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Beyond Summit - Issue 2
by Ace Adventure Expeditions Pte Ltd
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Beyond Summit is a bi-monthly e-Newsletter prepared by Ace Adventure Expeditions. In our newsletter, you will get information about our scheduled trekking and mountaineering trips, climbing journals, featured climbs, and even gear recommendations and reviews.

We are extremely passionate about mountain climbing, and because climbing is fun and rewarding, we want to create opportunities for more people to experience it. There are many reasons to want to climb, we honor them. You bring your own goals and reasons, we bring our expertise, drive, skills, and professionalism to help you achieve your dreams. This newsletter is called Beyond Summit simply because we strongly belief that climbing a mountain is more than just arriving at the summit. 
Get race details here: http://aceadventurechallenge.blogspot.sg
Upcoming treks & climbs
Sarawak, Land of the Hornbills, is home to two main indigenous groups – the Bidayuh and Iban. A large numbers of these indigenous groups still lived in traditional longhouse villages in the interior of Sarawak, practicing shifting cultivation and hunting in the surrounding rainforest jungles for food. 
The rainforest jungles, rarely visited by outsiders, are not only rich in edible herbs and plants but full of wildlife. White-bearded wild boars, civet cats, mouse deers, hornbills and, if you’re lucky, wild orangnutans can often be spotted along the hunting trails used by the Iban. The Iban, skilled in tracing the animals’ footpaths, familiar with the sounds and scents of the animals and armed with in-depth knowledge of the jungles, always know where to look for the wildlife … It is an amazing experience to trek in these jungles with them …
7D Iban Hunting Trail Trek
Dates: 6 – 12 Sep 2014
S$1,080 per person 
(exclude air ticket)
6D Iban Longhouse to Longhouse Trek
Dates: 18 – 23 Oct 2014
S$900 per person
(exclude air ticket)
Mount Kinabalu
Date: 5 - 8 Oct 2014
S$590 per person
(exclude air ticket)

Includes all climbing arrangement; climbing guide & permit; accommodation in Grace Hostel (before trek) & Panar Laban Hut (during trek); all meals during trek; a seafood dinner & 3 star hotel stay in Kota Kinabalu town.
Datuk Sunrise + Durian Feast
28-29 Jun 2014
S$150 per person

Datuk Sunrise Trek 
20-21 Sep 2014
S$120 per person
6D Mount Rinjani Trek
4-9 Aug 2014
S$590 per person
(exclude air ticket)
Belumut+Lambak Trek
5-6 July 2014
S$190 per person
8D Yushan + Xueshan Trek 
13 - 20 Dec 2014
S$1,390 per person
(exclude air ticket)
9D Gunung Tahan Trek
16-24 Aug 2014
S$640 per person
22D Island Peak
16 Nov - 7 Dec 2014
S$3,800 per person
(exclude air ticket)
14D Mount Kilimanjaro
27 Sep - 10 Oct 2014
S$3,380 per person (exclude air ticket)

Climb to the roof of Africa with us. Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the Seven Summits, it is the highest in the Africa continent. 


We are trekking via the Northern Circuit which is a relatively new route option that runs along the north side of Kilimanjaro. The remoteness part of the circuit allows trekkers to see the more “un-touched” part of Kilimanjaro. 
9D AoTaiNa Trek
17 - 25 Oct 2014
S$1,430 per person (exclude air ticket)

AoTaiJi (奥太基), AoTaiMei (奥太美) and AoTaiNa (奥太娜) make up the SanAo mountain range (三奥雪山) on the eastern foot of the Aba Tibetan & Autonomous Region (阿坝藏族羌族自治州) in Sichuan, China. AoTaiNa (奥太娜) can be climbed all seasons with each season showcasing a different side of the SanAo mountain range’s (三奥雪山) beauty. Autumn is said to be the most beautiful time to visit when the entire mountain forest is covered in the fiery autumn colours of red, orange, brown and yellow.
18D Everest Base Camp Trek
16 Nov - 2 Dec 2014
S$2,070 per person (exclude air ticket)


Everest Base Camp trek is one of the best adventure trekking destinations in Nepal. The experience on the trek is everything an adventure traveler could ask for. The breath taking views of the snow-capped mountain ranges are simply undeniably attractive, and the experience of the daily routine of high altitude living offers individual an opportunity to discover the inner strength hidden within. 
18D Yala Peak 
20 Nov - 7 Dec 2014
S$2,380 per person (exclude air ticket)


Yala Peak can be considered one of Nepal’s easiest snow & ice peaks. The climb to the peak from the base camp involves a short elevation of around 700m with perhaps the last 400m on crampons and rope up. This makes it a suitable peak for those without any climbing experience and wish to try out a snow and ice summit. 

With its close proximity to Tibet, Yala peak provides a spectacular summit view of the peaks of the Langtang Range as well as Shishapangma, the only 8000m peak situated wholly within Tibet. 
Ice Climbing Course
Ice Climbing Course
13 - 21 Dec 2014
S$1,690 per person (exclude air ticket)


The ice climbing course is aimed at those with little or no winter walking experience who would like some training in winter mountaineering skills perhaps with a view to moving onto steeper ground.

You will learn to climb on vertical ice fall with the focus on developing good footwork, rope skills, and proper handling of ice equipment.
My Story, My Journal
My Story, My Journal - features articles contributed  by our expedition participants to share their climbing experience and story.

This issue’s contributor - Indumathi Emmanuel Alexandra has trekked to Everest Base Camp, Mt Toubkal and Mt Kinabalu before participating in the International Women’s Day Kilimanjaro Expedition 2013. Mt Kilimanjaro was her first attempt to scale a peak above 5000m.

When I first heard that Ace Adventure was organising this expedition to Kilimanjaro in conjunction with commemorating International Women’s Day and in addition to that, trying to give back to society and young women in particular, I wanted to be a part of it, how could I not, when they were bringing together things that were important to me.

So, I went to the initial trip briefing and as I walked in to the SCWO building, I remember Vinnie at the reception desk saying to Joanne and Jack that I was her friend and that I was there to sign up. And despite all of this, it took me weeks to commit to it. It took a minor flooding incident in my office building causing us to have to walk up six floors and me panting and perspiring at the end (I still blame the high-heeled shoes) to convince me that all work and no physical challenges was not doing me any good.
 
I always say that I’m just a social climber. I climb maybe one significant peak or height every two or so years. I do the training and try to get physically ready for the trek but there is always the unknown of your body not acclimatising, the unexpected occurring or maybe you just didn’t train hard enough.
 
For me, these doubts then manifest themselves as we drive toward the mountain to start the trek and I get more and more nervous. You see the mountain getting bigger, becoming more real and even taller as you approach and I start to think how on earth am I going to manage this. But here’s what I love about this, you don’t need to be extraordinary to do it, you take it slow, resolve to keep putting one foot in front of the other and eventually (admittedly at times, this take a while), you will get to the next camp site.
 
On the first few days, it must’ve been on average five to six hours of trekking each day. We took the longer Northern Circuit route, 9 days, but it made such a big difference for me. It is a very scenic route with the changing terrain, landscape and vegetation as you move higher. As we had more days too, the daily ascent was more gradual thus allowing for better acclimatisation as well.
 
The day before the summit climb and of course, the summit climb day were longer and harder days. We must’ve been close to 5000m when we started on the day before the summit climb. The weather toward late morning took a turn for the worse, it rained fairly hard with strong winds and it was cold. But the weather eased and sun re-emerged in the afternoon as we reached School Hut.
 
We took about seven hours to get to the summit. We started rather late in the morning and thus, we only reached the summit around 4pm. By the time we reached Gilman’s Point, I didn’t think we’d make it to Uhuru. It was getting dark and I was frankly tired. However, our guides and Vinnie seemed ever ready to push on and so I reluctantly just kept moving. Another surprise was that it started to snow, the unexpected occuring. In spite of my pessimism, we passed Stella Point before finally arriving at Uhuru.
 
All those days of climbing and we stayed at the summit for not more than ten minutes. The falling snow was quickly gaining momentum and shortly after starting our way to the camp site, the snow had blocked our visibility and we seemed to be in what seemed to be, a small snow storm. It was scary not being able to see past a few meters. But our guides, as they always are, were there to lead us safely and confidently to our camp site. 
 
I can’t articulate that sense of satisfaction and gladness you feel within yourself when you’ve done something you didn’t think or doubted you could do. But I think you’ll know the feeling when it’s done, or at the very least, challenged yourself to discover something you didn’t know you had in you to do.
 
Nonetheless, I think the best part of any trek in my view is meeting the people. Everywhere I’ve been on treks, the people we meet and support us have been so kind and gracious. Our guides and support crew were very professional and thoughtful. They saw to all our needs throughout the trek. Every time we reached the camp site, our tents were ready and they’d have a snack or meal ready for us. In the mornings, we’d be given a hot drink, water for washing and fed well before starting our day. Without them, we wouldn’t have gotten anywhere.

It’s in this spirit of humanity that I feel encouraged and kind of proud to be involved in the IWD Kilimanjaro expeditions organised by Ace Adventure. I don’t think I do enough to support other women. So, to see women pull together and try to help other women and to feel that I’m part of it in a small way, warms my heart and makes me happy to be part of this human race.

Scroll below to find out more about IWD Kilimanjaro Challenge for 2015
2015 Highlights
The Zanskar River, a north-flowing tributary of the Indus, becomes frozen each winter. It is also during winter when the only road accessible to the remote villages of Zanskar is closed due to deep snow on the high passes. The frozen Zanskar River, thus, serves as the highway connecting the remote villages to the outside world. This frozen river route has for centuries been the most important trading and transportation lifeline of the Zankaris during winter. In recent years, it has been attracting trekkers from around the world who want to follow the local Zanskaris’ footpath and walk the “ice sheets” (Chadar) of the frozen Zanskar River and fast becoming a popular trek. The land cost is S$1,590 per person, international & domestic air tickets to Leh are not included.
Lake Baikal, the world's oldest and deepest freshwater lake, curves for nearly 400 miles through south-eastern Siberia, north of the Mongolian border. It lies in a cleft where Asia is literally splitting apart, the beginnings of a future ocean.
 
Because it is situated in a pretty remote location in Siberia, Lake Baikal is not frequented by many tourists. However, there are some places where you could stay and visit the surroundings of the lake. It is almost impossible to imagine that for five months of the year the lake is covered by metres of ice. During the Russo-Japanese War in 1904-05, the lake's ice was so thick that the Russians were able to lay a railway straight across it and transport supplies to the battle front throughout the winter.
 
The freeze begins in November stretch over to January until May or June, but its surface temperature in August is between 10 and 12°C. Lake Baikal’s water is very clear because it contains very few mineral salts. From the surface it is possible to see objects 40 meters below.

 
Aconcagua (6,962m) is the highest mountain of the Southern and Occidental Hemisphere and the highest peak of the American Continent. Part of the Andes Mountain Range and located in western Argentina, near the Chile border, Aconcagua climbing season is relatively short - only from December to March each year. While the climb is not technical, except for the Polish Traverse Route, climbing Aconcagua is not to be underestimated. The success rate each season is around 30% with many climbers underestimating the challenges, as a result, not adequately prepared for the climb. The altitude and extreme weather pattern are two main challenges. Most of the climb from the base camp onwards to the higher camps and summit is on scree, snow and ice terrain and in extreme cold weather of -10 to -35 °C. Climbers are also expected to do load ferry for their personal gear and team equipment and food for the higher camps section as part of acclimatization, making the backpack load easily above 10kg.
We are excited to share that we’re partnering one of the leading Aconcagua expeditions operator in Argentina with one with the best logistics infrastructure and the highest success rates to help you plan and prepare for your Aconcagua expedition. You may choose to join one of the open groups or form your own private expedition team.
The pre expedition support we provide:
  1. Expedition briefing & advise
  2. Equipment preparation & gear discount from local outdoor outfitters
  3. Physical training preparation
  4. Expedition information kit
Normal Route (Extended) - S$4,810 per person
This 20 days itinerary is designed to increase the summit success of climbers with an additional acclimatization climb on Mt. Bonete (4900m.)

Normal Route (Extended) Open Group Expedition 2014/15 Scheduled Dates
(Each scheduled expedition date starts and end in Mendoza and does not include international flight time)
 
17 Nov -  6 Dec 14
24 Nov – 13 Dec 2014
6 Dec – 25 Dec 2014
15 Dec 2014 – 3 Jan 2015
27 Dec 2014 – 15 Jan 2015
5 – 24 Jan 2015
17 Jan – 5 Feb 2015
2 – 21 Feb 2015
16 Feb – 7 Mar 2015
23 Feb – 14 Mar 2015
Aconcagua 360 Route - $4,735 per person
Also known as Polish Glacier Traverse, Upper Guanacos or Ameghino Traverse.
 
Aconcagua 360 Route is a traverse route via the Vacas Valley ascending the higher camps and summit from the
Plaza Argentina Base Camp and descending to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp via the Normal Route. It is a combo trek of the non technical part of the Polish Traverse Route and the Normal Route. This route is more scenic and less crowded than the Normal Route. It also allows a better acclimatization since it is a longer route.
 
Aconcagua 360 Route Open Group Expedition 2014/15 Scheduled Dates
(Each scheduled expedition date starts and end in Mendoza and does not include international flight time)
 
1 – 19 Dec 2014
11 – 29 Dec 2014
22 Dec 2014 – 9 Jan 2015
30 Dec 2014 – 17 Jan 2015
12 – 30 Jan 2015
26 Jan – 13 Feb 2015
9 – 26 Feb 2015

Email us at contact@aceadventure.com.sg to ask about the treks and climbs that you are interested in. We would like to hear from you.

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