send Jesus to die for our sins. He is the LORD of the earth!

 

Thomas

 

 

Hi, GUYS !! All the way !! When the going gets tough, the tough gets going !! YOU WILL GET ALL THE BLESSINGS FROM US !! &amp; ALSO BE BLESSED BY ALL MOUNTAIN GODS AND SPIRITS !! I’M 100% SURE YOU GUYS ARE GONNA MAKE IT, AND WILL MAKE IT GREAT !! OM MANI PADME OM !!!

 

Chin Yee Keong

 

 

Dear David Lim and team, I am proud of you, climbers in taking the challenge to plant Singapore flag on top of the peak of Mt. Everest. I know it has been hard on you with storms around. I want to let you know that a group of Christian among us, is praying for all of you especially that you may come back safely and triumphantly. I am in constant touch with the ST interactive internet site as well as the FM One Radio regarding the Mt. Everest Expedition. Finally, please send my regard also to Dr. Mok Ying Jang (formerly, a pianist from St. James’ Church), and Miss Koh Joo Kim (my favourite DJ in FM One Radio), who are among the group.

 

Yours truly, Khairon Bin Omar

 

 

All my prayers to all of you out there. Wished all of you are in the prefect condition and relax. YOU WILL NEVER WALK ALONE !!!!! We SINGAPOREANS are with you. I know ALL of you out there can make it Your sacrifices will bear the fruits. True SINGAPOREANS WARRIORS characters. If others can make it, SO DO WE !!!!! NO SWEAT . ALL THE BEST TO ALL OF YOU.

 

bahrum

 

 

Hi Everest People! Just a note to encourage all of you as you approach the summit, inspite of the storm and other difficulties. I just want Justin to know that he is much remembered especially this coming Easter, celebrating it for the first time on this special Mountain, where God often meet His favourite (eg. Moses). Take care, keep your vision focused and God will accompany you all the way!

 

With prayers, Sr Jo

 

 

Here’s to the summit!! I check the sight each day, good luck!

 

Tim &amp; Romy

 

 

Howdy!! I climbed Gokyo peak last May and it was freezing cold. I know how you guys feel right now. Hang in there!! I admire your courage and adventurous spirit. We can all learn from you people!! When you are on top, remember to thank GOD for His marvelous creation!! We will pray for the success of your trip from home.

 

Best regards, WAN KONG WAH University Researcher.

 

 

 

 

My prayers and best wishes go with you all . You’re doing what I always dreamed of doing but have never dared to do. You carry the hopes and dreams of a country. Through you, we, your fellow Singaporeans, enjoy vicariously the adrenaline rush of high adventure, the sense of the extraordinary. Your team has been a source of wonder and pride to me and I only regret I could not be one of the well-wishers sending you off at Everest Base Camp. But I think what is most important to me and to all Singaporeans is that you come back home safe and alive. Take care and God Bless

 

Lynette

 

 

Hi! I am a New Zealander, living in Christchurch, a friend of both Rob Hall and Gary Ball, living just around the corner from where Rob used to live. As I was cruising the internet, I saw news of the SingaporeansÕ expedition. Every time I read about a challenge against the Himalaya I think of Rob and Gary. We New Zealanders know how hard the mountains can be. I wish you all the best … Cheers!

 

Amanda Nelson.

 

 

To the Neolithic man, At last, you are close to your dream. Congrats. I know you can make it, for sure. I conducted a workshop at New Town and one teacher remembered you. You should go back to give talk there someday. How is the situation there? Have you acclimatised yet? Any frostbites? Miss home, yet? I will keep in touch.

 

Best regards, Selvam (ex-RJC Singaporeans also colleague)

 

 

Hi Everyone, No matter how tough the journey goes, remember everyone is behind you! Do Singapore proud! God Bless You. Take Care

 

Allan Yeo

 

 

Hi ! Guys This is my 1st time using internet to sent e-mail to people that high .. You guys too 1st time conquring Mt Ev .We will be waiting for u all to come back home with phototgraphs of U all standing at the top with Singapore Flag n remember to SMILE…

 

Yours …….. Mingwei a.k.a Ryu

 

 

Just hope that you guys out there will safely reach the peak of the mountain. Have a safe journey!

 

Choon Meng

 

 

I’m VERY Proud of you guy. You make Singaporean feel proud. Wish you all the BEST OF LUCK. Do take care of yourself.

 

From SWLing

 

 

Hi, just want to send my regards. Take care and good luck. Remember, some succeed because they are destined to but most succeed because they are determined to. So, make Singapore proud. Standing all the way behind u.

 

Johan

 

 

Greetings to all members of the Everest team! Hello, I am Wong Seng Sing,a kid of 12 years old.I think it is very courages of you people to climb Mt.Everest.I read about what happened to you all on the Internet everyday.I hope that every member of the team is in good health.I wish that you people will have a safe journey to the summit of Mt.Everest.If it is possible, try to send me an email once in a while so that I know how the team is getting on. Send mail at sengsing@mbox5.singnet.com.sg

 

From:Wong Seng Sing

 

 

All the best to the climbers, Good luck and may the force with you.

 

Grace Neo

 

 

You guys have done Singapore proud. Despite the harsh training and to fork out the cost incurred You people have overcome the obstacles. My question is where is next ? Is there any other places higher than Everest that u want to conquer? Who knows maybe there is a place waiting for to explore?

 

AJ

 

 

hiii i would like to wish all u there good luck!i am from kranji secondary school.uuummmm any thing else????yup there is one more thing. don’t thing of Lontong when u all are climbing or u’ll go hungry hehehe any way this all i could say.I WOULD LIKE TO WISH ALL OF U GOOD LUCK AND TAKE CARE OF U’R HEALTH BBYYYEEEEEEEEE

 

 

Dearest Mount Everest Team, The Tan family will always support you. When you’re down, we’re always there, when you’re up, we’ll always cheer for you. So how’s everybody? Are they all well? Take good care of your bodies, stay healthy. All th best and good luck to you. Hope you’ll scale the Mount Everest and do us proud!!!

 

LOVE, Jennifer

 

 

My sincere wishes and warmest regards to all our Mt Everest team members. With your determination and efforts, I am confident that all of you will be able to conquer Mt Everest. As a Singaporean, I am very proud of all of you. I am sure your family members feel proud. I wish all of you good luck. Take care!

 

Wan Chong Hock

 

 

Dear Shani and team, I am sure the view up there is miles better then the little vertical walks in the buildings at CBD. You guys have done us proud by just being there and all Singaporeans round the whole will cheer in our hearts as you make your way to the final ascent. Rest well and keep safe.

 

Tsee Foong

 

 

Wishing you all the best ô¿ô in your MISSION !!!

 

Good Luck From Alfian Of Kranji Secondary, Make Us Proud Of Your Achievement!!!!!!

 

 

The best wishes to all of you. We the Singaporean will always support you. All the best!!!!!!!

 

Sin Zhen Hao Secondary 3G of Kranji Secondary School

 

 

helooo…I’m a student from Kranji Secondary School and my name is Nur Asyiqin.I’m a Secondary 3 student.I like to you wish good luck in your mission.We are really proud of all of you.Take care and best wishes…see you in singapore soon.. Most people are born to stay in the bottom of the mountains. Some would feel slightly better at the half way camps. Few scale great heights ! Cause you will never know how small the world is till you reach there …… Go on Singapore……… U can do it.!!!

 

Michael Tee

 

 

I know it’s very difficult to see all you guys trying your very best to stay fit. The greatest achievement one can achieve is climbing the highest peak in the world, and all you guys are doing just that.All of us in SINGAPORE are very proud of you and we wish you a safe and exhilirating climb up to the peak and place our national flag next to MALAYSIA’S. cause we are all brothers………..

 

andguess

 

 

Don’t slack on paying attention to fixing ropes above camp 3 learn from other previous climbs allropes are fixed before final push leader should confirm before final push b Best of luck dreams are mine as well

 

TahoeTree@aol.com

 

 

Dear Everyone I am very impressed with all of you. I am personally a very active person and like mountain climbing. But my health did not permit. I would like to wish everybody Good Luck. Go for it. You have the whole Singapore supporting you. Kindest regards.

 

Billy Lee

 

 

 

 

Dear fellow Singaporeans, You guys are making us very proud by being the first team from Singapore to scale the magnificient Mount Everest. One step is all it takes..and then another and another….. When the going gets tough, the tough gets going. We know that you’ll will take us all the way to the summit. Please take good care and God Bless you all!

 

Best wishes, Samantha Yee

 

 

Hello Johann, we’re students from Rosyth School. Hope your team makes it up there!

 

From Feng Yi, Daryl, Jonathan &amp; Daniel (6DA)

 

 

Greetings from OZ. All the best in your endeavour to cap the big E. Robert, don’t forget the hip flask for those cold wind nights !! Hic … Good Luck and have fun. Cheers.

 

Loke Sim

 

 

Go! Conquer Mt Everst! Be the king of the world.

 

From Happygirl

 

 

I will like to see the SINGAPORE flat on the summit of Everest ALL THE BEST TO YOU,CLIMBERS

 

Jessie Loo

 

 

The other day we commemorated Earth Day. Remember to respect nature and enjoy your journey.

 

kelvin eco.adventure

 

 

We wish you the very best of luck and may God be with you. Can’t wait to see you people on top of Everest. Best wishes and regards.

 

Rohana

 

 

Just wanted to say god bless you and have a safe trip. This is probablly the greatest achievment you will ever have done in your life, but I guess you already know that.

 

cfcampbell

 

 

Hope you reach the summit and do Singapore proud!

 

rolley1@cyberway.com.sg

 

 

To The Team! I ‘d just like to wish all you guys all the best for the next couple of weeks. There’s a whole group of Singaporeans among others down here in Melbourne rooting for you guys. Just being on Everest and attempting to scale it soon!! makes us all proud to call ourselves Singaporeans. Like I said before, you guys ARE the Heros of this nation and I just hope that on your way to the top, when you put one foot in front of the other with your lungs burning and your muscles screaming you will hear the voices of an entire nation and world cheering you on. Once again, all the best and my prayers are for you. To the Top!

 

Dheeraj Bharwani

 

 

I work in a hospital on the second shift and usually get home aroun 12:30 or 1 A.M. The first thing I do is email my 2 daughters at college and then check here to see how things are going for all of you. After seeing the Omnimax movie in Boston on Mt. Everest I am truly in awe of your efforts and pray for a safe and successful jorney for you all!

 

Pat

 

 

Like to wish you guys all the best in your submit attempt. If you are free to reply, could you let me know if the higher camps (ie camp 2 &amp; 3) are actually shared camps between the different climbimg teams, of are there different camps for different teams. Good luck.

 

John

 

 

Wishing all of you success and safety.You may find this Tibetan mantra useful in times of need..”Om Tare Tutare Ture Svaha” ( the e is pronounced as eh )This is the personal mantra of the goddess Green Tara who is the tutelary goddess of Tibet and a form of Avalokitesvara (Kuan Yin).In the case of a sudden emergency,there may not be time to enunciate all ten syllables in which case it can be shortened to “Om Tare Tam Svaha”. Warmest Regards and may the Tao be with you all.

 

Lim Eng Siong

 

 

To Leong Chee Mun. Chee Mun, its 26c here today in Perth and we are off to the Beach. Have good one!!

 

Helen and Mal Gilbey.

 

 

All the Mt Everest expedition climbers.We hope all the climbers reach the summit succesfully.

 

From people of homeland SINGAPORE

 

 

So proud of ya, so keep it up!

 

Earvin Kho

 

 

I hope you guys can be stong and to reach to the top ,remember to think of honor singapore .Although I don’t know you but I will support you till the end

 

Cheng Sien Loong

 

 

Congrates on hitting camp 3 guys! Hang in there, remember whats its all about. Take care and good luck! To Mr Leong, remember CMC square! See you back in Singapore in June.

 

Leslie Lim Berkeley, California

 

 

Hi Guys, I’m glad that this expedition has taken off. You have made us back home very proud knowing that our National flag is on her way up to the world’s highest summit. I admire your courage, endurance and determination. I wish you all well, and may your enthusiasm and high spirits realise your dreams. Have a safe journey my friends.

 

Cheng Hai

 

 

Well done guys on setting up camp 3. Well done people. All of us in Seagate AMK will be cheering you guys all the way to the summit. Go on and do Singapore proud but at the same time pls give a thought to your safety. Talk to u later. 3 Cheers for them. Hip ** Hip ** Hooray!!! Hip ** Hip ** Hooray!!! Hip ** Hip ** Hooray!!!!

 

Eric Lee

 

 

Just a few lines in jest, Chumulangma,Sagarmatha,Everest, Take the challenge,face the quest, This may be your life’s biggest test. &gt;From the Ah Bengs,Ah Lians to the office worker at his desk, The whole of Singapore wishes you all the best. Don’t forget that on the mountain you’re just a guest, And whether or not you succeed nonetheless, We all are proud of you and can’t wait to welcome you safely back to our nest.

 

From TonyLes

 

 

Hi, the Everest Team, You are all doing fine and progressing very well. Just remember, please proceed with your climb to the summit with extra care. Nothing is more important than your safety ! Take care and may God continue to bless your entire team, including the Sherpas, etc….

 

Regards, Harry and family

 

 

Wish you all will put our Singapore Flag on Mount Everest

 

Kelly Low

 

 

Go on boys Go conquer the mountain With your courage and confidence Complete it with glory Come back safe and sound Bring us the glorous So boys good luck boys Bring out the best in yourself The Pioneers from Pioneer Secondary School wish you the best and remeber you can achieve.

 

From Power

 

 

Go Go Go for it and all the best.

 

Jenny Lee

 

 

mAy u peOple conQuer the Mount Everest sOOn.tAke caRe of uRselvEs. beSt of luCk to U!! thE whOle of Singapore iS beHind u…………

 

Ng Tze Choon

 

 

even though i am not a climber, i am a adventurous person too…Outward Bound New Zealand was my greatest challenge so far, in any case, take care and know that God would watch over you and through Him, you can do all things… pray hard and push yourself all the way.!!!! never give up, never look backwards, but always look forward…always..

 

malcolm

 

Wish I was there, but ain’t got enough guts and abilities.(furthermore got torn PCL) To Dr Mok, Hi sir guess you don’t remember me. Served with you once. I’m a service medic from 1 CDO BN. All the best. Guess you guys are very familiar with this one, but here it is again; Why do men (and women)climb mountains? Only because it is there. Hang in there.

Jason

 

 

 

 

we were just back from annapurna basecamp and we know how difficult it will be for you guys to be out there. anyway,try your best and wish you all will make it to the top.

 

thanks…6 of us from espnstar sports.

 

 

althought i don’t no anyone of you but i realy sincerely wish you all all the best and come home with glory. singaporean will support you all the way and remember don’t give up. when there is a will,there is a way.

 

sign, jeff

 

 

I am really enjoying your coverage of the climb. Can you please add biographical information about the sherpas? Omission of this info seems to show a lack of respect for these people. Thanks,

 

Jean Prince jean@quartet.att.com United States

 

 

Take your time to plan and conquer your objective! To be on Top of the World! GOD SPEED with you always! Majulah Singapura!

 

EngYH

 

 

Folks, I was checking out your site on the web &amp; wanted to wish you all the luck, determination and strength you will need to reach the top. Be careful on the way down, they say that is the hardest part.

 

-Jamie B.

 

 

‘ve just read Jon Krakauer’s book “Into Thin Air” which recounts the unfortunate 1996 Everest expedition. The route taken by the team then is similar to ours, ie. South Col. The summit push is around the same day of the month. I am writing to wish our Everest team the best of luck and weather. Do Singapore, yourselves and your families and friends proud, if you can. But above all, come back alive. If circumstances do not permit a summit push all the way to the top, turn back. There will be other opportunities for Singaporeans to make it to the top of the world. Good luck! I’ll be closely following your progress in cyberspace.

 

TY

 

 

Hi Guys, we back home are so proud of you. I wish all you up there the best of everything that is to your favour and do us proud for the people back home in Singapore. Bring home a piece of rock from the Everest and show the world how mighty our people are. We’ll live and tell the tales to our children and be safely. recorded history for this is Singapore’s first Eeverest expedition. Wish you all return safely. I’ve always wanted to mount that large piece of rock standing over 8000m. I’m glad you guys are there to work things out in a team. Bring back the rich experience that you’ve learnt and pass it on and observe a minute of piece. silence for those who perished on Everest. They deserve our respect to mount the world’s most dangerous rock. Mount Everest Team Singapore, you have my every respect and may god bless you all a safe journey. Waiting for you Everest Team to come home, with all the experiences,

 

Denmel Dennis

 

 

I wish all of you the very best. When you reach the summit and touch the face of God, do say a prayer for peace in the world. Good Luck!

 

Regards, Paul Rodrigues goose@singnet.com.sg

 

 

HEY OUR HEROES!!!!! GOOD LUCK MAN!!!! KEEP THE SINGAPORE SPIRIT ALIVE MAN!! YEAH!!! COOL!!!!! REACH THE PEAK SOON YAH??? DON’T FALTER…..NEVA EVA DO THAT….STAY COOL AND WE ENVY YOU BECAUSE IT IS SOOOO HOT HERE. TAKE CARE YAH?? OUR CHEST SWELL WITH PRIDE WHEN WE READ ABOUT YA MAN!! COOL!! BEST OF LUCK TO OUR FIRST EXPEDITION TEAM TO MOUNT EVEREST!!!!

 

GABRIEL AND JENNIFER…..YEAH!

 

 

Take care of yourselves, ladies and gentlemen. I am really proud of you people to conquer the mountain. Because of you, I am proud, real proud to be a Singaporean. I will always be looking out for updates. All the best!!!!

 

LAU WEE CHUAN

 

 

we are all proud of your indomitable courage ..we wish you every success..we hope fine weather conditions will emerge soon for a succesful ascent…keep smiling…you are all in daily thoughts and prayers majullah Singapore

 

Karthigayan Nadarajah Pillai

 

 

I’ve just finished Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer and the largely pictorial National Geographic book on the Mt Everest expedition by the IMAX team lead by David Breashers. I will also be making a trip to see the OMNIMAX show on the climb by the IMAX team. Looks like I’ve caught a bit of the Everest fever. I only wish I’m younger, fitter and more into mountainneering before. As it is , Everest is out of the question for me. I had enjoyed my Mt Kinabalu expedition when I was much fitter during my NS days and more recently, the Royal Trek in Nepal, which are all nothing compared to Mt E. So, with much envy and certainly tremendous admiration for your courage, determination and spirit, I wish all of you on the Mt E expedition a memorable summit and more importantly, a safe return from the top of the world. Perhaps, I may be sufficiently inspired and motivated to train and try for Mt E Base Camp…Once again, my best wishes to all of you.

 

WONG FOOT HIN

 

 

I believe that you will make it to the summit of Mount Everest to do Singapore’s proud. I wish you good luck and all the best to you!

 

wh.tan@pacific.net.sg

 

 

Dear friend, As our team is getting nearer to the peak, what is the role of the media(newspaper and TCS) in this country ? I think they can do much, much, much more than this page. Are we going to let this very important event bypass us ? Our heart are still so close to our 5′C’s in our priority in this country.Please do something i.e. LIVE telecast? Update the later news from the press and TV everyday, prime time slot program for the experts to discuss and interview the team members. Last but not least May God bless the team to reach the summit

 

James and Janice Thian

 

 

The usual ‘best wishes’ &amp; ‘do take care’, do REaLLy look after yourselves while you’re doing our nation proud in this glorious expedition. I’m sure your loved ones back home are proud of u &amp; would love to see all of u back in one

 

Celes

 

 

My best and warmest wishes to you all fellows at Mt Everest. May God be with you and everyone onboard. Here in Singapore, me and my friends are looking forward to yr safe trip up. Think of Singapore think of yr friends and families and think also of God, for we are all behind you fellas up there. Be brave and strong to overcome the Mt Everest.

 

Love your friends, Helen, Liza, Jen, Teng Teng, Ning Ning, Celestem, Alvin and Kelin of Stand Up for Singapore

 

 

HI CHEE MUN .. REMEMBER ME… DESMOND ..FROM JJC, MT OPHIR, TRIATHLON…RING A BELL. WELL JUST WANTED TO WISH YOU ALL THE VERY BEST IN YOUR QUEST CONQUER MT E. IF YOU NEED MORE ENERGY …. REMEMBER TO TAKE PLUS ULTRA. KEEP GOING MAN… NEVER SAY GIVE UP.. IF YOU SAY YOU CAN … YOU CAN. ALL THE WAY. ALL THE BEST AND MORE…. CHEERS

 

DES…..

 

 

 

we were just back from annapurna basecamp and we know how difficult it will be for you guys to be out there. anyway,try your best and wish you all will make it to the top.

 

thanks…6 of us from espnstar sports.

 

 

althought i don’t no anyone of you but i realy sincerely wish you all all the best and come home with glory. singaporean will support you all the way and remember don’t give up. when there is a will,there is a way.

 

sign, jeff

 

 

I am really enjoying your coverage of the climb. Can you please add biographical information about the sherpas? Omission of this info seems to show a lack of respect for these people. Thanks,

 

Jean Prince jean@quartet.att.com United States

 

 

Take your time to plan and conquer your objective! To be on Top of the World! GOD SPEED with you always! Majulah Singapura!

 

EngYH

 

 

Folks, I was checking out your site on the web &amp; wanted to wish you all the luck, determination and strength you will need to reach the top. Be careful on the way down, they say that is the hardest part.

 

-Jamie B.

 

 

‘ve just read Jon Krakauer’s book “Into Thin Air” which recounts the unfortunate 1996 Everest expedition. The route taken by the team then is similar to ours, ie. South Col. The summit push is around the same day of the month. I am writing to wish our Everest team the best of luck and weather. Do Singapore, yourselves and your families and friends proud, if you can. But above all, come back alive. If circumstances do not permit a summit push all the way to the top, turn back. There will be other opportunities for Singaporeans to make it to the top of the world. Good luck! I’ll be closely following your progress in cyberspace.

 

TY

 

 

Hi Guys, we back home are so proud of you. I wish all you up there the best of everything that is to your favour and do us proud for the people back home in Singapore. Bring home a piece of rock from the Everest and show the world how mighty our people are. We’ll live and tell the tales to our children and be safely. recorded history for this is Singapore’s first Eeverest expedition. Wish you all return safely. I’ve always wanted to mount that large piece of rock standing over 8000m. I’m glad you guys are there to work things out in a team. Bring back the rich experience that you’ve learnt and pass it on and observe a minute of piece. silence for those who perished on Everest. They deserve our respect to mount the world’s most dangerous rock. Mount Everest Team Singapore, you have my every respect and may god bless you all a safe journey. Waiting for you Everest Team to come home, with all the experiences,

 

Denmel Dennis

 

 

I wish all of you the very best. When you reach the summit and touch the face of God, do say a prayer for peace in the world. Good Luck!

 

Regards, Paul Rodrigues goose@singnet.com.sg

 

 

HEY OUR HEROES!!!!! GOOD LUCK MAN!!!! KEEP THE SINGAPORE SPIRIT ALIVE MAN!! YEAH!!! COOL!!!!! REACH THE PEAK SOON YAH??? DON’T FALTER…..NEVA EVA DO THAT….STAY COOL AND WE ENVY YOU BECAUSE IT IS SOOOO HOT HERE. TAKE CARE YAH?? OUR CHEST SWELL WITH PRIDE WHEN WE READ ABOUT YA MAN!! COOL!! BEST OF LUCK TO OUR FIRST EXPEDITION TEAM TO MOUNT EVEREST!!!!

 

GABRIEL AND JENNIFER…..YEAH!

 

 

Take care of yourselves, ladies and gentlemen. I am really proud of you people to conquer the mountain. Because of you, I am proud, real proud to be a Singaporean. I will always be looking out for updates. All the best!!!!

 

LAU WEE CHUAN

 

 

we are all proud of your indomitable courage ..we wish you every success..we hope fine weather conditions will emerge soon for a succesful ascent…keep smiling…you are all in daily thoughts and prayers majullah Singapore

 

Karthigayan Nadarajah Pillai

 

 

I’ve just finished Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer and the largely pictorial National Geographic book on the Mt Everest expedition by the IMAX team lead by David Breashers. I will also be making a trip to see the OMNIMAX show on the climb by the IMAX team. Looks like I’ve caught a bit of the Everest fever. I only wish I’m younger, fitter and more into mountainneering before. As it is , Everest is out of the question for me. I had enjoyed my Mt Kinabalu expedition when I was much fitter during my NS days and more recently, the Royal Trek in Nepal, which are all nothing compared to Mt E. So, with much envy and certainly tremendous admiration for your courage, determination and spirit, I wish all of you on the Mt E expedition a memorable summit and more importantly, a safe return from the top of the world. Perhaps, I may be sufficiently inspired and motivated to train and try for Mt E Base Camp…Once again, my best wishes to all of you.

 

WONG FOOT HIN

 

 

I believe that you will make it to the summit of Mount Everest to do Singapore’s proud. I wish you good luck and all the best to you!

 

wh.tan@pacific.net.sg

 

 

Dear friend, As our team is getting nearer to the peak, what is the role of the media(newspaper and TCS) in this country ? I think they can do much, much, much more than this page. Are we going to let this very important event bypass us ? Our heart are still so close to our 5′C’s in our priority in this country.Please do something i.e. LIVE telecast? Update the later news from the press and TV everyday, prime time slot program for the experts to discuss and interview the team members. Last but not least May God bless the team to reach the summit

 

James and Janice Thian

 

 

The usual ‘best wishes’ &amp; ‘do take care’, do REaLLy look after yourselves while you’re doing our nation proud in this glorious expedition. I’m sure your loved ones back home are proud of u &amp; would love to see all of u back in one

 

Celes

 

 

My best and warmest wishes to you all fellows at Mt Everest. May God be with you and everyone onboard. Here in Singapore, me and my friends are looking forward to yr safe trip up. Think of Singapore think of yr friends and families and think also of God, for we are all behind you fellas up there. Be brave and strong to overcome the Mt Everest.

 

Love your friends, Helen, Liza, Jen, Teng Teng, Ning Ning, Celestem, Alvin and Kelin of Stand Up for Singapore

 

 

HI CHEE MUN .. REMEMBER ME… DESMOND ..FROM JJC, MT OPHIR, TRIATHLON…RING A BELL. WELL JUST WANTED TO WISH YOU ALL THE VERY BEST IN YOUR QUEST CONQUER MT E. IF YOU NEED MORE ENERGY …. REMEMBER TO TAKE PLUS ULTRA. KEEP GOING MAN… NEVER SAY GIVE UP.. IF YOU SAY YOU CAN … YOU CAN. ALL THE WAY. ALL THE BEST AND MORE…. CHEERS

 

DES…..

 

 

Everest team Go for it but always bear in mind Boukreev’s words on the Indonesian team “..they were more committed to success than to life”. May God be with you on summit day.

 

Jonathan

 

 

Hello Mok, Didnt know you could cook so well! We are following your progress with great interest from Alexandra Hospital.I can imagine how cold and tiring it can be up in the Himalayan mountains. Climbing up Gunung Ledang in Johor was the ultimate test for me. All the best.

 

Kam San

 

 

Warm Greetings to the Everest TEAM Hello there. I understand if you are too busy to reply, but the students have been eagerly following reports from the Everest. Thank you, and GOOD LUCK.

 

Yours Sincerely, Miss Mahamutha Beevi

 

 

To the Expedition Team, Hi, Guys! We are from Thomson Secondary School, Class 3N1. So, how are you guys doing? We have heard a lot about you guys. Do you miss Singapore? So Robert, howís your teeth? Did you drop more of it? (just kidding) Donít you guys think it is dangerous to climb the Mt. Everest? Arenít you guys afraid? So, how far more to reach the summit? We are all anxious to see you guys reach the summit and place the Singapore flag up there. We hope you guys get to reach the summit safely. We wish you guys the best of luck. And hope to hear from you soon.

 

From: The class of all. 3N1, Thomson Sec Lydiawati, Bhirenjit, Ying Hsiang &amp; Chao Ming

 

 

Of all the Everest websites I’ve visited, I think the Singapore expedition is one of the best… good, timely updates and informative articles and links. All the best on your expedition.

 

Dan

 

 

Best of luck. Quest of a lifetime! Many are thinking of you and wishing you strength, courage, and trimuph.

 

Best, Seth Kaplan

 

 

“You Cannot Climb Uphill by thinking downhill thoughts”. I am glad to hear that non of the team members are having the thought of giving up. Surely, you guys have come so near to your dreams. I have seen Everest during my trips to Kathmandu. Her faces are still in my album. I too dream that one day I can scale the highest peak. But as a Singaporean, I am proud of you all, who are just days away from probably acheiving something that you will never forget for the rest of your life. So do not give up, do not give in. There is nothing great below Everest at this point of your life. Just do it !!!

 

Proud Singaporean Eugene Yeo

 

 

Dear Mountaineers, I am studying in Australia now. By chance, I was reading the ST Interactive. Let me say, you make me feel good about myself being a Singaporean. I will pray for your safety and that the weather be kind to you brave people. I know that you will be able to plant the Singapore flag at the summit of Mt Everest because you have been trained for it. Show the world that Singapore though small, can still conquer the world. You will be the first to conquer Mt Everest but never the last from Singapore. Everest will see more of Singaporeans. Lastly, remember the Singapore policy … no littering on Everest because you may cause pollution. I want you to all know that I may be in a totally different continent, on a totally different island, but I can still feel the Singapore spirit in me because of you. Bravely carry our flag up there and plant it firmly to the ground so that all may see. PS. Allow me to quote from some unknown source: It may be difficult going uphill but the view is still the best from the top.

 

Cheers, Belinda Khong

 

 

I always have great admiration for people who scaled the world highest mountain when I was a kid. It is a difficult task to do that and such a small country with people like all of you who would stand out to bring honour to Singapre is indeed commendable. HAVE FAITH IN YOURSELF AS SINGAPOREANS AT HOME WOULD GIVE THE TEAM THE MORAL SUPPORT. ALL THE BEST AND PROVE TO THE WORLD THAT WE CAN DO IT.

 

krysmeng

 

 

Hello Team Keep going. Up,up and away……..

 

Warm &amp; humid wishes Stephen

 

 

All the best wishes

 

Rodney Ooi

 

 

Good Luck Guys! You will be in our thoughts and prayers as you head to the top. Dig deep and keep goin’-

 

Sam Hunsaker

 

 

Fernando from Mexico , I am an active climber, and alway exited of new Countries reaching the summit of the giant, good luck to all of you.

 

 

Hi!How’s every one. I am following your climb every day over the radio 90.5 and 95.8.Every time I heard your voices and I would felt as if I am with you. Every word you speak as if I spoke it with you. Ever since the expedition started I have paste up the st newspaper on the wall just beside our dinning table. And I look at it every time I have my meal. And I would tell my children you are at camp 1 now or you have gone to camp 3 and back. I had only climbed the highest mountain in Singapore the Bukit Timah Hill! Is it a “hill” ? All the other high places had been level off to fill the sea.I plan to go to east malaysia for the Mount KK.I wish you all the best. It meant so much to you But by attempting it you already achieve so much. I hope it really bring you to understand the smallness of man but the “biggnest” of the soul and spirit. Majulah Singapura.

 

yoon chong

 

 

hope the weather clears for your full moon ascent. wishing you the best of luck

 

from; marilu and kevin new jersey, USA

 

 

All the best to the team as they make the final approach to the summit and a speedy recovery to those who are not feeling well. I admire the courage that you all have in attempting to reach the summit and my prayers will be with you even as you approach the summit and return home. Take courage and be strong!!!

 

Warmest Regards, Joann Low

 

 

Just wanted to say that you have my utmost respect and admiration. After reading, “Into Thin Air,” I was amazed at how daunting climbing Everest really is. It really put everything into perspective. And now I hear that the IMAX film during that fateful climb is showing in theaters across the country. How eerie it must be to see Hall’s and Fisher’s body buried in the ice. I find it oddly repulsive yet fascinating. I only wish I had the strength and fortitude to make the trek. However, I’m sure I’ll face my own Everests in my lifetime and will need to make that quest to the summit much in the same way you are doing. Good luck on the top of the world!

 

Carolyn Johnson San Antonio, Texas kidcomktg@aol.com

 

 

all the best to you guys out there’ May god be behind you all the time

 

redteddy

 

 

Best wishes to all,I really admire your courage and determination. I believe you all can make it.I have four sons-hope they follow your footsteps! I believe you all are already a winner

 

Good Luck! Noora

 

 

Hi everybody, This is the first time I’m reading about your expedition to the Everest on Straits Times Interactive cos I’m working in Japan. I was touched to read that despite so many difficulties along the way, all of you never gave up and tried your best to overcome it. I sincerely wish that you will achieve your goal and I pray for your success.

 

Loy Wei Peng

 

 

 

Hi I had heard alot of new from you guy from Tv and new. I quite new to internet stuff . ( Just Connected to Singnet) So just to send my way to mail. Take Care of yourself. Hope to see you return to singapore soon. Send a reply if you can. New comer to this internet world

 

Freddy Fong

 

 

Hi Singapore Team, I’ve been following your progress thro the ST and internet. I wish you all the best and succeed in your climb. Take Care.

 

Azmansham – Brunei

 

 

Be CAREFUL and May GOD BLESS YOU ALL….

 

Best Regards, Siew Leng

 

 

Dear members of the Mt Everest Team, For each step that you take You have our support For every obstacle that you encounter Do remember that there is a God out there who is always by your side To help you conquer it!

 

With best wishes, Susan Tay

 

 

I really want all of you to push on till the end, it is a struggle but all of NUS Temasek hall is behind you. But when safety is at risk, bear in mind that the mountain will still be there for all of you to conquer another day, “if it be not now”. ALL THE WAY, MY HEROES HOHOHOe

 

Hoe Hong Hua

 

 

To the Team, I’ve been following your progress since April. Now, YOU. in the most treacherous time of all, I wish you God speed and good fortune in your attempt for the summit. If your goals are not reached, you have achieved admiration and respect world-wide, and will have something to look forward to in the years to come.

 

Sincerely, W.E.Fee, Jr.

 

 

Dave, hope you get better soon. And conquer that Mountain.

 

VJ Asia1 Commerce Dept www.ecomz.com

 

 

Dear David and team mates, Push on , the Goddess Jomolangma is with you. The weather shall be on your side to achieve the final victory . I shall be at the airport to greet you all after your successful summit on Everest. All Singapore is with you in fact the people in our Block , the coffee shops etc…..

 

kim seng your supporter always.

 

 

We are following your expedition and appreciate your keeping us up-to-date. My mom has had me to write up reports of the Singapore Everest Expedition as part of my home-schooling current events assignments. She has taken my sister and I to see Everest at the Omni-max theater twice, and we plan to go again in the next week. We wish all the best for Justin, Edwin, Roz, Swee, and Robert in attempting the summit. We are so glad that they have reached Camp 3. May God bless you,

 

Catherine Farlow (age 10)

 

 

By the grace of God, may you take courage in the arduous days ahead. We are behind you 100%.

 

Edmund Wong

 

 

Go guys go! Go on to the top of the World! I’m proud to be a Singaporean and I’m much more prouder to be “part” of those Singaporeans to put their feet on top of the highest point in the world. Make Singapore proud guys, make your family and make yourself prouder – make us proud and MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!!

 

Ashid,LCP8721

 

 

Wish all of you for the very best. We belief that all of you will be the 1st team of Singapore’s mountain climbers conquer the world highest peak. Make us proud to be a singaporean. Take good care and do all your best!

 

Singaporean working in Shanghai, PRC

 

 

from all of us here, do take extra care of yourselves as you attemp to reach the summit. My heart goes out to all of you man…….. TAKE CARE AND MAKE US ALL PROUD….

 

andguess

 

 

While the Singapore climbers are so close to the top I wish to congratulate them and the team that worked so hard to get them there. To quote John Amatt” When you see one person standing on top of Everest, or achieving any worthwhile goal in life, it is important to recognise the contribution of all the people who put them there” Best of luck and may God watch over all of you in these forthcoming trying days.

 

God bless, YY

 

 

MAKE SINGAPORE PROUD

 

Lai Eng Kee

 

 

Nike says “Just do it” We say “Go for it” We, Singaporeans of a small nation can achieve successes in a big way. We hope by reaching the summit is not impossible to Singaporean. “Our Country, Our Nation” plus “Our Pride” We pray for your success. GO FOR IT!

 

Alfred

 

 

Good Luck Guys, You can make to the top. Well Done and the whole of Singapore is behind you and pushing you guys up

 

Stephen Foo

 

 

Hello all the S’Pore Team from Stan and D.D. in Quincy, IL All are thoughts and prayers go to the climbing team and those in support. Be strong and be safe. We know you all can do it! Keep them in line Bruce!

 

Your Friends Stan and D.D.

 

 

Wish you guy high spirit with many in Singapore providing moral support.

 

Ling Hui a six year old girl

 

 

My prayers and best wishes are with the Singapore Team always.

 

Md Rizaini Bahari

 

 

I was worried reading about the bad weather, and how it would affect the expedition. But most importantly, about the safety of you all. I’m sincerely hoping that the weather will hold and you all will make a successful and safe climb right to the summit ‘cos you all

 

 

deserve nothing less after putting in all the hard work these years preparing just for that moment – putting Singapore flag up there.

 

Wishing you all success, Soo San

 

 

Good lluck to the five members of the team who will be attempting a climb to the summit. All the best and may you succeed and bring glory to Singapore.

 

sanskrit

 

 

ALL THE BEST TO ALL OUR SUPER-CLIMBERS!!! UP UP AND AWAY (TO THE SUMMIT) GOD BLESS

 

WILLIAM ONG E. H. SINGAPORE

 

 

Keep up the good work, you guys are almost there. Make us proud of you to see Singapore flag planted up there. It’s never an easy journey though but the fact that you have the guts, determination, courage make the journey more enduring and pleasant. Kudos to all of you for reaching the summit.

 

Teresa Leong

 

 

Dear Shani and all you brave guys in the Everest Team. We’re hearing good news and hope to hear more good news. We’re staying tuned. Good Luck and may the good forces be with you and the Team. ‘Baby Chee’ (now no more) has been keeping the gals in the ICU updated. Do take care and don’t forget to drop into SICU when you’re back home – we’ll want to share some of your greatest moments up there.From all the staff at SICU.

 

Aaron Yong

 

 

HI, TO ALL REAL MACHOMEN FROM HOME in Nepal, do not be despaired just because of pseudoaborted first attempt setback. As I have always said, succeed by all means but safety first. Chua family is glad that all are save. TRY AGAIN TOMORROW. We are all with you in all ups and all downs.We esp. I am going through all the symptoms of my final exams,ie lots of butterflies and doubts but deep in our hearts we know that you have done our country proud and succeed. Sleep well and relax. I will be meditating foe you and will be with you in the process.Best of best wishes tomorrow.All Gods be with you always. See you back in Singapore soon.

 

Chua Lee Loi

 

 

Hey Guys, really great to find out that you are attempting to submit Everest. Too bad the weather wasn’t kind. But I’m holding my breath (easier at this level!) and waiting for the good news. Take care and come back safe. My admiration goes out to the team ..submit or not it was great knowing that at least there are Singaporeans who dare to try!

 

Paul

 

 

Dear Justin &amp; all you climbers, wishing you all the best in your 2nd attempt at the summit. Praying that the weather gets better for you guys.

 

Colin Kang

 

 

You are almost there, don’t give up. It is a dream that not many will ever have in their lifetime. Always bear in mind think safety and best of luck. I hope you will be able to beam live from the roof of the world soon. Patiently we awaits.

 

Regards Albert Chan of Kong Hwa School

 

 

To all Singapore Mount Everest Team Members Good Luck And Best Wish I Am Proud To Sent This Everyone Of You Out There.

 

Jerry Sim

 

 

It was hard to sleep last night as you were on our hearts and continually in my prayers. We know that it must have been such a disappointment to have to turn back after nine long, arduous hours of climbing. But we are far more interested in your coming home safely, than your reaching the top. We feel you made a very difficult, but very wise decision to turn back. Your Expedition has been a total success in every aspect in our eyes. You have given it your all. Our girls have been inspired by your efforts, especially after having seen Everest twice now. We hope that there is another window of opportunity, but if there is not–you can come home with your heads held high. We bless you in the name of Jesus Christ,

Molly, Catherine, and Anna Farlow

 

 

 

 

Hi I had heard alot of new from you guy from Tv and new. I quite new to internet stuff . ( Just Connected to Singnet) So just to send my way to mail. Take Care of yourself. Hope to see you return to singapore soon. Send a reply if you can. New comer to this internet world

 

Freddy Fong

 

 

Hi Singapore Team, I’ve been following your progress thro the ST and internet. I wish you all the best and succeed in your climb. Take Care.

 

Azmansham – Brunei

 

 

Be CAREFUL and May GOD BLESS YOU ALL….

 

Best Regards, Siew Leng

 

 

Dear members of the Mt Everest Team, For each step that you take You have our support For every obstacle that you encounter Do remember that there is a God out there who is always by your side To help you conquer it!

 

With best wishes, Susan Tay

 

 

I really want all of you to push on till the end, it is a struggle but all of NUS Temasek hall is behind you. But when safety is at risk, bear in mind that the mountain will still be there for all of you to conquer another day, “if it be not now”. ALL THE WAY, MY HEROES HOHOHOe

 

Hoe Hong Hua

 

 

To the Team, I’ve been following your progress since April. Now, YOU. in the most treacherous time of all, I wish you God speed and good fortune in your attempt for the summit. If your goals are not reached, you have achieved admiration and respect world-wide, and will have something to look forward to in the years to come.

 

Sincerely, W.E.Fee, Jr.

 

 

Dave, hope you get better soon. And conquer that Mountain.

 

VJ Asia1 Commerce Dept www.ecomz.com

 

 

Dear David and team mates, Push on , the Goddess Jomolangma is with you. The weather shall be on your side to achieve the final victory . I shall be at the airport to greet you all after your successful summit on Everest. All Singapore is with you in fact the people in our Block , the coffee shops etc…..

 

kim seng your supporter always.

 

 

We are following your expedition and appreciate your keeping us up-to-date. My mom has had me to write up reports of the Singapore Everest Expedition as part of my home-schooling current events assignments. She has taken my sister and I to see Everest at the Omni-max theater twice, and we plan to go again in the next week. We wish all the best for Justin, Edwin, Roz, Swee, and Robert in attempting the summit. We are so glad that they have reached Camp 3. May God bless you,

 

Catherine Farlow (age 10)

 

 

By the grace of God, may you take courage in the arduous days ahead. We are behind you 100%.

 

Edmund Wong

 

 

Go guys go! Go on to the top of the World! I’m proud to be a Singaporean and I’m much more prouder to be “part” of those Singaporeans to put their feet on top of the highest point in the world. Make Singapore proud guys, make your family and make yourself prouder – make us proud and MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!!

 

Ashid,LCP8721

 

 

Wish all of you for the very best. We belief that all of you will be the 1st team of Singapore’s mountain climbers conquer the world highest peak. Make us proud to be a singaporean. Take good care and do all your best!

 

Singaporean working in Shanghai, PRC

 

 

from all of us here, do take extra care of yourselves as you attemp to reach the summit. My heart goes out to all of you man…….. TAKE CARE AND MAKE US ALL PROUD….

 

andguess

 

 

While the Singapore climbers are so close to the top I wish to congratulate them and the team that worked so hard to get them there. To quote John Amatt” When you see one person standing on top of Everest, or achieving any worthwhile goal in life, it is important to recognise the contribution of all the people who put them there” Best of luck and may God watch over all of you in these forthcoming trying days.

 

God bless, YY

 

 

MAKE SINGAPORE PROUD

 

Lai Eng Kee

 

 

Nike says “Just do it” We say “Go for it” We, Singaporeans of a small nation can achieve successes in a big way. We hope by reaching the summit is not impossible to Singaporean. “Our Country, Our Nation” plus “Our Pride” We pray for your success. GO FOR IT!

 

Alfred

 

 

Good Luck Guys, You can make to the top. Well Done and the whole of Singapore is behind you and pushing you guys up

 

Stephen Foo

 

 

Hello all the S’Pore Team from Stan and D.D. in Quincy, IL All are thoughts and prayers go to the climbing team and those in support. Be strong and be safe. We know you all can do it! Keep them in line Bruce!

 

Your Friends Stan and D.D.

 

 

Wish you guy high spirit with many in Singapore providing moral support.

 

Ling Hui a six year old girl

 

 

My prayers and best wishes are with the Singapore Team always.

 

Md Rizaini Bahari

 

 

I was worried reading about the bad weather, and how it would affect the expedition. But most importantly, about the safety of you all. I’m sincerely hoping that the weather will hold and you all will make a successful and safe climb right to the summit ‘cos you all

 

 

deserve nothing less after putting in all the hard work these years preparing just for that moment – putting Singapore flag up there.

 

Wishing you all success, Soo San

 

 

Good lluck to the five members of the team who will be attempting a climb to the summit. All the best and may you succeed and bring glory to Singapore.

 

sanskrit

 

 

ALL THE BEST TO ALL OUR SUPER-CLIMBERS!!! UP UP AND AWAY (TO THE SUMMIT) GOD BLESS

 

WILLIAM ONG E. H. SINGAPORE

 

 

Keep up the good work, you guys are almost there. Make us proud of you to see Singapore flag planted up there. It’s never an easy journey though but the fact that you have the guts, determination, courage make the journey more enduring and pleasant. Kudos to all of you for reaching the summit.

 

Teresa Leong

 

 

Dear Shani and all you brave guys in the Everest Team. We’re hearing good news and hope to hear more good news. We’re staying tuned. Good Luck and may the good forces be with you and the Team. ‘Baby Chee’ (now no more) has been keeping the gals in the ICU updated. Do take care and don’t forget to drop into SICU when you’re back home – we’ll want to share some of your greatest moments up there.From all the staff at SICU.

 

Aaron Yong

 

 

HI, TO ALL REAL MACHOMEN FROM HOME in Nepal, do not be despaired just because of pseudoaborted first attempt setback. As I have always said, succeed by all means but safety first. Chua family is glad that all are save. TRY AGAIN TOMORROW. We are all with you in all ups and all downs.We esp. I am going through all the symptoms of my final exams,ie lots of butterflies and doubts but deep in our hearts we know that you have done our country proud and succeed. Sleep well and relax. I will be meditating foe you and will be with you in the process.Best of best wishes tomorrow.All Gods be with you always. See you back in Singapore soon.

 

Chua Lee Loi

 

 

Hey Guys, really great to find out that you are attempting to submit Everest. Too bad the weather wasn’t kind. But I’m holding my breath (easier at this level!) and waiting for the good news. Take care and come back safe. My admiration goes out to the team ..submit or not it was great knowing that at least there are Singaporeans who dare to try!

 

Paul

 

 

Dear Justin &amp; all you climbers, wishing you all the best in your 2nd attempt at the summit. Praying that the weather gets better for you guys.

 

Colin Kang

 

 

You are almost there, don’t give up. It is a dream that not many will ever have in their lifetime. Always bear in mind think safety and best of luck. I hope you will be able to beam live from the roof of the world soon. Patiently we awaits.

 

Regards Albert Chan of Kong Hwa School

 

 

To all Singapore Mount Everest Team Members Good Luck And Best Wish I Am Proud To Sent This Everyone Of You Out There.

 

Jerry Sim

 

 

It was hard to sleep last night as you were on our hearts and continually in my prayers. We know that it must have been such a disappointment to have to turn back after nine long, arduous hours of climbing. But we are far more interested in your coming home safely, than your reaching the top. We feel you made a very difficult, but very wise decision to turn back. Your Expedition has been a total success in every aspect in our eyes. You have given it your all. Our girls have been inspired by your efforts, especially after having seen Everest twice now. We hope that there is another window of opportunity, but if there is not–you can come home with your heads held high. We bless you in the name of Jesus Christ,

 

Molly, Catherine, and Anna Farlow

 

 

 

HEY, HEY, YOUR GREAT GUYS, YOU REALLY ALL SINGAPOREAN FEEL PROUND. THIS IS ONE OF MY MOST EXCITED MOMENT, WHEN I HEARD THE NEWS FROM MY RADIO. CONGRATULATION. MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

 

WILLIAM ONG ENG HIAN

 

 

It’s heartwarming to know that our Singaporean Everest Team has reached the top of Mt Everest. Congratulations to each &amp; everyone of you who played a major part on this expedition to make Singapore known to the rest of the world. God speed on your descent from the summit.

 

Justina Tan

 

 

Dear all the members of the Singapore Everest Team, CONGRATULATIONS ON CONQUERING THE SUMMIT! Just learned about your great acievement in the news. My husband, John, and I felt so excited we had goosepumps! After our trip to Ladakh 9 years ago, John dreamed of climbing Everest . We are so happy that you did it for all of us. I have seen Japanese teams(my countrymen) make it to the summit before, but was never so excited as today. We are really proud of you. Wishing you a safe return.

 

John and Yuri

 

 

Hi to every menber. Cogratulation, you all have make Singapore proud.I long dream standing on the top of the world.Although I didn’t have the chance, I still share the joy when I hear the news. All the best on your return ..

 

Wong Shee Wing

 

 

Hi, with warm greetings. On your way down M.T.EVEREST, wish you go down safely. I guess it will take you a VERY,VERY long time to get down MAY GOD BLESS YOU IN ALL WAYS!!!

 

Kelvin Leong

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS!! FROM ALL OF US – STAFF OF MTK CHEMICALS PTE LTD. IS WONDERFUL TO HEAR THAT YOU HAVE REACHED THE SUMMIT.

 

Darshan Singh

 

 

I heard from F.M 93.3 today at nine o’clock++ that YOU ALL,Singapore climbers had reach the top of the of luck. :) world!!!!!(YEA!YEA!YEA!!) The hard work you all,climbers, had put in had not been wasted. Don’t bother about all those reports on saying something like you all were just finding some stupid reasons that you could not r reach the top. Anyway you all had prove to them that you can make it!!!!!! YES! !! CONGRATULATIONS! THREE CHEERS FOR ALL THE CLIMBERS

 

Agnes

 

 

Well done! Our Best wishes for your success.

 

From: Siew Keong &amp; Caris

 

 

To the Everest team: Congratulations! You have made it to the top! We are so happy for you! Thank God everyone is safe. Time for celebrations now….

 

Loh Koah Fong

 

 

You guys have made Singapore proud! We are behind you 100%. Go for the summit, keep the Singapore flag flying high

 

S.W. Cheng

 

 

By conquering the Everest, guys, you have made the whole nation proud of you. To me its the equivalent of conquering the World Cup. The whole nation should be proud, not only of the two men, but the whole team. My heartiest congrats to all of you. This achivement will defenitely propel more Singaporeans to greater achivement.

 

Simply, Raja &amp; Fly.

 

 

Congras!!! You guys made it. I was following closely on your top-of- the-world attempt. It hurts me when people write in to say that your activity should be restricted to the individuals. But today you proof them all wrong. You have made me proud. I am a Singaporean and I am proud of your achievement.

 

Dennis Khoo

 

 

To all in the team (including the Sherpas), Hip hip hooray ! Congratulations ! It is such a grand feeling reading the news. And I’m sure it must be a “grand-er” feeling for you. There is a glow that comes from within that’s really beyond any words that could possibly expressed it.

 

Chrys Woon

 

 

Congatulations to the Singapore Team !!! I’m proud that you have succeeded in flying the Singapore Flag at the summit of Mt. Everest !!! Though we’re one of the smallest country in the world, we are still able to conquer the highest ! CONGRATULATIONS !!!

 

&gt;From : Caroline H

 

 

Our heartiest congratulations to the Singapore team for this historical achievement. We are very very proud of the entire team. Your determination to conquer this peak in the wake of life-threathening physical conditions holds a lesson for all of us. Have a safe journey down and look forward to coming home soon.

 

Staff of Kent Ridge Digital Labs (KRDL)

 

 

Congratulations to the Singapore Mt Everest Team for reaching to the top of the world this morning (25/05/1998). Let’s cheer for them : Hip. Hip Hurray !; Hip. Hip Hurray !; Hip. Hip Hurray ! It is thru’ sheer hardwork and determination for this team to be successful in their expedition. We are all very proud of our very own Singapore Mt Everest Team. I’m sure all Singaporeans share the joy with you guys &amp; gals out there. Be careful and hope that you will come back to Singapore, your homeland soon. CONGRATS ONCE AGAIN !!!!

 

Cheers,Angela Oh &amp; Suhailayati

 

 

Congratulations! Congratulations! We are very happy and proud to hear about the team success. Hoping that my sons will be able to conquer Mt. Everest as well when they grew up. Maybe, they can trained with U.

 

Best Regards Ben, Kathy, &amp; sons (luck kid and zen kid)

 

 

We did it, we did it, …Oops I mean YOU did it,yes you did it for us, for all Singaporeans. THANK YOU ,THANKS A LOT.( WE, CHUA FAMILY HAS NEVER HAS ANY DOUBT AT ALL THAT YOU WILL SUCCEED).It is a long long wait but worth every bit of it even getting peptic ulcers and loss of sleep last night. We cried when we heard,we cry with joy in our hearts.In this times of bad regional news, YOU gave us fresh hope. wish you a save journey home and not forgetting all the great Sherpas who made it possible. LOVE, LOVE LOVE.

 

chuakeeloi

 

 

Congratulations to the whole team! More importantly, all are safe!

 

Siew Lian

 

 

Way to go boys! You have done all Singaporeans proud. I ‘ll remember this day. (Shouldn’t be hard since it’s my brother’s birthday as well.) Once again, Congrats!

 

Gene and Kareen

 

 

Hi, Congrats on the successful attempts made. You all have done us proud regardless if you reach the peak or not. Reaching the peak is just another bonus to us Singaporeans. Well done and best

 

Best Regards, Weng Hoe

 

 

Great to hear that we’ve made it!! You’ve made the entire nation proud. Thank You and God bless.

 

Mark Yeo Adelaide

 

 

Congratulations……….At last our nations have something to be proud of. Go….Go…..Go…..GO……!!!!! GO Nepal, GO Everest, GO to the top, and it’s time to GO back home to SINGAPORE…. May all of you reach safely back to SINGAPORE……

 

Nazrie

 

 

Well done, to all the climbers and team members, including the support groups. The efforts were well rewarded. Safety must still be on the minds of all. Wish to see everyone back home.

 

William Chan, Singapore.

 

 

HI editor, Wow, the feeling is great today !!!! I am a spore student in scotland edinburgh …. To hear tat our state flag is flying proudly on the mount everest really makes me a very proud man!! Away from home, this the always the kind of home new tat motivate us to bring glory to our country . Granted tat sporeis small in size but tat is not gonna dampen our crave for greater height! We have show tat we can reach the same achievement as others ….This is not arrogance but we must always constantly push ourselves to bigger successs……To the everest team…my message is…..well done guys! Ur effort is recognised by fellow sporena all ard the world. U guys are our motivators….keep going &amp; we’d work together to fly our flag high in all part of the world !!!!!cheers…..

 

Eric Tan

 

 

To the S’pore team Congratulations to the brave S’pore team on this great achievement. It is fantastic to know that our S’pore flag is flying proudly right on top of the roof of the world !. Well done to everyone.

 

Best wishes Chew Family in Belgium

BRAVO!! WHAT CAN I SAY BUT TO CONGRATULATE THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE EXPEDITURE. WELL DONE BOYS! SINGAPORE DID IT AGAIN!

 

CATAN1

 

 

 

 

Congratulation on reaching the summit! The Mount Everest Team has done all Singaporeans proud. Read the news on the net this morning in Edinburgh, Scotland. I have been following your progress for the past weeks and I’m glad you have done it. I’m really happy for all of you. My best wishes to everyone for a safe journey back to Singapore. Congratulation again! Well done! You have done it!!!

 

Howard Ng

 

 

Congratulations! I am so proud of all of you I almost cried! Take a well deserved rest and then hop on the next challenge, thats enjoying life to the fullest!!!!

 

Best Wishes and Future successes, Winston Chang and Family

 

 

You guys have really done a great job by planting the Singapore flag on the top of the world! You’ve done the country and all of us proud!

 

A fellow Singaporean

 

 

Well done! Thanks for the great moment, and thanks for making me so proud to be a Singaporean! HURRAY! Now, just please take really good care of yourselves on your descent, ok?

 

Low Wee Meng

 

 

Thanks for the great moment, thanks for making us so proud to be Singapoeans. Your courage and determination will inspire us in different ways for a long time to come. HURRAY TO OUR VERY OWN HEROES!

 

Lai Ming and Wee Meng, Pasir Ris, Singapore

 

 

It was great to hear that all of you have succeeded, although you first attempt have already made us Singaporeans proud. Most important now is to have a safe journey home (on 4 June?).

 

Wishes from Connie Teo, Penny Siau, Charles Hung, Jeffry Ho and Sandra Tan of Kodak Singapore, Digital &amp; Applied Imaging

 

 

Members of the Singapore Everest Team, You have done our country proud. I am also happy that you have attained your dream of conquering the Everest. It’s just fantastic! What a great day for all of us here in Singapore. Safe journey back to Singapore.

 

Terence Ng

 

 

Congrraaattttssssss… you have done it! We are so proud of u!!! 3 cheers for the Singapore Mt. Everest team!

 

jingting, jingyi, zhangyuan.

 

 

To all the climbers, Well done guys !!! You had made it !!! It’s a great day for all of us. Sometimes it’s other people lack of faith in us that makes the difference and provided that extra push to strive even harder to do what we want to achieve. And you guys have clearly shown us what we can achieve when we put our hearts and souls in doing the things that matter to us, no matter how crazy it seems. Your true grit and determination are truly admirable and I salute you. Once again, congrats and well done. We’re proud of you.

 

Ng Ngai Meng

 

 

Well done. We’re very happy of your incredible achievement. Thank you for making us Singaporeans proud.

 

Ling SY

 

 

YOU ALL DID IT! Congratulations to the Singapore Everest Mountain Team. For those who went up and those who support them who did. What a feeling! Exhilarating! You set the precedent for others to follow. If not your footsteps, then at least your climbing spirit. Keep climbing… With best wishes and memories from

 

Luke, Percy (my wife who detest climbing) and Jamie (my toddling baby who is now learning to climb all over the house)

 

 

Congratulation !!! We are proud of you, You sure have done Singapore PROUD.

 

Warmth regards, KC Lee, S’pore.

 

 

We are proud of u!

 

daryl &amp; ching

 

 

Hearty Congrats on surmounting the ultimate ordeal.

 

radharaj@mbox5.singnet.com.sg

 

 

You have made Singapore and Singaporean very proud. We too can scale great heights! Congratulations Singapore Team!

 

from Singapore family, Johari Junaidah Mahirah Muhammad Khairi

 

 

Here’s a great message from us here, Lawrence, diane and our little darling, Hannah. We are very proud of you back home and we are eagerly awaiting your safe journey back home, From all of us in Singapore, MAJULLAH SINGAPURA…….. I know the feeling mann.. We ourselves were at the top of Europe Jungfraujoch mountain, although it was a less feat compared to the tremendous terrain you guys have gone thru…. The feeling you experience when you are in the mountains is definitely out of this world. I actually broked down and cried, with my wife and my little child with me. Anyway, congratulations.

 

 

Congratulations to each and every one of you! I’m so proud of you guys and was almost in tears when I heard of the news this evening. Thank you for the great news; if not for it, I would have ended this day in a very depressing note. I have been coping with a physical handicap for some time and just this morning, I was rendered helpless in a social context. I thought it will take me quite a while to get over the incident but it was to be otherwise. You guys have come this far despite the many difficulties that have been pathed along your way and I will always bear this achievement of the whole team in mind as I go on to conquer my own “Mt Everest”. Thank you for the inspiration. God bless you and bring you all safely back to S’pore.

 

Tammy

 

 

Congrats !!! It must have been tough up there. But your determination and perseverence saw you through. You have done Singapore proud. Hope that more of you guys can make it up there. And maybe one day, you will bring me up too. Cheers. And ciao.

 

Jason Tan and Wong Tuck Weng Two Singaporeans near Venice, Italy. (There are no mountains here)

 

 

To all those involved in the Mount Everest Expedition, Congrats! You guys had really done Singapore proud. I can feel the excitement even though I am in UK. Once again, many cheers to your determination and hardwork for succeeding in such a magnificent feat.

 

Sam WBS, Warwick

 

 

sing sing sing … singapore waiting for you ! have a safe journey home.

 

dmkk

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Repeated 43 times, each by one of us in P3A Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School) to YOU ALL on the conquest of Mount Everest. We are very happy and excited for and with you. After weeks of discussions and filling half of our class’ bulletin board with articles and photographs from the newspapers and your daily dispatches through the Internet, this is really a fantastic climax. HIP!! HIP!!HURRAY!!

 

MWEE

 

 

Congrats!!! You guys made us so proud of you. Well done!

 

Chew Ling

 

 

At times I really doubted if you’d make it to the top. That you did shows the metal you are made of. I salute the team’s endurance against unimaginable odds. You are an inspiration of courage and determination for all of us. God bless you with a safe descent and good weather !!!

 

Ng Yuet Ling

 

 

WEll DONE >>> GUYS. C’MON GIVE THEM A TIGER!!!!! THREE CHEERS FOR THEM! THREE CHEERS FOR SINGAPORE!! THREE CHEERS FOR ALL SINGAPOREANS!!! U HAVE DONE US ALL PROUD

 

alhoo@pacific.net.sg

 

congratulations team! we’r proud to hear that the team had made it to the everest… hope to see u all return soon Best Wishes to all of u there.

 

sihui

 

 

I’m very proud of this team for their successful heroic attempt to conquer the world highest peak. Who say Singapore cannot achieve big things? They deserve the fullest support and cheers from every Singaporeans. May they come back safely soon and celebrate this victory with Singapore. CONGRATULATIONS!

 

Frederick Chan

 

 

Bravo and I’m impressed with their determination to conquer the greatest challenge in the world. Well done, guys.

 

Best regards Ezzy

 

 

Well done from a Canadian family who has been following your expedition these past few months. May you all have the opportunity to return to Everest, should you wish and most especially for those climbers who weren’t able to summit this year. Good luck on the trek out.

 

The Harding family

 

 

Best wishes to all of you !!!From students of Kranji Sec School Sec three 3A….You all made the Singaporeans proud!!!!

 

From:Kranji Sec School

 

 

ell done guys!!! i’m Diana from Kranji Sec. Sch. i’ve read about your expedition. It is not easy for people to just take up this kind of risky challenge. I’m sure for such expeditions, you have to be physically and mentally fit. You also have to be physically, mentally and spiritually prepared. That’s all I have to say. last but not least, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

Congratulations to the First Singapore Everest Team from all the Staff of Nera (SEA) Pte Ltd. We are honoured to be able to share the moment with you guys and contributed towards the transmission of digital pictures via our satellite equipments. We are all very happy that Singaporeans too are able to scale the Everest summit and proved to everyone out there that there we can duplicate whatever feat the rest of the world can perform. VERY PROUD OF YOU GUYS and hope to meet up with you when you are back. Cheers !!!!!!

 

pokey@nerasea.com.sg

 

 

Congratulation, you tough Singaporean guys &amp; girls out there !! WE HAVE MADE IT!! I was so touched by the well wishes to your great achievement for Singapore. I am and my family is proud and always will be to be Singaporean. (You make it!!). I know how tough, dangerous and how much endurance you have to stretch through after watching the Mount Everest film in the Omni theatre and I have told my sons that this is the greatest test on human endurance to the hightest point. And you guys make it….Oh we are so proud of you !! God bless all of you through out and all the way back to your HOME…SINGAPORE !!!

 

Png M.L. &amp; family Serangoon Central SINGAPORE

 

 

I feel so proud for Singapore that we finally managed to place our flag on the roof of the world – YES! …the world!! (*gleaming with pride*). My heartfelt and sincere appreciation for the bravery and courage of the team, espeicially (of course) to Swee Chiow and Edwin Siew…thank you all for paving the way and showing all Singaporeans that we can achieve our dreams…UNITED WE STAND.

 

Tristan Quek C L …fellow singaporean ;-)

 

 

To the favourites sons of Singapore. “To summit” and never “to submit” – we have heard you loud and clear. It’s amazing what one can achieve when we set out with single-minded passion to bring glory to Singapore, through individual excellence and teamwork. There is indeed much hope for our future. Whatever the stress, whatever the efforts and whereever the goal or “summit”, as long as there is meaningful purpose, the achievements are worth it! A grateful nation now awaits your safe and speedy return.

 

&gt;From Michael, Rosie &amp; Timothy Heng (Holland Hill, Singapore)

 

 

My heartest congrats to the whole team &amp; the sherpas. Especially to my friend Edwin for making it to the TOP, which would not have been possible if you had not been brave enough to give up an office job, for an outdoor job which you love so much. I’m just proud and a wee bit jealous of your courage to choose your life and achieved what you setted out to do. Once again credit to all who braved the elements and won! seeya all back home real soon.

 

Tan Hian Kwee Edinburgh,uk

 

 

Congratulations to you guys for making Singapore proud! I’m sure it was a tough challenge but this shows that with determination and support and faith, anything is possible!!

 

masturah shaari

 

 

Hey Guys, Congratulations seems totally inadequate for your achievement. You’ve conquered the unconquerable. Every one of you deserves every bit of praise you get. May the endurance and hardship you’ve all been through serve as inspiration for all of us. May the pride you now feel remain topmost in your minds forever.

 

William Morton

 

 

To:The Singapore Everest Team Congratulations! Your hard work, perseverance and commitment have paid off. You have succeeded in climbing the highest peak on earth. We are extremely proud of your achievement. Have a safe journey home.

 

Warmest regards, Adele

 

 

Congratulations on reaching the summit!! Great job!

 

Robert A. Peters

 

 

To the Singapore Everest team, I’ve been following your progress closely and I am just as elated as you that you have managed to plant the Singapore flag on the summit. My congratulations to everyone in the team. This is a fantastic team effort.

 

Chong Boon

 

 

Team at Mount Everest. Congrats on your achievement. Good effort. Keep the flag flying.

 

Stephanie Seah/Singapore

 

 

To all team members, WELL DONE! You have make the Nation Proud!

 

Edward Phang

 

 

MY HEARTIEST CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SINGAPORE EVEREST TEAM. YOU HAVE ALL DONE SINGAPORE PROUD. WISH YOU A SAFE JOURNEY HOME. GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU.

 

Molly Koh

 

 

You guys made us all proud ! Have a safe joyous &amp; safe trip home.

 

A Singaporean in HK

 

 

What can I say except well done and congratulation!! Another feather in the cap for Singapore. Rest well and take care.

 

S.H Chee California, U.S.A

 

 

Hey Guys! So you feel that you need to do it! Excellent job! you’ve done it! All your sacrifices have paid off indeed. You did it for us. I’m so proud to be a Singaporean. Small we may be but we showed the world that we have the determination, perserverance and the brains to overcome any great obstacles. Also, my heartfelt congratulations to all those who toiled and perspired behind the scene. This is the spirit of being Singaporean. Keep it up, Singapore!

 

Linda

 

 

I knew you guys would do it – Great news!! Namaste &amp; Congratulations especially to Dave Lim – the brain child of this whole expedition. What next?

 

Allyson, Brisbane Australia

 

 

To The Team! CONGRATS! You guys showed the world. Against all the unfounded criticism of the media after the first attempt, you guys have proved yourself. You have made your country proud and and today, as a Singaporean, I stand proud, because you guys against all adversity and minimal support, made it to the top, and even if you didn’t, the courageous effort was made. To the Team Leader and the rest of the Team who didn’t physically make it to the top, in my eyes, you did.

 

Scalpel

 

 

Dear Singapore team. Congratulations on making it to the summit of Mt.Everest. It must have been hard to do something like that. I can now end my project by saying that you made it to the top.

 

Regards from Samuel Laffy aged 9.

 

 

Congratulations to the Singapore Mount Everest Team on reaching the top of the world. My family has been following since the beginning of April your task. We have read Into Thin Air and have also seen the Imax Everest.We did this so that we could feel and see what you were all experiencing.We would also like to congratulate the Straits Times on the wonderful coverage that we have read every day for the last six weeks. We now wish you a safe return back to Katmandu and on to Singapore where we hope you have a great welcome home celebration!

 

Patricia, Chris and Alexander Christenson Poway, California

 

 

 

Good on you mates!! Having been through those hardship, it has finally been paid off. I always have the faith and no doubts ever since your expendition commenced. Your success has made the team as well as us – Singaporeans proud. Congratulations again!!! … And have a safe journey back to our homeland – Singapore.

 

Ling Tasmania

 

 

Dear Conquering Team Members, Congrats. on your part of planting the Singapore flag on top of the world and to your safe return.

 

Charles Tan

 

 

Ha! Ha! You made it! You made it! Yes…. Yeeesss….YESSSS!!!! It makes me feel good just to say it!!!! Wish I could have been there…..

 

Lynette

 

 

Well done Singapore Everest Team! You guys are great! We Singaporeans feel really proud of you all. Especially your endurance, courage and strong determination in planting our National Flag on the top summit of Mount Everest. Keep up the good work and once again, THREE CHEERS FOR THE S’PORE EVEREST TEAM!

 

DLee

 

 

It is fantastic news to hear that you, Singaporean and PRs alike, plant the national flag on the peak of the world. It is a wonderful sense of achievement and nationalistic pride that I can relate to. Well done, team ! And to those who said, aloud or in silence, “what’s the big fuss ?”, how I wish all well-wishers here challenge you, obnoxious lots, or maybe just plain lazybone, to a climb at Mount Ophir. If you have a dream, if you have the guts and energy to achieve your dreams, by all means – do it ! Otherwise, you are simply no more than a dreamer – I pity you.

 

Kenny Goh

 

 

Hi guys, You have made us proud. I am a Singaporean working in KL for the last two years. I’ve been following your progress + success story from the the internet. You guys are my Heroes. Congrats again!!!

 

Mik

 

 

Hi Everest Team, Congratulations to all of you. Ever since your departured, I’d been tracking your news until now. Well done to all the team members and without all the team work, S’pore Flag will not be flying at the top of the world. Eager to see the team back and share the true experience. Bye and hear from you pals.

 

Francis

 

 

Well done , excellence task achieved. Congratulation to my fellow Singapore team of Mount Everest. I felt so proud of being a Singaporean. Keep it up with your good jop! Looking forward to see more Singaporean conquer the world highest mountain.

 

Elson Koh

 

 

Our admiration to one and all on your conquest. We, Singaporeans are very proud of your achievement. Safe journey home. We want to share your pains and joys.

 

Fm: SPRC and Residents of Spottiswoode Park.

 

 

Thank you for your coverage of our fellow Singaporean’s success to reach the peak of Mt Everest. However, it is puzzling why your paper chose to report that Mr Siew’s girlfriend’s brother is an engineering undergraduate of NTU. Is the information relevant or even remotely interesting to readers? Thank you

 

Isabella Hoh

 

 

To the bravest people in Singapore who have conquered the highest mountain in the world. On Monday, my school went to the Science Centre to view the Omnimax Everest movie. Now I know how difficlut is it to scale the mountain. You guys are the greatest!!!!!!!!!

 

From Maurice Han Maris Stella

 

 

I was typing away when I heard over the news that you guys already made it to the top. MAN! I had goose bump all over me. I don’t think words can expressed the feeling in heart. I have read so much about Hillery and many others, this one really felt close to my heart. You guys, have done a good job. Get back soon and God bless you folks.

 

Man Kah Lok Daniel

 

 

You all have made it! I as a Singaporean is proud of you all!

 

Ng Wei Liang

 

 

Congratulations on reaching the summit of Mount Everest! We did a composition about Mount Everest and our teacher, Mr K.C. Tan, also told us about your progress up the highest mountain in the world. You guys deserve all the praises and cheers from us down at Singapore!!! Great Job !!!

 

Temasek Secondary School Sec: 2/5

 

 

You did a wonderful job! You made it! I’ve seen Everest three times. God Bless you and keep you.

 

Lowell D. Farlow

 

 

It is both exciting and refreshing to know that Singaporeans have what it takes to be a worldclass team!  Congrats to Khoo Swee Chiow and Edwin Siew on a job well done!

 

Cheers! ST

 

 

My family had been following your team progress via the cyberspace, and now, the success in conquering Mt.Everest had been an exhilirating experience even by reading your account. Our heartiest congratulations and wishing you all, a safe journey home. Well Done!!

 

-Amas, Negara Brunei Darussalam.

 

 

i think the most important thing you people need to make is the decision. i guess this climb has indeed fulfil your higest order of needs, the self-actualisation needes. you people have been on your best. you are doing very fine and well done. climbing the everset is a test of mental and you guys have indeed pushed yourselves to a point that you have actually suceeded in exceeding your limit. well-done. many are envious of your opportunity. i will like to try climbing the everest too, if given the chance. tell you men, a great job is done. i believe that you all have abundant of memorable memories. the beautiful sunrise and sunset in Nepal, the contiunous mountain ranges that goes on and on, dropping yourself in the amidst of tall mountain overlooking at you. the beautiful sight is one thing you must keep and pass it on to your fellow people.

 

May Ling Lee

 

 

The pupils from Rosyth school would like to congratulate the whole Mount Everest Team for their courageous and successful expedition.

 

meow

 

 

I am interested in how the team trained while in Singapore. I am living in Hong Kong right now but used to go wilderness backpacking with my Singaporean friends. But that was when we were living in the USA. I would like to know where the Everest team trained, in Singapore. There is no space in Hong Kong that is for sure. thanks.

 

angus

 

 

Looking forward to the return of our heroes. It had been really a long wait. We have been checking the progress ever since your guys departed. Duirng the day of the summit bid, I even stay up all nite checking for any updates from the base camp. We are even more anxious and excited than waiting for our exam results. Can’t help but start jumping all around the palce screening like a mad man when I received the news that the SIngapore Team had make it to the TOP. As a adventure lover, I salute you guys for your courage and determination.

 

Jackie Goh

 

 

To Edwin Siew, Congratulations ! You’ve done it once again !! This note speaks on behalf of all of us here. When you came out in the newspapers somewhere in 1987 or earlier, for doing the first double somersault for the vault apparatus during the Inter-School Gymnastics Competition, we were overwhelmed and totally excited with such publicity. It was a small column in the Sports page which described your achievement as it was the first successful attempt in Singapore. But now, look at the kind of publicity you’re getting. WOW !! You always wanted to try the impossible and even during training, you never gave up in your endervour to succeed. Well, you’ve really succeeded in “The Impossible” and we’re all especially happy for you. No words can describe the amount of joy and pride that is in us to have known that you made it. The first one too !! However, please take care of yourself and come back home safely. Only when you’re back in S’pore will your success be truly completed. We have been following the expedition closely and will continue to do so until you return home. P/S : Hmmm, all your photos which we have taken in secondary school will now be worth something !! Maybe we can even write a book about you !!! Just kidding !

 

From, All of Your Gym Buddies (Weixian, Jincai, Renjun, Yongzhang, Meiyun, Lina and myself, Adreina.)

 

I’m a Singaporean living in New Zealand. Each day as I drive to school, I would be memerised by the mountains which I know would be snow-capped in winter. The sight is awesome and at this moment, the first batch of Singaporeans would be embarking on a journey that would no doubt, be recorded in the history of Singapore. Best of luck gentlemen and may God’s Light be upon you in each step you make.

 

Arthur Chin

 

 

Just want to send my regards to the expedition team currently doing all Singaporeans proud. I will be praying very hard for their safe return. I wish that their expedition to Mount Everest will be smooth no matter what unforseen circumstances they will to face. Just want to tell them, they can do it, they must do it and they will do it. Hereby declaring to the nation … I am very proud to be a Singaporean.

 

Cheers Patrick Lum Heriot-Watt university Edinburgh, UK

 

 

Dear Climbers, American newspapers don’t carry your story but thanks to the webpage I’ll be able to follow your progress. Best wishes from me! I’m very proud of you! I’m sure Singaporeans abroad share my sentiments. Good luck! We’ll be watching your journey from this part of the world.

 

-Wena Poon, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

 

 

Here’s wishing the Mt. Everest Team the very BEST! Special regards to Mr Leong =)

 

Xuanhui

 

 

Be careful out there and God go with you

 

MVooner

 

 

to all the everest team members, take care and god speed.

 

kh tan

 

 

Hi, I would like to wish all of you the best and a very successful climb! Go for IT!!!

 

Kent Tan

 

 

I wish you a safe and fulfilling expedition. Hope you all will have fine weather and good fun (alright, I know it’s stressful, but still…) I’m impressed with the level of committment and hardwork you all put into this expedition. Special wishes going out to Johann Annuar and Justin Lean. “You can make magic, you can do anything you desire.”

 

- Josselyn

 

 

Dearest fellow country-men, We would like to extend our utmost gratitudes to the team of climbers and the many who have contributed in this conquest, for doing the nation proud. Thanks for all your commitments and hardwork put into this expedition. Have a great time out there! We’ll see you guys on the net everyday for the next few months! of good faith and courage!”

 

Amelia &amp; Belinda

 

 

We have always admired people who have the courage to conquer the world’s peaks and we would like to wish all climbers the very best in this expedition. Believe in yourself, you are gonna make it!

 

Best regards from daryl and ching.

 

 

Dear Shani and team, All the best to you and fellow climbers.Don’t forget – coming down is the harder part! My prayers go with all of you.

 

Best rgds Jonathan Siew

 

 

Hope that you guys are able to conquer and attained your ambitions. Keep in mind that both top physique and natural instincts are vital to you. Cheers. Go For It! We believe you can do it.

 

Sim Kai Bee &amp; Jen Tan Lay Kheng

 

 

To each and everyone of you, our best wishes. Most importantly, take care.

 

Hwee Lin &amp; Family

 

 

My family and I wish you the Best of Luck on your forthcoming cimb on Mount Everest. A number of years ago we saw Everest from a Royal Nepal airplane and the sight bought us to tears. It is truly breathtaking. We are looking forward to following your journey up the mountain. Good Luck

 

The Christenson Family Poway, California

 

 

To the brave Singapore Mount Everest team– Go with God!

 

–Lara

 

 

Good Luck and Best Wishes On Your Dreams” Make us proud and let the world take notice that Singaporeans are good in whatever we do, once we set our minds to it, like the Lions we are. Charge and tread carefully, make the peak our prey and plant the Flag of our nation. Nobody can take this achievement away from you.

 

Chiang and Theresa

 

 

To the S’pore Everest Team, I would like to wish you all every success in your attempt to summit Everest. Hope your ascend will be smooth and the weather kind throughout. Cheers.

 

Paul Ho

 

 

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Remember that when you encounter difficulties and always remember that the whole nation is behind you. Do yourselves, you loved ones and Singapore proud! Good Luck!

 

Eddie Tan

 

I have heard about this climb over radio but have not paid much attention to it. Hence, I am not very sure what it’s all about. However, I am very certain that the climbers who are attempting this great challenge must have been very courageous, determined and foucused in their objective. May I wish them all the Be best and a successful climb!

Samuel Lim

 

 

 

 

 

Kathmandu, Fri, 13 Mar 1998, 17:54:30

The Journey Begins

Boudanath, Kathmandu

Justin Lean

Dear Folks,

The team left on Thursday morning for Nepal. Many of the members did not get much sleep the night before no so much due to anticipation but the need to check and double check the countless details and gear that must be packed. 1.4 tonnes were checked into SQ414. Here, we must again thank the Army for helping us with the logistics. For the past month, the Army provided storage space for the team’s gear thus saving some team members the nightmare of cluttering their homes with expedition gear.

The Army provided two large trucks to transport the mountain of gear to Changi Airport. Thanks to the drivers who had to come pick the gear up at an unearthly hour.

Arrival in Nepal :

The team touched down at Tribuvan International Airport with no problems. The ride

into Thamel the tourist district of Kathmandu was like entering a war zone. The day of our arrival coincides with the “Holi” Festival. It is a festival that welcomes Spring and symbolises a bacchanalian orgy. Roving bands of boys and men patrol the streets dousing people and vehicles with water ballons and fists full of brightly coloured powder. It’s like the whole city is engaged in a giant paint ball throwing game for the day. Anyone caught on the street gets slimed. The expedition quickly moved their gear into the Hotel Mandap to seek shelter. We were not armed with paint balls to retaliate — pity! It would have been fun. The rest of the day was spent re-packing gear into manageable porter and yak loads. Already we have received news that our Sherpas are at Everest Base Camp making preparations.

 

Phakding, Sat, 14 Mar 1998, 20:07:01, 2,615 metres

Mars Bars and chewing gum

Justin Lean

Dear Folks,

The Everest Team is finally underway. We took off from Tribuvan Domestic terminal in an old Russian helicopter which we think was requisitioned from the war in Afganistan. The bullet holes were plugged with melted Mars Bars and chewing gum.

Lukla stands at about 2,800m and used to be a grazing ground for cattle. Edmund Hillary helped build a runway there to facilitate bringing building materials into the area for development work. Now, Lukla is a flourishing village whose life revolves around the aircraft bringing tourists and supplies.

Flying to Lukla cuts down of walking to Everest Base Camp. On arrival the team met up with Expedition Leader David Lim who had gone ahead wih the media crew a few days earlier. We brought 800 kgs of supplies with us on the aircraft and had our porters and Sherpas helping to unload.

The team set out from Lukla after lunch following winding trails, passing tea houses along the way. Several rickety swing bridges had to be crossed. Something not to be done with the yaks at the same time. We are now currently camped in an empty field in the village of Phakding (2,615m).

The trek to Everest

 

Namche Bazaar 3,400m, Mon, March 17 1998

Rest and Relax

Justin Lean

The Everest Team reached Namche Bazaar today. This is the defacto Sherpa capital of the Khumbu. The team set off from Phakding at 0830hrs.

The walk up Namche involves crossing several swinging wire bridges and steep sustained climbs. This may well be the hardest day on our walk into Everest Base Camp due to the long uphill slogs. Everyone is quite tired. David has come down with fever and flu — a common occurrence with him when he first gets into the mountains. Better to get sick now than get sick later.

We currently have 17 porters. More will join us later when our remaining expedition gear is flown iinto Syangboche in a few days’ time.

The team stopped at Jorsale enroute to Namche Bazaar. Later in the afternoon we had our first glimpse of Everest. Even from 30km away, it looks huge. Besides the traditional plume of cloud billowing from its summit, we noticed that the mountain was very dry.

 

Tengboche Monastery, 3,900m, Wed, March 18 1998

Cookies ‘n’ Cream ice cream

Justin Lean

It is a cold Wednesday morning. Today the team sets out for Tengboche from Namche Bazaar. The weather continues to worsen much to our disappointment. Soon the snow will steadily transform from dry mud trails to white slippery passages.

This is the extremities which surrounds the Everest Base Camp. What was once a nice walk in pleasant sunny weather has now becomes a cold alpine world.

We arrive at the Tengboche Monastery (3,900m) in a white out. The lodge we are meant to stay, is 15 minutes downhill. The snow and ice has made the trail slippery. Our porters slip and slide with their heavy loads and I see at least one yak fall. I had to double back to the media crew who were trailing behind to warn them to watch their step. The visual of white snow mixed with black dirt reminds me of Cookies ‘n’ Cream ice-cream.

We managed to arrive at our night stop in one piece. We have survived yet another day.

 

Pheriche, 4,240m, Thur, March 19 1998

Puja, for a safe expedition

Justin Lean

The team sets out in a snow covered landscape and we make our way to Pheriche. Enroute we stop at Pangboche Monastery where a puja (holy ceremony) is made by our Buddhist Sherpas to the Goddess Chomolungma for a safe expedition. The walk up to Pheriche proved to be a breadthless experience for us due to the altitude. Pheriche is 4,240m. Our communications officer Johann is not taking the altitude and the cold very well.

Bruce Niven, oveshadowed by Thamserkku - Everest basecamp approach

 

Pheriche 4,240m, Fri, March 20 1998

Johann gets stuffed!!

Justin Lean

This is a rest day at Pheriche. This is a small village with basic amenities. A needed stop for the team to get used to the altitude and to wash up. And of course, a much needed respite from trail food and Mars bars. Johann is still having a headache so we put him into the Portable Altitude Chamber. The highest Johann has been is 4,101m on Mount Kinabalu. This is a new altitude for him hence some of the problems he is experiencing. He is feeling better after the treatment. A new man. . .

 

Lobuche 4,900m, Sun, March 22 1998

Just talking

Justin Lean

What are you guys feeling now about the long hikes?

The Everest Base Camp trek is a challenge within itself. It is not a question of fitness but the challenge of how well one’s body adjusts to the altitude. For most of us on the team who have come across this altitude before, we’re doing well. It’s a welcoming experience to be back breathing thin air. But I can appreciate the effort for first timers. Climbing uphill can be a real daunting task while your body struggles for oxygen in the rarefied air.

Temperatures have dropped as we proceed higher. It snowed whilst we were trekking to the village of Dingboche. The trails were exceptionally slippery with ice. One of our yaks slipped and fell though with no incident. It just picked itself up further down the slope and continued along. At Pheriche, it was -8 degrees C at night.

A typical trekking day is as follows :

0700hrs Breakfast

0730hrs Yaks and porters move out.

0800hrs Move out, trek along trails following uphill and downhill passing villages and spectacular scenery.

1200hrs Stop for lunch prepared by our mobile kitchen crew of tough Nepalese Cook boys and kitchen hands.

1500hrs Arrive at night stop. Have tea. Rest, go for short walks around village and acclimatise.

We spent a few days resting at some of the villages. Three days at Namche (3,465m) to await a helicopter bringing in its gear including 350kgs worth of communications equipment. One day at Pheriche (4,600m) for acclimatisation. The team is now at Lobuche (4,900m) where we are spending another day resting to get used to the altitude.

How’s working with the Nepalese and Sherpas?

We are currently accompanied by a train of porters who come from the surrounding villages, yaks and yak drivers. All are tasked to help carry the expedition’s supplies to Everest Base Camp. Some of the expedition’s Sherpas are already at Everest Base Camp (EBC) setting up tents and gear. We just received news from them that winds are strong at EBC. We lost one tent at EBC due to these winds. According to schedule, we will be one of the first expeditions at EBC this season. Other expeditions include Henry Todd’s commercial expedition, Wally Berg’s GPS research expedition and an Iranian expedition.

What do you feel, being away from home?

I think all of us are still enjoying the trek in. Right now we are trying to visualize what is to come wwhen we reach Base Camp. Home is not missed but the people back home are.

Technology meets Porters: Johann Annuar sending dispatches via our Applebook laptops. Our expedition were early adopters in the game of Intenet dispatches. As a result this website got up to 1 million hits a day

Gorak Shep 5,200m, Mon, March 23 1998

Getting nearer

Justin Lean

It snowed last night. The snow has covered everything in sugary slush and has brought the temperature down to 15 degrees Celsius. Johann, our communications officer, had to wake up at 0530hrs on an icy morning to set up the satellites for interviews.

The expedition set out from Lobuche (4,900m) at 0900hrs for Gorak Shep. The trail was covered in snow but the many trekkers using the route made the going easy. We gained altitude to about 5,200m. Most of the team reached the lodge at Gorak Shep at 1200hrs. Some members of the media crew stayed behind at Lobuche to further acclimatise.

Everest's southwest face, as seen from Kala Pattar

 

From Gorak Shep, Kala Patar looks like an easy walk away. We can see the South West Face of Nuptse (7,861m) which looks extremely wicked with its sharp ridges and ice bulges that threaten to avalanche anytime. It level of difficulty and the fact that it is just below 8,000m, explain why few expeditions are attempted.

The arrowhead cone summit of Mount Pumori (7,165m) towers above Gorak Shep. In fact Gorak Shep is considered the base camp for those attempting Pumori. The tip of Everest can be seen from here. It looks far away, but we know that with each step we are getting nearer.

 

Kala Pattar 5,545m, Tue, March 24 1998

Caught underdressed

Justin Lean

Members of the Everest Team made an acclimtisation climb from Gorak Shep up to Kala Patar. Years ago, The Straits Times made a report on Singaporeans having “conquered Kala Patar”. Everest now beckons. It is heartening that our mountaineering goals have come this far.

It was not an easy climb. Winds up to 100 km/h buffetted the hill. Having underestimated the weather, expedition members were caught underdressed. Robert Goh reached the top first and immediately began his descent. I met him on the way down and noticed his face covered with a thin layer of ice.

I was clad in only one layer of thermals but put on my down jacket upon reaching the top. The top of Kala Patar is the best place to view the Everest Massif. Most of us were overwhelmed by the sight of our goal. Due to the high winds, we did not hang around the summit for long. But we did try to get a QTVR picture before going down.

Rozani made his own way up to Kala Patar in the afternoon. He was gone for awhile and we worried that he may have mistaken the 7200m summit of Pumori for his objective. Much to our relief he returned just before dinner with a big smile on his face.

Click the link below to enjoy a 180-degree view of Everest, Nuptse and the Khumbu – use your mouse to drag the image left or right

Kala_Pattar

 

Everest Base Camp 5,400m, Wed, March 25 1998

Down clothing

Justin Lean

The team made its way to Everest Base Camp (5,500m). The altitude had an effect on some, contributing to exhaustion and nausea. It was encouraging to see some of the stronger members taking well to the thin air. EBC was bitterly cold -15 degC. in the evening.

Everyone brought out their down clothing. Our enormous orange golf ball mess tent was set up with some interesting confusion with our 12 Nepali Sherpas all eager to help.

Our communications officer Johann Annuar was some what daunted at managing the 350kg of gear that is to be part of our communications tent but everybody pitched in to help.

 

Everest Base Camp 5,400m, Thur, March 26 1998

Meeting our Sherpas and Robert’s crown fell off

Justin Lean

The team was formally introduced to our 12 climbing Sherpas today. Sherpas are Nepalese climbers who are incredibly strong due to their living at high altitude. Their profession as guides and climbers on expeditions is well known. On our expedition, our Sherpas are co-climbers. They will be given an equal chance to reach the summit though many have already done so. We have worked with some of these magnificent chaps on previous expeditions. Man Bahadur Tamang is climbing Sirdar (leader) of the Sherps. He has summitted Everest twice without oxygen. (see pic).

Much of the day was spent organising gear that would be used higher up – Oxygen, stoves and food.

Robert’s crown fell out. We suspect that this is due to the cold. Our doctor Shani, has to do a temporary operation with the kit given to us by the National Dental Clinic. It was -6 deg C in the tent this morning.

 

Khumbu Icefall 5,500m, Fri, March 27 1998

Living in a meat locker

Justin Lean

The team took a short foray into the lower reaches of the Khumbu Icefall today. This provided good opportunity for some to get used to ice climbing in their new altitude boots. David describes the ice as “solid blue ice with a six-inch coating of unconsolidated snow”.

Everest Base Camp (EBC) is situated on the Khumbu glacier itself. Hence, the tents are pitched on ice and rubble. It is rather cold and miserable now with temperatures dropping below -15 deg C. As veteran mountaineer David Breashears said,”It’s like living in a meat locker.”

All members are doing fine. It is Justin’s turn to suffer from gastro-intestinal problems. Frequent visits to the Base Camp toilet has made him a veteran in night bombing operations.

This gallery contains 6 photos.

The biggest controversy that counterpointed the enormous groundswell of goodwill after the team summited Everest was the Citizens vs Permanent Resident divide. People demanded to know why the final two climbers that reachd the top were not Singapore citizens but merely permanent residents (failing to understand that at least two offive climbers on the May 19th 1998 first attempt were citizens).

Below are some news stories during that time after our return, and letters written on some related topics as recently as 2008.

_________________________

 

Cherian George’s take on the realities that Singapore face – that it has to embrace permanent residents as well as its own citizens in a talent-scarce landscape

The Front page of the STraits Times ( 2nd time in a week as more photos were sent via SATphones)

How The New Paper covered the controversy

 

How the S21 thinktank model for SIngapore’s future lauded a risk taking mentality

 

Ed Siew on the cover of a local magazine.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES

From The Straits Times: Jan 15, 2008
Edmund Hillary faced controversy, like Singapore’s own Everest busters

I NOTE with sadness the death of Sir Edmund Hillary. John Hunt’s 1953 expedition which saw Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay ascend Everest was one of several benchmarks I used when leading the 1st Singapore Everest Expedition in 1998.

Like Hillary, I was 33 years old when I set foot on Everest. And like Hillary and Hunt, I faced controversy on my return from Everest – largely from whining, uninformed Singaporeans who asked why there were foreigners on the team. Many failed to realise that, unlike some recent immigrants who have come with a more mercenary intent, all of the team’s permanent residents had made Singapore their home well before the climb.

Others moaned of the high cost of the expedition (when only 12 per cent was from taxpayers’ funds).

The full story of what transpired has been well documented in books like Mountain To Climb.

Singaporeans are only now, in my opinion, beginning to understand the difference between price and value. The great investor Warren Buffett described that relationship best when he said: ‘Price is what you pay, value is what you get.’

The countless people who have been inspired by our own small mark in Singapore history, and have gone out to achieve their own dreams, is value that is priceless.

David Lim

Leader, 1st Singapore Everest Expedition 1998

Leader, Singapore-Latin American Everest Expedition 2001

Members of the 1st Singapore Mt Everest Expedition 1998

Singapore:

David Lim Yew Lee (leader/climber) – 33, multimedia executive

Justin Lean Jin Kiat (climber/communications) – 25, student

Khoo Swee Chiow (climber) – 33, systems analyst

Leong Chee Mun (climber) – 33, teacher

Edwin Siew Cheok Wai (climber) – 28, outdoor activities instructor

Dr Mok Ying Jang (climber) – 30, physician

Dr Robert Goh Ee Kiat (climber) – 33, defence engineer

Mohd. Rozani bin Maarof (climber) – 30, service technician

Dr Shani Tan Sian Wei (team doctor) – 39, anaesthetist

Johann Annuar (communications officer) – 23, student

Col. Bruce Mackenzie Niven (base camp manager) – 63, consultant

 

Nepal:

Man Bahadur Tamang (sirdar)

 

Climbing Sherpas:

Kunga Sherpa (deputy sirdar)

Dorje Phulilie

Pasang Gambu

Kami Rita

Nawang Phurba

Phurba Sherpa

Fura Dorje

Dawa Tshering 

Lhakpa Tshering

Dawa Gyalzen

Lila Bahadur Tamang

 

Other basecamp staff:

 

Urke Tamang

Sonam Lama

Pralhad Pokharel (Liaison Officer)

Thal Bahadur Adhikari (Badri)

Birbahadur Tamang

Gun Bahadur Tamang

Yula Tshering

 

DB Koirala (Trekking/logistics agent)

 

PARTNERS OF THE 1ST SINGAPORE EVEREST EXPEDITION 1998

Major contributors:

Singapore Pools

Ricola Asia Pacific

Cerebos Asia Pacific

NTUC Income Pte Ltd

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Telecom

Singapore Turf Club

Singapore Sports Council

The Singapore Army

 

Other contributors (in alphabetical order):

All-Propade (Zarges containers)

Apex Pharmacy (pharmaceuticals)

Apple Computers (laptops and desktop systems)

Bayer (specialist drugs)

Cisco Systems (routers)

CommerceAsia and SingNet (website hosting)

Contax (cameras and Zeiss T* lenses)

Harper’s Trading (Pocari Sweat isotonic drinks)

Hewlett-Packard (inkjet printers)

Kodak (digital cameras)

Meteorological Service Singapore (weather reports)

Millet (mountaineering clothing)

Motorola (GP68 radios)

Nalgene Sport Bottles

National Youth Council

Nature’s Farm (food supplements)

NERA (satellite telecommunications)

Rogen Singapore (media consultancy)

Salomon (approach and technical boots)

Siemens (solar panels)

Sony  (digital video cameras)

Starbucks Coffee

Stubai (mountaineering equipment)

SunSing Trading (Citizen watches)

W.L. Gore and Associates (Gore-Tex clothing and equipment)

 

Official media:

Television Corporation of Singapore (TCS5 and TCS8)

Radio Corporation of Singapore (ONE FM and 93.3FM)

 

Expedition websites:

http://www.everest.org.sg

 

 

Ed Siew on the summit of Everest, 6am, May 25th, 1998. Edwin was the first Singapore climber to reach the summit of Mt Everest. Photo courtesy of Bermardo Guarachi

SC Khoo and Ed Siew on the triumphant return to basecamp

 Camp 2, 6,500m, Friday, May 15th 1998

Snow on the Mountain

Dr. Shani Tan

It has been a cold, damp and cloudy day here at Everest Base Camp. It started to
snow gently at dinner time last night and remained fog-bound all night both here and
in the Western Cwm. At 0400h this morning, winds became moderately gusty and
started to snow steadily until 0700h. At the 0600h radio call, the guys at Camp 2 informed us that they will not be moving out to Camp 3. It was snowing there but not too heavily and the wind was not high but visibility was poor. That being the case, Mok and Leong and three Sherpas in EBC were kept from moving up as that would only tax the logistics at C2.

Unfortunately, neither of the weather reports that we have been receiving (from the UK and Singapore) give us any idea of precipitation, which is governed more by local air current convection factors. Tomorrow, the two remaining climbers and

Sherpas will move up to C2.

Weather permitting, five climbers will move up to C3 — Edwin will remain at C2 as support. As we transmit this report to you, we will also be downloading another weather report. We hope that the five-day forecast will be favourable for a summit push. On the brighter side, two climbers from another expedition returning from C3 have told us that our tents there are intact, although covered with snow.

Camp 3, 7,200m, Friday, May 1st 1998

How we made it to Camp 3

Dr. Shanni Tan

Camp 3 climbing report :

Swee Chiow, Edwin and Leong left C2(Camp 2) at 0930h yesterday morning under

perfect climbing conditions for C3(Camp 3). They were accompanied by our

climbing Sherpas who helped to ferry more loads up to C3. There were also

numerous climbers from other expeditions making their way to C3. The Lhotse Face

was in very good condition with firm snow and big “buckets” kicked into the hard blue

ice by climbers preceeding them. Swee and company made very good time and

arrived in C3 by 1520h.

Camp 3 is strung out over several hundred vertical meters on the Lhotse wall. It is

roughly divided in to an upper and an lower camp. We have three 3-man Mountain

Hardware tents in the lower part of C3 at approximately 7200m.

The position of the tents even though guyed down with heavy duty rope is quite

precarious, as they are resting on hard snow and ice. To carry out any activity outside

the tent ( eg. going to toilet ), one has to “clip in” to the ropes to prevent a kilometer

long fall down a sheer face of ice.

They spent a very cold night in C3 ( it was very cold even in perfect windless

conditions ) and were comfortable without the use of supplementary oxygen.

 

Camp 3 team returns to Base Camp :

We had a very hot morning with bright sunshine and very little wind both at BC (Base

Camp) and in the Westerm Cwm, clouding over by 1430h with rain and hail by

1630h. At the 0800h radio call, Swee, Ed and Leong were within 10 min of C2

having left C3 at 0630h this morning. The others; David, Justin, Mok, Roz and Robert

were just starting out from C2 for C3 accompanied by Sherpa support. The C3 people

rested in C2 while Sonam and Urke made rice porridge for breakfast.

By 1200h, the trio from C3 were in the ice fall enroute to BC but the other 5 are

still on the fixed ropes leading up to C3. Swee and company made very good time

and arrive in BC by 1320h where they are now resting, rehydrating and reading

emails with great gusto. ( Email was the great incentive to come down early it seems).

At the 1600h radio call, Mok, Roz and Rob had just gotten into C3 with Justin and

David reported 5 and 20 minutes away respectively.We will have a further call at

1800h during which Mok will give a medical update on Justin and Roz. It is yet

unknown if they will sleep on supplementary oxygen tonight.

 

Camp 3, 7,200m, Saturday, May 2nd 1998

Strong Winds Prevail

Dr. Shani Tan

 

Second Team hampered by winds at Camp 3

At EBC, we had a fine hot sunny morning, clouds rolling in by lunchtime and it

began to hail then sleet and snow. And by 1600h we have two inches of snow.

However up on the Lhotse face, David, Justin, Mok, Roz and Rob were buffeted by

winds from the early hours of the morning.

Team 2 made for C3 yesterday starting at 0800h in the morning. Rob and Roz

arrived at about 1430h with David, Mok and Justin arriving two hours later. David was

very tired to start with having had a bad night the night before and Justin was tired

out by his cough. All had a sleepness night in C3 without supplementary oxygen.

This morning they left C3 for EBC in windy conditions with blowing spindrift

swirling into the vestibule preventing them from brewing up before making the

descent. Leaving at 0730h, and “running on empty “ Rob and Roz arrived at C2 at

0900h with David, Mok and Justin arriving 30 min to an hour later. They had some

breakfast and drinks. Rob and Roz left C2 for EBC at 1030h arriving just after 1500h.

Mok, David and Justin being very tired opted to stay in C2 for the night. The guys in

C2 will descend to EBC tomorrow.

The medical plan is for Justin and Roz to descend further down to Pheriche

(4,240m, home of the Himalayan Rescue Association) for a few days so that their

cough may improve with the appropriate medication. This is because infections of

any sort (including chest infections), cuts and wounds do not heal quickly in the

rarified atmosphere of EBC, where oxygen level is a third that of sea level.

 

Waiting game begins

After this, the wait will be for C4 to be established and for the right weather window of

about four days. A weather window usually occurs just before the arrival of the south

west monsoon when the winds stop and the weather is calm. The first assent of Everest

was made on May 29. We will be keeping a close eye on the arrival of the monsoon, still

reported to be in the Indian Ocean. Closer to summit day, we will be getting more

frequent weather forecasts from our sources.

 

Route through to South Col

A large number of Sherpas (41 including ours) reached South Col yesterday to stock up

for C4. However due to the windy conditions this morning, our Sherpas made it

only to C3 before turning back.

Camp 3, 7,200m, Sunday, May 3rd 1998

Some respite for tired climbers

Dr. Shani Tan

 

All climbers back in Base Camp

We had a hot, sunny morning giving way to an overcast afternoon with rain turning to

snow by 1530h replacing the four inches of fresh snow we had yesterday afternoon

which had all but melted in the heat of the morning sun. The hot sun this morning no

doubt made the trip down from Camp 2 more energy sapping for the climbers.

David, Justin and Mok left C2 this morning at about 0800h and made their way

back to BC, eventually reaching BC at about 1310h all arriving within 20min of each

other. They were very tired, dehydrated and sunburnt. All are now resting after some

food and drink.

As planned, tomorrow Justin and Roz will descend to Pheriche for a well deserved

rest. Hopefully their coughs will get better in the warmer and richer oxygen of

Pheriche, which is a good 1,000m lower than BC. They will be away from EBC for

approximately five days. We will maintain daily radio contact with them during this

period.

 

Yale / MIT Team arrive in Base Camp :

The Yale/MIT research group arrived in BC today preceeded by a big yak train. They

are attached to the Eric Simonsen/Wally Berg GPS team and will be here in EBC

carrying out scientific experiments for the next two weeks. We hope to bring you an

update on that soon.

 

Base Camp, 5,200m, Monday, May 4th 1998

Today’s Special: “mee suah” Soup

Dr. Shani Tan

Rest and Recuperation time :

Everyone is in BC(Base Camp) except for Justin and Roz who left for Periche this

morning shortly after breakfast. 6 Sherpas came down to BC this morning, leaving the

remaining 6 to continue ferrying loads between C2(Camp 2) and C4(Camp 4). Most

people spent the day resting up, especially those who had come down from C2

yesterday. Laundry drying in the hot sun, journals being updated, tent platforms

rebuilt ( as the days grow warmer and longer, the glacier beneath us melts at an

increasing rate and we find our tent sites breaking up at an alarming rate ). Johann

made a trip down to Kala Pattar today as he missed out on it on our walk in.

Unfortunately, the overcast conditions with intermmitent rain and sleet made the trip

less pleasant and presented poor photo opportunities.

 

 

Mok’s Base Camp Restaurant reopens !

Mok, our inteprid Base Camp gourmet cooked chinese “mee suah” soup and stir fried

vegetables in oyster sauce for lunch. Our Base Camp kitchen staff and some Sherpas

observed with great interest but declined to sample the results. Our team, however

consumed the dishes with great gusto. It is rumoured that dinner will be another Mok

special tonight !

 

 

Crazy weather in BC :

It was hot, bright and sunny in the morning with scorching sun but clouds billowed up

from the valley and gave rise to intermittent showers and partially overcast sky from

1200h. It is very hot within the tents when the sun is full on the tent whilst outdoors

the sun burns the skin even though the air temperature is down a about 10C. The

entire Westerm Cwm was covered with thick cloud from midmorning and from Kala

Pattar, there was no view of the summit which was also covered with cloud.

 

 

Base Camp, 5,200m, Tuesday, May 5th 1998

Rest and Plan

Dr. Shani Tan

Resting up and planning :

Yet another rest day today. All team members except Justin and Roz ( who are in

Periche) are at EBC. Justin and Roz passed word to an Iranian expedition member

who met them in Periche that they are OK. We are in actual fact NOT in daily radio

comms with Justin and Roz.

David met up with Henry Todd of Himalayan Guides today to discuss summit

plans. It appears that the portion of the summit route from South Summit to the

actual summit will be fixed by Wally Berg’s team but as yet there is no agreement

between expedition on “fixing” the remaining part of the route from C4 up to the

South Summit. There will be further discussions in the next few days with respect to

this issue. David and Bruce have also been discussing the logistics and possible

pairing up of Sherpa and climbers this morning. The summit teams have yet to be

chosen.

The proposed summit attempt date has yet to be fixed but we plan to have people

ready to move up the Mountain again by perhaps the 10th if the weather is suitable.

 

 

More goodies arrive !

We have recieved the replacement cable and printer ( specially modified for our

purposes ) from HP, tasty snacks and chocolates from Muei Hoon and other very

welcome goodies. Many thanks also to Charlie who bought a big ( 500g ) bottle of

Marmite for us

 

Base Camp, 5,200m, Tuesday, May 6th 1998

The Wait

David Lim

Basecamp Wait:

The team is currently resting and waiting for a suitable summit push, most likely to

take place from the 8th May with a possible summit push just after the full moon on

the 12th May. Today, a meeting with Bruce Niven, David Lim and Chief Sherpa (or

sirdar) MB Tamang and assistant sirdar Kunga Sherpa was held. The meeting was to

determine supplies currently at the two high camps, Camp 3 and Camp 4;

communications protocol during the summit push and oxygen usage sequence on

summit day and other primary concerns. Of interest will be the Bracknell weather

forecast due out on the 7th and will be good for four to five days.

The summit party has yet to be named.

Other teams seem to plan summit pushes around the same period with likely summit

dates as follows (unconfirmed): Wally Berg, 13th May, Himalayan Kingdoms, 10th

May, Everest Challenge, 11th May. Henry Todd’s first group of three Britons is likely to

go on the 11/12th with the second group off in a few days later. Aussie Alan Silva is

likely ot be climbing ‘alone’ and not in a group, although overall support will be

available for the whole group of smaller sub-parties.

Three Swiss guides including the famous Andres George will be heading for

Lhotse and Basque soloist Ignaqui is likely to making his third attempt this season on

the rarely climbed 8,000 metre peak.

Trekker Death:

No details as yet but it has been reported that a Japanese trekker died two nights ago

in his tent at a campsite in Gorak Shep, a few hours from Everest Base Camp and the

last overnight stop for visitors to base camp. Initial reactions suggest he had high

altitude health problems but chose not to descend.

 

Incompetence on the Mountain:

A peculiar incident happened last week when the Camp 3 party of Swee Chiow,

Chee Mun and Edwin were en route to C3. At the beginning of the fixed ropes, there

is a fixed line which traverses right and upwards. To the right is a red line for

descending parties to abseil past ascending parties. At this rope were three

English-speaking climbers who seemed reluctant to descend. Upon passing them, it

was realised that the reason why they were at that position for such a longtime was

because none of them were sure how to abseil in the first place (!). Eventually, their

guide or more experienced team-member descended and helped them with this

most basic of climbing skills.

It is the view of the team that such people have no place on this mountain. In a

similar incident last year on Cho Oyu, a well-equipped client of a very well-known

commercial mountain-guiding firm was incapable to clear a 60 metre ice section;

causing a potentially hazardous bottleneck of climbers.

 

Media indifference to criticism:

About two weeks ago, I mentioned the media’s general abuse of the word ‘conquer’ in

the realm of mountaineering. Despite attempts to educate sub-editors, journalists etc,

the term is still abused, much to the chagrin of climbers.

Several days ago a local newspaper and its Web site version lifted my quote about

how mountains are never conquered but deftly omitted my criticism of the media as

a whole about their overuse and abuse of the term ‘conquer’, How amusing.

 

Base Camp, 5,200m, Thursday, May 7th 1998

The Waiting Game continues

Shani Tan

The weather report we have received from Bracknell in UK forecasts very high winds

near the summit for the days of 8th, 9th and 10th. To attempt to summit then would

be suicidal. We are of course then waiting for another forecast for the days following

those windy ones, ie for May 11th to 15th. We hope that this would be favourable and

the summit team(s) — yet to be announced—will be mobilised accordingly.

However, all is not idleness at EBC, we have been preparing high-altitude drink

rations for the Sherpas, identifying a helipad site in event of emergencies, liasing

with other expeditions with regard to summit attempts. The good news is that the

monsoon (the arrival of which will mean the end of the climbing season) is well in

the Indian Ocean, far away from us.

 

Interview with the Yale/MIT team

A 13 strong Yale/NASA/MIT team arrived in EBC a few days ago led by trek leader

Scott Hamilton. The team consists of three doctors and 10 scientists from MIT who

will be testing “advanced medical” and “telemedicine” devices.

Their expedition, called the “Everest Extreme Environments” or “E3”, hope to test out

various high tech medical monitoring devices in the extreme environment of Mount

Everest. They are collaborating with Wally Berg’s GPS team of climbers who will

wear some of these devices on their bodies as they attempt to reach the summit.

These deives although sophisticated medical monitors are specially designed to be

small and light-weight.

This project not only has implications for military and space research, but also

important to the man in the street. A patient with telemetry devices attached to him

may be monitored at home and on the move, increasing the knowledge of some

medical problems and also allowing the medical practitioner to give more

comprehensive care to his patient. These telemetry or remote monitoring devices

may also allow specialist advice for patients in rural areas where no such care is

physically available.

The E3 team will also be transmitting live video reports daily to Yale and also will be

video conferencing with a medical conference in the US on the subject of

telemedicine some time later next week. All this is made possible with very high

speed data links and sophisticated electronics.

For more information on telemedicine, visit the AT&T Website.

Base Camp, 5,400m, Friday, May 8th 1998

Waiting on “mountain time”

Shani Tan

 

It was hot and sunny with moderate winds at Base Camp but very high winds could be

seen blowing snow off Lhotse and Nuptse. In fact the winds up high near the 7,500m

  • 8,000m level appeared to be blowing in a vortex. All attempts by Sherpas from

some expeditions today to reach South Col have been turned back.

Everyone is back in EBC, including Sherpas.

Justin and Roz came back today from Pheriche, both of them with some

improvement in their coughs. Contrary to common belief, acclimatisation achieved

by climbers is retained for a good two weeks so there is no danger of losing it by a

period of rest and recuperation lower down in Pheriche.

The rest of us put in some manual labour to shift rocks and gravel to repair tents

sites belonging to Swee, Mok, Edwin and Leong. (very good exercise at 5,300m ).

We are waiting yet again… the weather report from Bracknell correlates well with

our MSS report—high winds extending all the way to May 14th. With the jet stream

hovering over Everest’s summit—winds reaching 80 knots which is approx 150kph.

All climbers from all expeditions at EBC are waiting anxiously for the weather to

take a turn for the better. But as a veteran, who is no stranger to Everest, said—we are

here on “mountain time”—to expect to come and climb Everest without waiting out

the weather is unrealistic.

Incorrect reports

We have heard reports that RCS has reported that our climbers have been to Camp 4

  • that is incorrect. Most expeditions do not spend time acclimatising at C4. It is a drain on resources and puts climbers at unnecessary risk. Furthermore, the human body does not acclimatise well beyond C3. The usual practice is for the Sherpa teams to carry loads up to and stock up C4 in preparation for the summit push.

 

Base Camp, 5,400m, Saturday, May 9th 1998

Taking on the “Jetstreams”

David Lim, Expedition Leader

 

THE JETSTREAM ARRIVES:

The jetstream, the winds which occupy the higher levels of our atmosphere has

arrived. The band of these super-fast winds is currently over the Everest zone and is

causing winds at the summit level to hit 160km/h. They are expected to persist at

least up to the 14th. The bottom line is that no one will be making a summit attempt

for another week. It’s a waiting game.

Some of the other teams’ members have gone down to Pangboche for the warmer

and thicker air for a few days.

The team spends its time reading, resting, shoring up tent platforms and such

camp chores. The heat of the warmer months is causing basecamp – which is

situated on a glacier – to melt out. Rocks prevent the bare ice from being exposed to

the sun’s power and delays the inevitable.

 

LANDING ZONE PREPARED:

This morning, base camp manager Bruce Niven and our sherpas prepared a landing

zone for helicopters. The zone, previously recced by Bruce, was probably an old site

which, through the shifting ice of the glacier, needed work.

The LZ will be useful in any possible emergency where a helicopter evacuation is

required. Bruce has also prepared resources forms for team leaders to complete. This

will centralise information regarding possible summit dates, location of important

resources like oxygen, radio frequencies at various camps and the names and

locations of team doctors.

 

THE IRANIANS:

One of the many teams here are the Iranians, led by Mr Rafsanjani. They are 17

strong and have permits for both Mt Everest and Lhotse, Everest’s neighbouring

8000metre peak.

This is Iran’s second attempt at Everest since it’s first successful climb, done as a

joint Iran-Japan expedition in 1978.

Their previous training peaks in the past few years have included peaks in Iran

itself and much larger Himalayan peaks like Rakaposhi ( Pakistan, 7700+metres ) and

Gasherbrum II ( Pakistan, 8000+metres ).

Unlike the Singapore team, the national Iranian team have been fully funded by

their government, an advantage often possessed by teams from countries with a

ready- established mountaineering tradition.

We wish them good fortune and safe climbing.

 

WELL-WISHERS:

Once again, many thanks to our well-wishers from The USA, Brazil Singapore,

Malaysia and from many other far flung corners of the world, many of whom we will

never meet but are brought closer to us by the power of the Internet.

 

Base Camp, 5,400m, Monday, May 11th 1998

Bad weather up on Base Camp

Dr. Shani Ta

High Winds threaten BC

We spent the night listening to the roar of the jet stream over the mountain and woke

to see clouds streaming over the summits at speeds well in excess of 150kph. Our

Sirdar, with many Everest expeditions under his belt came after breakfast to warn us

that the winds may descend all the way to BC. With that we checked and tightened

all our guy lines. Indeed at one point it appeared that his prediction might come true

as the vortices of wind and snow were seen on the Ice Fall at an altitude less than

500m above BC.

By 1200h howvever, the winds had subsided somewhat and were replaced by a

steady snowfall. The visibility now is about 200m and it is still snowing hard.

We have just received another weather report from Bracknell which does not give

us any reason to rejoice; the bad weather will continue at least for the next two days,

lifting slightly for another two before deteriorating to even worse conditions by the

end of the coming week.

 

Winds wreak havoc at CAMP 2

Verbal reports from our staff at C2 say that many tents from all the expeditions have

been at least damaged if not completely blown away by the high winds. Our two

kitchen crew at C2 managed to collapse our tents at C2 and weigh them down with

rocks to prevent them from being blown away. The situation at C3 remains uncertain

for all of us at BC until someone can actually assess them in person. It has been a

cruel blow for those expeditions whose tents have been blown away, together with

vital equipment contained within as these may be irreplacable. We can only hope

that our equipment at C3 is still intact, but that can only be ascertained when it is

safe to go back up the mountain. Trekkers arrive in the snow

Two trekkers, Muei Hoon and Maurice arrived safely in BC today at 1600h.They will

be spending at least a night with us.

 

Base Camp, 5,400m, Tuesday, May 12th 1998

Wind wind go away

Justin Lean

 

Bad Weather Hits High On The Mountain :

The weather was bad yesterday 11th May. Apparently the night before, winds started

gusting to 180km/h at the summit of Everest. This is in line with the weather reports

we have been getting, stating that the jetstream will sit just at the summit of the

mountain for the next few days.

High winds also affected the mountain lower down. Winds tore at camp 2 (6500m)

on the night of the 10th. Luckily, we have two Sherpa cooks, Sonam and Urke

stationed at camp 2. They had the foresight to collaspe all our tents at camp 2

before serious damage was done. They then sought refuge in the tent belonging to

the cook of another expedition, the latter being good friends with them. No one slept

a wink due to the violence of the winds at camp 2.

 

Camp 2 Devastation :

Other expeditions were less lucky. Having no personnel at camp 2, their tents were

left to the mercy of the winds. Reports have it that some tents have been destroyed

and others have been blown away. This does not bode well for these expeditions as

crucial climbing equipment were stored in the tents. If these have been lost, it could

mean the end of the trip for them. It is now up to the expeditions to send personnel

up to ascertain the extent of the damage.

Today (12th May), no one was sent up except some Sherpas from Henry Todd’s

group, the rationale being that it would be better to allow any fresh snow that has

fallen during the storm to settle or avalanche off the mountains first. The Sherpas

from Henry’s group will be roped up and extra cautious.

 

What about Camp 3?

Not much is known about the status of camp 3 (7200m). Our Sherpas at camp 2 say

that visibility is not good enough to get a visual report on camp 3. It is hoped that

snows from previous snowfalls will weigh the tents down so that they don’t get blown

away.

 

Jetstream Continues :

Winds continued to blow on 11th May. Clouds could be seen forming fantastic

patterns as the winds hit the ramparts of Everest and Nuptse. The howling of the wind

could be heard at base camp – it was as if base camp was next to the busiest airport

in the world.

 

Waiting It Out :

Though winds have been high on the mountain, things have been quite calm at BC.

It has been totally perfect today (12th May). To keep ourselves occupied, climbers

have been busy reading, performing minor repairs on personal kit and getting to know

members of other expeditions better.

 

Landing Zone Constructed :

In case of an emergency, Sherpas of our team constructed a heli-landing pad on the

Khumbu Glacier under the watchful eye of Bruce our Base Camp Commander. This

landing pad is positioned just due South of the tents at Base Camp. In the event of

an emergency, our base camp team will head to the helipad with a bag of juniper

leaves and kerosene to create a smudge fire. Bright cloth and strobe lights will also

be used to guide the incoming pilot. Two way communications will be established to

co-ordinate the landing. Hopefully. things will not have to turn out this way. Our

landing pad will be open to use for other expeditions.

 

Intentions for 13th May 1998 :

Climbers will be headed for higher ground to maintain their acclimatisation. Rozani,

Swee Chiow and Justin will be headed up the icefall to spend a night at Camp 2

(6500m). Hopefully, they will also be able to assess the damage done by the recent

windstorm at Camp 2. The rest will be taking a hike to Pumori Base Camp and return

on the same day. Pumori is a beautiful 7000m+ mountain near Everest.

 

Camp 2, 6,700m, Wednesday, May 13th 1998

Back to the Mountain

Dr. Shani Tan

 

Going back to the Mountain :

Justin, Roz and Swee left for Camp 2 this morning at 0600h, with the latter two

arriving at about 1300h and Justin at 1400hr. Our tents at C2 are intact with all our

gear in place and we have reports that our tents at Camp 3 are still intact.They have

been instructed to stay in C2 tomorrow instead of returning as originally planned as

the rest of the climbers intend to go up to join them tomorrow. The remaining

climbers took a short four-hour walk to a ridge above Pumori BC from where they had

excellent views of the South Col and the summit ridge of Everest. This has potential

as a likely spot for good comms during the summit push.

 

Video conference with Yale Medical School :

Shani, the Expedition Doctor took part in a live video conference with Yale Medical

School where topics of discussion included altitude sickness amongst tam members,

sherpa crew and other mountain medicine issues. This was part of the daily live

conferences that the Yale/MIT team carry out.

 

Trekkers leave us for warmer climes :

Muei Hoon and Maurice left us today for Lobuche – we want to thank them again for

bringing us replacement Hewlett Packard parts and also many edible goodies.

More of Mok !

Mok again demonstrated his culinary skills by making an excellent Nasi Goreng Ikan

Bilis for us at lunch time.

Camp 2, 6,700m, Thursday, May 14th 1998

More heading up to Camp 2

Dr. Shani Tan

More climbers move up to C2 :

Last night was relatively cold and clear. At 0530 this morning, most of us woke up to

see David, Edwin and Robert off to Camp 2. They were accompanied by 9 Sherpas

carrying supplies to restock C2. They will join Justin, Swee and Roz who are already

there and help make repairs to the tent poles that were broken in the recent wind

storm. Tomorrow, Mok and Leong and the remaining Sherpas will move up to C2.

Base Camp is otherwise very quiet as climbers are packing in anticipation of a

weather window appearing in the next few days.

Wally Berg’s team have also been wired up with bio & geo packs and will move up

the mountain tomorrow.

 

Camp 2, 6,500m, Saturday, May 16th 1998

Nature takes charge

Dr. Shani Tan

 

All was calm here at Everest Base Camp.

In the early hours of the morning, however, the dining tent at Camp 2 was blown

down by strong winds. At 0500h, a gigantic avalanche slid down the LhoLa and the

resultant cloud of snow and debris dusted the tents in C2 and the Icefall. Fortunately

no one was injured by this spectacular event.

Following yesterday’s heavy snowfall,there was significant avalanche risk. After

much discussion between the expedition leaders already at C2, it was decided that

everyone should wait another 24 hours for the snow to consolidate before moving up

to C3.

The hot sunshine today and freezing conditions tonight will help to consolidate

the snow through a thaw/freeze cycle. One small team of Iranians made an attempt

to go to C3. We have no report on their progress.

Some of our Sherpas made their way carefully to C3 to dig out our tents and

remove snow from the interior of the tents. They are now back in C2. They reported

hazardous conditions on the Lhotse Wall. Our team at C2 will attempt for C3

tomorrow while Mok and Leong and the remaining Sherpas will move up to C2 from

Base Camp.

 

Favourable weather but…

The Bracknell weather report from UK just in at 1245h said that winds over the

summit for the next few days would be favourable for a summit attempt. However,

there has also been sighted a cyclone just north of Madras.

Using two different models (both well recognised) — the cyclone’s projected path is

quite different with significant impact on the Everest region. One model predicted

the cyclone will move north-east over to Thailand and Bangladesh. This would be

the more favourable outcome as it would not affect the climbing conditions here.

Using the other model, the cyclone is projected to move directly north—straight over

the Everest region and will bring extremely strong winds and heavy snowfall. If the

latter is the case, all expeditions would have to retreat down to EBC, bringing as

much gear as possible with them or else caching the gear in well-sheltered rock piles

and gullies to prevent loss of valuable gear.

 

Expert help sought world-wide

All expeditions present are currently asking all known contacts to help with tracking of

the cyclone with regular and frequent updates so that a concerted management plan

can be made. Of particular help is up-to-date satellite pictures of the Indian

subcontinent including the Himalayas and the Bay of Bengal.

Rozani - heading up to South Col

 

Camp 3, 7,200m, Sunday, May 17th 1998

Moving Up Again at last!

Dr. Shani Tan

 

We had a cold clear night in Base Camp and in C2 ( Camp Two ). Early this morning

five climbers; Justin, Edwin, Roz, Swee and Robert moved out from C2 to C3 (Camp

Three). There were at least 30 climbers from various expeditions making their way up

the fixed ropes towards C3 this morning but there was no undue congestion. All our

climbers were safely in C3 by 1500h today. David still has pain in his right chest due

to a ligamentous strain or pulled muscle. ( an earlier ultrasound by the Yale medical

team ruled out a fractured rib. ) It has improved somewhat with painkillers but is

keeping him in C2 for the time being. David’s present position at C2 is a logical one

for coordinating movement of climbers and sherpas between BC and the higher

camps, especially at this critical time.

Mok,Leong and the remaining sherpas left BC at about 0630h this morning to make

their way through the Ice Fall towards C2 bringing with them more supplies including

sleeping mats, Marmite, Power Gel and Clif Bars. At the 1400h radio call, Leong was

about 15 minutes from C2 with Mok 45min to an hour behind. With Mok in C2, we

now have a medical presence there which would make the management of medical

problems easier. ( there are in fact 4 other doctors up in C2 presently – 3 from the

Environmental Expedition and 1 from Himalayan Kingdoms – but given the

movement of climbers up and down the mountain and differing time schedules of

various teams, it is always better to have “one of our own chaps”. ) Complex problems

will be dealt with in consultation with BC.

Tomorrow, Mok,Leong and David will remain at C2, whilst the sherpas will move from

C2 to C4 with more supplies. Weather permitting, climbers in C3 who are well rested

and strong will move up to C4.

 

Solo Spaniard descends Lhotse

The solo Spaniard,Inayke, attempting Lhotse descended down the fixed ropes past

our climbers going to C3 just after noon. He reported being snow blind ( extent

unknown ) but said that he was confident of making his way down the fixed ropes but

requested shelter, food and water at our tents in C2. Pasquale Scaturro, a climber

from the Environmental Expedition has made his way to the bottom of the fixed ropes

to escort him across the glacier to our guys in C2. Once in C2 we will treat his snow

blindness with medications from our kit.

Another climber, believed to be the Swiss Andre Georges, attempting Lhotse was

seen descending very slowly towards C3 – at the time of this report, it is not known if

he was succesful in his attempt.

Weather report

Bracknell report just in at 1245h today said that the winds over the summit for the

next few days would remain favourable for a summit attempt. The cyclone sighted on

the 10th parallel just north of Madras is still there but is still in the formative stage.

The presence of this weather pattern has been confirmed with satellite pictures from

several sources. The cyclone, is fortunately still in the formative stage and therefore

moving very slowly. Howevever, once it is fully formed, it can move at high speeds.

Using their computer model to predict the path of the cyclone, Bracknell reports that

it appears that it may move towards Calcutta and northwards, albeit slowly at the

present. It is however sizable and a significant amount of precipitation is expected

when it moves over land. The movement of this weather pattern is being put through

the computers at Bracknell twice a day, at 0600 and 1800h GMT and with each

simulation run, the prediction becomes more accurate. We are therefor in contact

with the meteorologists twice a day to remain updated on the matter. At the present it

appears to be about 72h away and once the cyclone actually forms up, we will have

about 48h reaction time to get climbers off the mountain.

 

The Jet Stream

This is of great importance when climbing 8000m peaks as the summits may well jut

into the Jet Stream if it descends. At the present time, the jetstream is quite high -

accounting for the relatively low wind speeds at the summit – today’s being 20 knots

and far north. Ironically, the jet being quite far from the Everest region is one of the

reasons why the cyclone may proceed northwards towards us

Camp 4, 8,000m, Monday, May 18th 1998, 1535 hours

Ready for the Top!

Dr. Shani Tan, reporting from Base Camp

 

Weather :

Very bright hot and sunny in the morning becoming overcast and cool. By

1430h, it has just begun to snow here in BC.

We had a relatively warm night in BC. Early this morning five climbers, Justin, Edwin,

Roz, Swee and Robert moved out from Camp 3 to Camp 4. They had spent the night

sleeping with supplementary oxygen and at the 0600h radio call said that they had

slept well. They were moving well and ere in C4 by 1400h radio call. There they will

rest and rehydrate. They are now ready for a summit attempt.

At 1200h today we received news in Base Camp that a sherpa from Himalayan

Kingdoms was struck on the thigh just above the knee by a piece of falling ice the

size of a football. There was a big swelling over the site and he was in great pain. As

the location of the incident was at the Geneva spur, a rescue team consisting of

members from the Environmental Expedition assisted him up to lower Camp 3 – using

a combination of the sherpa moving upwards on his own butt and hauling up on his

climbing harness. Due to the difficult terrain, the rescue took nearly 3 hours before he

was safely in one of our tents in Camp 3.

A coordinated effort between Base Camp, Camp 2 and Camp 3 is in progress even as

I write to try and get a splint and painkillers up to Camp 3. An aluminium stretcher is

also being organised to bring him down through the icefall hopefully tomorrow.

 

Weather report

Bracknell report just in at 1245h today said that the winds over the summit for the

next few days would remain favourable for a summit attempt with low wind speeds.

The cyclone sighted earlier is now on the 14th parallel north and is moving slowly

but surely north. It has tracked in a slightly more easterly direction but we will still

receive significant precipitation although the winds would be pretty much dissipated

by the time it gets to the Himalayas.

 

Camp 4 and Summit, 8,000-8,848m, Tuesday, May 19th 1998, hours

Ready for the Top!

Dr. Shani Tan, reporting from Base Camp

 

Weather :

Very bright hot and sunny in the morning becoming overcast and cool. By

1430h, it has just begun to snow here in BC.

We had a relatively warm night in BC. Early this morning five climbers, Justin, Edwin,

Roz, Swee and Robert moved out from Camp 3 to Camp 4. They had spent the night

sleeping with supplementary oxygen and at the 0600h radio call said that they had

slept well. They were moving well and ere in C4 by 1400h radio call. There they will

rest and rehydrate. They are now ready for a summit attempt.

At 1200h today we received news in Base Camp that a sherpa from Himalayan

Kingdoms was struck on the thigh just above the knee by a piece of falling ice the

size of a football. There was a big swelling over the site and he was in great pain. As

the location of the incident was at the Geneva spur, a rescue team consisting of

members from the Environmental Expedition assisted him up to lower Camp 3 – using

a combination of the sherpa moving upwards on his own butt and hauling up on his

climbing harness. Due to the difficult terrain, the rescue took nearly 3 hours before he

was safely in one of our tents in Camp 3.

A coordinated effort between Base Camp, Camp 2 and Camp 3 is in progress even as

I write to try and get a splint and painkillers up to Camp 3. An aluminium stretcher is

also being organised to bring him down through the icefall hopefully tomorrow.

 

Weather report

Bracknell report just in at 1245h today said that the winds over the summit for the

next few days would remain favourable for a summit attempt with low wind speeds.

The cyclone sighted earlier is now on the 14th parallel north and is moving slowly

but surely north. It has tracked in a slightly more easterly direction but we will still

receive significant precipitation although the winds would be pretty much dissipated

by the time it gets to the Himalayas.

Look at the weather updates at the Weather Channel!

 

outh Summit, 8,751m, Tuesday, May 19th 1998, 1600 hours

Day of hope, tension, excitement and disappointment

Dr. Shani Tan, reporting from Base Camp

 

 

Night long vigil

We had a warm and foggy night in Base Camp (BC). Up in Camp 2 (C2) and Camp 4

(C4) our climbers had a much better view of the night sky on a nice warm calm night.

Expeditions in BC with members in C4 poised for a summit attempt were getting

ready for a night long vigil. As our Base radio set was non functional due to a faulty

antennae, after dinner, Shani and Johann met with members of the Wally Berg (

GPS ) and E3( MIT ) team in their communications tent. ( nicknamed the Bruton

Dome, after Jim Bruton, their communications specialist ). By 2200h we were settled

in for a long night, sitting either on equipment boxes or more lying comfortably on

the floor in sleeping bags. Although there was almost a party atmosphere, it was

obvious that we were all quite tense and anxious about the events to come. All the

time, the Base radio set was set to scan through the frequencies that were being used

by the teams on the mountain.

Meanwhile up at C2 in the late afternoon, David was becoming more and more

anxious as some of the Sherpas who were going up from C2 to C4 to support the

summit push had not yet arrived – and the summit attempt was in danger of not

proceeding. Eventually they arrived, 3h late, having created a great deal of tension

down in C2 and BC.

 

Keeping a close tab with radio calls

1900h

Our team of climbers – Justin, Swee, Roz, Edwin and Robert had just finished brewing

up and re-hydrating as best as they could and were settling in for a final 2 hours of

rest before getting ready for the summit push at 2300h.

2100h

Swee radioed to say that all were resting or sleeping.

2300h

Summit team leaves C4, moving on supplementary oxygen.

 

Steady progress through the night

Through the dark hours of the night, the pack of climbers and Sherpas, numbering

easily 40 in all, made their way slowly up towards the summit. In front was Eric

Simonsen and team from the GPS Expedition. As this was the first summit attempt of

the season, there was no fixed rope and the front runners fixed rope as they went

along. At about 0300h, a bright half moon arose to light the way. All this time, we

were monitoring any radio transmissions that were coming from the summit teams as

was David, in C2.

 

Excitement mounts in BC

After receiving word from the front climbers that they were near the South Summit,

the excitement and tension in BC was palpable. Everyone was eagerly anticipating a

successful summit, given that the South Summit is less than 100m below the true

summit.

0600h

Swee called to say that they had passed the Balcony and were probably 2h from the

South Summit (8751m ), however with the deep snow, large number of climbers and

with rope fixing in progress, the movement up the mountain had slowed down.

Although breathless from exertion and rarefied air, he sounded strong. They had

made good time and we were optimistic for the team.

 

Great disappointment and ensuing drama

0910h

Swee called to say that they were now at the South Summit – normally, this point is

roughly about 1 – 3 hours ( and about 90 vertical meters ) from the true summit

(8848m) depending on the speed and strength of the climber and the conditions on

the mountain. Unfortunately at this point, there was no more rope to be had for fixing

the route. Eric Simonsen, an experienced guide, together with several Sherpas with

multiple Everest ascents under their belts made an assessment of the remaining route

up to the Hillary Step.

 

The Hillary Step is a notorious steep rocky step which has significant objective

danger. This 40 ft step is a point on the route that is often congested with climbers

trying to ascend and descend the same rope. There was too much fresh snow and

wind slab to make climbing that section without fixed rope extremely hazardous. A

fruitless search for old rope from previous expeditions. At the same time, the wind was

rising – approximately 70 kph and clouds were fast approaching. Given the situation

and after conferring, all climbers on the South Summit turned back towards C4.

1100h

We heard reports that a climber from another expedition had run out of oxygen and

had “collapsed” on his descent from South Summit, at a location approximately

400m from the balcony. David received requests for assistance from the leader of

that expedition, and after an assessment our our own summit team’s situation and

oxygen supply status offered an oxygen cylinder from our own supply cached on the

descent route. Fortunately, the climber’s own Sherpas found him and quickly brought

him a fresh supply of oxygen. The climber in question has since been “short roped”

and helped down to the South Col. He was able to move without assistance and it is

hoped that his condition is stable. At time of report, no further update is available on

his state of health.

 

1430h

All our climbers are now in C4, tired and dehydrated but safe and sound. With this

radio call, we received a news that there were 2 accidents involving a climber and 2

Sherpas from other expeditions. Apparently, the exhausted climber tripped and fell,

rolled 100m down the slope, knocking down a Sherpa in the process. The two were

helped up and assisted into C4 by nearby climbers. Another Sherpa also tripped and

fell and was similarly helped into C4. The condition of these three persons are at

present unknown.

 

What next ?

The summit team will rest tonight at C4, using supplementary oxygen and will then

make their way down to C2 tomorrow. The support team in C2 will descend to BC

tomorrow bringing with them non essential equipment from C2 and C1 as a

precautionary measure in case the coming snowfall should bury the gear. Sherpas

will also assist in bringing down empty oxygen bottles. A reassessment of the oxygen

supplies will be made once the summit team has descended from C4 to C2 and a

plan formulated for a second attempt should a second weather window present itself

in the last week of May.

 

Injured Sherpa update

By 1700h yesterday evening, the casualty was safely in one of our tents in C3 and

Shani Tan and Ken Kamler, Expedition Doctors with our team and Wally Berg’s team

were advising the rescue party in C3 on the improvisation of a traction splint to

immobilise the injured Sherpa’s fractured femur. Fortunately, in the rescue party

there were experienced Trauma specialists and Emergency Medical Technicians

who were invaluable in the immediate assessment and treatment of the casualty.

Arrangements were also made in the following hour to send up more medical

supplies and a aluminum “skid” to C2 early this morning.

At 0600h this morning, 2 of Wally’s Sherpas left for C2 with the “sled” and medicines

and by 1000h efforts were being made to get the Sherpa down the Lhotse Face.

By the 1430h radio call, the casualty was being slowly lowered down the Lhotse

Face – Mok our climber/doctor in C2 is on standby awaiting his arrival.

 

Weather report

Bracknell report just in at 1245h today said that the winds over the summit would

remain low for tonight and tomorrow night at approximately 30kph, but will increase

significantly to 80 – 100khp over the weekend, with increasing precipitation. The

cyclone threat is somewhat less as the tropical storm has taken a more easterly

direction, however, the forecast is that we will be receiving at least 25 – 50 cm of

snowfall. The Jet Stream, presently still at 34th parallel north is reportedly moving

southward, which may account for an increase in summit wind speeds over the

weekend.

 

Camp 2, 6,700m, Wednesday, May 20th 1998

Summit Team back in Camp 2

Dr. Shani Tan

 

We are back in Camp 2

The summit team rested on supplementary oxygen in C4(Camp 4) overnight and

began their descent to C2 (Camp 2) at 0900h this morning. On the radio they

sounded tired and frustrated. The support team in C2 left for BC (Base Camp) at

about the same time carrying heavy loads as we have begun to remove non-essential

items from the upper camps.

Mok, David and Leong reached BC between 1330 and 1400h and are now resting.

The summit team reached C2 between 1230 and 1300h. They will be spending the

night there.

Climbing is a cooperative effort between Expeditions on the mountain. Our team

did not run out of rope – NOTE – that different expeditions take turns to “fix rope” on

different sections of the mountain.Our responsibility was to fix the section between

C2 and C4 and to provide Sherpas to help with section from C4 to South Summit.

The section from South Summit to True Summit was the responsibility of Wally

Berg’s American expedition. They had undertaken to fix line on this tricky section.

We are very disappointed and frustrated that the expedition in question did not check

that they had enough rope and as a result dashed the hopes and dreams of so many

people ( 60+ on summit day from over half dozen expeditions ) including our team.

 

Singapore Base Camp reacts with disappointment and frustration

Yesterday, our Base Camp was in deep depression – our kitchen staff had also kept

and all night vigil as the climb was in progress, and the kitchen boys made regular

trips out into the cold to make sure that the juniper sprigs and incense was kept

burning on our puja altar. Our cook told us later that evening that he “normally does

not drink – but after what had happened in the morning, he felt so bad that he had to

have a bottle of Khukri rum to drown his sorrows. Later that evening, as if in

commiseration, a thick dense fog enveloped Base Camp.

This morning as we went about our daily tasks preparing for the climbers return, the

feeling of frustration was made even more bitter as we heard shouts of jubilation from

nearby camps which had climbers on the summit today. The route all the way to the

South Summit today was that much easier for this second group of climbers as the

path had been stamped through abd rope fixed by yesterday’s summit teams. It

remained for the lead climber and a Sherpa who was a 10 time Everest summiteer to

fix the route up from the South Summit through the Hillary Step.

Ironically, one of the teams to succeed was the one which had undertaken to

complete the fixing of the safety line from the south summit to the Hillary Step- but

failed to do so yesterday when the Singapore team was making its bid.

 

Drama and rescue whilst others summit :

Even as shouts of jubilation were echoing around Base Camp, there were some

expeditions with members injured in yesterday and last night’s attempt who were

desperately making radio calls for help. A climber on C4 had succumbed to High

Altitude Pulmonary Edema ( HAPE ) and another had taken a fall in the early hours

of this morning and was suspected to have fractured his ribs. Even on a good clear

summit day, such is climbing on Everest, that there is such a mixture of emotions -

joy, anxiety, sorrow and pain. As with any incident on the mountain, climbers near

the casualty are drawn in to assist, wether or not that person is from their expedition,

often using their own precious resources of oxygen, medications,equipment, physical

and mental energy.

 

Injured Sherpa Update:

The rescue party lowering the Sherpa to C2 finally got into came in darkness at

around 2100h. Once they were in camp, they put the casualty on a traction splint

and gave him more fluids by mouth as he had put out only 300ml of urine during the

day. By 1600h he had made his way down the Ice Fall assisted by 3 fellow sherpas.

Amazingly, he was able to walk with 2 ski poles unassisted once he got into BC. After

some food and drink, he was examined by Ken Kamler and Shani Tan who were

doubtful about the diagnosis of a fracture. He had a large painfull swelling above the

knee and was unable to bend the joint but there was no crepitus or angulation seen.

He was put into a long leg splint and a decision was made not to call in a helicopter

immediately but to wait a day or two to observe his progress.

 

Weather report :

Bracknell report just in at 1245h today said that the winds over the summit would

remain in the 30 – 35 knots range over the next few days and that the cyclone, now

named cyclone B1 has dissipated in the South East. However there will still be snow

showers increasing towards the end of the month as the Monsoon approaches.

The Jet Stream is now reported to be remianing stationary in the North, giving us

moderate winds which will be compatible with another summit attempt albeit by

strong climbers.

 

Camp 2, 6,700m, Thursday, May 21st 1998

Waiting for the next weather window

Dr. Shani Tan

 

Hot weather in BC (Base Camp)

It was very bright hot and sunny in the morning becoming overcast and cool by

1700h.It has been increasing warm in the last few days and the camp sites all over

BC are slowly melting away.Often huge boulders 3 – 5 feet across are left teetering on

ice pedestals a mere 1 foot in diameter posing a hazard as they tend to topple over

unexpectedly. BC personnel give these interesting structures a wide berth as they

walk by them. Throughout the day and night we hear the rumble of rock slides and

avalanches from the mountainsides all around us as the warm weather melts the ice

and snow holding the rocks and boulders together.

 

Climbers in C2 stay put

Justin, Roz, Robert,Swee and Edwin are now in C2 (Camp 2) waiting for the next

weather window. Meanwhile in BC, we have been packing nutritious foods and

snacks for the sherpas to bring up to them tomorrow.

All our climbing sherpas descended from C2 to BC for rest today,bringing down

with them empty oxygen and propane cylinders, excess tents and nonbiodegradable

rubbish. All Expeditions are required by the Sagarmartha Pollution Control

Committte to show evidence that they have packed out all that they have rbought in

to the National Park. Failure to do so wold mean a forfeiture of the bond held by the

SPCC.

Non essential equipment were packed away to reduce the time needed for

breaking of camp at the end.

David also spent the morning negotiating extra oxygen supplies for the next

summit attempt as the oxygen usage strategy will be different.

We are assessing the weather report daily and working out oxygen configurations

such that a second wave of 2 climbers and two sherpas may be possible.

 

More Casualties on the Mountain :

Yesterday’s succesful summit attempt by 6 Americans, 4 Iranians and their sherpas

left in its wake yet more casualties. Of the team of 10 Americans from one

Expedition, 1 did not even leave C4 as he was feeling unwll and another had

unsurmountable problems with his oxygen regulator. 2 more left C4 but fell on route

to the summit at the same spot where 3 other climbers had fallen during descent the

day before. One broke a number of ribs and injured his knee and is now facing

problems being evacuated to BC, and the other lost his sunglasses during the fall and

quickly became snow blind and had to crawl back into C4. A climber on that

expedition stayed behind to tend to his fellow members. The climber reported to

have HAPE ( high altitude pulmonary edema ) yesterday was helped down to C2 by 3

sherpa and was reported to have improved and spent a relatively comfortable night

there. The condition of the sherpa with the “broken Leg” has remained unchanged -

so he might yet require helicopter evacuation, perhaps when the climber with

fractured ribs gets back down to BC. These casualties are reminders of the high stakes

and penalties of mistakes of high altitude climbing.

 

Camp 2, 6,700m, Friday, May 22nd 1998

New summit team named

Dr. Shani Tan

Summer approaches.. bringing havoc..

It is definitely approaching summer, the day time temperature is rising and there are

“rivers” running through the BC, under our mess tent and kitchen. These created

undrground tunnels and everything is sinking. Our individual tents are also

collapsing. There are more than ever rock and ice avalanches, heard and seen

continuously day and night.

 

Second Summit team Climbers in C2 stay put

The second summit party of 2 climbers and 5 sherpas was announced last evening. It

comprises Swee chiow and Edwin, with the following five sherpas: Ang Dorje

Sherpas, Kami Rita Sherpas, Lakpa Sherpa and Nawang Sherpa as summit sherpas

and Kunga Sherpa ( deputy sirdar) as support sherpas from southcol. TheTeam is

expected to move camp3 tomorrow and camp 4 the day after. Summit day will be

aimed at 25/5. Robert and Rozani returned from camp 2 to BC today, reaching Bc

about 1pm. Justin is staying out at C2 acting as support staff. Two sherpas, Dawa

Galzen and Phurba Sherpa had carried supply of fresh rations to C2 to muscle up our

summit team.

David continued to spent the morning negotiating extra oxygen supplies for the

summit attempt. So far we managed to secure all the oxygen requirement. The

Iranian team leader was helpful, so were some American expeditions, thanks to our

leader’s good relationship with them.

 

Casualty evacuation on the Mountain

Further to the drama that happened, today’s drama continues. The injured American

climber, with broken ribs was being evacuated down from C2 to BC. Unfortunately,

the American thought the almighty Singaporean team had “volunteered” to help

them. We suddenly received a call from the American BC manager in the morning,

regarding when we are sending our resue team to help them bring down casualty,

when we are totally in the dark. The sherpas bringing down the casualty were

exhausted and needed extra hands at the icefall. They needed 3 more sherpas from

the Singapore camp to help. Interestingly, the American expedition have more than

5-6 climbers in the BC, and they are not helping! Finally it was cleared up that it was

a misunderstanding. The Americans finally sent their own cimbers to assist their

casualty. As of 1730hr, they are still coming down the icefall, probably will reach BC

at night.

 

Friendly Visit from S’pore

Three of Johann’s friends from the NUS, dropped by to visit us in th late morning.

Brought along some goodies and magazines to stimulate our hypoxic brains.

 

Camp 3, 7,200m, Saturday, May 23rd 1998

Edwin and Swee go up to Camp Three

Dr. Shani Tan

Justin is remaining in C2 in support of the 2nd attempt. Swee and Edwin left C2 at

0700h this morning for C3 with sherpa support to carry their equipment so as not to

tire them our unduly. Our sherpas in support of the summit attempt will move from C2

to C4 tomorrow to meet Ed and Swee as they arrive in C4 tomorrow afternoon. Other

sherpas not involved in the summit push will be clearing up empty gas cyliners,

dismantling tents which will not be used in the push and bringing these down to BC.

We managed to buy sufficient oxygen from other expeditions to allow the second

attempt to proceed. To offset the cost of new Poisk bottles we also managed to sell

some of our LSE bottles ( a different type of oxygen bottle ) to another expedition.

We needed to buy new Poisk bottles because of a change in the oxygen usage

strategy which called for more small Poisk bottles and fewer large LSE ones.

 

Injured Sherpa reassesment

Shani reassesed the sherpa today – his thigh is less swollen but he is still unable to

bend his knee. There is still pain on movement but he is able to move about with the

aid of 2 ski poles. As the trek out of BC is over rough terrain, it is anticipated that he

will not be able to cover the ground without aid and a helicopter evacuation is

scheduled in as few days time, when the climbing guide of his expedition returns to

BC. The guide attached to his expedition needs to get back to Kathmandu as soon

as he is back in BC as he has another expedition to go to. As such a helicopter

extraction of both guide and sherpa is planned.

 

Injured climbers return to BC

The 2 American climbers injured during the summit attempt of the 20th returned to

BC last night. The epic evacuation from C4 to BC has taken 3 days involving much

manpower. The last leg of the rescue involved moving the aluminiun mountain

stretcher or “sked” throughthe Ice Fall. For able bodied climbers, moving quickly

through the Ice Fall is a hazardous business, usually undertaken in the early hours of

the morning when the Ice is still hard and anchors are firm. When a large rescue

party is moving slowly through the jumbled ice in the late afternoon and then into

the dark of the night, the dangers are multiplied. They arrived in BC just after

midnight after a long and ardous journey. The less injured climber who sustained

snow blindness and minor knee injury was in good condition and moving under his

own power. The more seriously hurt climber was moved into BC on the sked. He had

sustained a badly twisted knee and fractured ribs with underlying renal contusion. He

was much better this morning and walking slowly with help and was being tended to

by the doctors in his own Team.

 

Minor surgery in BC

One of our kitchen boys presented with a tense and badly swollen right thumb after

sustaining a puncture wound to that thumb. Mok and Shani drained the abscess

under a digital block. He will have daily dressing to the infected part until it heals.

 

Weather report

The winds over the summit for the next few days are reported as moderate,

compatible with a summit attempt by fit and strong climbers. There will also be

occasional showers of snow.

Next Steps : Ed and Swee will move to C4 tomorrow to be in place for a summit push

late Sunday night.

 

Read Leader David Lims perspective on the Summit Bid

Camp 4, 8,000m, Sunday, May 24th 1998

The Second Attempt

Dr. Shani Tan

 

It started gusting at BC shortly after 2100h last night and continued to blow through

the night and into late morning. It gave us a bit of worry although these concerns

were put to rest when the radio call to C2 at 0800 reported calm and still

conditions.Indeed looking up into the Ice Fall and at clouds over the tops suggested

that the winds at BC were stronger than those higher up. It continued to be a

scorchingly hot day as we packed up more kit and equipment in preparation for our

departure from BC either on the 29th or 30th May. Some of the excess medicines,

bandages and dressings from the medical kit will be donated to the Himalayan

Rescue Association clinic at Periche when we stop at the village en route to

Syangboche from where we will helicopter out to Jiri.From Jiri we will load up a bus

and a truck for a 6 – 8h bone jarring road journey to Kathandu. Due to new transport

regulations, we are no longer allowed to helicopter passengers and cargo out from

Lukla to Kathmandu. Any flights from Syangboche or Periche to Kathmandu now

have to be charter flights at a cost of USD2000 per hour ( making a cost of USD 6000

per flight which takes only 7 passengers with cargo ) and our expedition budget ( one

of the smallest at this BC this season ) does not allow us the luxury of that. Even the

hotel that we are staying in is a low budget traveller’s hotel in Thamel compared with

the 5 star international standard Yak and Yeti where the American expeditions are

staying. Even the Iranian expedition had 1.5 metric tonnes of food alone – which

exceed our total baggage allowance of 1.3 tonnes which included personal

baggage, climbing equipment and food.

Our sherpas for the summit team left C2 at 0500h for C4, stopping at C3 along the

way to help Ed and Swee with their down suits and sleeping bags. Unfortunately, one

of the sherpas who was supposed to have gone up to C4 purely in a support role

developed a sore throat in the early hours of this morning leaving us short of one pair

of hands. Ed and Swee left C3 at about 0900h and got into C4 just after 1400h. After

arrriving, they spent some time checking to make sure that the oxygen bottles that we

had purchased from the Iranians and Himalayan Kingdoms were there. They will

spend the next few hours resting and rehydrating as best as they can and hopefully

will be able to eat some food to sustain them for the long night ahead. Ed and Swee

plan to leave C4 at approximately 2100h for the summit push. Back in BC, we are

again preparing for a long cold night vigil as they make their summit attempt.

The other climbers on the mountain at C4 tonight will include two guides and 3

clients from Himalayan Kingdoms and a solo Bolivian with their respective sherpa

support.

 

Weather report

The winds over the summit for today and tomorrow have been reported as between

30 – 40 knots by Bracknell and slightly less by MSS. There will be no significant

precipitation expected over the next 2 days.

 

Leader’s Account of the First Everest Summit Bid

David Lim

 

Summitting a major peak is always a prize; the bonus; the payoff after many weeks or

months or deprivation and work. Getting a chance to summit a mountain like Everest

is a rare opportunity. When I climbed up to Camp 2 at 6500m, I was part of a

seasoned summit team of five. As leader, it is vital to have a grasp of the backend

aspects of an expedition such as the flow of supplies up the mountain especially

mission-critical equipment like bottled oxygen. On the sharp end of things I also

believe it is also important to be able to organise and help the team focus as a

climbing leader.

 

THE SWITCH

To my deep disappointment, the dry coughing fits which plagued me recurred and

one bout led to my either tearing a rib cartilage or cracking a rib. This was the

diagnosis of three american doctors from Bob Hoffman’s expedition. The pain was

very significant and I then had to give my place to Edwin Siew who I knew was fit

and strong.This was not the first time, as an expedition leader, I felt that my summit

team slot was better served by another team member, difficult as it was from a

personal perspective.

 

SNOW AND TYPHOON WARNING

The 3 days that followed surprised me in their intensity and nerve-wracking quality.

From Camp2 on the 17th, the team of 5 ( Justin, Rozani, Edwin,Swee and Robert )

moved swiftly to Camp 3 on the icy Lhotse Face. This was preceded by 2 days when

snow and subsequent avalanche risk precluded the push up.

By this time, many other teams were also moving into position and I was already

anticipating a crowded summit day on the 19th. In the meantime, we had been

receiving daily weather reports from Bracknell which indicated a typhoon was

building up over India and might be moving up north to us. If it hit us. several feet of

snow would be dumped and it would shut down the mountain for the rest of the

season and end all climbing for this season.

The movement of the typhoon and our team up the mountain was to be tracked

closely. Everest is such a huge mountain that retreat in quick time is very difficult

and thus have to be planned carefully.

I was counting on the other big expeditions to also do their part in the fixing the

safety line over the tricky sections of the virgin route this season. On the 18th, a long

line of climbers could be seen from C2 ascending to Camp 4 – over 60 climbers and

sherpas in all.

 

HIGH ALTITUDE DRAMA

It was after the team reached C4 on South Col, the flat saddle at 8000 metres that

some drama began to occur. Information was patchy but at about 1230pm, Apa

Sherpa from Hoffman’s team came to us to report that a sherpa from the Himalayan

Kingdoms Expedition ( HKE ) had been injured and was at C3. Shortly after, the sole

sherpa left at their C2 came over and asked for bandages for their sherpa whom he

believed had a ‘cut’. We gave him this and he pounded off to C3. Only a 230pm on

the radio did we receive a call from Rob Morrison ( Hoffman’s team ) that he and a

few others had helped the sherpa into C3 and he appeared to have much more

serious injuries than thought – a broken leg from a falling rock.

Eventually, it transpired that members of Hoffman’s team had helped him into our

tents ( we offered their use of it and our b ottled oxygen as well ). Jim Williams,

assistant guide of (HKE) borrowed a radio off from Hoffman’s team and proceeded to

C3 as did Sandip, their client and doctor. Through the day, we heard no news from

Dave Walsh ( chief guide for HKE ) and the HKE summit team now at C4 on south

col, nor did they send sherpas down from south col to help.

Dr Mok and I requisitioned medical supplies and thankfully, Jeff Rhoades from

Everest Challenge agreed to move them up to C3 as his team were making a push to

south col that evening and C3 was en route. We ourselves had no sherpas and were

in no condition to ferry these up to C3.

To make matters worse, 3 of our own sherpas had failed to arrive at south col by 4pm

and I was ready to abort the summit push the next day to look for them. Thankfully, by

the 6pm radio check, they had turned up, tired but safe. The summit push was on

 

SUMMIT DAY – WINDS, BROKEN PROMISES, AND DISAPPOINTMENT

The summit team rehydrated and slept for too few hours at south col before preparing

for the big push. MB, my chief sherpa, had obtained promises of support for helping

to break trail in the new snow from 6 other chief sherpas from other teams. Altogether

there was likely to be sufficient fixed safety line to cover most of the route.

At 10pm, 2 of our sherpas left to lead the trail and fix line. However, few , if any of

the others left with them.The team and the 5 support sherpas left shortly

after.Breathing bottled 02 in the rarified atmosphere at 2.5 litres a minute, progress

was good despite the large crowd and the team reached the Balcony in the lead

pack at about 4am. The Balcony is a small ledge and a landmark on the summit

route.

The rest of what happened is largely contained in Dr Shani Tan’s report. The team

reached the south summit, 150 vertical metres from the true summit and one hour

from the true summit at 9 – 930am. A large crowd began to build up behind them as

the problem began to become apparent.

The terrain between the south summit and the top was dominated by a tricky ridge

covered with avalanche prone snow – on the right, a 3000m drop to Tibet and on the

other, a 2000m drop off the southwest face.

No one was prepared to go across without a belay from a rope or the use of a safety

line. None was available! Through sheer bad luck and lack of support from the larger

teams, sections below had been over-protected and the larger teams had failed to

bring sufficient or any rope; relying on the few ( including our team ) to fix the route.

particularly galling was the broken promise of Wally Berg’s team who had undertaken

to fix this section of the route weeks before.

2-time Everest summmitter and guide on Wally’s team, Eric Simonson, recalled later

how he had instructed his sherpas to ensure they had fixed line and equipment for

the route. They failed in this respect.

Winds began to pick up significantly after 930am and everyone turned around and

made an arduous journey back.Some careless climbers ran out of oxygen and the

strong winds and softening snow made the final return dangerous. Several climbers

fell 100-150 metres just before the south col but without fatalities.

All this time after the turnaround, radio contact with the team was sporadic and

concern was felt by all at C2 until all reported in safe at the designated radio check

times.

Exhausted as they were, both Robert and Edwin expressed an interest to have

another go. Robert said:

“ This is the 1st Singapore Mt Everest Expedition. We must give it another try!”

 

AFTERMATH AND THE MEDIA

Owing to a last-minute request by our sherpas to use extra oxygen for themselves on

the climb; our reserves for a second attempt were badly depleted. This, and the

exhausted state of the members meant a descent was imperative. Only the stolid and

incredibly fit Iranians managed to pull off a successful summit bid the next day from

south col with the same team. Everyone else descended.

I was really proud that we came within a whisker of putting not one but 5 members on

the summit. As far as I was concerned, we had done almost everything to get the job

done but was let down by other teams who did not share the work on that fateful day.

I was less happy about the way the media played up the “ lack of fixed rope” as the

chief cause of the failure to summit. The winds were building, and the avalanche

slope would have made a crossing tricky at best. The lack of fixed line compounded

the whole problem.

Reports by The Straits Times and TCS Channel 5 suggested incompetence on our

part. We already pointed out previous mispellings and several other glaring factual

and situational errors by the ST and this further ill-informed reporting only

exacerbated our feelings of frustration.

Later, The New Paper published a rather mocking article along the lines of “ Why

must Singaporeans find excuses for failure? “ – referring to our unsuccessful bid. It

seems, in the media at least, editors and journalists prefer to be negative and critical

rather than upbeat or supportive when their countrymen are battling against time, the

weather and the elements.

To websurfers from Singapore, I sugggest checking out our site for the most accurate

information. Others merely ‘lift’ what they want you, the reader, to read and

publish/broadcast this in their media.

We have a second summit attempt in a few days and everything to play for. Wish us

better luck this time.

 

 

 

>> Read March’s dispatches

>> Read April’s dispatches

 

Summit push vigil starts

After dinner last night, we begun an all night vigil. Our sirdar organised the kitchen

boys to keep the fire on the puja altar burning all night. In the cold clear night, they

sat infront of the altar feeding it with juniper sprigs and incense. Meanwhile the rest

of us kept a listening ear out for radio calls from Camp 2 and Base Camp.

 

2200h

The team of Swee, Ed, and sherpas Ang Dorje “Phulilie” Sherpa, Nawang Phurba

Sherpa, Kami Rita Sherpa and Fura Dorjee Sherpa left C4 using supplementary

oxygen. In support in Camp 4 was Dawa Gyalzen. They were accompanied closely

by Bernardo Guarachi, hoping to be the first native South American Indian to summit

Everest. They made steady progress and fixed rope on the tricky sections of the

Balcony where several people had fallen over the past few days.

 

0500h

Radio call from the summit team reported that they were now at the South Summit.

 

0530h

Radio call from Dorje said that they were now at the South Summit with only 10

minutes more to go before reaching the True Summit. The tension was palpable as

we waited for the call to say that they had reached the summit.

 

0600h

SUMMIT !! at last ! We heard Edwin saying “ …looks like I have reached the

vertical end of the earth !! “ Cheers rang out from all of us who had kept the long

vigil through the night and members from other Expeditions who have not yet left BC

came and offered congratulations. Bernado, the Bolivian was right up there being one

of the first summiteer of the day and the first Native South American Indian to be on

top of Everest. Although we were very happy that they had reached the summit, our

guys still had to make a safe descent. We knew very well that many accidents occur

on the way down when climbers are tired. We silently prayed for a safe journey back

down to Camp 4 for our climbers.

 

The summit team spent some time on the summit taking photographs ( unfortunately

the videocam malfunctioned and no video footage was taken – also due to difficulties

with radio reception, we could could not confirm the total number and condition of

the summiteers for about 2 hours )

1200h

Safely back in C4 at the South Col. We all heaved a sigh of relief. Radio comms was

also easier now that they were down in camp. Speaking to them over the radio, they

said that they were tired and but happy and in good condition. They plan to rest and

rehdyrate and then descend to C2 where the air is thicker for a good rest. Ed and

Swee will spend the night at C2 – depending on their condition, they may either rest

for another day there or return to BC the following day.

 

 

Summit!, 8,848m, Monday, May 25th 1998

Looks like I have reached the vertical end of the Earth !”

Dr. Shani Tan

 

Reaching the Top!

Dr Shani Tan, Team Doctor from Base Camp

Helicopter rescue at BC

The American climber from the Environmental Expedition who sustained fractured

ribs, renal contusion and a sprained knee took a turn for the worse this morning with

decreasing urine out. Bruce, Shani and 4 members from his expedition took shovels

and pickaxes and went out the Landing Point prepared several weeks before for and

eventuality such as this. It took us about 40 minutes to level and cover the LP with

new gravel as the warm weather in the intervening weeks had made the surface

unsuitable to landing. Meanwhile, arrangements were being made with the Nepalese

Army to send in a chopper to evacuate the casualty. No sooner had we returned to

BC ( a 15 minute walk ), we were told that the chopper was already on its way and the

casualty was being helped toward the LP by 2 sturdy sherpas. A fellow American

climber ran ahead over ankle twisting moraine to mark out the LP with brightly

coloured tape. A huge MI 17 chopper thundered up the Khumbu valley towards us

just as we approached the LP. The pilot made an expert landing on the small LP

which just barely accomodated the wheels of his aircraft. As the air in BC is relatively

thin, the pilot did not shut down his engines; fighting the downdraft and avidoing the

deadly tail rotors, the casuaty was helped into the helicopter, doors secured and in a

matter a 5 minutes he was whisked away to Kathmandu.

 

Triumph and Tragedy on Everest

This has been a season which has seen more summitteers on the North side than the

South – highly unusual as the North is significantly more difficult and dangerous

than the South. Even as we recieved the news of our summit teams success, we were

also informed by another Expedition leader of the first fatality of the season – an

American woman climber was reported to have died on the North side route

yesterday.

 

Base Camp, Tuesday, May 26th 1998

Congrats all over!

Dr. Shani Tan

 

Winding down :

The morning in Base Camp was spent packing tents and other gear which the

Sherpas had brought down in the carry from C2 early this morning. Partially full

oxygen and propane cylinders were purged of their contents to make them less

hazardous to transport, especially as these items will be making the same helicopter

flight as us. Tents were dried in the hot sun before being packed away in barrels.

At 0745h we recieved news that 3 climbers on Henry Todd’s expedition had

summited; Neil, Alan and Bear. 3 other members of that expedition are attemtping

Lhotse tonight.

Justin, Swee and Ed left C2 around mid morning for BC and arrived at 1430h.

Swee and Ed were first into camp and greeted with great enthusiasm and joy by

everyone at BC. They were asked to pose in front of the puja altar with the Ice Fall in

the background and everyone starting snapping pictures, video footage and getting

quotes from them. ( a foretaste of the media frenzy to come ! ). Our website has been

swamped with congratulatory messages from friends and supporters around the world

( and absolute strangers ! ) – we are very encouraged and thrilled by the response

from everyone. Now that both Ed and Swee are back, we asked them the question :

who was first ? – Ed was and followed 30 min later by Swee.

Justin pulled into BC about 30 minutes later. All were very tired and had very

irritable dry coughs but were otherwise on good health

 

Base Camp, Wednesday, May 28th 1998

Now it’s time to say goodbye…

David Lim, from Base Camp

 

LAST TRANSMISSION FROM BASECAMP

This is it! The team is packing up the comms tent and as a result, this will be our last

transmission from Basecamp.

We have been based here for about 65 days.

Tomorrow, the team’s only contact with Singapore will be via satellite telephone.

The team leaves tomorrow for Pheriche and then to Namche ( 30th-31st May ). A day

will be spent at Namche fulfilling the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee

requirements. Garbage taken out will be accounted for as will our empty oxygen

bottles.

On the 1st June, we anticipate that we will be able to catch a helicopter from

Syangboche for Jiri and then by bus to Kathmandu; arriving late on the evening of

the first.

Much paperwork and logistical diengagement will follow at various Ministries and the

team is due to return to Singapore on Sunday, 7th June; thanks to Singapore

Airlines.

 

INTERNATIONAL GOODWILL

Apart from a few disappointing instances where we were taken advantage of ( full

details out soon ) by another expedition, the whole expedition generated much

goodwill from climbers; many of whom knew little of Singapore.

Instances of medical help we rendered to fixed rope and extra oxygen supplied by

other teams just highlighted that as a whole, most teams worked together and

contributed.

We have made good friends and climbing contacts with climbers from the USA, UK,

Bolivia, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland and Iran. Future joint national expeditions

are already on the cards! In addition, scores of Singapore flags in the form of lapel

pins were given to our new friends – a reminder of the 1st Singapore Mt Everest

Expedition 1998.

 

Singapore, Monday, January 15th 1999

Final Update

David Lim, Expedition Leader

 

The Rope Thing

Much has been discussed above regarding the fixing of ropes on the May 19th

summit attempt. In the press and a few Americn Web sites, our team has been

villified as being whiners; as being presumptious etc etc on this issue.

 

Perhaps I can clarify that there was no fixed agreement in the classic sense of the

word. What happened was that for weeks before (even before Camps 3 and 4 were

placed), Wally Berg visited more than one other expedition and stressed how it would

be his team that would fix the line from the south summit to the summit.

On May 18th, my head Sherpa at Camp 4 obtained agreements from the other

expeditions’ Sherpas (eight in all) that thay would help in the trail-breaking and

rope-laying for the summit bid. However, either more rope was used on lower sections

or that an insufficient amount was brought (our own team had several hundred

metres) because what we found was an exasperated Eric Simonson (Wally Berg’s

team) berating his Sherpas for not bringing the right gear or sufficient rope for that

section Wally had so often said he would fix.

It is clear in my mind that whilst it may have been a Sherpa error/mistake, Wally has

to accept responsibility for this and accept that this was a major reason for the failure

of his team to summit that day—and in consequence, other teams which had relied

on this information including our own first-attempt team.

Later at Basecamp (after the 20th) — and to several expeditions, he explained the

events of the 19th as being a case where there was actually SOME fixed line and

equipment available to fix the route from the critical south summit to the summit but

no one had the nerve to do so; indirectly blaming the intestinal fortitude of climbers

of such calibre as Eric Simonson (!).

When he himself summitted on the 20th, it was Apa Sherpa of Bob Hoffman’s team

who was doing the lion’s share of the work; followed closely by PV Scaturro and

Hoffman himself. Wally didn’t have a hand in the fixing of rope in any major way.

Several other climbers not of this team were also pissed off with this oversight of the

19th. That they did not have a Web site or a ‘voice’ to the rest of the world did not in

anyway make the disappointment any easier to bear. Kudos to the Iranians who had

the immense stamina to repeat a summit push the same day after (20th); and

succeeding.

 

On being taken advantage

A gracious report in the Mountainzone Web site thanked us for assisting in the

retrieval of the GPS unit.

 

The sad fact is that Wally took us for a bit of a ride: he contracted one of my Sherpas

(without my knowledge) to retrieve the GPS unit on the 25th—on our summit

attempt!

A bounty of somewhere between US$600–$1000 was offered and he gleefully told

me this only after the fact. I find this a bit unbecoming, irrespective of whether or not

the Sherpa should have cleared it with me first. I think it was naive of us to believe

that everyone on the mountain would not take advantage of another team when the

situation presented itself.

 

PRs and the nationality issue

Enough of this has been debated and I think there are enough right thinking people

in Singapore to appreciate the fact that the whole four years of the project and the

summitting has been a team effort and not to recognise it is an insult to the team.

These ill-informed people only see the summitting as the only goal of the project

and are miffed that the two were ‘merely’ permanent residents (PRs). Frankly, if those

five climbers on May 19th had summitted, none of this codswallop would even be

discussed—even if there were PRs in the summit team of the 19th.

 

Mountaineering is not bound by such strict ‘nationality’ rules as the Olympics. In

addition, the status of the team has been public knowledge for these four years and

has been in all our publicity materials.

Sir Edmund Hillary was (and still is) a New Zealander and Tenzing Norgay an Indian

citizen at the time of their historic ascent of Everest. Our own Sportswoman of the

Year is a Chinese national. No complaints on this so far. So, to those critics, spare us

the double standards.

 

On money

Again, we draw unjustified criticism on the cost of the expedition. The four-year

project raised about S$730,000 in cash and in kind; that’s about $180,000 per year

on average. Everest alone cost US$250,000 or so. By comparison, our neighbours

spent about ten times that much to summit Everest. By comparison, an opening

ceremony of a recent football tournament here cost S$500,000 for about one hour of

entertainment.

 

About 6% came from public funds in the strict sense of the word ie contributions by

the Singapore Sports Council. Up to August 1997, 40% or so of the costs of the

training expeditions were borne by the team members.

The President’s Star Charity is intended to aid charities and worthy causes.

However, owing to the way the Television Corporation of Singapore’s portrayal of the

event, it was suggested that only conventional charities are supported. This is not the

case as many arts groups which aren’t normally viewed as conventional charities are

also nominated and assisted in this way. I have not heard of any complaints thus far.

We are grateful for the President nominating us in 1997 as a beneficiary and for his

unwavering support these past few years.

Our expedition not only achieved its goal, we also funded an educational exhibition

Fire and Ice at the Science Centre and also was involved in a major Internet

learning project on mountain environments administered by the Ministry of

Education and 30 participating schools and junior colleges. To say it it merely

benefited the climbers is, again, another malicious lie.

Most importantly, it has helped inspire thousands of the Singapore public to believe

in what can be achieved with vision and perspiration.

Try putting a price on that.

 

On being home

Besides fighting stomach bugs leftover from our Kathmandu stay, most of the team

are back at work and sorting out their public duties; catching up with family, friends

and, of course Singaporean food.

 

Soon, a donation will be made from our funds for a US$5000 mini-hydro electric

project for the Himanchal School, Nangi Village, Annapurna region; leaving a

lasting thing of value to the people of Nepal. This funding has also been made

possible by contributors from Outside Magazine online’s chat-group—who once

again have shown the power of the Internet and the generosity of strangers!

I feel uplifted by those who stayed by their computer terminals, logging on regularly

and wishing us godspeed up the Big Hill—and down again. To those whom we are

unlikely to ever meet, once again, thank you.

 

The Official Report of the Expedition to Singapore Pools, the largest single sponsor  is re-printed here:

The 1st Singapore Mt Everest Expedition, after 4 years of preparation, departed Singapore in mid-March 1998. The final team from Singapore comprised:

Climbing Members:

David Lim ( Expedition leader )

Justin Lean ( Climber/chief  videographer )

Leong Chee Mun ( Climber )

Mohd Rozani ( Climber )

Dr Mok Ying Jang ( Climber/ medic )

Robert Goh Ee Kiat ( Climber )

Khoo Swee Chiow ( Climber )

Edwin Siew Cheok Wai ( Climber )

 

Support at Basecamp:

Col Bruce Niven ( Basecamp manager )

Dr Shani Tan ( Medical )

Johann Annuar ( Communications Officer )

 

AIMS:

As per the original 1994 prospectus, the project aims were to

a) climb Mt Everest as a mountaineering excellence project

b) broaden the base of mountaineers in Singapore( 13 climbers inducted 94-97, 8 chosen)

 

THE TOTAL COST :

 

-of the 4 year project which encompassed training on  three major Himalayan expeditions in 1995 – 1997 and numerous shorter trips to more technical objectives was $800,000. Of this, 10% was from members’ contributions and the rest from private and government support. Approximately 12% of the total cost was from government sources. Key team members on the committee raised the funds and maintained sponsor relations, organised the community activities and planned all the expeditions.

All major expeditions were conducted without the use of professional foreign guides. Where required, the team used high altitude porters/ Sherpas.

The 1998 expedition alone cost in the region of  $350,000

STATUS:

The expedition’s Patron was President Ong Teng Cheong and the project co-organised by the Mountaineering Society of Singapore ( MOSS ) and the sport’s national sporting body: The Singapore Mountaineering Federation ( SMF ). The project achieved official status as a national sporting event.

 

COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTIONS  INCLUDED:

-       mountaineering expedition organising seminar as part of the  1st Singapore Mountain Festival, Dec 1995

-       Climbing seminar and presentation to Toa Payoh CC Adventure Club 1996

-    Regular climbing tips, information and expedition updates on the Everest website from Apr 1996 – 1998. Website run 1996 – 1998  by  volunteers

-       Numerous climbing courses conducted by members for the Salvation Army beneficiaries, Boys Brigade and other youth groups 1995 – 1997

-       Participation in the Singapore Youth Festival 1997

-       Overseeing and providing  educational and information for the two major exhibitions at the Science Centre ( 1998 – 1999 ) and the History Museum ( 1999 )

-       Numerous motivational and leadership talks for the Singapore Army, community centres and the public prior to and after the expedition

-       Working with the IT developemnt division of the Ministry of education to provide them with email and other information support from basecamp; facilitating MOE’s Project Everest, an IT-based learning programme targeted at 40 schools

CLIMBING SUCCESSES 1995 – 1997:

The expedition achieved the following key successes before Everest in 1998:

- More than one dozen alpine ascents by members collectively or severally on peaks in the European Alps, New Zealand Alps and other ranges.

 

Major technical climbs:

Grand Combin ( 4300m ) Swiss Alps by the north face. Still regarded as the hardest climb done by an all-Singapore team

Mt Cook by Zurbriggens Ridge

Mt Tasman by Syme Ridge

NB: None of these routes have been repeated by Singapore climbers

 

Major Himalayan climbs:

Putha Hiunchuli ( 7246m ), Nepal, 1996 – first 7000m climbed peak by Singaporeans

Cho Oyu ( 8201m ), Tibet, 1997 – first 8000m peak climbed by Singaporeans

 

Mt EVEREST 1998

The approach to Everest required a 10-day acclimatisation trek and the team reached Everest in late-March. Subsequently, 4 camps with supplies were established above basecamp

The team carried small loads between these camps to acclimatise between April 5 and late-May.

Two storms, end-March and mid-April stymied progress and the weather was unseasonably bad for much of the time.

Finally, on May 19th, five team members who had been selected for the summit made an attempt from their last camp at South Col, 8000m

Khoo Swee Chiow, Mohd Rozani, Justin Lean, Robert Goh and Edwin Siew had to turn back at the South Summit (  8750m ) owing to some other teams not bringing enough fix rope to secure the most dangerous section of the summit climb. The team’s own share of 400m rope had been used up en route to the summit from their high camp.

The team were just 100 vertical metres and about an hour of climbing from the summit.

Two days later, after a resupply from basecamp and extra bottled oxygen supplies negotiated and purchased from other teams, Khoo Swee Chiow and Edwin Siew made a second bid for the summit. Leaving their last camp at about 11pm on the 24th May, they were supported by four climbing sherpas.

They all summitted Everest between 6 and 630am ( Nepal time ), May 25th 1998, Edwin Siew reaching the summit first at about 6am with Khoo approximately half and hour behind.

Every member, imcluding all sherpa staff, returned home safely and without incident.

RECOGNITION:

The team received the following formal honours:

Singapore Award for Excellence 1998

National Youth Council’s Adventure Award 1998

Individual commendations from the Singapore Army

Individual commendations from the Singapore Police Force

 

 

End report.DYL.3/2000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everest Base Camp 5,400m, Wed, April 1 1998

Ice doctors and winds

David Lim, Expedition Leader

On March 31st, two members of the team of Sherpas who fix the rope and
ladders through the Khumbu Icefall went missing. The Icefall is a jumble of
dangerous, loose blocks of ice which marks the end of the glacier that
snakes down from the slopes of Everest. Each year a number of highly
experienced Sherpas known as the “ice doctors” would fix a route of ladders
and fixed rope through this Icefall. Various expeditions share the costs of
this exercise. By 6pm of the 31st, our ice doctors were still not back at
their camp. With failing light and whiteout conditions, any rescue attempt
was postponed to the following morning. We placed an emergency strobe light
at a high point at Base Camp. This proved fortuitious as the two managed to
get back by 2.30am; having lost track of time in the Icefall. We were
relieved that they were safe. However, their failing to carry a torch or
light was negligent to say the least. A puja or blessing ceremony was held
by our Sherpas and participated by members of our team at Base Camp. A puja
is basically a quasi-religious ceremony in which permission to climb the
mountain is asked. The Sherpas will refuse to climb until such a ceremony is
not held. The ceremony comprised prayers, offerings of rice wine, rice and
roasted barley flour or “tsampa”. The occasion ended with much gaiety,
toasts and the passing round of food, drinks and tit-bits.

Windstorm

Click the link for a video of Basecamp damaged:

ppt-devastated basecamp

Midnight that same day, a windstorm struck Base Camp. Winds coming
from the Icefall and the western shoulder of Everest destroyed most of our
tents. Members were sent scrabbling for cover as tents poles snapped and
tents collapsed from 2am onwards. The winds were estimated at 150km/h. There
was also more than eight inches of snow and avalanches could be heard in the
surrounding massif throughout the night. Next morning, after a sleepless
night, I emerged from my tent (intact thanks to it being a wind-resistant
mountain tent) to survey the damage. The main mess tent was half-crushed,
the communications tent was shredded and the medical tent collapsed. The
expedition also lost 12 a-frame tents that housed the expedition members and
Sherpas. The high winds continued all day and daytime temperature were
around -5 C. Most members who were tentless sought cover in the makeshift
kitchen ‘sangar’; a construction of rock walls and tarpaulin covers. Justin,
Johann and I stood amidst snow covered computers and equipment in the comms
tent — keeping some cover on us as the winds snapped and gusted furiously.
Our Nera satellite phone was still intact. We made calls to Singapore and
Kathmandu for more wind-resistent tents and other supplies.

Basecamp devastated

Earlier in the morning, Bruce Niven and most of the team descended to the
hamlet of Gorak Shep, two to three hours away as there was scarce
‘accommodation’. Thankfully, no one was injured. Our Sherpas, some of whom
have been on Everest expeditions for 10 years, claimed never to have seen
such ferocious winds in their time here. Such winds exist higher up eg Camp
4 but never at Base Camp! Today, Justin, Shani, Rozani, Johann and I are
conducting repairs to the tents and an accounting of damaged equipment. We
expect the extra tents to arrive in a week’s time. As a new puja has to be
held, our expedition is likely to be behind schedule by a week.

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Everest Base Camp, 5,400m, Saturday, April 4 1998

Puja once more

Justin Lean

On April 5th, we expect to have a PUJA — yes another one. During the last
windstorm, our puja pole fell west which according to our Sherpa is bad
joss. If it had fallen to the east, it would have been good. For our
“re-puja”, we will have to call another monk from Tengboche to officiate.
This will be on Sunday. If all goes well, we will head for the Khumbu
Icefall to Camp 1 on Monday, where we plan to spend three days acclimatising
and climbing to Camp 2 in the process. We should descend after spending
three nights at Camp 1. The reason why we won’t climb before the puja is
because the Sherpas take it very seriously. For them it is a way of showing
respect to the mountain. To us it is showing respect for their culture and
morale.

Everest Base Camp, 5,400m, Sun, April 5 1998

Second Puja and Team prepares for the Icefall. David Lim, Expedition Leader

After a delay of a week owing to the bad weather, the team is preparing for
its first foray into the Khumbu Icefall on Monday — just a route
familiarisation exercise. A second puja was held today to seek permission
from the mountain after the first puja last week was negated by the storm.
The two-hour ceremony was officiated by a lama and was a simpler affair and
held under mostly blue skies and sunshine. Similar pujas were held not very
far away by the American Everest Challenge 98 team. This team includes Tom
Whittaker, who is attempting to be the first disabled climber to summit
Everest. Tom is an exceptional individual who tried climbing Everest twice
before. He must be the only person in Base Camp with a duffel sack marked
“Two Legs” — his spare carbon-fibre ‘legs’! The new Base Camp tents arrived
today and most of today was spent setting up new sites and guying down the
tents properly. These are modified dome tents so they should withstand high
winds more effectively. Loads for establishing Camp 1 at 6000m have been
sorted and the team is very likely be spending Tuesday to Thursday nights at
C1. Brisk winds have been forecasted for tomorrow but Tuesday appears to be
a more amiable day. Reports received today confirmed that the storm last
week also affected much of Nepal with Namche Bazaar receiving a metre of
snow. Elsewhere, uncollaborated reports said 8–11 trekkers were killed in
the Mera region of the Khumbu after heavy snow and winds pinned them for
days near a high pass.

Everest Base Camp, 5,400m, Mon, April 6 1998

Team ascends up Icefall Shani Tan, Team Doctor

Weather: morning fine, with brisk breeze and bright sunshine deteriorating
by 1400h to overcast and sleet/hail. Temp: 10C indoors 0C out

Personnel Location: everyone inc.Sherps at EBC

Situation: Following the 2nd puja yesterday all eight climbers and Sherpas
went up Icefall this morning at 0700h in brilliant sunshine. Icefall doctors
went up before them at 0630h to repair broken sections. Sherpa Kunga went to
Camp One with a few Sherps but our chaps went half way and then turned back
when sun hit the Icefall, making it too risky to continue. All returned by
1200 hours. The broken sections have not been confirmed to be completely
repaired at time of report and decision to go up to Camp One tomorrow
depends on the return of our ice doctors. Presently all members are resting
in EBC.

Next Steps: depending on weather; the broken sections of the Icefall are
fixed, our climbers may or may not go up to Camp One tomorrow or day after.

PS: We have received the Nera, Marmite and salted fish with thanks, they are
in working order and delicious respectively.

Everest Base Camp, 5,400m, Tue, April 7 1998

Getting crowded up here Shani Tan, Team Doctor

Khumbu Icefall, 5,400m to 6,100m, Tue, April 14 1998

Mok - in the Icefall

For those of you who enjoy the pleasure of fast connection, there is a 5 Mb
version of the same movie.

And now for the news. . .

Climbing plans The team has been back in BC for four days now. . . we are
all well rested and raring to go. The weather report for the next few days
appears to be good and the climbers and Sherpas will be moving up through
the Icefall again tomorrow to C1 and then on to C2; Advanced Base Camp the
following day. The plan is to establish ABC and to acclimatise to the
altitude of C2 which is in the Western Cwm at 6,400m. The Team will spend at
least three days on the mountain before returning to BC.

Interview with Charles Corfield Scientific Officer, Global Positioning
System Survey.

One of the Scientific Expeditions at Everest this year is a Team of climbers
led by Eric Simonson. They will be carrying out GPS survey work for Bradford
Washburn (a well known cartographer) and this interesting work has amongst
its sponsors the Boston Museum of Science and the National Geographic
Society. It is known that the floor of the Khumbu valley rises at a rate of
two cm a year but that the South Col does not. The study wants to determine
if the summit of Everest is rising if at all. It is also know that the
summit bedrock is somewhere beneath many metres of snow and one of the aims
of this scientific survey will be to determine accurately (within
millimetres) the actual height of the bedrock of the summit of Everest. They
will be using the very accurate Trimble GPS instruments at three different
positions: within 10 — 20m of the summit, on the South Col and perhaps on
Kala Pattar.

Khumbu Icefall, 5,400m to 6,100m, Wed, April 15 1998

Spring is here?! Shani Tan, Expedition Doc

Spring is here?! We have fine, clear skies with slight breeze air tem
indoors very hot — shorts and T shirt weather, outdoors suntan lotion and
shades.There are butterlfies seen and bird song was also heard this morning!
(hey guys, BUT don’t forget we are still sitting on a glacier — at night
temps still drop to minus 5 in our tents and the ice cracks and pops under
our tents!)

Movin’ movin’ movin… All our Sherpas set off at 0500h for Camp 1 and some
for Camp 2 with a view to firmly establish Camp 2 by today. Our climbers
left for C1 at 0630h after a hearty breakfast of rice porridge, fried eggs,
salted fish, Marmite (we wish it were Teochew Muey) and pancakes. All were
safely in C1 by 1200h. The most recent radio check at 1400h found them
comfortably in their tents, brewing up, eating and rehydrating. Mok has a
troublesome cough from the cold air but is otherwise OK. The report up there
was hot sunny, clear skies and no breeze. We will maintain regular radio
contact with them whilst they are up on the mountain and bring you guys back
home updates. Tomorrow our climbers will move onto C2 in the early hours of
the morning to avoid the intense heat that can build up in the Western Cwm
later in the day. (which can also soften snow bridges over crevasses making
climbing dangerous).

Support Trekkers arrive! Two of the three trekkers from Country Holidays
arrived this morning at 1145h; Charlie and Teo. Ong has opted to stay in
Gorak Shep. They have their own tents and Sherpa team and dining tent. Due
thanks were given for transportation of the Nera satellite phone, Marmite
and salted fish.

Thanks HP Acknowledgement must also be given to the rapid response of the
people in Hewlett-Packard in rustling up a replacement DeskJet 340 at very
short notice. This piece of equipment will hopefully be in our hands in
about two weeks.

Click ” ice” below to view a video of climbing through the ice-fall

ice

Camp 2, 6,700m, Wed, April 16 1998

Climbing news and a floating toilet Shani Tan, Expedition Doc

Weather We have fine, clear skies with slight breeze in the morning,
clouding over now with prospect of snow at EBC within the hour and likely on
the hill an hour later. There was much snow and ice melt this morning with
rivulets running all over the camp. Our charpee was in danger of floating
away. (Imagine your toilet having a mind of its own!). However with the
clouds coming in…the hot days may be at an end. We had a still clear night
with heavy frost. This morning our Sherpas left at 0430h and made a carry to
Camp 2 and back. Our climbers started from C1 just after 0800h and all got
into C2 by the radio check at 1400h. (At 1200h check, only Swee had reached
C2) All are well and resting, and will do some “housekeeping” work this
afternoon after some food and drink. The climbers will spend tomorrow at C2
acclimatising and resting. The Lhotse Face has yet to be “fixed” so C3
cannot be established till that is done. If all goes well, the climbers will
spend another two nights at C2 before returning to EBC.

Support trekkers leave: The support trek pair who spent a night here left
this morning as some of their kitchen staff were unwell. Ong, the remaining
support trek member visited EBC from Gorak Shep late this morning.

New arrivals in EBC: Members of the Bob Hoffman Environmental Team came in
this noon, swelling the numbers at EBC. More news on them in a later report.

Camp 2, 6,700m, Friday, April 17 1998

Freezing weather and something about the Indian Ocean Shani Tan, Expedition
Doc

Weather changes We had moderate wind last night and this morning mainly cold
winds from the North. By 1300hrs, it became quite cloudy and is now at
1600hrs completely overcast with visibility down to one kilometre here at
EBC. It is also snowing at C2 but the visibility there is about 500m.
Temperatures have plummeted without the sun. It is easliy freezing in the
tent now. At least this freeze will stop our tent sites from melting into
the Indian Ocean!

Climber situation The Climbers are in C2 at present acclimatising.No further
progress to C3 was made today. Today was also a rest day for the
Sherpas.Gerald and Debbie, the HRA docs who helped with evacuating Joo Khim,
the RCS DJ, are here in EBC for a two-to-three-day visit.They are staying
with Eric’s Team.Our climbers will return to EBC tomorrow.
EBC, 5,400m, Saturday, April 18 1998

Resting before going to Camp 3 Shani Tan

Our guys are back Our Sherpas left for a carry at 0430hrs this morning and
returned by lunch time. We established radio contact with our climbers this
morning at 0800hrs and were pleased to hear that they were already in C1, on
the way back to EBC. Justin, Swee and Roz were amongst the first back in
camp and everyone was back by 1030hrs. All were in reasonable condition
although a bit dehydrated and sun-burnt. Mok is still coughing due to the
cold dry air. Everyone will stay in EBC for a well-deserved rest for the
next few days to a week whilst the route to C3 is being fixed.

Weather turns cloudy again Although the day started bright and hot, it
became quite cool and cloudy after lunch although it is not snowing at
present. There is no wind however and temperatures are not too low.

Another visitor arrives Yeo Tsin Wen arrived in EBC today for a visit from
Lobuche and will stay for the night. Discussions are currently in progress
between David, Bruce and Henry Todd on further plans with respect to fixing
the route C2 — C3.

After a very windy night — not quite as bad as the windstorm, the dawn was
bright cold and clear. Our sherpas made their way to Camp One at 0530h
followed by our climbers at 0730h. All climbers were in Camp One safely by
1400h as established by radio call via Motorola GP68 walkie talkies. At EBC,
we made a radio interview with ONE FM at 1400h as well.

HIgh on the Lhotse Face. ABC is located on the strip of rock and gravle on the right side of the photo, just under the soutwest face slopes

There are now six expeditions in EBC viz, Tom Everest Challenge for the
Disabled, Himalayan Guides (Henry Todd), a large 16-member Iranian Exp doing
both Lhotse and Everest, fully commercial Himalayan Kingdoms (UK based) with
nine climbers, a solo Danish expedition, and ours. Yet to come are a
professional expedition doing GPS work, uncompleted after the bad storm of
1996, an American Environmental Expedition and Bob Hoffman’s expedition.
Watch out for more info on these the next few days as we bring interviews
from them.

The next step depends on how everyone acclimatises. The team at Camp One
will stay two or three days and walk towards Camp Two before returning to
EBC for a well deserved rest.

Camp One, 6,100m, Wed, April 8 1998

Camp One down, Camp Two next… Shani Tan, Team Doctor reporting from Base
Camp

The weather is fine, with clear skies and a slight breeze in the morning but
deteoriated to sleet and snow at lunch time. Air temperature indoors is 5
degrees Celsius inside and 0 degrees outside. Bruce Niven, Johann, all the
Sherpas and myself are at Base Camp. All climbers are now in Camp One. After
a calm and relatively warm night, dawn was bright, cold and clear. It
started to snow at lunch and has been snowing steadily since — about two
inches worth. Our Sherpas made their way to Camp One at 0630h and dumped
their loads at Camp One and some went on to Camp Two to cache supplies. All
sherpas returned to EBC by 1100 hours. All our climbers are at Camp One with
Roz, Swee and Robert making a brief foray into the Western Cwm in the
morning and returning to Camp One for lunch. The report is that they are
well and will return to EBC by lunch time tomorrow.

The next step is for all climbers to return to EBC by tomorrow, starting
from 0700 hours. Hope to hear more from them then.

EBC, 5,400m, Thur, April 9 1998

Back to Base Camp after foray to Camp One David Lim, Expedition Leader

The day began with clear skies and a brisk 100km/h wind. The team spent two
nights (7th and 8th) at Camp 1 at 6,000 metres. The climb up to Camp 1 had
been a somewhat tiring climb through the maze of unstable iceblocks which
are part of the Khumbu Icefall. Most of the people killed on Everest die in
the Icefall when blocks tumble down unexpectedly. It is impossible to
completely avoid these dangers on this route on Everest. Passage through the
Icefall has to be negotiated up to half a dozen times during the course of
the expedition and large crevasses or cracks in the ice have to be spanned
with aluminium ladders. Crossing these (sometimes two or three tied end to
end with twine) is a hair-raising experience. The crevasses can be more than
100 metres deep. Some had bottoms that we could not see. Today, the team
made a rapid descent to Base Camp after a sleepless night. Throughout the
night of the 8th, winds battered the tents at Camp 1. Starting the propane
stoves in the morning involved cold fingers, butane lighters that refused to
work in the cold and up to an hour to boil a litre of water from snow.
Coughs, food debris and fine snow inside the tents all add up to make life a
bit squalid. The team reached Base Camp in groups of two and three between
10am to 11am.

A rest period of two days here is planned as other teams forge their way up
to Camp 1 for their own acclimatisation periods. With the exception of
nagging dry coughs from the cold air, the team is in relative good health.
Last but not least, many thanks to our support trekkers who brought with
them essential communication equipment and lots of goodies to eat.

EBC, 5,400m, Fri, April 10 1998

Renewing friendship and making new ones Shani Tan, Expedition Doctor

Weather: fine, clear skies with slight breeze air temp indoors 20C out doors
5C with breeze. Snow melting all around and butterflies are seen!

Personnel location: everyone at EBC.

Situation: The Sherpas left EBC at 0530 to carry loads up to C1 and all
returned by mid morning (they are very fit and fast). Our chaps resting,
eating and washing (the Great Unwashed) etc. David, Justin and me made
social rounds to visit the other expeditions today mainly to suss out the
number of climbers, plans, oxygen systems and to visit old friends. Eric
Simonsen, with whom the Team climbed with on Cho Oyu last November came into
EBC this morning. Eric will be carrying out scientific work like GPS (Global
Positioning System) a technique that accurately determine accurately the
rising height of Mt Everest. (This same mountain we are climbing rises by
about 5mm every year!) Look out for our exclusive interview with Tom
Whittaker, a disabled climber who has been on Everest twice before but
without success. Tom is at EBC with his project “Everest Challenge ’98″,
which also includes a trekking group of disabled persons. Essentially, all
expeditions except Bob Hoffman’s are at EBC. On the medical front, yesterday
I replaced a dental filling for a member of the Everest Challenge Team and
today me and Mok stitched up a cut hand of our own kitchen crew.

Next Steps: The Team will rest for another few days before going up again,
this time for a longer period. Leave date dependent on the weather. Some
Sherpas will go to C2 this

EBC, 5,400m, Sat, April 11 1998

Team speaks to Mr Abdullah Tarmugi; Minister confirms support for
mountaineering. David Lim, Expedition Leader

Weather As at 4pm Nepal time, the conditions as Base Camp are sunny but with
building winds of about 70 km/h perhaps heralding another windstorm higher
up.

Conversation with Mr Tarmugi At 9am, Nepal time, Team Leader David Lim spoke
to Mr Abdullah Tarmugi of the Ministry of Community Development. The
Minister has had a long-running interest in mountaineering activities and
inquired about the health of team members and also expressed concern
regarding the recent storm at Base Camp. The interview was requested by the
Minister shortly after news of the gale-force winds that destroyed many
tents was relayed back to Singapore. Through the Singapore Sports Council,
he said that support for rock-climbing and mountaineering had come through
from the Sports Challenge division of the council. David expressed the need
for future support as well to which the Minister confirmed his support for
such ventures.

Climbing Plans The team will not be climbing to Camp 1 and Camp 2 on Sunday
and Monday respectively. These plans have been shelved because of impending
storm conditions on the mountain on Tuesday and Wednesday. These estimates
were based on data supplied by the Meteorological Service Singapore. It was
felt by the majority of climbers that the marginal acclimatisation benefits
for going high for two days was not worth the additional risk of going
through the Icefall once more. The next push up will be for a protracted
period, perhaps up to four days above Base Camp and will likely be on
Thursday. However, the team’s Sherpas will be ascending to cache more gear
and equipment on Sunday.

Other Expeditions Almost all the expeditions this year are now here. They
brought with them old acquaintances and friends of expedition members.
Currently, the larger ones are:

Everest Challenge 98 with Tom Whittaker, the amputee hoping to make the
first disabled ascent of Everest.

Wally Berg/Eric Simonson’s team of professionals doing scientific work from
the summit; sponsored by Bradford Washburn’s Boston Museum of Science. The
team also includes scientist Charles Corfield and guide Greg Wilson.

The Iranian team of 16 (eight for Everest and eight for Lhotse nearby)
climbers.

Henry Todd’s group of mixed individuals including soloists from Denmark,
Bolivia, British Army members etc. The prolific Turk, Nasoo, is also here
attempting Lhotse.

Bob Hoffman’s Environmental Everest Expedition 98 — 12 members (so far,
only climbing leader Pasquale Vitale and one other member are here).

Himalayan Kingdoms commercial expedition with climbing leaders Jim Williams,
Martin Barnicott and Dave Walsh.

Henry Todd is coordinating the efforts to put a route through on the Lhotse
Face, a key section of the Everest climb involving the ascent of a
2000-metre wall of ice and rock between Camps 2 and 4. Camp 3 will be
positioned halfway up this face.

It is expected that individual teams will contribute manpower, ropes and
fixed pitons and ice-screws to secure fixed line through this section.

Supporters Many thanks to our well-wishers, this time to those from Outside
Magazine’s online chat group — Jay, Lee, Deirdre, Liz, Wes and all those
others we may have left out from this list.

EBC, 5,400m, Sun, April 12 1998

Waiting out bad weather at EBC Shani Tan, Expedition Doc

Weather Fine, clear skies with slight breeze. A lot of ice melting — tent
sites have to be remodelled.

Personnel location All at EBC (still).

Situation We had a moderately windy night. All stayed in BC after looking at
the data from Meteorological Service Singapore expecting a windstorm as bad
as the first — but it wasn’t as bad. Everyone at present in OGB, mess tent,
listening to Lighthouse Family after lunch. (For those of you at a lost,
Lighthouse Family is a British band. Some of their more listenable tracks
from their latest album, Postcard From Heaven includes: “Raincloud” and
“Question of Faith”). The team docs from the different expeditions had a
working meeting this morning to discuss deployment of kits, supplies etc.
Tomorrow is Nepali New Year.

Next Steps: The climbers will probably go up this Thursday (to be
confirmed).

Camp 2, 6,500m, Sunday, April 19 1998

Without further ado, some climbing news David Lim, Team Leader

You’ve read how we keep going up and coming down and then spend periods at
EBC resting.So what actually happens when we climb? Read on.

Camp 2 On April 15, all members of the team climbed from Base Camp to Camp 1
in four hours. One tent had to be repaired as a pole broke in prevailing
winds. Climbing a peak as high as Everest requires much ups and downs as
team members gain acclimatisation benefits by spending successive nights at
higher camps. After an uneventful night at C1, the team made a push to Camp
2 at 6,500 metres. C2 is located at the head of the four-kilometre long
glacier known as the Western Cwm. Although, the path is gradual, the walk is
sustained at an altitude of over 6,000m and at the end there were some
pretty tired climbers. Interesting sections of the route involved crossing
some enormous crevasses, some more than 100 metres deep. The crossings, over
two or three ladders strapped together with nothing more than two ropes for
handrails, were a bit nerve wrecking at first. The views of Everest’s
southwest face and the Lhotse and Nuptse walls made up for the effort and
our cameras were out in full force. Of particular advantage were our
Contax-sponsored Carl Zeiss 21mm Biogon and 25mm T* lenses fitted onto
Contax G2 and Yashica FX3 bodies. Both mechanical and electronic bodies are
working fine and it will be of some interest as to how they will function
higher up.

Lhotse Face Yesterday, April 18, Henry Todd of the Himalayan Guides
expedition convened a team leaders meeting. Those present included leading
Sherpa climbers MB Tamang and Sherpa Apa with a total of 10 Everest summit
successes between them. Also there were Bob Hoffman and Pasquale Vitale
(Everest Environmental Expedition). The teams will share resources such as
manpower, ropes etc to fix a line on the 2,000-metre high Lhotse Wall,
another obstacle en route to Everest’s summit. It is anticipated that work
on this will begin on Wednesday (April 22) following more recces from
C2.Other teams are expected to pitch in later. The Singapore team will
likely move up to C2 on Tuesday in anticipation of a successful
establishment of a line on the Lhotse Face next week.

Oxygen waylaid An unusual occurrence happened last week. Some of our Poisk
oxygen bottles that were being delivered via our agent (also an Everest team
leader this season) were waylaid at a hamlet a few hours from Base Camp.
Apparently, a very well-known rival Poisk oxygen supplier had seen this
consignment and seen it fit to stop the yak train carrying it. He is not
leading an Everest expedition this year but had been leading a trekking
group in the area. He removed certain information labels from the boxes by
peeling them off or cutting them out. We know who this person is and such
immature actions will not be tolerated and a report will be made to the
appropriate Nepalese authorities. As far as we know, none of the oxygen
bottles themselves had been tampered with but such an occurrence only
highlights how climbing Mt.Everest is big business and that some rivalries
can get out of hand. It is third parties such as ourselves that are affected
by some of these stupid actions. We have substantial oxygen supplies from
the UK and this incident has not affected our supplies at all

Everest Base Camp, 5,400m, Monday, April 20 1998

After the rest, what’s next? Justin Lean, climber

Transfer interrupted!

ble for picture–> Starbucks coffee at 5,500m Special thanks to BonStar Pte.
Ltd. For the sponsorship of six kg of Starbucks Coffee Beans for our
Expedition. The fragrant coffee arrived at Everest Base Camp with a
consignment of other goodies sent ahead by members of the Everest Team
support trek group due to be in EBC late this month. Team members wasted no
time in opening the first packet of Starbucks House Blend.

Other goodies appreciated Included in the consignment were replacement parts
for our Apple 3400 PowerBooks and Hewlett-Packard DeskJet printer and a
recent copy of The Straits Times. Our electronic equipment have been working
under difficult conditions — mainly sub-zero temperatures that sometimes
cause components to blow. We thank Apple and HP for their consistent and
reliable service and support. This is the first time the team has gotten to
see the new colour version of The Straits Times. The print quality is
excellent. As it is our rest day, team members scoured through every page of
the paper — each member reading different sections at the same time. It’s
really nice to be in touch with news from home and the rest of the world –
living on Everest is like being in a separate reality. Events in the world
seem to have little significance, right now, the stability of the Khumbu
Icefall bears more relevance to us than COE prices.

Meanwhile back in the hill. . .

The Lhotse Wall Most teams have established some sort of presence at Camp 2
(6,500m) and are now ready to push up the Lhotse Wall. In order to progress,
over two km of rope must be fixed up this great wall of ice. Climbers will
attach themselves to these ropes when ascending or descending the wall which
gradually steepens towards the top. The Lhotse Wall often consists of
bulletproof blue ice. In the event of a slip, an unroped climber can slide,
pick up speed over two km and then plunge into one of the deep crevasses
that lie at the bottom of the face. Henry Todd’s Himalayan Guides expedition
will co-ordinate efforts to fix rope up the Lhotse Wall. Other expeditions
contribute to the efforts by supplying rope or manpower. Our Expedition is
chipping in by sending two of our strongest Sherpas, Kunga and Ang Dorje to
work with Henry’s Sherpas on putting in the rope on the wall. They left for
Camp 2 today and will start work on the wall tomorrow.

Difficulties and Objective Danger Rock and ice avalanches are the main
dangers faced on the Lhotse Wall. Besides the steep blue ice, certain parts
at the base of the Lhotse Wall receive a constant bombardment of rockfall.
Though the ropes will be fixed away from the common areas of impact, the
team will be wearing their helmets (also called brain buckets), while
ascending the wall. There is also a band of seracs (large ice blocks the
size of cars and SBS buses) hanging precariously over certain sections the
wall. These sometimes detatch, plunging down the face. Camp 3 (7,500m) will
be established on the Lhotse Wall itself. Due to the inclined angle of the
face, it is necessary to carve platforms into the hard ice in order to set
up our aerodynamic high altitude tents. The bulletproof nature of the ice
and the thin air will make this hard work (an understatement).

Intentions for the next stage of the climb These days of rest at EBC
(5,400m) after having spent several nights previously at Camp 2 (6,500m)
should give our bodies a chance to recover and adapt to the thinner air we
will be encountering higher up. Weather and conditions permitting, the team
will make a direct push for Camp 2 on Wednesday (Apr 22). We have not done
this before and anticipate this to be a long grunt of a day which includes
first working our way through the confused jumble of the Khumbu Icefall,
reach Camp 1 and then push on through the furnace and expansive spread of
the Western Cwm. The team will then spend the next day pushing up the fixed
ropes of the Lhotse Wall. Depending on conditions, the team may spend a
night at Camp 3 or descend back to Camp 2. The aim is to spend at least a
night at Camp 3 before descending back to EBC.

The Significance of Camp 2 Camp 2 is also known as Advanced Base Camp. This
is where the bulk of the expedition’s logistical supplies such as oxygen,
high altitude rations and gas are stored before being moved to higher camps.
There is a proper kitchen manned by two high altitude cooks, Sonam and Urke
Tamang who provide proper dhal — bhat (Nepali rice and lentils) to our
Sherpas and ourselves. So it is a good mid-way resting point before
ascending further up the mountain.

Camp 2, 6,500m, Tuesday, April 21 1998

Getting Ready Again Dr Shani Tan, team doctor reporting from Base Camp

Getting ready again We had a clear and windless night which was quite warm,
- 8 degrees Celsius in the tents. The morning was bright and clear, becoming
cloudy at lunch time with some snow showers in the early afternoon. After
resting well in the last few days, the climbers are now getting ready again
to go up to Camp 2. The morning was spent packing, sharpening crampons, last
minute washing up. . . The weather forecast suggests improving weather over
the next few days. We can anticipate calm relatively windless days which
will be good for climbing on the Lhotse Face as our Team makes progress up
to Camp 3. The climbers will leave for Camp 2 early tomorrow morning and
will spend about four days up on the Hill. From Camp 2, they will make their
way to Camp 3 the day after tomorrow.

EBC, 6,500m, Wednesday, April 22 1998

Back up the Hill Shani Tan, Team Doc

We had fine, clear skies with slight breeze in the morning becoming overcast
with snow showers in the afternoon. The clouds are moderately dense over the
Western Cwm with no wind. After a still night, the eight climbers left after
an early breakfast for C2. Justin was doing well, with Swee and Roz in the
front with Mok and Leong bringing up the rear.The front runners got into C2
shortly after 1300h and by the 1400h radio check, everyone was safely in C2.
Sherpa Kunga also reported that C3 has been established.Tomorrow, members
who are feeling well rested will move up to C3 and will return to C2 to
spend the night. The Sherpas have a rest day tomorrow and will resume load
carries the day after.

Camp 2, 6,700m, Thursday, April 23 1998

Actively resting Shani Tan

Day of active rest We had a really warm (like just hovering at freezing
point in the tent) cloudy night and the morning sky was filled with very
high cloud and a weak sun trying to warm the earth. Further south down the
Khumbu, the sky looked leaden and we’re sure that there must have been
rain/snow there. It has been cloudy all day but the weather is not too cold.
There is heavy clouds over the Western Cwm all day. The summit is completely
hidden behind the clouds. Radio contact with the Team at C2 reports calm
windless conditions with one cm of fresh snow falling last night. All
climbers are now in Camp 2 and all Sherpas in EBC except for Kunga, Dorje
and the two kitchen crew at C2. The climbing team had a day of “active rest
” up at C2, setting up more tents in anticipation of the arrival of the
majority of our climbing Sherpas tomorrow. They also labelled our precious
bottles of oxygen with the word “SINGAPORE” and reflective 3M tape to help
positive identification of the bottles during the hurly burly of summit day.
The extra time spent in C2 will help towards acclimatisation for the next
steps in the climb. The climbers will leave at 0630h tomorrow morning for a
climb up the fixed ropes on the Lhotse Face to Camp 3. However they will
return to C2 for the night. Depending on the weather forecast for the
following week, the climbing team may stay up at C2 and then C3 for a longer
period than originally planned.

Suitable sites for radio comms and video cam for Summit Day Johann and me
made a recce walk up the lower scree slopes of Pumori that face Everest to
look for a suitable site to place radio comms and a video camera with a
large telephoto lens in anticipation of the requirements for summit day.

Camp 3, 7,400m, Friday, April 24 1998

Snowing Steadily Shani Tan, Team Doc

Not a winter wonderland We had a warm cloudy night with a short snow shower
in early evening giving way to a bright clear morning. However by late
morning, it had become completely overcast and began to sleet and hail. By
lunch, we had wet snow showers and with the temperatures dropping steadily,
by 1630h we had four inches of snow with no signs of the weather letting up.
The same situation exists in the Western Cwm where our climbers are.

Climbing situation Our climbing team made a foray onto the Lhotse face
towards Camp 3 this morning with Leong and Swee actually getting into C3
before the miserable weather forced everyone to return to Camp 2.By the
1600h radio call everyone was safe and warm back in C2. The climbers will
discuss tonight the weather reports that we have received today, and then
decide on whether to remain up high over the weekend. The weather forecasts
suggest a clearing up of the clouds and probably precipitation over the next
two to three days but that the winds will remain about same.

Camp 3, 7,400m, Saturday, April 25 1998

It’s on to Camp 4 by Dr. Shani Tan

More wet weather We had another warm night here in EBC. And up in Camp 2, it
was not too cold Johann, Bruce and I are at EBC, and all climbers now in C2,
all Sherpas in C2 except for Kunga and Dorje who returned today to EBC. All
the climbers spent the day in C2 recuperating from the effort of going up to
C3 the day before. At EBC and in C2, we enjoyed a bright clear and warm
(dare I say hot?) morning before the clouds rolled in by 1100h and it began
to sleet and rain in BC and snow wet heavy snow in C2. This situation has
remained all afternoon and at the 1600h radio call it is as yet uncertain if
the climbers will remain up high for another day or return to Base Camp
tomorrow. This will be confirmed at a unscheduled 1800h radio call later
today. At EBC, I did some repair work to the tent fly of the Comms tent
which had a long three-foot tear in it as a result of over enthusiastic
beating to clear it of snow yesterday afternoon.

Camp 3 established and ready to go! The good news of today is that C3 is
ready with tents and provisions and it remains for the route from C3 to C4
to be fixed (by Sherpas from other expeditions as agreed among expedition
leaders) and then all will be ready for summit pushes.

Camp 3, 7,200m, Sunday, April 26 1998

Safely back in Base Camp Justin Lean

Safely back Our boys are back safely at EBC after a protracted stay at Camp
2 for the past four days. The long stay at altitude gives us a chance to get
used to the thin air. However, this prolonged stay also has delibitating
effects on the human body. It started with all climbers departing from EBC
(5,500m) to C2 (6,500m) in one push on April 22nd. It took the team on
average six hours to perform the feat. Compared to our previous timings of
trips done from EBC to C1 and C1 to C2 on separate occasions, we moved
faster this time — thus showing that we were acclimatising. However, the
height of C2 is already the summit of many mountains in the Himalayas. The
thin air could still be felt and even at rest one was breathless.

ts.

KUDOs to our Sherpas Negotiating the slope on the Lhotse wall helps one
appreciate how tough it must have been for our Sherpas being the first to
ascend the face without the aid of fixed rope. They always look toasted from
their excursions on the face — partly due to the severe glare of the sun
reflected off the ice. Swee Chiow, Chee Mun and Robert got to Camp 3, where
our Sherpas were busy carving platforms out of the hard ice with snow saws
for tents. The rest of the team were at various stages of nearing Camp 3
when they opted to descend due to the onslaught of bad weather. Descending
the Face is just as terrifying as the fixed ropes are sometimes too tight to
put in a figure of eight descendeur — a device that helps a climber control
the speed of his descent down a length of rope. Instead a climber is forced
to clip his harness directly to to the rope and descend hand over hand –
which for one who is tired can be scary due to the possibility of losing
one’s grip on the rope.

Results of Camp 3 foray All got back to Camp 2 by 2pm — totally knackered
(completely exhausted). Consistent hyperventilation of the cold, oxygen poor
air left some team members with irritable dry coughs. Such is the force of
the coughing that Rozani sprained his shoulder while trying to sleep. Rozani
also developed a haemorrhagic blister that was purulent on his ankle which
needed our Dr. Mok to surgically slice off the blister to drain the puss.
Mok performed this operation at Camp 2 yesterday. The rest felt physically
drained and worked at replacing lost carbohydrates with their diet of dhal
and rice prepared by our Sherpa cooks stationed at Camp 2.

Snow means go down Yesterday also brought a steady downfall of wet snow
which thwarted plans for the team to ascend to Camp 3 to spend the night on
the April 26. The reason being that wet snow falling on the hard blue ice of
the Lhotse Face can cause avalanche. Upon gaining sufficient critical mass,
the wet snow will unleash itself in what is known a “wet slab avalanche” –
which is like a mass of wet cement that crashes down the slope picking up
speed and wiping out anything in its path. The presence of wrecked tents
from past expeditions at Camp 3 stand testimony to this phenomenon. While it
snowed during the night, small avalanches could be heard crashing of Nuptse
opposite Camp 2. Rather than wait for the latest precipitation of snow to
consolidate or avalanche off Lhotse, the team decided to bomb back down to
Base Camp. This was a wise decision as we were already feeling the effects
of staying for a prolonged period at high altitude — e.g. sleepless nights
and fatigue.

Soggy trip through the Icefall Due to the snowfall, our progress through the
Icefall was hampered by soft snow which caused “balling up” of the crampons.
“Balling up” is a term for snow building up into big balls (sometimes the
size of watermelons) under the crampons making movement unwieldy. The steep,
uneven, false floor terrain of the Icefall, this caused some alarm among
some of the climbers. All arrived safely back at EBC for potato chips and
email.

Camp 3, 7,200m, Monday, April 27 1998

Spring again? by Dr. Shanni Tan

Spring is here ? We had a very warm night with temperatures above freezing
in tents all night. There was minimal frost on the ground. The morning sky
was clear and it was intermittently rain/hail and shine through out the day,
leaving us intermittently hot and cold too.

Preparing for the next step : Everyone is resting and relaxing, having
laundry done, sharpening crampons, repairing antiballing plates, snacking,
listening to music, “carbo” loading for the next push up the Hill. Mok is
making Chinese soup tonight to add some variety to our diet. Depending on
the weather reports, the Climbing Team will go back up towards the end of
the week.

Camp 3, 7,200m, Tuesday, April 28 1998

The Plan by David Lim, Expedition Leader

Plans for the Lhotse Face, Inter-expedition cooperation : After 2 days’rest
at Base Camp, the team is planning a push to Camp 3 tomorrow. The team will
press from BC (Base Camp) to C2 (Camp 2) in a one-day push and then on to C3
(Camp 3) where we will spend one night as part of the final acclimatisation
stages. After this period up high, we will descend to basecamp and wait for
a suitable summit window. A summit team of approximately five will be
chosen. Simultaneously, climbers and sherpas from Henry Todd and Wally
Berg’s team will extend the route from C3 to South Col – the final campsite
from which summit attempts are made. While several teams have been sharing
resources it is unfortunate that one or two well-equipped teams are not
chipping in equipment or manpower to help fix the route on the Lhotse Face.
This is a common, though regrettable, fact of climbing Everest – many teams,
many interests and someteams making a greater effort than others. However,
the more important issue at hand is to keep the momentum going on the route.

“CONQUERING MT EVEREST”: This is a popular phrase much-loved by news editors
and journalists. Yet it is hated universally by climbers. The simple reason
behind this is that Everest is never conquered. It tolerates climbers, and
if lucky, they will stand for a few moments on the summit. Despite our
repeated requests not to associate such jingoistic terms, sub-editors and
newsmen keep insisting on using them. It seems while the mass media seeks to
educate and inform the public, they seem impervious to subtle and
not-too-subtle requests not to sensationalise the climb.

Camp 3, 7,200m, Wednesday, April 29 1998

Up to the Mountain again by Dr. Shani Tan

Up again onto the Mountain : The weather was hot and sunny this morning with
a cold breeze in BC (Base Camp) turning to clouds and snow by 1430h here and
also in the Western Cwm. All our climbers left for C2 (Camp 2)at 0600h this
morning and were approaching C2 at the last radio call at 1400h. We were
unable to establish contact at 1600h will try again 1800h.6 Sherpas
accompanied them to C2 this morning. The climbers left for C2 at 0600h this
morning accompanied by Sherpas who will help ferry loads to C3 (Camp 3). The
morning was clear and bright, ideal weather however by 1430h it started to
cloud over and snow. Some were carrying heavy packs and had a hard time
going up to C2. Justin and Roz are having a rather bad cough. It appears
that at least some of the route over the Yellow Band is fixed ( as yet
unconfirmed ) as David sighted some sherpas from another expedition working
on that section.The plan is to go to C3 cm and spend a night there and then
return all the way to C2 and then BC after that. The support Trekkers have
arrived!! Yap Ser Chuan, Tan Yee Lee and Veronica Cheong ambled into Base
Camp (taking care of their porters instead of the other way round, no less)
bringing with them their own luxury food like groundnuts, instant bubur
hitam, ikan bilis, amongst other delicacies. They plan to stay here two
nights before heading back to Kathmandu and then Singapore. It must be some
stroke of luck that the two support treks came into base camp the same day
that the climbers went up, but they do not seem to be put down by missing
the climbers – in fact they’re happily munching away in our rec tent right
now.

Camp 3, 7,200m, Thursday, April 30 1998

Camp 3 Reached Dr. Shani Tan

Our guys reach Camp 3 : We had fine weather, hot and sunny all day, with
temperatures up to 38 degree Celcius in the dining tent and about 15 degree
Celcius at noon. It is clear, cloudless and windless at Camp 2 and Camp 3.

The Ascent : All climbers found it hard going to Camp 2 especially for
Justin who had a bad cough and breathing hard in the cold dry air made it
worse. Urke (Camp 2 cook) had to come down to assist him. Urke gave him a
mug of warm orange juice and help him with his pack. Justin arrived at
nearly 1600hrs while the rest arrived in Camp 2 at 1500hrs On arrival at
Camp 2, Justin was started on some medications which seem to have improved
his cough. This morning, only Swee, Edwin and Leong felt fit and rested
enough to continue up to Camp 3. They started up at about 0800hrs with
Sherpa support and arrived in Camp 3 by 1530hrs. Tonight, they will be
sleeping in Camp 3 without oxygen and will be testing out our emergency
strobe light — another radio call at 1930hrs tonight will tell us whether
the strobe is clearly visible from Camp 2. This emergency strobe was
purchased to help our climbers find their tents on the South Col in the
event of a whiteout. Tomorrow morning, the climbers in Camp 3 will descend
to Camp 2 and the remaining five will go up to Camp 3 .

Next Steps : The remaining five at Camp 2 will go to Camp 3 and those at
Camp 3 will return to Camp 2. Some Sherpas will go up to Camp 1 tomorrow to
bring fresh supplies.

Support trekkers in EBC : The three trekkers who arrived yesterday spent a
rest day in Base Camp taking photos, resting and visiting other expeditions.
We had lunch together and they were amazed by the extremes of heat and cold
that exist here. They will return to Lobuche tomorrow. We wish them a safe
trek back to Lukla.

Camp 3, 7,200m, Friday, May 1st 1998

How we made it to Camp 3 Dr. Shanni Tan

Camp 3 climbing report : Swee Chiow, Edwin and Leong left C2(Camp 2) at
0930h yesterday morning under perfect climbing conditions for C3(Camp 3).
They were accompanied by our climbing Sherpas who helped to ferry more loads
up to C3. There were also numerous climbers from other expeditions making
their way to C3. The Lhotse Face was in very good condition with firm snow
and big “buckets” kicked into the hard blue ice by climbers preceeding them.
Swee and company made very good time and arrived in C3 by 1520h. Camp 3 is
strung out over several hundred vertical meters on the Lhotse wall. It is
roughly divided in to an upper and an lower camp. We have three 3-man
Mountain Hardware tents in the lower part of C3 at approximately 7200m. The
position of the tents even though guyed down with heavy duty rope is quite
precarious, as they are resting on hard snow and ice. To carry out any
activity outside the tent ( eg. going to toilet ), one has to “clip in” to
the ropes to prevent a kilometer long fall down a sheer face of ice. They
spent a very cold night in C3 ( it was very cold even in perfect windless
conditions ) and were comfortable without the use of supplementary oxygen.

Camp 3 team returns to Base Camp : We had a very hot morning with bright
sunshine and very little wind both at BC (Base Camp) and in the Westerm Cwm,
clouding over by 1430h with rain and hail by 1630h. At the 0800h radio call,
Swee, Ed and Leong were within 10 min of C2 having left C3 at 0630h this
morning. The others; David, Justin, Mok, Roz and Robert were just starting
out from C2 for C3 accompanied by Sherpa support. The C3 people rested in C2
while Sonam and Urke made rice porridge for breakfast. By 1200h, the trio
from C3 were in the ice fall enroute to BC but the other 5 are still on the
fixed ropes leading up to C3. Swee and company made very good time and
arrive in BC by 1320h where they are now resting, rehydrating and reading
emails with great gusto. ( Email was the great incentive to come down early
it seems ). At the 1600h radio call, Mok, Roz and Rob had just gotten into
C3 with Justin and David reported 5 and 20 minutes away respectively.We will
have a further call at 1800h during which Mok will give a medical update on
Justin and Roz. It is yet unknown if they will sleep on supplementary oxygen
tonight.

1997: President Ong Teng Cheong included us in his annual TV charity fundraiser – the President’s Star Charity Show – which garnered quite a bit of controversy as many people did not see us as a charity. But many arts groups had benefited from this event, and for some reason, this did not seem to beout of place despite them not being viewed as a conventional “charity’. The President’s event, after all had been described as supporting “worthy causes, as deemed by the President”. The team had actually for a number of years been running climbing clinics, publci education talks, and been behind the Fire and Ice exhibition at the Science Centre. Very few, if any Singapore national athletes would ever have to raise the funds for their own training and meets, conduct all the PR and communications, plus participate and organise community events for the benefit fo the public. And yet, this is what we did for several years.

A key decision that year was to either complete the pre-Everest training with a climb of two difficult 7000-metre peaks in Tajikistan; or going to Cho Oyu, an 8201-metre peak, and the world’s sixth highest peak. Bruce Niven, our Scottish basecamp manager was adamant that Cho Oyu would be the best pre-Everest training, and this was without doubt as our use of bottled oxygen, and tactics on an 8000-metre peak would replicate what we would face on Everest in early 1998. But it meant spending an extra $50,000. Bruce promised to underwrite the amounts persosnally if we had a shortfall, and refused to discuss when and how the team would repay him

The Cho Oyu expedition in the autumn of 1997 had it’s share of drama and issues, but ultimately was successful , placing half the team on the summit. The other half of the team would also have been succeesful but for a windstorm that swept in the following day prompting a hasty retreat. The team was the first SE Asian team to climb Cho Oyu. However, owing to some sad and totally avoidable incidents, Lim Kim Boon, on the team’s return was considered unsuitable for the final climb on Everest. This unfortunate matter was covered extensively in David’s book “Mountain to Climb” in the chapter ” A House Divided”. On a brighter note,  Messrs Leong Chee Mun and Edwin Siew from the Development or reserve team were co-opted onto the main team heading for Everest.

The stage was set for Everest.

Cho Oyu – sunset

Lila Tamang ( behind) and David Lim high on Cho Oyu - summit day

Most of 1994 was spent organising a team, as well as beginning the fundraising drive. This was largely spearheaded by David Lim and Justin Lean, requiring significant after -hours work, lunch-time meetings with prospects and so on. As usual, there were some genuine well-wishers and some timewasters who realised that they couldn’t deliver what they promised. Stories in the press at that time focused on the large sponsorship and team challenge.

AA major boost happened in March 1995 when, after a request was sent, the the President of the Republic, Ong Teng Cheong , agreed to be the Expedition Patron. Mr Ong, unbeknownst to us at that time, had stuck his neck out, ignoring the advice of some of his advisors who warned about supporting a venture that could “fail”. Apparently, his response to these risk-averse people were ” That is exactly why I should give them my support”. These and other nuggets were only revealed much later after the expedition concluded.

In a letter of encouragement to the team members, President Ong wrote:

“Mountaineering is not a tradition in Singapore. Only people with strong determination and spirit of adventure like you will set your sights on the conquest of Mount Everest. Whether you are climbers or members of the support team, you are all pioneers with the courage to try and succeed.”

 

Meeting the President at his official residence, the Istana, in March 1996 for an update. From L to R: Lim Kim Boon. David Li, President Ong Teng Cheong and Rob Goh.

The team began training with some members undertaking smaller trips with each other to places like Mt Kinabalu and the NZ Alps, where peaks like Mt Cook were climbed.  Planning began in earnest to organise a whole-team expedition to climb  Kun, part of the 7000m Nun-Kun peaks in Ladakh, India.

  This expedition took place in August and met with bad weather. They were froced to try a new route on Nun (which was not even planned for)after deep snow made it impossible to reach Kun’s basecmp. WIth little time left, the team regrouped in Leh, the capital of Ladakh and re-launched themselves at another objective organised on the fly - Stok Kangri - a simple 6000-metre peak. Four members, David Lim Rob Goh, YJ Mok and SC Khoo summitted

The team returned to review the lessons of the climb and continued the quest to raise the nearly $1 million SG dollars needed for the climb. David’s leadership had been confused at times, and some members had behaved selfishly. All in , it was a sobering lesson that the team dynamics needed work.

 

Below: David, at Camp 1, with Nun in the background

Above: The 6125m, Stok Kangri

1996 was a more hopeful year, with the team succeeding on a number of alpine summits in the Swiss and French Alps in the summer of that year. David Lim and Justin Lean had also pulled off some difficult ascents in the NZ Alps on Mt Tasman. The team also acquired new sponsors Ricola. They would be the single largest non-government linked sponsor with $65000 invested in the expedition.  Contrary to what many Singaporeans then and now believed, the TOTAL financial support of the Singapore government and government-linked organisations only amounted to 11% of the total needed for Everest in 1998. ( inset left: David Lim high on Syme Ridge, Mt Tasman, Jan 1996)

However during this time, the naysayers and cynics also became more vocal. In 1996, an opinion piece, and an exceedingly poor piece of journalism for all its factual errors) made fun of the climb, denigrating the climbers et al was published in the major media. Written by an ‘award-winning’ journalist, you wonder if that award was for being Jerk of the Year – not to mention OpEd With The Most Factual Errors. For goodness, sake , at least if the sarcasm and critique had anything like the class of a Salon.com piece, it would have been bearable. As is… we had to put up with this twaddle. Singapore’s  largest climbing shop carried, for a long time, a news clipping of us that was parodied by an unknown cartoonist and was displayed for all to see – until we shut our critics up. Such occurrences were part and parcel of pulling off something difficult, and unwelcome in the face of tawdry, and mediocre journalism, not to mention mediocre minds. The Tall Poppy Syndrome comes to mind as well.

 

Left: David Lim on the Ice nose route on Piz Scersen in the Bernina range of the Swiss Alps, July 1996

In September, the team, now somewhat smaller with several voluntary departures, went to make an attempt at a 7000-metre peak, Putha Hiunchuli by the North Face. This was the first time any SE Asian team had attempted a peak f this scale. Located in mid-west Nepal, the peak had been climbed infrequently owing to the challenging access. After some bad weather in the initial stages, David Lim and SC Khoo stood on the summit. A few days later MB Tamang and Rob Goh did the same. YJ MOk and S. Yogenthiran had to retire for health reasons.

Putha Hiunchuli was a tremendous success at a time when there were nagging doubts if the team could pull it all together on a climb. Despite differences and some obvious dislike for each other by some team members, and some selfishness, the team was functioning above expectations. Only the money issues were unresolved, and team had to consider how they would find another few hundred thousand dollars to complete the funding for Everest in 1998.

 

Below: SC Khoo and David Lim on the 7246m summit of Putha Hiunchuli a.k.a Dhaulagiri VII

Other climbs of note that year were climbs  by Justin, Shani and Rozani on the Chulu Peaks in November.

Oct 1993 – David Lim, on behalf of the Mountaineering Society, applies and secures a permit from the Nepal Government for the climbing of Mt Everest for the spring season 1998. The application is backed by the newly formed Singapore Mountaineering Federation, the national association of climbing clubs. During this time, a search for team members is ongoing, as is the overall strategy for the 4 year project by the Mountaineering Society

April 1994 – The Nepal government issues the permit. At that time, it was unclear as to who would make up the final team, so the names inserted were those of Mountaineering SOciety members who had the right climbing resume and interest at the time

Everest expedition climbing permit

May 1994 – The Straits Times newspaper runs a couple of major news stories of the climb. A representative of another adventure association with no prior input in the project calls for the the project to be ‘surrendered’ into the care of a group of technical committees. This does not happen once the scale of the work required becomes evident, and the commitment required. The eventual committee comprises all the key team members and a few non-climbers with relevant skills and expertise. The rule by “committee types”  gets the boot.

July 1994 – David Lim applies for support from the Singapore Sports Council. For the first time, a manifesto of the expeditions begins to form. It will be a 14-page document relating to the aims and selection process of the team. However, this became the unswerving approach

AIM OF THE EXPEDITION:

1) Make a successful ascent of Mt Everest in 1998

2) Develop alpinism as a sport in Singapore

SELECTION OF CLIMBERS:

Contrary to public perception, there is already a body of climbers who have been involved in alpine–climbing for the last four years. Some of them already have the neccessary skills, and if further developed, would be adequate for climbing Everest. In fact there is, theoretically, a sufficient number of climbers already available to do the job. However, bearing in mind mutual incompatibility, lack of commitment and natural attrition, a search for more climbers is needed.

Climbers for the expedition should be Singapore citizens or permanent residents.

It is proposed that two teams be established:

1) The Everest team – which should consist of persons with the basic and advanced rock, snow and ice–climbing skills  and

IÎ2) A development squad – consisting of individuals with a commitment to alpinism though with limited climbing experience.

The creation of a development squad is to allow a body of reserves for the reasons mentioned above. In addition, the squad will also allow for alpine skills development in the longer term.

During this period, the team acquired two sponsors – Singapore Pools, with an initial support of $30,000. And SECTOR Sports watches.

Dec 2004- The preliminary team is showcased and profiled in a major press feature by The Straits Times

These pages, for the first time since all the 1996 – 1998 online dispatches and expedition information were accidentally deleted in 1999, aim to archive the story of this landmark 1998 expedition. This landmark Singapore expedition was led by David Lim. The idea of a Singapore Everest expedition was first mooted by the then President of the Mountaineering Society, Lawrence Lee, and supported by a small group of climbing enthusiasts in 1990. This was after the first successful Singapore expedition to scale a 6000m peak – Lobuche East, in November 1990.

The interest raised was so significant that a local politician was quoted in the press as follows:

When we celebrate National Day in 15 years’ time, our flag should be flying not only in every home but also on the top of Mount Everest

Mr Matthias Yao,
Political Secretary to the First Deputy Prime Minister, July 1st 1990.

However, within a couple of years, the idea died as the rules laid down by the Nepalese government dictated that any expedition to Everest had to be endorsed by a national alpine association – which Singapore did not have until 1993. Suffice to say, after David Lim’s own passage into Himalayan mountaineering in 1993, the idea was revived, and David then took reins of the project. In October 1993, he applied for, and obtained the permit for the 1st Singapore Mt Everest Expedition; with a preference for climbing the peak in Spring 1998. On 20 Aug 1994, the first official meeting of the group that hoped to be part of the project was established

This was not an easy project, least of which was a) there are no mountains in Singapore on which to train, b) the initial stages were almost a mess when various parties of well-meaning, but committee-types wanted to take charge of a project David had initiated. c) a team had to be found, financed and equipped, and 4) after the expedition, the team returned to face fresh controversies over the nationalities of our team members. The “us-and-them” friction between many Singaporeans and new immigrants may seem strange in a nation full of immigrants, but the challenges  faced by the nation at the time of writing this in May  2012, still seem to challenge and confront Singapore and Singaporeans.

These webpages will be slowly populated over the next few weeks in June 2012 with the dispatches, stories, and the journey of the team from 1994 to 1998; including the successful ascent of Mt Everest on May 25th 1998.