Mountain to Climb: The Quest for Everest and Beyond
MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB is a book by David Lim, leader of Singapore`s 1st Mt Everest Expedition in 1998. It is Singapore's top-selling adventure epic, now back in print after a sold-out first run. From 1994, David Lim planned and led a series of mountaineering expeditions in preparation for the eventual Mt Everest climb in 1998 which succeeded after a nail-biting series of setbacks and mishaps. One week after the team`s triumphant return, he was stricken with the rare and mysterious nerve disorder, Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
Within days, he was near death as the disorder paralyzed virtually all his limbs and shut down his respiratory system. Speechless, unable to swallow or move and racked with virulent forms of pneumonia, he endured a "hellish" six weeks in an intensive care unit before stabilizing. He spent six months recovering in hospital, including a rehabilitation process in which the re-learning of simple tasks such as writing, dressing and walking were enormous challenges compared to the Everest climb.
MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB is a first-person narrative of the story behind Singapore`s quest for Everest; the failures, heartbreak and sacrifices behind one of Singapore`s greatest sporting achievements. It is a study of, not only an Everest expedition, but also about how a team is formed, and goes from infancy to adulthood.
Author: David Lim