Lim is best known in Asia and abroad for leading the
1st Singapore Mt Everest Expedition in 1998 which
succeeded in placing two members on the summit. The
climb captured the imagination of the entire country
and helped reset the parameters of what could be
achieved by the small and flat island nation. A week
after returning from Everest, he experienced a
life-and-death struggle with Guillain-Barre
Syndrome, a serious nerve disorder. The disorder
totally paralyzed and hospitalized him for six
months. David is now partially disabled as a result.
DISPATCHES: Summit Day: Rudolf
Rother, Grant Rawlinson and myself got up at 2.30am and
made our way up the icy slopes to the Pashthukov Rocks
(as did about 20 other people in various groups). The
average angle of the slopes were between 35 - 45
degrees. It got windy almost immediately once we were
above the Rocks (4,700m) and lasted throughout the
traverse around the base of Elbrus East (5,621m). The
yellow moon sulkily slunk off a dull red at about 5am
and it took a while for the sun to get up' casting a
huge shadow of Elbrus on the Caucasian plains below.
We rested a bit before the final steep 200m ascent up to the summit
plateau. This was the toughest part of all. To be frank, we should have
acclimatized for another day at our 4,300m camp. But the very changeable
weather demanded a swift move. The summit was windy - 80km/h at least and
people barely able to stand. We summitted at just before 9am and returned at
about 1pm. Low clouds began to sweep in and the summit soon became covered in
Seems we made the right move since all night on the 12th, we were buffeted
by gale force winds and about 6 inches of windblown snow. The foul weather
chased us all the way back down on the 13th
We're now enjoying shashliks and beers in the valley.
Amongst some new friends we made included
Joao Garcia -
whom EverestNews.com friends may recall from his epic descent from the summit
of Everest a few years ago with frostbite injuries. He is here with a
Portuguese group climbing Elbrus and they summited on the 11th.
Cheers, David and the South Col Adventures team
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