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Lim: ASCENT 8000
mountaineer David Lim, who was rendered partially
disabled by Guillain-Barre Syndrome after leading
the 1st Singapore Mt Everest Expedition in 1998,
is making a bid to do a 'double' - climbing both
Shishapangma and Cho Oyu without bottled oxygen
this spring. The expedition, called ASCENT 8000 is
aimed at pushing Singapore's mountaineering
frontiers as well as proving that being disabled
does not mean being 'unable'.
17, 2002: EXCLUSIVE EverestNews.com DISPATCH: Hi
everyone. After 16 days on the march, we're back
in Kathmandu; having summitted Mera Peak in deep
snow and poor conditions on April 2nd; taking six
hours from high camp to the summit. It was a cold
-20 degrees and with lots of lenticulars over the
Everest region. North of us the skies were black
and the summit gave us 10 minutes of clear skies
before clouding over again. Owing to a bad
pressure bruise on my right disabled ankle, I
marched out with sandals for three days. Resting
up here in Kathmandu, we are bombarded with daily
news of Maoists attacks and so on although the
only sign of it here is the much lessened
tourist traffic and quieter business conditions.
My partner MB Tamang is
in great health and looking forward to the climbs
ahead of us and we both feel very acclimatised by
the Mera climb. We leave for the Tibet border for
Shishapangma (first) and Cho Oyu on Sat 13th.
Packing up here as we go.
Singapore Disabled Ascents of Shishapangma and Cho