Pioneers who blazed the trail of Singapore alpine climbing
David was the leader of the 1st Singapore Everest Expedition in 1998, and has climbed in Europe, USA, South America, Korea, Japan, and New Zealand. He is best known for his fondness of seeking out virgin peaks, and has a collection of them in Qinghai, China, as well as in Central Asia. David is a strong proponent of the style of alpine climbing and has influenced our own development in the sport tremendously. He is now a motivational speaker and leadership coach.
CHEANG QING XIN
Qing Xin (QX) is Singapore's big wall climbing specialist, with numerous hard trad climbs in Yosemite and elsewhere under his belt. With his wife Kelly, they run rock trips and courses across China, Hong Kong Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, and the USA. As of 2018, QX is an AMGA Certified Rock Instructor and is working towards being an AMGA Certified Rock Guide.
Edwin was one of 2 Singaporeans to summit Everest in 1998 as part of the first Singapore Everest Expedition. In 2002, he reached Xixabangma's central summit in alpine style, becoming one of the first two Southeast Asians to summit an 8000m peak in alpine style, without sherpa support, pre-fixed ropes and without oxygen. Edwin strongly believes in the value of experiential outdoor learning education. He is the founder of an outdoor adventure company organising mountaineering, motorbike, and kayaking trips.
LIM KIM BOON
Kim Boon has climbed extensively worldwide, but currently calls the UK his home. He is a Singapore Mountaineering Federation Trainer and Assessor, and since 2003 he has been developing and conducting winter courses in Sichuan, China to introduce Singaporeans to the world of ice climbing.
Robert has climbed in the UK, Europe, New Zealand, and the Himalayas. In 2002, he was part of a team that made the first alpine-style ascent of a 8000m peak (Xixabangma Central Summit) without sherpa support or supplementary oxygen. In 2014, he summitted Cho Oyu without oxygen. Robert is also one of the founders of the NUS Make-It-Real Mountaineering Club. We are grateful for his vision and determination to nurture the next generation of climbers in Singapore.
Wilfred is arguably the most cutting edge alpinist of his generation. He has climbed in New Zealand, South America, Tibet, and has done classic hard climbs in the French Alps. He has also developed many new routes on Mount Kinabalu, and is owner of the world's highest via ferrata.
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NUS MAKE-IT-REAL (MIR) MOUNTAINEERING CLUB
Founded in 2001 by Dr Robert Goh and Mr Edwin Siew of Singapore’s First Everest Team, who decided to pass on their mountaineering skills and passion to the next generation through the ‘Make It Real’ program. Members from the club were part of the 2005 NUS Centennial Everest Expedition. Some of our team members are alumni of MIR, and are grateful to the club's program for introducing us to the sport.