Update: Khong Lean returned to base camp today with expedition director Edwin
and received a warm welcome. The two took their time leaving Camp 2, enjoying
their last view of the Western Cwm where they sat and gazed for 30 minutes,
soaking in the beauty of the mountains that they had been allowed to share.
"On the way down, I felt happy about the success of the
expedition," Khong Lean said. "I am also glad that it was conducted in a safe
manner with no injuries and casualties.
"I also thought about the three years of preparation. I
think that for the five of us and as well as those members who had left the
University, what is valuable is the friendship made and lessons learnt on the
mountains as well as in Singapore."
E-Fung and Yen Kai, up at South Col, began their descent to
Camp 2. E-Fung was none the worse for his frostnipped toes and wanted to come
straight down to Base Camp. But he was told it would be dangerous to cross the
icefall in mid-afternoon. So much as the duo wanted the comforts of BC, they
had to spend one more night at Camp 2. Lulin
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