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  Mt. Everest 2005: The Singapore National University Team: The team finally set off for Kala Pattar this morning



Traversing an ice section which mimics
that above the South Col

Update: After postponing the trek a couple of times, the team finally set off for Kala Pattar this morning. The plan was to trek towards Kala Pattar with a turn-around time of 11am. This will give the members a chance to exercise their bodies after many days at Base Camp.

It was a pleasant trek on a sunny though windy morning, over mostly moraine which seemed easier than when they first arrived at EBC. That's because they were more acclimatized this time, and the trail was more established through frequent use by trekkers and other expedition groups.

Along the way, they met several other climbers from EBC who obviously had the same idea. They also met three Singaporean trekkers on their way to EBC.

At 10.50am, the group arrived outside Gorak Shep, just next to Kala Pattar and decided to turn around without going to Gorak Shep. That's because many unwell climbers come to this village to recover and the members wanted to avoid picking up any ailments.

It was a pleasant five-hour walk at a brisk pace. When they returned to EBC, who should be there but the three Singaporean trekkers. They had found their way to our camp and were invited to stay for lunch which delighted them no end. Strangers soon became fast friends with promises of meeting in Singapore. Lulin Reutens

Video Crossing the Khumbu Icefall, Nepal from the National University of Singapore 2005 Everest Expedition team. Click the picture

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