20 (Singapore), 2005
Sitting around alone does strange things to a person. I think I am the
only living human being sitting on a rock on this side of the mountain.
The silence is deafening. Last nite, I contemplated trying for the summit
again. Slept on the idea. The sun came up this morning. Weather looks
better, and although it snowed lightly, it's sunny so I guess it'll be
sunny tomorrow too.
I have rested well and feel fit. I will to try for the summit again,
starting off early at 3am (3pm Singapore time today). It is a much better
option than sitting around waiting for my mule.
0625hrs Jan 19 (Singapore),
2005: Started climbing at about 4am in the dark alone. There was a lot of soft
snow that fell during the night. The conditions were not good for a long day
of climbing. The trail was barely visible in the soft light of my headlamp. As
I was the only person on the mountain, I had to break a trail through the soft
snow. It was hard work. I went up till about 6500m, just a under 300m away
from the summit. Howling winds and even more soft snow made it very difficult
to move ahead. It was a hard climb. I turned back, with the summit just round
I will not attempt to summit again. Ojos proved to be a difficult climb but
good climb. It has been very challenging and it has pushed me to my limits.
The physical challenge was tough and the task of climbing alpine style alone
requires a lot of mental discipline. Right now, I am alone on the mountain.
Coming from Singapore where noise is all around, the "vast quietness" can be
overwhelming. I definitely miss talking. Even the mule is somewhere down the
I will be packing up after a nite's sleep and move down to the lower camp. The
mule and the driver will only be coming back in 2 days time to pick my stuff.
This gives me time to climb a small peak.
Jan 18 (Singapore), 2005: Basecamp Ojos looks much like a transit site.
Climbers hang out, waiting for the right time to climb. But of course, your
guess is as good as mine. Weather patterns on any big mountain is at best
unpredictable. It kinda creates its own weather. Right now, we are getting
blue skies and great climbing weather. I am planning to make a summit attempt
tomorrow. Eating well and will begin ascent at night. I will climb alpine
style, with everything I need on my back. To keep the load to a reasonable
level, everything I carry is absolutely necessary. Am checking my equipment
and rations again. It pays to be careful and discipline on any mountain. :)
2005, veteran mountaineer, Everest expedition leader, and
David Lim will make a solo expedition to climb the remote peak of Ojos Del
Salado in Argentina.
At 6882m, " Ojos" is the
world's highest volcano, and the 2nd highest peak in the Americas. Ojos is
located in the driest desert on this planet, the Atacama Desert, and lies on
the Chilean-Argentinian border. The expedition will be from Jan 4 - 28
The expedition╣s aims include
demonstrating that being disabled does not necessarily mean unable. And if
successful, this will be the first time this peak is soloed by any Asian
David has been partially
disabled since 1998 from Guillain-Barre Syndrome and has paralysis below the
right knee and left leg.
No climber from Singapore has
ever attempted a solo expedition of a major mountaineering objective. In an
age where the challenge of adventure has been lessened by all kinds of
expedition aids such as support vessels, aircraft, air-drops of supplies,
porters, professional guides, the Ojos Del Salado 2005 climb will be a move
back to the essence of climbing: self-sufficiency, uncertainty of outcomes,
and calculated risk-taking
Digital Altimeter, Barometer, Compass and Thermometer. Time/Date/Alarms.
Chronograph with 24 hour working range. Timer with stop, repeat and up
function. Rotating Bezel. Leveling bubble. Carabiner latch. E.L. 3 second
backlight. Water resistant. 4" x 2-1/4" x 3/4" 2 oz. Requires 1 CR2032
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