Q: What is MIR?
A: Make It Real (MIR) is a mountaineering club created by a group of mountaineers after their climb at Xixabangma in 2002. It has grown to be more than a club and now includes experienced and passionate alumni, as well as budding newcomers that are eager to be developed into mountaineers. Find out more about our history here.
Q: Is mountaineering safe?
A: We cannot guarantee your safety but we will take the necessary steps to make your trip safer. The guides we hire are experienced and have been climbing with us for multiple batches. Training sessions also impart the necessary skills and fitness for you to look after yourself in the mountains.
Q: Is mountaineering scary?
A: It depends! For some, it may be, but we can work with you to prepare you before your Technical Mountaineering Course (TMC). Some of us in the MIR EXCO have the a fear of heights but we have gradually begun to be accustomed to heights through the course of our training.
Q: How often are training sessions?
A: Climbing a mountain will require a base fitness and knowledge of the technical skills required. To aid in your preparation, training will occur 4 times a week. Mondays will consist of technical sessions, Tuesdays and Thursdays will include runs, and Saturdays will consist of hiking up Bukit Timah Hill. More details about our training can be found here.
Q: Do I have to go for all training sessions?
A: You will be expected to commit to 80% of the entire training schedule. However, Monday training sessions are compulsory. Of course, exceptions will be made for certain reasons, such as examinations.
Q: Will training be tough?
A: It will depend on your initial level of fitness, but generally we will start at a lower intensity, and increase the fitness of the overall team through gradual training.
Q: Is mountaineering difficult for girls?
A: It is definitely possible for girls to do mountaineering! We have several girls in MIR. The training sessions and the mountains do not disadvantage girls. In fact, there have been some girls that have been fitter than the guys!
Q: Is there a steep learning curve?
A: No, the technical lessons are taught step by step. Given your attendance at the lessons, you will have sufficient knowledge and experience before attempting any technical moves, such as ascending or abseiling.
Q: I am an NUS alumni/exchange student. Can I join your trips?
Q: How many people will be sent for the trip each semester?
A: A team consisting of no more than 14 people will attend a Technical Mountaineering Course (TMC) each semester.
Q: How long is the trip?
A: The Technical Mountaineering Course (TMC) trip will take place during the school holidays and will last for about 21 days. Details of the trip can be found here. Do note that this is subject to change based on the jurisdiction of the guides.
Q: Where will I be staying during the trek?
A: During most of the trekking phase, you will be staying in tea houses until 3000m in altitude. After 3000m, you will be sleeping in tents at your base camp.
Q: How much do the trips cost?
A: Each costs somewhere between SGD $3000-$4000. More details can be found here. The price of your trip is dependent on the equipment that you purchase. As for our Overseas Adventures, they may be cheaper. Prices vary depending on the duration and location.
Q: What sort of equipment do I have to purchase?
A: You will have to purchase personal equipment such as your harness and hiking bag, or base layers such as thermals. These cannot be rented for safety and hygiene reasons.
Q: How do I join the club?
A: Simply head on down to our training sessions! We update our schedule weekly.
Q: I would like to join your trips, but I already have my own training programme that clashes with yours and it is rigorous. Can I still join?
A: Unfortunately not. We require all participants of our trips to meet the requirements for our training sessions. Joining training sessions is also more than being acquainted with the necessary competencies. The contact time with your teammates is necessary to forge camaraderie, which will prove essential when you are on the trip itself.
Q: I cannot make it for trainings! Can I do make-up trainings on my own?
A: Feel free to train on your own if you cannot make it. However, we require all participants of our trips to meet the training attendance requirement of 80%.
Q: How many times will I get to climb a mountain?
A: Upon joining us for a Technical Mountaineering Course (TMC), you will only climb once in that semester with your team. However, you’ll still be able to plan future trips with the knowledge and experience gained having joined MIR.
Q: I wish to rent your equipment for my own trips. How do I go about doing so?
A: Equipment rental is only available for current MIR members and alumni. Please reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact our Logistics Director Wei Sheng at 9156 3897. Do note that our stores will have limited equipment during December/May period as these are when our trips are ongoing.