Update: June 1 -- Everest
Mountaineer Dr. Robert Goh, the leader of the Premier Taxi Everest Expedition
without oxygen, abandoned his summit bid this morning.
weakened after spending two nights at Camp 4 (7,900m) without oxygen, as well
as two nights at Camp 2 earlier on.
when he was preparing to mount his summit bid with climbing mate Edwin Siew,
the winds were whipping at 60 to 70 knots, gusting occasionally at 80 knots.
"It was too
dangerous to go up under those conditions," he explained. "So we decided to
postpone our ascent by one day."
a second night without oxygen at altitude with little or fitful sleep which
left his weakened and tired.
certainly disappointed," said Dr. Goh, 39, a research scientist, "especially
when Ed and I had climbed up to Camp 4 in good time."
"But I also
know it would not be wise to go ahead with the summit bid in my condition,"
added the mountaineer who had previously summitted Mount Xixabangma (8,002m)
in 2002 in alpine style and Cho Oyu (2,200m)last year without oxygen.
compromise the expedition if I got into difficulties and Ed and his Sherpa had
to help me down."
It has been
a particularly difficult season at Everest, with the winds blowing hard and
relentlessly for several weeks. The weather had also been unpredictable with
no clear summit window with milder winds.
If the wind
speeds are lower tonight than last night, Mr. Siew will try for the summit.
good and positive," said the 36-year-old head of training at the Outward Bound
School. "If the winds tonight at not too strong, I will go for the summit.
"I feel my
chances are 50-50; I will do my best."
summitted Everest with oxygen in 1998, the first man from a Singapore team to
do so. If he succeeds this time, he will be the first Singaporean, indeed the
first South-east Asian, to summit Everest twice, and to summit without oxygen.
member of the team, Mr. Lim Kim Boon, an outdoor instructor, had difficulties
acclimatising and had abandoned his climb.
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