Disabled climber aims to scale Kinabalu in a day

Disabled climber aims to scale Kinabalu in a day
Mountaineer Mr Lim, with some lightweight gear he will be using, and a teddy bear given to him by his wife.

SINGAPORE - Most climbers take two to three days to climb Mount Kinabalu. But 49-year-old David Lim plans to do it in a single day - despite not having full use of his legs.

On Friday, Mr Lim - who became partially disabled five years ago when he was struck with a nerve disorder - will become the first mobility-impaired person to conquer Kinabalu's 4,095m summit in a day if he succeeds.

Along the way, he hopes to raise $10,000 for the Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD).

"I see it as climbing for those who can't," said Mr Lim, who has personally donated $4,095 to his own cause.

It seems there is no mountain high enough to keep the veteran Everest mountaineer, from climbing for charity.

He has scaled Mount Kinabalu eight times already, and his fastest time was 71/2 hours over the course of two days.

In his latest attempt on the mountain, in Sabah, Malaysia, Mr Lim, along with a friend and a local guide, plans to set off in the early morning and reach the summit before late afternoon, which is when thunderstorms typically strike.

"This is not a competition, but I'm racing against time and the weather," he said.

By doing this, he hopes to inspire others like him.

"You can have a meaningful life if you commit to working around your disability."

The SPD, which is "honoured" to be the beneficiary, said that proceeds would go to its programmes for disabled people.

Interested donors may visit the SPD website at http://www.sggives.org/spd.

jianxuan@sph.com.sg


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