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Month: January 2017

Redefine Your Limits

Day 10 (return to SG): Peng Mao Yu

Finally back to the concrete ground of the city! It felt a bit foreign as our bodies had already been accustomed to the soil and rocks of the wilderness. Returning to Singapore today, we bid farewell to our cosy little house in Cheng Du and had breakfast at Dicos after reaching Chengdu Railway Station, satisfying…
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Day 9 (Back to Cheng Du): Mervin Ng

Finally we’ve reached the end of our adventures. Time to head back to chengdu. Just like how we got here we had to embark on a grueling 5 hours drive back. On our way back we chanced upon beautiful sceneries. One particular sight was amazing! We stood above a pool clouds and surrounded by gorgeous…
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Day 7 (Ascend to Base Camp): Vivian Lai

As usual, we struggled out of our cozy warm heated bed 30 minutes before breakfast was served at 8am. After our sumptuous hot meal, we went back to prepare and get ready to set off for the climb. We started our trek from Rilong and hiked from the entrance of Haizi Gou. Junwen and Yuxin…
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Day 6 (Ice Climbing Day 3.5 and Travelling to Ri Long): Mervin Ng

It was the final day of ice climbing. Today’s hike up to the frozen waterfall training ground is by far the steepest. As I have just recovered from AMS (acute mountain sickness), this came especially shocking to me, as I even struggled to make my way to the toilet in the middle of the night.…
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Day 4 (Ice Climbing Day 2): Joo Ern

The day began with a wretched alarm that rang 30 minutes earlier than the agreed upon time. The room with Loo Jun Wen (21), Mao and myself all woke up and started packing our bags for the day and putting on them cumbersome snow boots. This was followed by a quick check on Mervin who…
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Day 3 (Ice Climbing Day 1): Jin Yu Xin

Waking up at 8.00am in an altitude of 3500m, I felt a little dizzy and the lack of proper rest due to several nightmares last night was preventing me from getting out of the bed. After a few days, I  came to realize that insomnia and nightmares are common symptoms in high altitudes because of…
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Day 2 (journey to Shuang Qiao Gou): Peng Mao Yu

We dragged ourselves out of our cozy and comfortable beds after being woken up at 7am by the blaring alarms of 6 mobile phones. We had yoghurt drinks, walnut milk as well as some snacks for a light breakfast. The long anticipated journey to Siguniang is about to begin! It started off as a drowsy…
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Day 1 (arrival in CQ, to CD): Jin Yu Xin

Our plane departed from Singapore Changi Airport at 12:35am on 17th Dec 2016. Looking out of the airplane window, you can see the city sleeping soundly like a child with golden sparks glowing small and distant. After an uncomfortable sleep, we finally reached Chongqing around 5:00 AM. The temperature there was 20 ℃ lower than…
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Day 6 – Hanoi: Vivian Lai Yee Qi

Woke up for hostel’s free breakfast (baguette and scrambled eggs) at 9:50am because our dear friend, Mao, fell sick and needed more rest. After which, we took our shower and checked out. Since it was our last day, we barely have any money left. We pulled together our money and thankfully we still have sufficient…
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Day 5 – Hanoi: Vivian Lai Yee Qi

“HANOI~HANOI~…” We arrived at Hanoi around 5:30am. Most of us dragged our feet down the train and all the way till our hostel. As it was very early in the morning, the streets are relatively empty. We were not allowed to check in to our hostel till 11:30am that day L. We left our bulky…
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Day 4 – Base Camp (2800m) – Fansipan (3143m): Peng Mao Yu

3am: The SUTD fansipians, exhausted from the climb up, fall asleep as the moon rises. All except for one, a wild Kunal woke up in the middle of the night in search for the gents. Despite his stealth attempt, his spark of light shone on the 3 sleeping beauties disrupting their sleep. 4am: Lightning flashes,…
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Day 3 – Hanoi – Lao Cai – Sapa – Base Camp (2800m): Benjamin Yong

We reached Lao Cai station at approximately 6.15am. The train ride was comfortable and cosy. At first glance of the surroundings, I felt the silence of the foggy atmosphere. It was deceiving as we stepped out of the station to be surrounded by a bustling town centre, where we met our contact driver. The drive…
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Day 2 – Hanoi: Isaac Ng

Day 2 has been tiring, surprisingly. The weather’s hot and walking around in slippers is tiring on my feet. I didn’t get all that much sleep because someone living in the same room was snoring away, but after playing rainymood on my headphones, I managed to get some sleep. Most of the day was spent…
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Day 1 – Singapore – Hanoi: Kunal Jhaveri

Well, D-day had arrived and we gathered at the airport after a few weeks of training. I could tell that we were pretty excited. For many of us, it was the first time going to Vietnam and for the freshies their first trip with the club. The first day was pretty chill, we reached the…
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