David Lim is best known for leading the 1st Singapore Mt Everest Expedition in 1998 which succeeded in placing two members on the summit.
The climb captured the imagination of the entire country and helped reset the parameters of what could be achieved by the small, flat, tropical island nation. A week after his return from Everest, he was totally paralysed by the rare nerve disorder Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Artificially ventilated for 42 days, he spent six months in hospital before returning home.
Though he was permanently disabled in both legs, he made a dramatic comeback to climbing the world’s great mountains, and returned once more to Everest in 2001. David’s climbing resume includes leadership in over 60 alpine ascents including two expeditions to Mt Everest and many SE Asian first ascents. In 2005, he made the 3rd solo ever of the world’s highest volcano, and three virgin peaks ascents in Central Asia. In 2007, he and his partner made a rare crossing, on foot, and unsupported, across the Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt desert.