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What is in store for 2017?!

Our adventure begins tomorrow but the planning starts today.

Time passes by so fast, we will soak into the last quarter of 2016 in just another 2 weeks. Have you wondered if your first half of 2016 had been fruitful ? In a blink of an eye, so fast does time fly.

While it is always nice to relive all those wonderful memories, we don’t forget to look forward.  We have scheduled our popular mountain climbing trips that you can look forward to participate. We have planned three trips specially catered to women-only under the Women On Mountain series, we also have 3000er, 4000er and 5000er scheduled treks that are suitable for both men and women.

To kick start 2017, we planned for a frozen river trek in India, Leh.

We have also scheduled a preview talk on Fri, 23 Sep at Campers’ Corner at 7pm.

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Click the link below to go to other specific destinations.

Anyone looking at “upgrading” their trekking resume by advancing to higher elevation and more challenging treks, we have planned for twin peaks (two peaks in a single trip) challenge accompanied by a trip leader:

Or single peak above 5000m (treks or ice/snow terrain) accompanied by a trip leader:

Some of you may want a little more demanding in technique and skills, these two peaks offer suitable fulfilling challenge:

 

Women on Mountains

We love our men, and enjoy every bit of their companionship when in the outdoors. But (there is always a but) on some occasions, women only activities are appealing. Women understand women, and women together can be very encouraging. We like to see each other doing well and as a group this can prove to be a great advantage when trying to reach a goal.  Women on Mountains aims to provide a platform to encourage women to challenge themselves through mountain climbing, at the same time, to raise awareness and fund for a women’s cause.

Join us on Sun, 16 Oct at SCWO (96 Waterloo Street) from 2pm to 6pm. We have invited our past female participants to share about their extraordinary journey to scale Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Elbrus, and trekking to the Everest Base Camp. To RSVP, email us at contact@aceadventure.com.sg

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If you think that 2016 is moving real fast, then think about 2017, you blink and it will be gone in no time. Plan ahead so that when 2017 comes, you are all ready to embrace it.

Mountain Climbing Challenges for 2016

What is your plan for 2016? If you have yet to decide, we have some plans here for you to consider!

Peak Climbing Challenge
Mt Damavand – 28May – 6Jun – S$1980 / pax
Elbrus North – 28Jul – 8Aug – S$2800 / pax
Stok Kangri – 7-20 Aug – S$1290 / pax
Mt Malchin – 12-21 Aug – S$2850 / pax
Island Peak – 30Nov – 20Nov – S$3950 / pax
Mera Peak – 13Nov – 4Dec – S$4200 / pax

2016 Multi Peaks

 

Our annual Twin Peaks Challenge 
Siguniang Twin Peaks – 20-30 October – S$1950/ pax
Taiwan Twin Peaks – 27Nov – 4 Dec – S$1290/pax

2016 - Twin Peaks Challenge (Taiwan + China)

Email to contact@aceadventure.com.sg

Climb On!

Via Ferrata on Mt Kinabalu

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Mount Kinabalu is a prominent mountain on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. It is well climbed by people around the world, including Singaporeans. The highest point on Mount Kinabalu is called Low’s Peak; it lies on the Crocker Range and is the highest mountain in the Malay Achipelago.

IMG_4429Mount Kinabalu never fails to awe me. I had first climbed it in 1996, and thereafter, I returned to the mountain several times. In 2009, I participated in the Mount Kinabalu Climbathon, and a month after I spent one week on the same mountain to explore the beautiful peaks, engaged in rock climbing and Via Ferrata. It was a rejuvenating experience.

What draws me to return to Mount Kinabalu again and again? It is the scenic views, the fresh air, the elevation, the people, and the idea of getting away from hustling and bustling city life. It is that simple.

I spent a few days on Via Ferrata and I really enjoyed it. It was thrilling, and I must admit, it was scary at first. Frankly, if anything is too easy, you won’t be challenged to do it.

 

So what is Via Ferrata?

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Via Ferrata (Italian for “iron road”) is a protected climbing route found in the Alps and certain other locations.

The origins of Via Ferrata date back to the nineteenth century, but Via Ferratas are strongly associated with the First World War, when several were built in the Dolomite mountain region of Italy to aid the movement of troops. However, many more have been developed in recent years, as their popularity has grown and the tourism benefits have become recognised.

The essence of a modern Via Ferrata is a steel cable which runs along the route and is periodically (every 3 to 10 metres) fixed to the rock. Using a Via Ferrata kit, climbers can secure themselves to the cable, limiting any fall. The cable can also be used as aid to climbing, and additional climbing aids, such as iron rungs (stemples), pegs, carved steps and even ladders and bridges are often provided. Thus via ferrata allow otherwise dangerous routes to be undertaken without the risks associated with unprotected scrambling and climbing or need for climbing equipment (e.g. ropes).

Via Ferrata enable the relatively inexperienced a means of enjoying the dramatic positions and accessing difficult peaks normally the preserve of the serious mountaineer; although, as there is a need for some equipment, a good head for heights and basic technique, Via Ferrata can be seen as a distinct step up from ordinary mountain walking. Conversely, the modest equipment requirements, ability to do them solo, and potential to cover a lot of ground, mean that Via Ferrata can also appeal to more experienced climbers.

Via Ferrata can vary in length from short routes taking less than an hour, to long, demanding alpine routes covering significant distance and altitude (1,000 metres or more of ascent), and taking eight or more hours to complete.  You don’t have to go to Italy to experience Via Ferrata. The nearest to Singapore, and will not cost you a bomb, is on Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia.

Mount Kinabalu has the world’s highest Via Ferrata at 3,800m above sea level. You trek to the summit of Borneo’s highest peak – Low’s Peak and descent using Via Ferrata; you get the combination of trekking on the traditional route up to the peak and enjoy scenic view from the Crocker Range on Via Ferrata.

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Photo credit: MOUNTAIN TORQ

 

There are 2 types of routes on Via Ferrata that you can choose from.

1. Walk the Torq (WTT)

This is a shorter and simpler version of the Via Ferrata and can be completed leisurely within 2-3 hours. Length of route is only 430m. You’ll get to try out a few obstacles such as the 2 cable Monkey bridge & Balancing beam.

Photo credit: MOUNTAIN TORQ

Photo credit: MOUNTAIN TORQ

2. Low’s Peak Circuit (LPC)

This is the more challenging and tougher route. The distance is about 1.2km, almost 3 times longer than the “Walk the Torque” route. You’ll need an estimated 4-6 hours to complete this. The low peak circuit will eventually connect to the walk the torque and hence you won’t miss out on anything.

Photo credit: MOUNTAIN TORQ

Photo credit: MOUNTAIN TORQ

 

Photo credit: MOUNTAIN TORQ

Photo credit: MOUNTAIN TORQ

You don’t have to be a super human to climb a mountain, not to mention to experience Via Ferrata. There will be a practical training session before you make an attempt on the Via Ferrata. From training to the actual attempt, the entire process will be conducted and supervised by Mountain Torq Ferrata Trainers. Having scaled a couple of 8000m peaks and a climbing instructor myself, I am impressed with the Trainers’ dedication to safety and the welfare of the trekkers. Because the safety aspect was already taken care of, I could focus on creating my own new experiences on Mt Kinabalu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can sign up for Via Ferrata based on the number of days you want to spend in the mountains. Here are your options:

4D/3N Via Ferrata Walk-The Torq (WTT)

Day 1Arrive at Kota Kinabalu town. Overnight at 3* HotelMeals on your own
Day 2Transfer to Kinabalu Park HeadquarterStart your trek to Pendent HutOvernight at Pendent HutPacked Lunch / Dinner*Breakfast on your own
Day 3Summit climb – VF WTT – descend to Park HeadquarterTransfer to Kota Kinabalu townOvernight at 3* HotelSupper before summit climb / Breakfast after summit climb*Lunch & Dinner on your own
Day 4Depart Kota KinabaluBreakfast
Cost:2 pax – S$690 per pax
3 pax – S$620 per pax
4-9 pax – S$590 per pax

You can upgrade from VF Walk The Torq to 5D/4N VF Low’s Peak Circuit (LPC) with a top up fee at S$260 per pax

Day 1Arrive at Kota Kinabalu town. Overnight at 3* HotelMeals on your own
Day 2Transfer to Kinabalu Park HeadquarterStart your trek to Pendent HutOvernight at Pendent HutPacked Lunch / Dinner*Breakfast on your own
Day 3Summit climb – VF LPC – Pendent HutOvernight at Pendent HutSupper before summit climb/ Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 4Descend to Park HeadquarterTransfer to Kota Kinabalu town. Overnight at 3* HotelBreakfast
Day 5Depart Kota KinabaluBreakfast
Cost:2 pax – S$690 per pax + S$260 per pax
3 pax – S$620 per pax + S$260 per pax
4-9 pax – S$590 per pax + S$260 per pax

Do contact me or my colleagues at Ace Adventure Expeditions for your Via Ferrata climb on Mt Kinabalu.  You can pick your preferred dates to travel; we will assist you with all the other arrangement. Email us at contact@aceadventure.com.sg

Why we climb

Climb ON!

Joanne Soo
ACE ADVENTURE EXPEDITIONS
 
Source:
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Mount Kinabalu Ferrata

Scheduled Trips – Update

Here is a list of our scheduled trips. Email us for trip details: contact@aceadventure.com.sg

Scheduled Trips Update 2

 

Mount Rinjani – 3726m, Lombok, Indonesia

4-9 August / 6-11 September

S$590 / pax (no expedition leader)

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Rinjani’s towering volcanic presence dominates the entire Indonesian island of Lombok.  Within its huge crater, surrounded by a complex of jagged peaks and smoking fissures, lies a stunning emerald-green caldera lake said by locals to be the home of the goddess Anjani.  The strenuous climb to the summit culminates in a breathtaking view that takes in the tropical idylls of Bali and Sumbawa as well as the winding coast and green valleys of Lombok.

 

Gunung Datuk – 885m, Malaysia

20-21 September

S$120 / pax (with an expedition leader)

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Gunung Datuk is located near the town Rembau in Negeri Sembilan.  At 885m above sea level, it is the highest peak in Negeri Sembilan.

It is a popular mountain for day tripper, the trail up is not too difficult and a round trip to the rocky summit and back would take about 4 to 5hrs. It has an interesting summit made of huge rocks, with some metal ladders put up to enable climbers to get to the very top. For those afraid of height, the last portion would seem to be very challenging. The awesome view of the surroundings will make the effort well worth it.

 

Mount Kinabalu – 4095m, Sabah, East Malaysia

5-8 October (Limited slots)

S$590 / pax (no expedition leader)

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Mount Kinabalu, standing tall at 4095m is not only the centerpiece of Kinabalu National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage site – but undisputable the most prominent mountain on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia.

Known to be one of the most accessible mountains in the world and open to trekkers all year round, tonsof people (estimated to be around 20,000), from around the world and Malaysia, of all ages and be it seasoned or novice trekkers make their way to Mt Kinabalu with the aim to reach its summit – the Low’s Peak – every year

 

 

AoTaiNa – 4800m, Sichuan, China

17-25 October

S$1430 / pax (with an expedition leader)

AotaiNa 1 AoTaiJi (奥太基 / 5300m), AoTaiMei (奥太美) / 5200m) and AoTaiNa (奥太娜 / 4800m) make up the SanAo mountain range (三奥雪山) on the eastern foot of the Tibetan Plateau in the Aba Tibetan Autonomous Region, Sichuan, China. Of the 3 peaks, only AoTaiNa (奥太娜 / 4800m) can be climbed. The terrain to the peak of AoTaiJi (奥太基 / 5300m) and AoTaiMei (奥太美) are too steep and dangerous.  It is possible to climb AoTaiNa (奥太娜) all seasons with each season showcasing different sides of the mountain. In spring, Rhododendron (杜鹃花) blooms in abundance while in autumn, the mountain range burst into  fiery colours of yellow, red, orange and brown and, in winter, it is transformed into a winter wonderland. Of the four seasons, AoTaiNa’s (奥太娜) peak is almost snow-free only in summer.

 

Everest Base Camp Trek – 5350m, Khumbu, Nepal

16 November – 3 December

S$2070 / pax (no expedition leader)

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This expedition hopes to expand the story about ordinary people achieving extraordinary results by tracing the footsteps of the Everest climbers to the Base Camp.

Everest Base Camp trek is one of the best adventure trekking destinations in Nepal. The experience on the trek is everything an adventure traveler could ask for. The breath taking views of the snow-capped mountain ranges are simply undeniably attractive, and the experience of the daily routine of high altitude living offers individual an opportunity to discover the inner strength hidden within.

 

Island Peak – 6189m, Khumbu, Nepal

16 November – 7 December (Limited slots)

S$3800 / pax (with an expedition leader)

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Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse, is one of the most popular climbing peaks in the Everest region. It not only attracts trekkers who want to upgrade their climbing credentials from trekking to climbing a snow peak, Island Peak is also climbed by many experience mountaineers as acclimatization for higher peaks like Ama Dablam and even Mount Everest.

Standing at 6189m above sea level, Island Peak is a stand-alone-peak among the surrounding majestic peaks.  This mountain was named “Island Peak” in 1952 by a climbing team of Eric Shipton due to its striking location in the middle of the Chhukung valley, like an Island on a sea of ice.

 

Yushan+Xueshan – 3952m & 3886m, Taiwan

13-20 December

S$1390 / pax (with an expedition leader)

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The island of Taiwan has more than 100 mountains exceeding 3000m with the highest being Yushan (3952m) and 2nd highest being Xueshan (3886m). Both peaks are part of the famous “Top 100 Peaks of Taiwan” (台灣百岳). Yushan is also known to be the fourth highest mountain on an island and highest point on the Tropic of Cancer. Yushan is sometimes climbed together with Mt. Kinabalu in Malaysia and Mt. Fuji in Japan by trekkers to collect the special “Asian Trilogy” experience. As with almost all the mountain ranges in Taiwan, both mountains are located in central Taiwan with Yushan in The Yushan National Park in Xinyi, Nantou Country and Xueshan in Sheipa National Park in Dahu Township, Miaoli County.

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Ice Climbing Course, Sichuan, China

13-21 December

S$1690 / pax

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The ice climbing course is aimed at those with little or no winter walking experience who would like some training in winter mountaineering skills perhaps with a view to moving onto steeper ground.

You will learn to climb on vertical ice fall with the focus on developing good footwork, rope skills, and proper handling of ice equipment.

Some important techniques and practices common in rock climbing  that are employed in ice climbing include knowledge of rope systems, tying in, belaying, and lowering. Beginners should learn these techniques before attempting to ice climb.

Course will be conducted by Mr Lim Kim Boon, qualified mountain guide certified by Chinese Mountaineering Association (CMA) & certified Climbing Instructor Assessor with Singapore Mountaineering Federation (SMF), and the climbing coach and team manager of the Singapore Women’s Everest Team.

Pre-requisite:

SNCS Sport Climbing Course Level 1 (SCCL1 – one day course)*

Sign up with one of the following course providers:

  1. http://onsight.com.sg/2012/services/sncs-level-1/
  2. http://climb-asia.com/home/certified-courses/

*SNCS SCCL1 course fee is not included in the ice climbing course fee

* Complete the course before 12 Dec 2014

 

 

Climb Mt Kilimanjaro for a Good Cause

Mountain climbing, trekking and supporting good causes are all things close to our hearts. Hence, we have set ourselves the goal to create events that use mountain climbing and trekking as a platform to not only encourage more people to challenge themselves but also to promote good causes.

The idea to organize an all-women team to climb Kilimanjaro for a good cause and to celebrate International Women’s Day was mooted in 2013. We sent the first team in March 2014. A year on, we are not only intending to continue to organize an all-women team to climb Kilimanjaro annually during International Women’s Day but have also added a trekking challenge to The Great Rift Valley in Tanzania !

Through the IWD Challenge , we hope more women will be inspired to challenge themselves and great awareness can be generated for women’s needs.

The Ace Adventure IWD Challenge 2015 will be raising funds for Project Pari.

More information on Project Pari can be found here:
http://www.zonta-singapore.org/service-projects.html

To help you find out more about what the IWD Challenge is all about, we are organising a preview talk on Fri, 11 July at SCWO at 7pm. RSVP for the talk at contact@aceadventure.com.sg

IWD 2015 Preview Talk

 

 My Story, My Journal

This is a personal sharing by Ms Indumathi Emmanuel Alexandra who took part in the IWD Kilimanjaro Challenge 2013.

When I first heard that Ace Adventure was organising this expedition to Kilimanjaro in conjunction with commemorating International Women’s Day and in addition to that, trying to give back to society and young women in particular, I wanted to be a part of it, how could I not, when they were bringing together things that were important to me.

Ms Indu on the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro

Ms Indu on the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro

So, I went to the initial trip briefing and as I walked in to the SCWO building, I remember Vinnie at the reception desk saying to Joanne and Jack that I was her friend and that I was there to sign up. And despite all of this, it took me weeks to commit to it. It took a minor flooding incident in my office building causing us to have to walk up six floors and me panting and perspiring at the end (I still blame the high-heeled shoes) to convince me that all work and no physical challenges was not doing me any good.

I always say that I’m just a social climber. I climb maybe one significant peak or height every two or so years. I do the training and try to get physically ready for the trek but there is always the unknown of your body not acclimatising, the unexpected occurring or maybe you just didn’t train hard enough.

For me, these doubts then manifest themselves as we drive toward the mountain to start the trek and I get more and more nervous. You see the mountain getting bigger, becoming more real and even taller as you approach and I start to think how on earth am I going to manage this. But here’s what I love about this, you don’t need to be extraordinary to do it, you take it slow, resolve to keep putting one foot in front of the other and eventually (admittedly at times, this take a while), you will get to the next camp site.

On the first few days, it must’ve been on average five to six hours of trekking each day. We took the longer Northern Circuit route, 9 days, but it made such a big difference for me. It is a very scenic route with the changing terrain, landscape and vegetation as you move higher. As we had more days too, the daily ascent was more gradual thus allowing for better acclimatisation as well.

The day before the summit climb and of course, the summit climb day were longer and harder days. We must’ve been close to 5000m when we started on the day before the summit climb. The weather toward late morning took a turn for the worse, it rained fairly hard with strong winds and it was cold. But the weather eased and sun re-emerged in the afternoon as we reached School Hut.

We took about seven hours to get to the summit. We started rather late in the morning and thus, we only reached the summit around 4pm. By the time we reached Gilman’s Point, I didn’t think we’d make it to Uhuru. It was getting dark and I was frankly tired. However, our guides and Vinnie seemed ever ready to push on and so I reluctantly just kept moving. Another surprise was that it started to snow, the unexpected occuring. In spite of my pessimism, we passed Stella Point before finally arriving at Uhuru.

All those days of climbing and we stayed at the summit for not more than ten minutes. The falling snow was quickly gaining momentum and shortly after starting our way to the camp site, the snow had blocked our visibility and we seemed to be in what seemed to be, a small snow storm. It was scary not being able to see past a few meters. But our guides, as they always are, were there to lead us safely and confidently to our camp site.

I can’t articulate that sense of satisfaction and gladness you feel within yourself when you’ve done something you didn’t think or doubted you could do. But I think you’ll know the feeling when it’s done, or at the very least, challenged yourself to discover something you didn’t know you had in you to do.

Nonetheless, I think the best part of any trek in my view is meeting the people. Everywhere I’ve been on treks, the people we meet and support us have been so kind and gracious. Our guides and support crew were very professional and thoughtful. They saw to all our needs throughout the trek. Every time we reached the camp site, our tents were ready and they’d have a snack or meal ready for us. In the mornings, we’d be given a hot drink, water for washing and fed well before starting our day. Without them, we wouldn’t have gotten anywhere.

 

???????????????????????????????It’s in this spirit of humanity that I feel encouraged and kind of proud to be involved in the IWD Kilimanjaro expeditions organised by Ace Adventure. I don’t think I do enough to support other women. So, to see women pull together and try to help other women and to feel that I’m part of it in a small way, warms my heart and makes me happy to be part of this human race.