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  Mt. Everest 2005: The Singapore National University Team and The Singapore Premier Taxi Everest Expedition: Update



Robert Goh

Update from the University Team: Just two days ago, we were relaxing and enjoying life at Base Camp. Then yesterday, the decision was made that the first team would be leaving on a summit bid tomorrow. And I am in the first team!

Suddenly the pressure is on Lindley and me. But knowing that we have come here well-prepared and are now well-acclimatised gives me the confidence that we have what it takes to summit.

Still, the weather has been unpredictable throughout these past weeks. On our summit day, it may not be what is expected. The weather may change, and quite quickly, too. We will have to brace ourselves and draw on all our resources to counter any difficulties, such as unexpected strong winds.

Despite these apprehensions, I have to admit that I feel a certain excitement. After all, my team mates and I have set our sights on this world’s highest mountain for the past three years. And here I am about to embark on the journey of my life, and I intend to give it my all.

The responsibility is on our team to reach the top - first, Lindley and me, then the second group. Knowing this will encourage me to keep going when the going gets tough. And I do not underestimate that it WILL be tough.

But what will keep me going is the thought that NUS has given me this chance in a lifetime. I feel extremely fortunate - as I know my team mates do as well - to be here to live our dreams.

And to other mountaineers in Singapore, I want to say: Don’t give up your dreams. Big dreams DO come true if you pursue them one step at a time.

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

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