Update from the three man expedition without oxygen (Climbers
Robert Goh, Lim Kim
Boon and Edwin Siew)
At 5am this morning, the
three mountaineers left for their first acclimatisation climb to Camp 1,
across the Khumbu Icefall, the site of the most fatalities among Everest
For Edwin and Robert, who
were with the first Singapore Everest Expedition in 1998, this was a repeat
experience. "The icefall was more or less the same as in '98," Robert said.
"The previous experienced helped this time; I was able to anticipate what was
coming and could prepare myself better.
"What's different this time
was the team. In '98, we were a fragmented group; this time it was more like a
family, looking out foe each other."
Climbing with the Singapore
Mountaineers were members of the NUS Centennial Expedition team which Robert's
group have been directing for the last three years.
Edwin, a '98 Everest
summiter, also had a good climb. "I was going slow and steady to acclimatize,"
he said. "No problems, just hungry. Camp 1 this time is further away from the
lip which is quite precarious."
First-timer on the icefall,
Kim Boon found it an exciting experience, but worrying. "I am worried about
the tumbling blocks of ice serac," he said. "You have to fully concentrate;
but it will be easier the next time."
The team is spending the
night at Camp 1. Their plans tomorrow will depend on the weather. One big
worry is the high winds which has been forecast for the next two or three
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