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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!

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

 

 

4 Simple Tips to stay away from AMS

AMS = Acute Mountain Sickness

It really sucks to suffer from AMS during a high altitude trek/climb. As much as we want to accept that it is inevitable to be affected by altitude as we ascend, we want to avoid it since it can be managed. While I have been able to keep “AMS” in control during my climbs all these years, I had suffered from altitude sickness in my earlier climbing days. I will still be susceptible to AMS if I am not careful. I experienced mild headache when I was on Mt Damavand’s high camp at about 4600m some 4 months ago. The often you climb high, the better your body can manage at altitude. But no one is really immune to oxygen deficiency environment.

Moving slowly and feeling breathless on an ascend is normal. It is because the thin air makes you feel lethargic and prevent you from performing your best even when you have sufficient physical training prior to the climb. Therefore, feeling breathless and a bit of headache are norms, and almost always happen. What is crucial is to prevent these usual symptoms from acting up that may lead to life-threatening altitude sickness such as the Pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs), and Cerebral edema (swelling of the brain).

Here, I have 4 simple tips to help prevent altitude sickness:

Tip # 1 – Have sufficient sleep the week leading to your departure day

Because you are going on a 2-weeks leave, and you need to get your work done to hand over to your colleague(s). You feel bad that your colleagues have to cover your duties. So the last few days before you go on leave you spend most of your time working late into the night. You have little sleep. You think it is fine because you can catch up with your sleep on the plane. The strategy is TOTALLY WRONG! Sleep debt is hard to repay. It takes a long time to catch up with your lost sleep and before you know it you are already heading for the hills. Your chance of buying more sleep is slim. Lack of sleep is one of the reasons for having headache.

Tip # 2 – Drink enough water the week leading to your departure day

Staying hydrated during the trek/climb is important, even more so before you arrive at an elevation. Many people fail to take note of this aspect of a pre-climb preparation. We need to constantly feed our body with fluid to stay hydrated and healthy. Take extra care of your water intake. A person who perspires heavily will need to drink more than someone who doesn’t. Thirst isn’t the best indicator that you need to drink. If you get thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Well hydrated body don’t happen overnight.

Tip # 3 – Move like a Tortise when at an elevation

This tip is probably known by many already. But what is unknown is that a simple rush of time can cause a headache to act up. Examples – walking fast or running up/down the stairs in the guesthouses. Hopping from one rock to another during the trek. Getting up too fast from a squat. Treat yourself like an old fellow or like a tortise, avoid making drastic movement.

Tip # 4 – Drink 1 Litre of water every morning during the trek/climb

Dehydration can be a serious condition that can lead to problems ranging from swollen feet or a headache to life-threatening illnesses such as heat stroke.  The risk of dehydration is higher when in cold and high places. So staying hydrated during a trek/climb is vital. Every night before you sleep, fill up your water bottle (1 litre preferred) with hot water and keep it with you in your sleeping bag. Drink up your water when you wake up in the morning. As you have kept your water in your sleeping bag, your body temperature will help prevent the water from turning too cold which makes it easy to drink.

As I have mentioned earlier, no one can fully immune to altitude sickness. But we can take preventive measures to reduce the risk of getting AMS.  People who have anemia, and high/low blood pressure tend to suffer more at high elevation; consult your doctor before you travel.

Plan your schedule earlier so you don’t have to rush to go out to play. Try out the 4 simple tips, it will only make your next high adventure more enjoyable.

Cheers!

Joanne Soo

Celebrate International Women’s Day – Climb Kilimanjaro to Promote a Good Cause

Mountain climbing and supporting good causes are both close to our hearts. Among the many goals we have set for Ace Adventure Expeditions, promoting good causes through mountain climbing and encouraging more people to challenge themselves to climb are on the top of the list.

Annually on 8 March, many events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. To join in the celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2014 and to achieve the goals we have set, we hope to inspire women to join us for a climb with a good cause to the highest point of Africa and one of the 7 summits – Kilimanjaro.
If you’re keen to be part of the all-women Kilimanjaro team, join us and find out more at the climb preview talk :
Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2013
Time: 7pm
Venue: SCWO, 96 Waterloo Street

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