As a premiere sponsor of the three-man 'Spirit of Singapore Climbing
expedition', which took place on the remote Tien Shan mountain range in Central
Asia, 2nd – 19th August 2009, Kongsberg Maritime has received
the honour of having a virgin peak named after it.
David Lim, Grant Rawlinson and Mohd Rozani on top of the Kongsberg peak.
Climbing virgin peaks offers a unique set of challenges to the mountaineer, a high level of risk and uncertainty of success...
The expedition team consisted of David Lim, team leader and motivational coach
who suffers from Guillain Barre Syndrome, which has left him partially disabled,
Mohd Rozani, a high access ropes technician and Grant Rawlinson, Sales Manager at
Kongsberg Maritime, Singapore. The aim of the expedition, which was the result of
over 3 years meticulous planning, preparations and training, was to climb as many
unclimbed mountains as possible.
The Climbing of Kongsberg Peak
The previously unnamed Kongsberg Peak was the first of three that the team successfully
climbed and claimed names for. From the Karkara basecamp set at 2000m in the south
eastern corner of Kazakstan, the team members were airlifted 90km into the mountains,
courtesy of a Kyrgystan army MI-8 helicopter to 3950m elevation, high on the Mushkatova
Glacier. Here they set up basecamp and spent 2.5 days acclimatising and performing
reconnaissance before the first summit was chosen, an unnamed, unclimbed peak showing
at 4550m on the only available large scale map of the area.
On the morning of Friday 7th August 2009, the team climbed for 7 hours
up steep rock and scree slopes to a broad snowy ridge which led directly onto the
summit of a beautiful mountain peak. Being the first known human beings to stand
on the summit, the team decided to name the peak 'Kongsberg Peak' in honour of the
premier expedition sponsor. Since then, the mountain peak's name has been registered
with the Kazak and Kyrgystan mountaineering federation who have also confirmed that
it was previously unclimbed. Handheld GPS readings taken on the summit show Kongsberg
Peak's position as:
- N 42d18'47.2”
- E 79d57'45.0”
- Height =4551m
Onwards and Upwards
Over the next ten days, the team attempted three more previously unclimbed peaks
and were successful in scaling two of them, which they named Resilience Peak (4447m)
and Majulah Peak (5152m). The name Malujah Peak reflects the spirit of the expedition
and indeed Kongsberg Maritime's sponsorship of it. 'Majulah' is a Malay word meaning
'onwards' or to 'forge ahead'. The National Anthem of Singapore is also aptly titled
All heights and positions mentioned above are taken from standalone handheld
uncorrected GPS measurements and should not be considered as 'official'.