Throughout the semester, we had speakers from past and present batches of MIR share about the basics of mountaineering through their unique and personal experiences. Each week, they covered different topics – from what to wear in the mountains to finding your way around them. Here’s a look-back at MIR TV – enjoy the snippets!
Credits to Chong Yong, the MIR 20 EXCO and our MIR seniors for yet another meaningful initiative to engage aspiring mountaineers, even during these times, as we all await physically returning to the mountains soon!
MIR TV #1: 20 YEARS OF MAKING IT REAL (26 August 2020)
Nathaniel (MIR 18) builds off what was shared during our e-SLF and delves deeper into what MIR stands for, our rich history, and what we’ve achieved as a community over the past two decades.
MIR TV #2: MOUNTAINEERING VS. TREKKING AND HIKING (2 September 2020)
Gawain (MIR 18) talks about mountaineering, hiking, trekking and what makes all these pursuits unique and different in themselves. Rest assured though – the passion you have in any of them applies similarly across all different aspects!
MIR TV #3: WOMEN ON MOUNTAINS (9 September 2020)
Chiew Hui (MIR 17) shares about mountaineering from the lens of a woman and what it means in a typically male-dominated sport. She believes that gender is not a barrier in mountaineering and that the sky is really the limit in this sport.
MIR TV #4: TRAINING FOR THE MOUNTAINS (16 September 2020)
Michael (MIR 17), formerly Vice President of Training, shares about his journey helping TMC teams prepare for their expeditions to the mountains, on top of his own mountaineering pursuits. Speaking from personal experience, he talks about how best to prepare yourselves, both physically and mentally.
MIR TV #5: TOOLS TO SURVIVE THE MOUNTAINS (7 October 2020)
Gawain (MIR 18) shares about the different essential mountaineering tools that are required for your survival up on the mountains. Understanding your equipment well and knowing when and how to use them are very important aspects of a mountaineer.
MIR TV #6: NAVIGATING ON MOUNTAIN TERRAIN (14 October 2020)
Nathaniel (MIR 18) shares a couple of tips and tricks on mountain navigation. One of the first steps to exploring the mountains independently is knowing how to find your way around them. Route planning and navigation are important aspects of mountaineering. Beyond being acquainted with topographic maps, it usually involves deciding a route most suitable for you or your team. More importantly, it serves to help you stay on course towards the summit.
MIR TV #7: BRIEF LOOK INTO MOUNTAINEERING INJURIES (21 October 2020)
Samuel (MIR 17) speaks about mountaineering injuries. Mountaineering is often considered an extreme sport due to the varying degree of risks it possesses. Other than the possibilities of physical injuries, some mountaineers might also face different levels of altitude sickness, depending on how well their body is able to cope with it. Which is why it is important to understand common injuries, and know how they are managed whilst on your climbs.
MIR TV #8: THOUGHTS ON ETHICS AND THE ENVIRONMENT (28 October 2020)
Ophelia (MIR 19) discusses the environmental and social implications related to mountaineering and the outdoors! Climate change has definitely had an effect on mountaineering, affecting access to previously frequented climbing spots. Instead of the usual sharing, let’s come together for a discussion as stewards of nature and ask how we can preserve the environment that we as aspiring mountaineers enjoy, both for ourselves and future generations.