Crossing, establish record
Singaporeans succeeded in making the first Se-Asian unsupported desert
crossing. Adventurers David Lim and Ms (Dr.) Shani Tan made the 5 ˝ day
crossing on foot, of the world’s largest salt desert, the Salar de Uyuni (in
southwestern Bolivia), last week staring Aug 5th and finishing Aug 10th.
journey began on the desert’s western edge near the village of Llica, and
traversed more than 150km to end at the desert’s edge by the village of
Colchani some 5 ˝ days later. They become the 4th ever party to make this
crossing. More than 3500 people have summitted Mt Everest , but no more than
six have crossed the Uyuni on foot.
expedition almost failed before it began when the two custom-designed
expedition trolleys failed to arrive on time, after being promised by the
freight forwarders that they would be available in La Paz ( Bolivia ) by July
31st. In a 36 hour period, the team purchased crude local steel carts like
those used by street vendors, and got a local welder to make the required
modifications. Poor quality mountain-bike tyres and accessories completed the
makeshift plan. On the first morning of the expedition, the sheer weight of
one trolley caused a tyre to deflate/implode instantly.
Desert 2007 expedition saw the team hauling up to 90 kgs of equipment, water
and food across the barren, lifeless desert in the height of the Bolivian
winter. Day time temperatures soared to 15 degrees, and night time
temperatures plummeted to – 15 degrees, freezing their water supply
constantly. On some days, strong winds blew strange salt crystal ‘clouds’
across the Salar.
Desert Crossing 2007 is supported by Energizer’s Never Say Die Club whose main
focus is to encourage a spirit of resilience and toughness in Singaporeans.
The team will be relying on Energizer’s outstanding, long-life lithium
batteries and accessories that perform superbly in sub-zero temperatures.