Grooming Climbers

 

The Make It Real (MIR) Student MountaineeringProgramme at the National University of Singapore will be ceebrating its 10th anniversar in 2011. The current group and some of the alumni are planning a major expedition to mark this milestone in the history of the sport in Singapore.

Since its inception in 2001, the programme has groomed over 100 young mountaineers. Many have climbed high mountains in the Himalayas, including a couple who summitted Everest.

MIR was launched when The Singapore Mountaineers were preparing for the alpine ascent of Mount Xixabangma. Robert lamented the scarcity of experienced mountaineers who could join the team. The number of serious mountaineers in Singapore could be counted on the fingers of one hand.

Passionate about the sport and eager to promote it, Robert and his team mates organised a student mountaineering programme with blessings from the university. It was named the Make It Real programme as it helped underegraduates to make their dream of climbing mountains a reality.

The programme also inspired the univeristy to appoint the Singapore Mountaineers team to train and direct a group of university staff, alumni and students to climb Everest in 2005 to mark its centennial.Three of the climbers in the NUS Centennial Everest Expedition summitted, two of whom took up mountaineering with MIR, including the first Singaporean to summit Everest.

Check out the Make It Real website to find out about their activities.

 

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