TRUST THE WAIT EMBRACE THE UNCERTAINTY ENJOY THE BEAUTY OF BECOMING WHEN NOTHING IS CERTAIN, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE Mindsetofgreatness
Trust the Wait.... Embrace the Uncertainty ... we have our much anticipated international treks approaching and training has kicked in with earnest! At the same time we have had Singapore school holidays, the holy month of Ramadan, and international school summer breaks, it can cause chaos to normal routine training. We have re-arranged the training schedules with more evening stairs and night walks, introduced cycling as cardio training for those recovering from injury and it has been lovely to see some new faces at our trek training. It can be challenging to have me time during school break but keep going and fit in training and exercise whenever you can. Enjoy the beauty of becoming, when nothing is certain, anything is possible...
The last couple months have been eventful with joint training, workshops, social get togethers, cycling meet up and some other fun initiatives amongst our members.
If you are currently on vacation, have a wonderful time, enjoy trekking in the most beautiful destinations and we look forward to catching up when you get back. Find out what our community have been up to these last two months and what is coming up, read about these in our last section - Members, Partners and Experts.
"You train together, you win together" Cathy Balcer, ATC Member
Congratulations to our MAY STAR TREKKERS - Angela Teo and June Lim!
"Disappointed at myself when I could hardly complete Hallasan Mountain (Korea Jeju, 1,950m) back in 2014. It should be a simple climb even 'ajumma' can do it! Made it to the top but was 'sent' down. I thought then I would never know what its like to be at the top of a mountain peak. Perhaps just be contented with occasional MacRitchie walk since physically I'm not quite ready either (or rather too lazy? lol). Super grateful to have heard about ATC on Kiss92 one morning and started my google search about the group. It was a fun beginning just to know more about the different nature walks in Singapore, meet new people and very fortunate to have my friend, June, join me for our first ATC walk at Hort Park on 29 May 2016. Really very thankful to Hazleen, Shah and Rebecca for sharing, guiding and training us to prepare for Jade mountain. The support and encouragement given helps build my confidence level. Also thanks to the constant encouragement given by ATC members I have came across during BT, Lambak, HK and especially special thanks to Ross, Lucy, June, Asmita, Nang, Marilyn for walking together in Jade. My virgin climb Jade Mountain (Main Peak) 3,952M, 4Degree 22 May 2017 at 5.19am It was such beautiful experience I would never want to forget!
So, what's next? " Can't wait for you to decide Angela...She's looking forward to climbing again soon - Gunung Ledang-Mount Ophir in August.
Comments from June... "6 months ago, I wouldn't have thought I could survive 2 days without washing my face properly, let alone reach the top of a mountain, and now I've done both! I've always liked running by myself but trekking is definitely more fun with a group. It's not just about getting fit, I find myself becoming more disciplined to train, becoming more focused and learning to become a better teammate. As an extroverted introvert, I might not have taken the 1st step to approach ATC if not for my good friend Angela, and it has proven to be a great step! I love everything ATC stands for and there's so much to learn, not just about climbing mountains but also about life itself, from everyone here. ATC members are so full of passion and enthusiasm, it's really inspiring. Thanks for teaching me so much and allowing me to be a part of this. Looking forward to the next milestone!" We are so pleased for both friends and blessed to have them in our community! We are so much better for it and love walking with our May Star Trekkers, Angela Teo and June Lim.
JUNE STAR TREKKER - Catherine Lobley "Last year I decided to make some changes to my life, one of those was to get fit. Walking for fitness turned into running and trekking. I swapped baby weight for a backpack. I never imagined that I would trek up a mountain or even want to! I enjoy the camaraderie of ATC, it adds a richness to my life that nothing I currently do achieves. I’m ridiculously busy, people say to me, how do you do all the things you do. My answer is - no one told me I couldn’t, but in being busy you can forget to breathe and look around. Trekking and running are my pause now, still busy, but a slice of busy just for me.”
Congratulations Catherine Lobley, our Star Trekker for June! This successful and high-powered workaholic first started trekking with us on our Pulau Ubin Trek last November. Since then she has climbed Lantau Peak & Sunset Peak HK, Batur and Fuji with ATC (Fuji with her Junior Trekker, Anya (8). Founder of Poco Nido UK & Singapore, Catherine lives in Singapore with her husband and 2 children, Anya and Reuben. “I love travel, honesty, learning, technology, trees, cheese and really hot showers. I’m a great problem solver and creator but have absolutely no sense of direction at all.” Its OK Catherine – we have a Orienteering course especially for you! She lives by the following mantra; I can’t do this but I’m doing it anyway.
Next trip: Rinjani –but need to get another one in before then.
Number of trekking blisters: 0
Catherine's company PocoNido sponsored Anya Birch, one of our Sole to Soul for Kids #climbfuji ambassadors and raised money for 3 charity organisations; Children with Cancer UK, BulliesOut UK and The Children Society of Singapore. Read more below.
SOLE TO SOUL Sole to Soul is a project launched to benefit many children suffering from injustice, discrimination and pain. Our Junior Trekkers Anya Birch and Zoe Panayiotou were the first to kick start this campaign by climbing Mount Fuji on the 9-10 July. To date they have raised close to $7000. They are supporting:
With them, was a pair of Poco Nido Yeti shoes that have travelled and trekked with our members all over the world from Indonesia, Malaysia, Paris to Switzerland. From the soles of our feet to the souls and spirit of mankind, the girls want to reach out to our mind, intellect and soul to support the charities closest to their hearts.
The Yeti shoe up Batur, in the Swiss Alps and up Fuji! If you would like to donate, please visit our webpage.
LOSING SIGHT OF SHORE ATC partnered up with Sisu Girls for the Screening of Losing Sight of Shore on Saturday 17th June.
Losing Sight of Shore is a documentary about 4 (actually 6, but only 4 at a time) women who rowed across the Pacific Ocean unsupported in a small boat called Doris. This team of women who call themselves The Coxless Crew raised money for charity with their challenging effort. Director Sarah Moshman created a documentary about the amazing story. The journey started in the US. These courageous women reached the end point in Australia after stops in Hawaii and Samoa.
The team rowed 24 hours everyday (in 2 hour shifts) for 257 days travelling 9200 miles. They thought they’d make the trip in 6 months but it took 9. The crew’s motto is “Everyone has a Pacific Ocean to Cross.”
Losing Sight of Shore is available on Netflix, iTunes and Amazon.com and is one you definitely need to watch.
SINGAPORE REACHES THE PEAK Nur Yusrina Yaakob, a postgraduate in Physical Education at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) summited Mount Everest on 22nd May. Hazleen was fortunate enough to meet her in Kathmandu and invited her to address the audience in a Q&A at the 'Losing Sight of Shore' Event.
What an inspiring lady of 30! “The success of the expedition is a particularly sweet one for me. It is a good thing that I did not give up on my dreams after the Nepal earthquake in 2015,” she told The Straits Times.
Ms Yusrina was the only member of the team to reach the summit, with the support of her guides. Taking advantage of good weather, she managed to reach the summit a day earlier than expected. She has also achieved her goal of being the first Malay-Muslim woman from Singapore to climb the summit. Definitely a role model for these junior trekkers if not us more senior members of the club!
PINE TREE HILL, MALAYSIA Just a short flight to KL and then a drive south to Bukit Fraser is Pine Tree Trail – the most difficult and challenging trail among the 8 trails offered in Bukit Fraser. The 5.5km trail takes you through what can only be described as an enchanted forest - so raw and beautiful. The 3-4 hours to climb to the summit (1500m) and approx 5-6 hours to descend allowed the team, some who are training for Everest Base Camp, to bond and take in the natural beauty as well as get used to their poles. There are quite a number of uphill climbs, followed by steep, slick downhill terrain to overcome. Nearing the summit is a rope section up a 20m slope. It was a great day trek that felt, at that time, was never going to end but it did and looking back, we loved every single minute of it.
GUNUNG BENTAN, BINTAN This 2 day/1 night Trek-Cation is to be repeated! Located in the middle of Bintan Island is Gunung Bentan. A 8-9km hike to the top of the mountain (340m) to see beautiful views of the natural and beautiful island. We were rewarded with a fabulous dinner at a seafood restaurant, which you can only get to by boat and a treat for most - Durian and Martabak. The following day was massages, lunch, birthday cake for our members Syaz, Kartika, Tuti and Zahidah and relaxing time at The Canopy Resort before coming home by a 1 hour ferry journey. A fun weekend with a great team and some good training for Fuji, Kinabalu, Kilimanjaro, Everest Base Camp.
MOUNT FUJI, JAPAN 5 new trekkers, 4 Junior Trekkers, 3 seasoned trekkers took the challenge to trek up Mount Fuji last weekend with no porters. Blessed with good weather and a mission to make a difference for charity the team of 12 came, saw and conquered! Lapping in the serenity of the mountain, enjoying the breathtaking sunrise and getting out of one's comfort zone are some of the motivation for us to encourage our children to climb Mount Fuji. Another big reason is taking up responsibilities and being accountable for their essential equipment, survival items like food and water and other belongings. Our children, Seri (16), Suhani (12), Zoe (9) and Anya (8) trained, attended meetings and workshops prior to the trek. Throughout the trek they helped, encouraged and supported one another, even shared what they had with each other. Our junior trekkers also assisted co-trekkers with achievable jobs. These girls come out of their shells when they realised the beauty and effectiveness of co-existence. That’s how they bonded with their mothers, fellow trekkers and with the environment.
EVEREST BASECAMP WORKSHOP The evening was supported by our Chief Trek Leader who flew in from Nepal. Also there to enlighten us were Dr. Kiran Kasyap, General Practitioner and our Medical Adviser; Sonia Osborne, our Nutrition Guru; Dr Suresh Nathan, Orthopaedic Surgeon; Nelson and Karen, the Functional Training Masters as well as the ATC team. We had a very informative workshop for the ladies heading to Everest Base Camp in November. It was an insightful and productive evening with many discussions on best training practices and how to get the most out of our training session. We discussed various charitable ideas and organisations we could support. Keep training ladies and inspire us to conquer more!
3P's CHALLENGE If you are interested in joining a trek, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We can arrange a separate meeting to go through the itinerary, chat about training requirements, prepare you for what you need / don't need, discuss flights, insurance, and answer any questions you have. Or to secure your place and to collect the 3 coloured badges book online now!
ATC TREK TRAINING is designed to help you achieve your goals, improve your performance and release more power. Our Training programme is available to view on line. You can incorporate these activities into your current training programme and prepare your body to be hiking fit. There is no excuse for you not to challenge yourself to set a new goal and to dream a new dream.
Upcoming Events with ATC
STAIRS TRAINING What a fantastic fitness activity and one that is so easy to fit into our daily lives, esp here in Singapore. At ATC we take this to another level - the 40th level - again and again and again! We have been hitting the stairs more often in preparation for more treks this Autumn. Why I hear you ask... Well stairs:
Burns more calories per minute than jogging
Reduces cardio risk by more than 30%
Exercises our bones and muscles, improving strength, bone density and muscle tone
Improved mental health with the release of endorphins
Provides time think and reflect - key factors in managing everyday stress and tensions
BASIC FIRST AID & CPR COURSE Anyone can learn first aid and everyone should! Protect your loved ones, friends, colleagues and even a stranger. Before a trek is an ideal time to fresh your memory on key life skills.
ATC will be holding this course hosted by Singapore Civil Defence Force. You will receive an attendance certificate.
Saturday, September 23, 9 AM - 12:30 PM Public Education Centre, 5th Level of HQ 2nd SCDF Division, No.1 Tampines Industrial Avenue 3. S(528777)
PINK RIBBON WALK 2017 With 1,850 women being diagnosed each year, breast cancer remains as Singapore’s most common cancer among women. Show your support and join ATC in the 3.5km walk on the 7th October, 4-8pm at Waterfront Promenade. We can't wait to wear pink with you all and show our support in true ATC style! 80 ladies already signed up to be part of our contingent.
This recipe is a wonderful twist on satay. It is very easy to make, delicious and nutritious! Why? It is important to ensure lots of good protein sources when training plus almonds are a wonderful source of calcium, magnesium and good fats. I am also a mint/lemon addict which inspired this recipe ... the flavours are wonderful.
INGREDIENTS: 500 grams Chicken breast fillets (whole or diced for skewers) 2 Teaspoons Olive oil 2 Tablespoons Lemon juice 4 Tablespoons Fresh Mint Leaves, chopped 1 Small clove garlic, minced 2 Tablespoons Almond Butter* 2 Tablespoons Tamari (wheat free soy sauce) ¼ Cup Almond Meal (freshly ground .. I use my activate almonds https://soniaosborne.com.au/s…/super-crunchy-activated-nuts/)
METHOD: Preheat the oven to 175 C. Blend all ingredients (excluding almond meal). Pierce chicken with a fork. Marinate chicken in mixture for 4 hours or overnight. Just prior to baking, roll chicken in almond meal. Bake in oven for approximately 15-20 minutes (depending on size of chicken breasts). Serve with steamed greens or a large garden salad.
*Discover Almond Butter/Paste! It is just like peanut butter but a more nutritious choice (peanuts are a legume - not a nut - which can carry mould). You can buy it from the health food section at the supermarket. * You can swap almond butter for tahini for a nut-free version.
EAT TRAIN LOVE
Whether you are training for Spartan, a trek or want to tone up, ETL have a great selection of classes. View their class schedule.
Their bootcamps are a great options to get into peak condition for treks. As an ATC member, you will receive a discounted rate on their packages.
5 Bootcamp Pack - $125 ($25/class)
10 (+1) Bootcamp Pack - $200 ($20/class + 1 free)
Personal Training - will vary depending on your requirements
Stretch of the month - Gomukhasana / Cow Face Pose
Traditionally one elbow points to the ceiling and the other to the floor so that the fingers/ hands clasp behind the back. This is a gentler variation for people with tight shoulders. It also means they can focus more on their chest and hip opening. This pose gives a deep stretch to the hips, glutes and chest. It also works the abs and elongates the spine when done correctly. Its perfect for trekkers as you can get deeper in the stretch to the IT band by folding with the upper body for a few breaths. It is possible to modify this pose by sitting on a blanket/block if hips are uneven or using a strap if the shoulders are really tight. Stretch credit:https://www.instagram.com/sinnead.tma/
FUNCTIONAL TRAINING Nelson and Karen from Functional Training are offering our members a special rate of $96.30 per hour for 6 sessions if any one is interested in one to one treatment or training. The normal price is $160.50.
- Valid for first time visitors. - Each person entitled to one package of 6 sessions. Normal rates apply thereafter. - 6 sessions must be completed in 6 weeks. - There is a facilities fee of $64.20 for gym usage for the 6 session promotion. - GST not inclusive in the quoted price above
SARI Congratulations Sari Marsden on the successful launch of her book Fit to Lead : Transforming Your Leadership With the 5 Pillars of Performance.
The ATC team attended the book launch and just loved the atmosphere, the energy and the conversations in the room. A beautiful and thought provoking evening amongst motivated individuals.
Get your copy in Times Bookshop today!
POCO NIDO 30% discount for ATC members on Poco Nido products. poconido.sg At checkout use code: WEAREAMAZINGTREKKERS30
20% discount for ATC members family and friends on orders over $30. OURFRIENDSAREAMAZINGTREKKERS20
All postage in Singapore is Free!
3Fa Faith Cookies
A huge supporter of our Junior Trekkers climbing Fuji is our member Fadilah Ali. She raised $1135 by baking and donating proceeds to Sole to Soul.
3FaFaith Cookies began as a hobby for Faith Fadilah Ali, who casually baked for her family and friends. This was until word of mouth began to spread about the yumminess of her healthy snacks, which finally grew into a business in June 2014. With a desire to provide healthy snacks, 3FaFaith Cookies embarked on designing the most important meal of the day, breakfast. Her signature breakfast series comes in two sizes: a regular sized bottle (370g) OR ready-to-go pack (38g) for that easy ‘grab and eat’ anytime, anywhere healthy snack! They are namely #1 Cranberry Almonds, #2 Blueberry Oats and #3 Fruit Gems. All these are less than 200kcal but packed with nutritious ingredients. 3FaFaith also bakes traditional popular Asian cookies like pineapple tarts and makmur, a cookie with nutty filling. These recipes were handed down from her mother and tweaked to healthier versions with less sugar and less fat without compromising on the essential delicious taste of these cookies. Fadilah loves to experiment and try out new, healthier cookie recipes ensuring that both children and adults can indulge in them without feeling guilty. Check her out on Facebook here.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS Our newest member, Talia is joining us on our Everest Base Camp trek in November. Raj, who is still deciding what her maiden trek will be, has been a regular on Saturday early mornings and joined our 17km endurance walk in MacRitchie.
We have really enjoyed walking with Talia and Raj and looking forward to many more trail stories and treks!
Dr Shilu Shrestha is a hand surgeon in Nepal and will be joining our Everest Base Camp expedition. We are so fortunate to have this inspiring woman join as an overseas member and to have a doctor in our group throughout the trek is definitely an advantage and a blessing. More details on Dr. Shilu Shrestha and other charity organisations we support in the next ATC News.
GOLDEN GIRLS PROJECT
PRECIOUS PROJECT Advancing Primary Education in Tanzania through Digital Learning.
“...While education unlocks the door to development... information technologies can unlock the door to education.”
Since Precious launched its digital education project in 2016, they have been busy working with the Precious School faculty and leaders in education technology around the world. The latest phase of the project has been focused on evaluating and enhancing the educational software, training teachers, and providing additional servers and tablets to serve more students. Through these efforts they have discovered Precious is one of the first in Tanzania to successfully leverage these technologies to bridge the education gap in the nation's primary schools.
The next phase of the ICT project begins August 2017, where they will be deploying additional educational software on the tablets and servers to expand and advance the digital offerings in a range of academic subjects, as specified needs by Precious faculty. Their hope is to inspire these Precious students to pursue STEM (sciences, technology, engineering and math).
For further details about this project, visit ICT Project on their website. Additional information is available on the Precious News site.
In 2016, Hazleen visited Precious Orphanage and Engilanget School and initiated the relationship with ATC. We have collected money and smart devices over the year for both organisations. On the 15th September, ATC has 6 trekkers departing for Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. They will be taking iPads / computers / smart devices with them to give to the Precious and Engilanget schools. If you have anything to donate (new or used), PLEASE get in contact with us at ATC.
We look forward to seeing you on the trail soon. In the meantime if you have any questions, please get in touch.
On a final note, if you are in Singapore, have a wonderful National Day!
The ATC Team, Hazleen, Shah, Becca, Ani & Julia
Amazing Trekkers Club c/o TrekkersAsia Pte Ltd Business Registration #: 201539988 Travel Agent #: TA 02881
The perfect location to prepare our team heading to Everest Base Camp Expedition. A beautiful location with a rich history and huge potential but unfortunately underutilised, underdeveloped and somewhat neglected. We look forward to going back for sure.