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Keeping The Mountaineering Dream Alive – An Inspiring Talk by Ong Yun Long

We are honored to have Ong Yun Long (Long) as one of our volunteer mountaineering leader.

Yun Long who now resides and works in America, is back for the Chinese New Year holiday. He is taking time from this home visit to share with us on his love for mountaineering, and how his cancer diagnosis not only did not deter him from continuing his mountaineering  journey, but he has climbed higher after his treatment.

Join us to hear Yun Long’s inspiring story. Yun Long will be leading our Mt Khutien climb on 31 July-12 Aug 2020. We will be sharing a quick overview on Mt Khutien after Yun Long’s talk.

Talk Details:
Date: Sat, 1 Feb 2020
Time: 230pm – 4pm
Venue: Toa Payoh Central Community Club, Level 3 (#03-03)
Address: 93 ToaPayoh Central S319194

A BIG thank you to Toa Payoh Adventure Club for supporting this talk and providing the venue for the talk.

Here’s a write up on Yun Long:

Yun Long’s (Long) love for and journey into the mountains started after a 28-day hike in the Himalayas in the late 1990s. His appreciation for the mountain deepens with his quest to explore more peaks and to share stories from the deepest reaches of valleys and mountains. Climbing allows him to enter “the now” moment – what Buddhists call mindfulness – not just while clinging to rocks in mid-air, but “strolling down a fairway or looking out the window at a birch tree swaying in the breeze.”

His quest to reach more peaks was disrupted by his cancer diagnosis at the end of 2018. Long went through a rigorous course of chemotherapy treatments and surgery. His recovery was then interrupted by two episodes of gastrointestinal bleeding (GIB), resulting in him losing almost 2/3 of his blood. Within two months after those episodes of GIB, he returned to leading climbs to some of the Pacific Northwest Peaks in the states of Washington and Oregon, a total of 7 peaks within a few months. In additions, he successfully summited two volcanoes (Pico De Orizaba, Iztaccihuatl)  in Mexico and Aconcagua in Argentina in November and December 2019 respectively, after making a full recovery and within six months after his last chemotherapy session. He plans to lead a group to Mt Khutien in Mongolia this July/August and to 5 volcanoes in Ecuador at the end of 2020. He plans to attempt a summit bid on Denali, the highest peak in North America in the spring of 2021.

His journey to mountaineering also took him to be trained as a wilderness first responder with NOLS. He is a Mountaineering First Aid volunteer instructor with a local climbing climb, and a Registered Nurse by profession, he was able to combine both his passion for the outdoor and medicine to the fore. It is his unwavering pursuit of seeking a balance between work and outdoors that took me to the Pacific Northwest, the giant playground that prides itself with major peaks within driving distance from Portland and Seattle. He is also a certified climb leader. When he is not exploring outdoor, he can be seen hanging out at the local rock gym.

Black Bear Forest Movie Screening – 18 Oct 2019

A touching documentary about the protection of Formosan Black Bears in Taiwan, by Lee Hsiang-Hsiu 2016, Taiwan.

Dafen, the heart of Yushan National Park, is a place abundant in wildlife and indigenous culture. With the assistance of an indigenous hunter, a female ecologist started her journey searching for Formosan Black Bears in 1998. In the midst of this wilderness, they gradually developed a deep and sincere companionship. Together with copious research, the secret of the Taiwan Black Bear is thus revealed.

Ace Adventure Expeditions’ first movie screening together with Toa Payoh Adventure Club and Toa Payoh Central CC Youth Club.

The aim of the movie screening is to create greater awareness on the protection of wildlife and a deeper understanding of the culture of the indigenous people in Taiwan.

We often meet the indigenous people, who work as guides, porters, cook or hut crew, and see warning signs of the black bears while mountain climbing in Taiwan. This touching documentary will help us appreciate and respect the mountains more, that mountains are often inextricably intertwine with tradition culture/beliefs and wildlife.

Screening details:
Date: 18 Oct 2019
Time: 7:15pm to 10pm
Venue: Toa Payoh Central Community Center Theatrette
Address: 93 Toa Payoh Central, #03-03 Central Community Building, Singapore 319194
Ticket Fee: $16 per ticket (Non-Discountable)
Where to buy ticket: Purchase at Toa Payoh Central Community Center’s counter or online at this link
To indicate Activity Code: A026723855 when purchase ticket.

Come for the screening and stand a chance to win a pair of Salomon Supercross Hike/Trail Run Shoes worth $219!!!

Jointly organised by:
Ace Adventure Expeditions
Toa Payoh Adventure Club
Toa Payoh Central CC Youth Club

Lucky Draw Sponsor: LIV ACTIV & Salomon Singapore
Lucky Draw Prize: A pair of Salomon Supercross Hike/Trail Run Shoes worth $219!!!

Our Marathon Series for 2019

We aim to go places to not just trek and climb mountains but RUN too 😀 Staying in line with what we do BEST, the marathons we have picked to partner with are either in high altitude destinations or with terrain challenges 😀

Super honoured and excited to be the Singapore partner of these  unique marathons:

Run The Silk Road, Kyrgyzstan

Thunder Dragon Marathon, Bhutan

Australian Outback Marathon, Australia

Ladakh Marathon, India

And, a BIG THANK to the following sponsors for the special inclusions in our marathon packages !

– Julbo, New Balance and Red Dot Running Company
– Running Coach, Liew Wei Yong, for her complimentary group running training sessions

 

Women On Mountains

Women on Mountains is an Ace Adventure Expeditions’ initiative to encourage women to challenge themselves through mountain climbing and to support a charity cause to help other women.

This 19-28 Dec 2018, we will have a team of women heading to climb Kilimanjaro! The trek leader is Sim Yihui,  co-founder and co-leader of an all-women’s team from Singapore to climb Mt Everest via the South side in Nepal.

Included in the Women on Mountains’ package cost is a $100 contribution to Project Pari. Each Women on Mountains’ participant will also received a Women on Mountains’ t-shirt and a copy of the Singapore Women Everest Team’s book.

Through Women on Mountains’, we hope more women will be inspired to challenge themselves and greater awareness can be generated for women’s causes.

 

New Destination – Kyrgyzstan

We are VERY EXCITED about our newest destination – KYRGYZSTAN!

Kyrgyzstan is a rugged Central Asian country along the Silk Road.  Landlocked with mountainous terrain, it is an incredible natural beauty with deep-rooted nomadic traditions, making it one of the most exotic destinations in the world.

To cater to different adventure preferences,  we have launched a run, a trek and a peak climbing itinerary:

RUN THE SILK ROAD MARATHON

Run the Silk Run takes place annually in northern Tian Shan mountains, in eastern Kyrgyzstan, on the shores of Issyk-Kul Lake (1609m). The race route traverse through part of the Silk Route with historic architecture and magnificent alpine views along the run. Issyk-Kul Lake, a protected marshland and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, is an endorheic lake and the second largest saline lake after the Caspian Sea. Issyk-Kul means “warm lake” in the Kyrgyz language; although it is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, it never freezes.

TIEN SHAN ALA_KUL VOLCANIC LAKE TREK

The Tien Shan Mountains, Chinese for “Celestial Mountains”, is a Central Asian mountain range spreading across several countries like China, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, but mostly found in Kyrgyzstan. Our trek in the Tien Shan Mountains will bring you on the old caravan route of the Silk Road, the scenic Terskei Ala Too Mountain Range and the famous  moraine-glacial lake, Ala Kol (3532 m).

LENIN PEAK

Kyrgyzstan has three 7000m mountains. Lenin Peak (7134m), Pobeda Peak (7439m) and Khan-Tengri Peak(7010m). Lenin Peak is the starting point for climbers attempting the Snow Leopard Trophy. It is also considered one of the least technical 7000m mountains to climb and has by far the most ascents of any 7000m mountains in the world.