Mountaineering Woes

Over the weekend, I had organised a good friend’s birthday celebration. Her birthday is significant to her and her two boys because it is also her hubby’s (her boys’ daddy) death anniversary. Death is always hated by the living. I dislike death, though I know no one is immune to death. I am especially sad to know that people die while doing what they enjoyed most. Perhaps I should see it positively that it is so much happier to die while enjoying than to die of suffering or of illness. But ultimately, death is still an end to a living, a pain for the living. The celebration weekend ended with a tragic news. An avalanche had hit Camp 3 of Manaslu, killing 9 climbers, and several are still missing at this time that I am writing.

To the climbers who perished, Rest In Peace. There is still some hope that those missing ones can be found and be rescued. That’s if the weather permits, and making rescue at 7300m is no easy task. It is risky for the rescuers too. Just hope that the snow and ice can be stabilized,


About Manaslu

Manaslu (also known as Kutang) is the eighth highest mountain in the world, and is located in the Mansiri Himal,  part of the Nepalese Himalayas, in the west-central part of Nepal. Its name, which means “Mountain of the Spirit”, comes from the Sanskrit word Manasa, meaning “intellect” or “soul”. Manaslu was first climbed on May 9, 1956 by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, members of a Japanese expedition. It is said that “just as the British consider Mt Everest their mountain, Manaslu has always been a Japanese mountain 

Manaslu at 8,156 metres (26,759 ft) above sea level (m.s.l) is the highest peak in the Lamjung District and is located about forty miles east of Annapurna. The mountain’s long ridges and valley glaciers offer feasible approaches from all directions, and culminate in a peak that towers steeply above its surrounding landscape, and is a dominant feature when viewed from afar.


Sunrise on Manaslu, 8,156m, the world’s 8th highest mountain.


Joanne Soo

AAC8 Concluded

Another new milestone registered for Ace Adventure on Sat, 15 Sep 2012. We have successfully held the 8th Ace Adventure Challenge.  It was splendidly carried out by  a team of dedicated volunteers – friends of Ace Adventure.

Some of the race officials (Photo courtesy of Clarence Yap)

The race started off at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park 1 in the morning at 8am. After a 10mins delay for the first wave, the other categories started timely as planned.

The Trail Adventure Team flag-off to a blast. This category will run the whole distance, making pit stops for ropes challenges. Easy task, but good team work and endurance a must. (photo courtesy of Erwin Isaak)

With the new arrivals of Panda Kai Kai and Jia Jia, we got our Adventure Racing team to ride all the way to the Zoo to take a shot , not with the Pandas though (will be too overwhelming to the little pandas), with the welcome banner at the entrance of the Zoo.

AR Men 50 – Team Gen X at the entrance of the Zoo – CP4A, also the Champion of the AR Men, clocking 4hrs 40mins for the race. (photo courtesy of Daniel Lee)

The Trail Adventure Team went up to the Summit of Bukit Timah Hill to take a picture with the summit rock.

Team Dragon of Trail Adventure at the Summit of Bukit Timah Hill (photo courtesy of Alicia Koh)

The ropes segment of AAC is ever challenging. This round, we included a rope ladder, and rope ascending using ascenders. These activities have the reputation of causing muscle spasm, good ascending technique is critical.

Hadi of Team Adventure Maddness tackling the ascent with good technique. (photo courtesy of Erwin Isaak)

Brendan Chin of Team Double Espresso attempting the rope ladder, believe it is his first with AAC.

The less strenuous yet exhilarating for the teams is at the Ngee Ann Polytechnic Adventure Tower. Teams have to climb up a 9m wall, then abseil from the 15m tower.

Seen here is Hairul of Team Gen X, racing on the wall with Team Adventure Madness (Joseph just got on to the 9m platform).

One of the AR Teams on Abseil (photo courtesy of Dyan Tjhia)

A series of trail run and mountain biking adds on to the variety of challenges.

Trail Running  (photo courtesy of Clarence Yap)

Mountain Biking (photo courtesy of Clarence Yap)

The final stretch of the race at Pandan Reservoir

The last leg of the race was a team challenge at the Reservoir. Teams had to stay a float on the floating platoon while ensuring that they do not drop the ball given to them.

The finishing was certainly a sweet one for all teams.

The first team to reach the end point – Team Gen X of the AR Men’s. (photo courtesy of Erwin Isaak)

Our adventure racers are getting fitter, and wiser each year. As the Race Director, I am being challenged to set a course that will allow newbies a taster experience, yet sufficiently challenging for the seasoned racers. With the limited land resources we have here, organising AAC will continue to be a challenge that is so appealing to me.

Joanne Soo

AAC8 – Registration Extended

This year’s installment of Ace Adventure Challenge will be interesting. We will be working with new partners to create new challenges on the race course. A little change is sufficient to make the race a little more challenging and fun. With that, we have extended the race registration till Fri, 17 August. So, it is time to make up your mind to race or not to race! Visit our race blog at