June 09, 2020
First and for most, I would like to wish all our Muslim friends Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Mohon Maaf Zahir dan Batin. As we enter the month of Syawal, we are beginning to see a glimmer of light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, or as mountaineers often say, the peak is in sight. This is usually the best part of the climb - the part where we magically get a surge of energy and excitement as we gather the team and get ready to celebrate our achievement on the summit especially after a difficult and challenging experience. However, this particular peak is still obscured by various obstacles along the way. Sadly, we won't be able to travel to our dream mountains just yet and may not be able to train together in a big group as we were pre-COVID. All our treks between February and August have either been postponed or cancelled. Nonetheless, let's count our blessings, be grateful for the measures introduced to keep us safe and focused on the first crest we’ve reached; that is the first easing of Singapore's Circuit Breaker and the next phases 1 and 2 we are all desperate to get into.
As you know, the easing plan will be executed in phases.
Unfortunately for us, the painful truth is that our visit to the mountain will take longer. We are still hoping our Kilimanjaro Trek will go ahead as planned in September for our 14 members and we can climb Taiwan's Jade Mountain on the 22nd of November. Furthermore, we still can’t head to our favourite hill in Bukit Timah as a group because social distancing remains in force for phases 1 and 2. No matter how hard we looked for a break in the cautious lifting of regulations, it’s clear at this point that ATC training and treks will not be possible until early July or even longer - who knows.
What do we do???
1. Let’s continue encouraging one another in our simulated treks! As a group we have completed over 64,664m which is 378,983 steps up! That is just over 7 times the height of Everest. What an achievement ATC!
2. Pivoting to virtual training and community support - I believe quite a few members have benefited from the Zoom sessions every Tuesday and Thursday with Holly over the last 2 months. Let’s continue to build up our holistic body strength with Mountain Yoga every Tuesday and our NEW 30 minutes for 30 Days Get Fit Challenge.
This is how we utilised our free time at home when our plans have been scuppered by Singapore's Circuit Breaker. We were socially distant but emotionally connected with one goal and one vision in our minds. These trekkers dedicated themselves to their love of mountains and even during this crisis we cannot get the mountains out of our system. If we couldn't travel to get to the mountains, we brought the mountains to our homes. A little bit of imagination and a lot of will power and discipline is what it takes to complete these simulated climbs and achieved the steps. These are the mountains we have climbed over the circuit breaker period.
3 of our members Agata Mathiasen, Asmita Ranade and Renata Janini Dohmen climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and 10 Peaks respectively. Agata has now also completed climbing the equivalent of Mount Everest last Sunday, 7th of June whilst Renata has just added Mount Jade to her list of big mountain climbs and is climbing Mount Rinjani as we speak. She is supported by our trekking community in groups of 5 climbers with 5000 steps per person and will take us across 2 weeks to complete as a team. Renata plans to finish the climb in 12.5 days. Good luck to our superwoman and all her cheerleaders. #RinjaniWithRenata.
We are all united and strong as a trekking community supporting and motivating one another to get out of our comfort zones and to push our limits. These Amazing Trekkers stood out the most as hardcore climbers with their awe-inspiring strength of character and determination. They just keep climbing and keep training in any circumstances and challenges.
Congratulations to these Star Trekkers who have achieved great things over this challenging period.
We have decided to reinvent ourselves and expand our training programmes for the months of June and possibly July if our trek training continues to be confined indoors. Our new Health, Fitness and Wellness Programme will keep you busy, positive, active and motivated. The main objective is to get our trekkers ready to hit the trails once the world opens up and ready to welcome us back once again!
We will be focusing our efforts on the activities below:
What do high performers, great leaders, amazing trekkers & superheroes have in common? They all have Clarity of Purpose. And they live by it.By the end of this interactive session, "Peaks for Purpose" you will:
She designed and delivered "Play with Purpose" workshops run in 11 countries last year for a global tech company. DJ’s purpose is to grow the Alive Tribe and be Pilgrim of Joy: a traveler who embarks on inner and outer journeys with others, hosting spaces where people can find purpose and possibilities.
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