As we welcome back our trekkers from the Blue Mountains, we say good luck to the team heading to Kathmandu for their 8D 7N Himalayan Adventure! But that does not mean our members training for Mount Lambak, Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kinabalu can take a break! In fact, I am proud to report that they haven't stopped training daily, from climbing stairs, to endurance and speed walks, bootcamps, circuit training, yoga and pilates. As a trekking club, we view our members' training and preparation as essential to successfully complete their adventure and achieve their trekking goals. Our training programme has been personally customised to each trek. The training will simulate the types of activities we will encounter on our expeditions and provide the appropriate skills set and techniques. Several of our treks are both physically and mentally challenging and will require a certain level of endurance and fitness in order to complete successfully with low risk of injuries. It is our commitment that through our guided training and support from the ATC community, our members will be adequately prepared to summit their intended peak whilst they enjoy the process and not forgetting the journey. In addition to our detailed bespoke training manual, comprehensive essential kit list, pre trek departure information document, our information evenings, active what's app chats, and a final summary a week before the trip proved to be very useful to prepare our trekkers for their adventure of a lifetime. We find this system to be effective and we go on a trek well prepared, focused and ready to conquer and reach our peak (literally and metaphorically).
This method of preparing our trekkers was implemented on our 5D 4N Blue Mountains trip and it was a tremendous success. What a wonderful experience it was for us. This itinerary was our first non peak or summit trek adding a mixture of adventure, hard work, holiday, shopping, great accommodation and decadent food - what we call an indulgence trek. We promise to have more Australia and New Zealand treks in 2017!
Meanwhile, there are a few events coming up in the next few weeks that we wanted to share with you. Please sign up early as many of them are limited to a certain number of ladies.
PINK RIBBON WALK Saturday 1st October A group of 25 ATC ladies will be supporting the Breast Cancer Foundation by painting the town with Pink Ribbons.
Guided trek, transport, mineral water, breakfast, fruit, snacks, lunch and cold towel provided.
4D 3 N MOUNT KINABALU, SABAH, MALAYSIA Tuesday 28th March 2017 We have a departure date for Mount Kinabalu and members are signing up everyday. This is going to be our biggest trekking group and we are excited! No visit to Borneo is complete without a trekking expedition to the summit of Mount Kinabalu. A World Heritage Site, you will see tremendous botanical and biological species biodiversity with plants of Himalayan, Australasian, and Indomalayan origin. Mount Kinabalu is Malaysia's highest mountain at 4095.2m, making this a fantastic trek for beginners through to avid trekkers.
Please email us if you'd like to register your interest. This is a very popular trek with girls already signed up so contact us soon!
Blue Mountains is a rugged region west of sydney in Australia's New South Wales. It is known for its dramatic scenery and encompasses steep cliffs, eucalyptus forests, waterfalls and villages dotted with guesthouses, galleries and gardens. Katoomba is a major town in the area, which borders Blue Mountains National Park and its bushwalking trails. The Blue Mountains is without a doubt a total geological marvel - it is actually the remains of the sea bed of an inland sea, so it is really not a mountain range but it was as challenging as climbing mountains! Our trek takes us up and down the escarpment. Over a day, we covered a 760m loss and a 760m gain, a fantastic fitness training for us heading to Kilimanjaro. We visited Norman Lindsay Gallery on our way to Wentworth Falls where we had a spectacular trek via the Grand Canyon, Evans Lookout and Govetts Leap on the northern side of the Blue Mountains. On Day 2, we trekked a total of 16 km and it was 80% stairs. We began at the famous six foot track, starting from the floor of the Megalong Valley. We took the famous Furber stairs out of the valley to witness the most incredible sight of the Three Sisters. We retraced our steps on Day 3 and descended deep into the Jamison Valley via the Giant Stairway and spent some time to relax and marvel at a grand waterfall. An elegant dinner was planned for us that evening so we got a chance to put on our heels, lipstick and mascara. Boy we all looked different that night and surprisingly coordinated!
GET YOUR MOJO BACK Wednesday 28th September, 7-9pm Tania is hosting an evening to get you feeling 21 again! The ATC Team have all benefited from Tania's Cleansing Programme and would love to invite you to come find out more too. Not too late to book your ticket NOW!
CAMP AT ALTITUDE GYM Thursday 6th October - Check in at 10pm, Check out at 6am Join us on 6th October for overnight camp at Altitude Gym. If you are training for a trek or just want to see what it feels like sleeping in a simulated low-oxygen environment similar to environments at high altitude, come join us! Benefits and details of doing this sleepover can be found here and here
Suntec City Halls 1 & 2 $38 early bird; $48 normal price
7th Year Running and this year 100% of the profits go to supporting Singapore Children Cancer Foundation.
With Zumba, a workout isn't even a workout: it's a fun, social dance party – with exercise being the biggest perk! The music is fast, upbeat and contagious, so you can't help but keep moving. The theme this year is Halloween.
Join us to discover the wonders of Trekking in Peru to Nepal, Australia and everything in between.
From yoga with Strala's own Suraya Sam, understanding what essential oils will support you in your travels, to exploring different trekking experiences, you will have a wonderful evening chatting over nibbles and tea. There will be door gifts, lucky draw, members' awards and other surprises. Email Becca at firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.
Enjoy a nature walk and head back in time to see Singapore as it was in the 1960's. We will head towards the island's highest peak on Puaka Hill. (approx 8km).
Transport, fruit, snacks, lunch and cold towel provided. We love surprises and we have one in store for you.
Our trek leader, Nora Abdul spent her childhood years in Pulau Ubin and she can't wait to show you what life was like living in this quaint island. 10 girls have confirmed and paid. We even have 2 teenagers joining us. Please register, fill up the booking form and pay online to book your place. Members: $45; Non-Members: $50
9 members got together and decided to make Nepal their trek challenge for 2016. Their day began and ended with yoga and meditation with the Himalayan mountains as their backdrop. On Day 1, after breakfast, the team enjoyed a full day guided sightseeing tour to the Buddhist and Hindu sights in Kathmandu. Later in the afternoon they had a pre-trek meeting with their trekking guide in the hotel. They were briefed about their trek route (Chisapani-Nagarkot-Changunarayan) over the next 3 days. They are now back in Kathmandu with 2 more days to allow the ladies to recuperate and rest their aching bodies with a spa day, cooking class and community service in a local secondary school. They have kindly saved space in their suitcases to take with them stationery, hygiene packs, toys and sweets for the children.
They began their day with steady movements of sun salutations, standing postures, easy breathing technique to wake up the cardiovascular systems, leg muscles and prepare their body to trek. And in the evenings, they practiced meditative breathing technique and restorative postures to cool down and rest the body after long hours of trekking.
They had a full day guided sightseeing tour to buddhist and Hindu sights and drove to Boddhanath Stupa. A sumptuous lunch in town and cultural dinner was organised for our Nepal trekkers. They will be doing community service in a Secondary school in Kathmandu and a spa evening and cooking class await them on the final 2 days of their trip.
Our brave adventurers have overcome their fear of bugs, creepy crawly creatures and leeches to trek from Kathmandu to Chisapani, Nagarkot to Changunarayan and back to Kathmandu. The trek took them through wet subtropical forest, to an oak forest, local villages, with outstanding panoramic views of the Jugal mountain range (Langtang, Ganesh, Mount Everest, Manaslu, Annapurna)
NORDIC WALKING U.K. (SINGAPORE)
We had a fun morning walking in Sentosa. We began at the beach station and walked with our nordic poles along the coast all the way to Shangri-la Hotel. We entered the nature trail and turned back on ourselves to Tanjung Beach. It was raining heavily an hour before our agreed meeting time but that didn't stop us from getting up, getting ready and getting together for a fun morning with friends. Nordic walking was originally used by elite cross country skiers as a way to stay in top shape throughout the summer months. Now it has grown into a popular way for people of all ages and fitness levels to gain fitness, tone up, lose weight and improve their health.
Nordic Walking UK has devised the unique FREEDOM 4 gear method, a structured teaching programme of four one hour sessions that will help you to master the basics and be able to competently Nordic Walk on your own or join our group walks. 7 ladies have worked very hard to learn this method of nordic walking and we have enjoyed teaching each and everyone of them. Shirl, Paulyn, Jenny, Lynn, Nora, Sangeeta and Wuan Seah, congratulations on completing the programme and for the attainment of your FREEDOM passport. We have 10 qualified instructors. Call us or email email@example.com if you'd like to have a taster session.
Angela is a mother of 3 who craves serious adventure with other like minded women. She signed up to join our club and the Kilimanjaro trek in June and since then has not stopped proving how determined and single minded she is.
Angela has been unanimously voted by our team and her fellow trekkers to be our Star Trekker for the month of September. Angela has religiously scaled the stairs at Toa Payoh Central every week, walked 12km at MacRitchie trail and tree top walk every Wednesday, carried on with Pilates, TRX and spin classes at altitude gym once, sometimes twice a week, attended our yoga evening, walks, trek briefings, altitude gym sleepover and even trekking Gunung Lambak as training. This dynamic power house also does taekwondo training every week. She's working towards her black belt next year.
Angela, you're a Super Star and a force to be reckoned with. You've got our attention, respect and admiration. Good luck in Tanzania. Not long now.
"I feel that as mums, we give so much of ourselves to our kids & our husbands. Now that my kids are 11, 8 & 7, the time is right for me to start chasing my dreams. I want to inspire my kids to believe that anything is possible and that with focus, hard work and determination they can achieve their dreams." - Angela Mullany
LET'S WELCOME OUR NEW TREKKER
Sonia Osborne is an Australian "life enthusiast" who has been living in Singapore for 2.5 years. Sonia is passionate about holistic health of which embracing nature, and connecting with women, plays an important part (so she is super-excited to be a part of our community).
She is a nutrition consultant who assists and inspires individuals and corporates to embrace wellness through real food, lifestyle and mindset changes. She is also a busy mum of 10 year old twin boys who go to the Australian International School.
Sonia is new to the world of trekking but has quickly fallen in love with it! She loves to cook and will be inviting you to her dinner table very soon.
SHOPPING FOR YOUR TREK
Need to purchase trekking equipment, apparels and accessories? Take advantage of ATC discounts with your e-membership card. Those who are trekking overseas with ATC, your names have been provided to these retailers. If you need your membership details and the password, drop us a line.
•15% discount from Outdoor Life (Wheelock Place and Novena Square) •20% discount from Adventure 21(Clarke Quay Central) •15% discount from The Big Country (Velocity, #02-49/50 Novena Square) •15% discount from X-Trekkers (Velocity, #03-59/60 Novena Square)
I signed up knowing well, how taxing a volcano summit push is. Climbing mountains is an addiction and I remain undeterred but always cautious trying to understand and study what it is going to take to climb it.