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.

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