Saturday, May 25, 2019

PS Sim Makes It To The Top Of Mount Everest

Yes, you read correctly, PS Sim has scaled the world's tallest mountain, Mount Everest! She reached the top of the 8,848m peak at 3 am on 22/5/19 (Nepali time).

As I hardly check Facebook, I only heard the news today as another of my patient who climbs told me when he came to the clinic this afternoon.

Thankfully she started early and avoided the crowd as you can see in the now infamous photo (below) that was posted by climber Nirmal Purja last Wednesday.

Since it was 3 am when she submitted, it was pitch black at that time, she traded off a good photo for not getting stuck in line. Better that than having to wait in line for hours.

Congratulations on a job well done PS! Come home soon.

Hillary step picture by Garret  Madison
The traffic jam is probably due to the few optimal weather windows open to the climbers trying to summit. From the picture above you can see the change in structure of the Hillary step after a massive earthquake hit the region in 2015. A big chunk of rock fell off and it is not as steep as before. The picture on the left was taken in 2017 while the one on the right in 2011.

Other than PS Sim, I had treated Edwin Siew and Khoo Swee Chow, members of the 1st Singapore Mt. Everest expedition in 1998 who also reached the top while I had another patient Rob who reached the peak in 2011.

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