Going for the Technical Mountaineering Course (TMC) is like attending an orientation to the world of mountaineering; getting used to the various equipment and basic technical skills.
We recruit our new members at the start of each Academic Year and they eventually form the MIR team. There are 3 core teams, one Winter, one Summer team and a final Kazakhstan Team.
(Aug – Dec) Training for Winter team + a 21 Days trip in Nepal/India, and a summit of 5800-6000m. Cost is about $3000-4000 inclusive of flights and dependent on the equipment you lack and have to purchase. Additional R&R and details on the trip are flexible.
(Jan – May) Training for Summer team + a 21 Day trip in Nepal/India, and a summit of 5800-6000m. Cost is about $3000-4000 inclusive of flights and dependent on the equipment you lack and have to purchase.Additional R&R and details on the trip are flexible.
(June – August) Training for Kazakhstan Team + a 10/11 day trip to Kazakhstan to summit Mt Ong Teng Cheong (4800m) and Mt Ong Siew May (4500m). Cost is about $2000-2500 inclusive of flights and dependent on the equipment you lack and have to purchase. Additional R&R and details on the trip are flexible.
Team members are required to come down for training sessions and technical lessons in the semester that they are going for TMC, but are also highly recommended to join in during their off-season. We will have 6 Theory lessons that are compulsory for team members and it will be on a Monday/Wednesday at the Utown Rock Wall.
We train on Tuesdays (staircase runs + calisthenics), Thursdays and Saturdays (Bukit Timah staircase training with loads from 5kg – 18kg). Every week except reading week. Intensity of training increases gradually. Attendance will be taken, requirement for Physical Training is 80% attendance.
Training will culminate in a MIR Challenge that tests everything from the theory learnt as well as physical conditioning. Participants who fail will be barred from equipment rental.
TMC is a stepping stone for further alpine pursuits, an induction into the community of mountaineers. The TMC, in collaboration with NUS Mountaineering, is a comprehensive package. NUS Mountaineering helps each and every member of the team prepare for the TMC. These included physical training to strengthen our body and increase our stamina, theory lessons on mountaineering equipment and knots, and practical lessons on mountaineering skills such as ascending and abseiling.
The dedicated committee of NUS Mountaineering personally trained us, and ensure that we are fit with all the relevant skillset and physical competence before going for the grueling TMC.
The TMC itself will be tough. Beyond the technical know-hows and good physical fitness, one needs a strong mind.
NUS Mountaineering will provide free rental for the equipment required for the TMC. Doing TMC as an NUS student is definitely the most cost friendly option. With free rentals and lessons from NUS Mountaineering, this is the best it can ever get. All it takes is personal commitment and discipline.
If you would only do it once, the time is now!