CLIMB ANOTHER MOUNTAIN

Civil-service pair heads for the top of the world

Mr Anandan Bala and Ms Sim Phei Sunn training at Bukit Timah Hill recently in preparation for their Mount Everest climb. They are due to be at the 5,400m Everest Base Camp next month and expect to reach the top in mid-May.
Mr Anandan Bala and Ms Sim Phei Sunn training at Bukit Timah Hill recently in preparation for their Mount Everest climb. They are due to be at the 5,400m Everest Base Camp next month and expect to reach the top in mid-May.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

These Singaporeans will soon be embarking on mountaineering expeditions to make their mark. The first duo who are heading for the Everest peak next month are civil servants, who rank among the first to do so, while the female duo who have already achieved several firsts for South-east Asian women in mountaineering are striving for another - by conquering the technically challenging K2 next year.

Two civil servants, two different journeys, but one passion: To summit the mother of all mountains.

The 8,848m-high Mount Everest has beckoned one of them since childhood, while for the other, it is the peak of a 15-year odyssey of ultramarathons, triathlons and climbing five mountains in five continents.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 25, 2019, with the headline 'Civil-service pair heads for the top of the world'. Print Edition | Subscribe