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  Mt. Everest 2005: Two Teams: National University of Singapore 2005 Everest Expedition and 3 man Singapore Expedition without oxygen expedition


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The National University of Singapore is celebrating the centennial anniversary of the university this year. As part of the festivities they will be sending a team, made up of students, staff and alumni to the summit of Everest.

Mountaineering took on a high profile at the university in 2002, after Dr. Robert Goh led a successful ascent with students up Mount Xixabangma (8000m). The success found in the first year of the Make It Real program has made it possible for the University of Singapore to have confidence in their Everest team.

Student participants in the Make It Real program go through a rigorous year learning expedition planning and mountaineering skills, with training climbs in Nepal and New Zealand.

In 2002 invitations went out to join the Everest expedition, the response from students, staff and an alumnus was overwhelming. They narrowed the applicants down to 30 based on past mountaineering experience and held an over-night physical and mental assessment of the candidates. This process narrowed the group to 13 and has since been cut to 6 team members. 

The team leader is Ee Khong Lean. The other members are Lindley Zerbe (communications), Quah Wei Siong (training), Stefen Chow E-Fung (gear) and Teo Yen Kai (welfare).

The team will also be accompanied by veteran climbers Dr. Robert Goh, Lim Kim Boon and Edwin Siew. These three climbers will be assisting the University expedition as well as making an attempt to be the first climbers from Singapore to summit without the aid of bottled oxygen.

Climbers Robert Goh, Lim Kim Boon and Edwin Siew: Edwin first put Singapore’s flag on the summit of Everest six years ago along with Khoo Swee Chiow. On this mission the groups goals are two fold, they hope to be the first team from Singapore to summit without the assistants of oxygen and they hope to work together with the students climbing from the National University of Singapore to help make their expedition a success.

In training to climb Everest this March without the aid of oxygen, Goh and Boon climbed Cho Oyu without supplemental oxygen. The trip was a success. Cho Oyu is just 650m lower then Everest, the climbers are confident in their abilities. The students from the University will climb with the aid of oxygen. The members of this expedition are excited not just by the opportunity to climb Everest for themselves, but to play an active role in helping to cultivate a new generation of mountaineers in Singapore.

 

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