Everest 2009 2017-08-28T09:36:18+00:00

“Did you climb very slowly?”

When we tell people that our Everest 2009 expedition spanned 2.5 months, the first question we usually get is, “Why did you take so long? Did you climb very slowly?”

Well, there are 4 camps on Everest, and before we could even step anywhere near the mountain, we had to trek for over a week to reach Everest Base Camp as part of our acclimatisation process. This process was slow but extremely important for our bodies to get used to the thinner air up on high altitude.

Once we reached Everest, the acclimatisation cycles on the mountain began, this saw us reach various camps on Everest of increasing altitude before we are ready for the summit push. This entire process took a lot of waiting, for weather windows to open up, for our bodies to recuperate, for logistics to work out. We updated our friends and supporters back home via our team expedition blog, which has since been archived below.

Step inside and experience the journey we underwent.

Team Member Blogs

Read the blogs we kept in the run-up to the Everest climb:

SWET Team Blog

Follow the team as they make their ascent up Mount Everest:

June 2009

Heroes Behind The Mountain

By | June 1st, 2009|

Yes, we climbed Mt Everest and we summitted the mountain. But beyond the support of sponsors, individual donors, family and friends, there is a group of people whom we are grateful for - our sherpa guides. From the acclimatization climbs to the actual summit push, our sherpas have been with [...]

May 2009

NATAS-SWET reached Everest Summit!

By | May 20th, 2009|

(Picture: Jane Lee, leader of the NATAS Singapore Women's Everest Team reached the summit of Mt Everest on 20 May 2009, at 4.43am) On 20 May 2009, a historic feat for Singapore was achieved when the NATAS Singapore Women's Everest Team reached the summit of Mt. Everest, the highest peak on [...]

Jet Stream Complicates First Summit Attempt

By | May 11th, 2009|

The team's summit attempts have been postponed, due to weather changes. The weather window we were aiming for on the 11th and 12th of May got smaller, due to winds picking up as jet stream passed over the top of Mt. Everest. As stronger winds picked up in both the [...]

Off to the summit

By | May 7th, 2009|

It's crunch time! The acclimatization cycles are complete, the weather's looking good and we're feeling more prepared than ever. At the crack of tomorrow's dawn, we'll be headed for the summit push, towards the top of Mt Everest at 8,850m. Stay tuned, we hope to bring you good news from [...]

Kim Boon, our 7th Team Member

By | May 3rd, 2009|

You may not have seen him in our pictures, or notice him at the airport send-off, but Mr Lim Kim Boon is an integral part of the team. Kim Boon is our capable Base Camp Manager, training coach, advisor, team liaison officer, and our beloved 7th member. He is one [...]

April 2009

To Camp 2 and Back

By | April 24th, 2009|

(Picture: The way from Camp 1 to Camp 2) At the crack of dawn on 15 April, we set off for our 2nd acclimatization cycle, which brought us to Camps 1 (6,100m) and 2 (6,500m). This was the first time on this climb that we'd be reaching an altitude of [...]


By | April 24th, 2009|

(Picture: NATAS-SWET EBC Trekkers) After weeks of anticipation, we were greeted by members of the NATAS-SWET Support Trek on 14 April. They were in good condition, having made their way from Gorak Shep (5,150m) to Kalapattar (5,500m) before coming to Everest Base Camp. Back in Singapore, we had given them a [...]

Communications on Everest

By | April 14th, 2009|

(Picture: a fine weather day, satellite phone conversations are a breeze) As we stay at Everest Base Camp at an altitude of 5,300m, it's amazing that we are able to keep in touch with sponsors, family and friends in Singapore. Thanks to SingTel, our link back home remains strong via internet [...]

Life at Everest Base Camp (EBC)

By | April 8th, 2009|

It's been 3 days since we've arrived at EBC. At a height of 5,300m, it is higher than the summits of most mountains in the European Alps. We are glad that we are settling down comfortably and have managed to carve out a cosy corner which we will call 'home' [...]

March 2009

Dingboche (4200m)

By | March 30th, 2009|

(Picture: Enroute from Deboche to Dingboche) We arrived at Dingboche yesterday and we’ll be headed for Loboche Base Camp tomorrow. The weather has been kind to us, safe from the snowfall last night. Along the way, we met a Korean team and also volunteer doctors en route to the Himalayan Rescue [...]

Snowed in at Namche!

By | March 26th, 2009|

(Picture: Reading the map enroute to Namche) On our last day in Kathmandu, we woke up bright and early at 4am to catch the first domestic flight to Lukla (2820m). The plane landed us on the highest and shortest runway in the world and once we got off the aircraft, we [...]

Hello from Kathmandu!

By | March 23rd, 2009|

(Picture: Our 33 duffel bags from Singapore arrived, much to our relief) THANK YOU for the resounding send-off at the airport! Our patron, sponsors, family and friends have moved us to tears with their well wishes. It's great to know that with the highest mountain in the world ahead of us, [...]

We’re ONE Day Away!

By | March 20th, 2009|

(Picture: Luggage Check-In) Singapore (highest point: 163m) After more than 1700 days of waiting, we only have one day left to go to the greatest climb of our lives—Mount Everest. This week has been a whirlwind of activities, with us busy with errands such as packing up our expedition food, final [...]

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