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Veteran David Lim off to climb another mountain

Published on Sep 15, 2012 6:00 AM
 
Mountaineer David Lim will attempt to climb the highest virgin peak ever scaled by South-east Asian climbers. He has only partial use of his right leg after being struck with a nerve disorder, and will use a brace. -- ST PHOTO: LIM WUI LIANG

Getting to name a mountain after being the first to climb it is a privilege few people can claim. But veteran mountaineer David Lim has done it six times and may do so again, very soon.

With his expedition partner Mohammed Rozani Maarof, a climbing and safety specialist, Mr Lim leaves for China today in the hope of climbing a 6,104m virgin peak in Qinghai province's Tanggula Shan range. If their two-week trip proves successful, the pair would have scaled the highest virgin peak climbed by South-east Asian mountaineers.

His previous expeditions in 2005 and 2009 led to the naming of six virgin peaks in the Tien Shan mountain range, with names like Singapura I, Temasek and Majulah. The highest of the six was Majulah, at 5,152m.

Mr Lim, who is most famous for leading an Everest expedition in 1998, finds venturing into untrodden territory a huge thrill, and describes the adventure as the "core of mountaineering".

 
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